The Emperor’s Fan

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Appears in
The Cook's Companion: A step-by-step guide to cooking skills including original recipes

By Josceline Dimbleby

Published 1991

  • About

My husband named this dish at first glance. You wouldn’t think there was anything very imperial about skate, but the fan-shaped wings, glazed with a clear sauce flavoured with orange and lemon juices, fresh ginger and coriander is certainly evocative of the Far East.


  • 1 orange
  • 600 ml (1 pint) fish or chicken


Remove a few strips of peel from the orange and squeeze the juice. Pour the stock and orange and lemon juices into a large frying pan which has a lid with the ginger and orange peel. Warm the stock, then add 2 skate wings. Cover, bring the liquid up to barely simmering and poach for 5–6 minutes until the skate is just opaque. Remove the skate and arrange on a shallow serving dish, like overlap