Here, chef Michael Toscano tosses a scroll-shaped pasta known as casarecce (fusilli is a good alternative) with skate so that some of the fish breaks down into lovely shreds. Slideshow: Amazing Seafood Pastas 

April 2013


Credit: © Christina Holmes

Recipe Summary

30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • In a small bowl, combine the habanero, vinegar and sugar. In a medium bowl, toss the skate with 1/4 cup of the olive oil and the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.

  • In a large saucepan of salted boiling water, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water.

  • Meanwhile, in a large, deep skillet, add the habanero, garlic and remaining 2 tablespoons of oil; warm over moderate heat until fragrant, 2 minutes. Spread out the skate in the skillet and cook over moderate heat, without stirring, until nearly white, 4 minutes.

  • Gently fold in the sugar snap peas, butter and 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water and cook until the peas are crisp-tender, 3 minutes. Fold in the pasta until it is coated; add more pasta cooking water if the pasta seems dry. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the pasta to bowls, drizzle with olive oil and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Citrusy Sauvignon Blanc goes well with green vegetables, like these peas.