Retro Recipe Revival: Steamed Skate with Spicy Noodles

Retro Recipe Revival: Steamed Skate with Spicy Noodles
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Retro Recipe Revival: Steamed Skate with Spicy Noodles

It’s time for another one from the archives, this time from a recipe book that accompanied the Tower Pressure Cooker sold throughout the early to mid-90s. This week’s Retro-Recipe Revival is a speedy, noodle-laden dish for one that could be described as ‘the ultimate Pot Noodle’. Tower readers, we give you Steamed Skate with Spicy Noodles.

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Tower 5.5 Litre Aluminium Pressure Cooker Total time to table: 8 minutes Total Cost Per Serving: £3.90 Contains Nuts? No Suitable for Vegetarians? No (contains chicken stock) Serves: 1


  • x 2 tbspns olive oli (plus a little extra)
  • x 1 tspn sesame oil
  • x 1 tspn root ginger (finely chopped)
  • ¼ garlic clove (crushed)
  • ¼ long red chilli (sliced on the diagonal)
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • x 2 tspns Thai fish sauce (Nam Pla)
  • 250g skate wing (well-trimmed)
  • 85g medium egg noodles
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • x 1 tnspn fresh coriander (chopped)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground white pepper
  • Extra coriander leaves (to garnish)
  • 50g mixed salad leaves (optional) dressed with x 1 tspn olive oil, 5 drops fresh lemon juice, and seasoning.


  • Place your pressure cooker on a medium heat and add the olive oil and the sesame oil.
  • Add the ginger, garlic and chilli, and fry gently until the garlic just starts to colour (this should take around 50 seconds). Then, add the spring onions and stir-fry for a further 30 seconds.
  • Next, pour in the chicken stock and add the Thai fish sauce then bring to a gentle boil. Oil the pressure cooker trivet and arrange the skate on top, making sure to rub the skate with olive oil and season generously.
  • Place the noodles in the stock, stir well to separate the strands, then place in the trivet with the skate on top. 
  • Drizzle the lime juice over the fish then place the lid on the pressure cooker and bring to full pressure, lower the heat and cooking for around 3 minutes.


Place the noodles in a bowl and arrange the skate on top, garnish with a little salt (the Tower Electric Salt & Pepper Mills come in handy here). Add some coriander leaves and a handful of the dressed salad leaves. If you’d like to try this recipe or others from the Retro Recipe Revival series, head over to our Pressure Cookers and Food Preparation pages before you get started. There you’ll find all sorts of useful appliances (in addition to those mentioned here) that can help you rustle up these fantastic meals in minutes!
20 May 2015
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