Cut the skate into four equal pieces and let them soak in the buttermilk for a few minutes. In a shallow bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, salt, pepper, and chopped thyme. Dredge the skate pieces in the cornmeal mixture and shake off the excess
Heat the oil in a heavy skillet or frying pan over medium heat until it barely begins to smoke. Carefully add the skate to the oil in a single layer. If they won't fit in a single layer, fry them in batches. Cook for 3 to 4 min., until the crust is lightly browned. Turn and cook another 2 to 3 min.
Remove the skate from the pan and drain on paper towels. Arrange the skate on plates with the lemon wedges, a few thyme sprigs, and a sprinkle of chopped parsley.
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