We were fishing in Florida once and picked up a small ray - not a sting ray, it didn't have the barb on the tail, just a plain looking little brown ray. He was hooked deep in the throat and bleeding, so we took him home and filleted out one of the wings and skinned it and tossed it on the grill. We were having shrimp, too, so we tried dipping the ray meat in butter and, holy cow, the stuff tasted like lobster!
Anyway, I've never kept a skate I caught in Alaska, but now I'm wondering if anyone else has and if they tried cooking it up. If so, let me know how it was. We always tossed them back in the Bering Sea, and I sort of wish we'd kept at least one and given it a try.
By the way, I talked to one of the owners of a scallop boat in Kodiak who told me that they don't make scallops out of skates. He said that's a myth that people keep alive for some reason. If the meat in a skate looks like the meat in a ray, there's no way anyone would think it was a scallop if it was cut in a round shape, not with all the nerves and veins you find in a ray's meat.