How to Make Shad Recipes

When learning how to make shad recipes, you also may come across herring recipes. The two are often intermixed when referring to recipes; the shad is also called river herring.  They both contain enough fat or oil to make their flesh darker, richer and stronger than that of the very lean salt water fish. The shad lives in the sea but heads to the rivers and streams to spawn.

If you are learning how to make shad recipes, you will need to know that the fat or oil in the shad will be greater than other fish due to the migration and change in their diet. Unlike the leaner fish, the fat in the shad is distributed throughout the flesh. Because the fat will melt in the cooking process and moistens the flesh, they are especially good for dry heat cooking like grilling and broiling. Frying often makes too much oil and a rich tasting recipe.

Shad is caught along the coast of the Atlantic Coast in the United States. It is one of the most important fisheries of this area from the months of January to June, starting along the Florida coast. Although shad and herring are often called the same, the herring are usually smoked or smoked and salt and are known for the most economical of food.


  • 3 to 4 Pounds shad
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 ½ Cups light bread crumbs
  • 1 ½ Cups corn bread crumbs
  • 1 Chopped onion
  • ½ Cup milk
  • ½ Cup soft butter
  • 3 Strips bacon

Preheat oven to 325F degrees.

Wash shad with fresh cold water and dry. Salt the fish. Make a stuffing with the bread crumbs, chopped onion, milk and 1/3 cup of the butter. (Save remaining butter) Stuff shad and press together. Cut several gashes in the fish and insert the strips of bacon. Dot with the remaining butter and sprinkle with black pepper. Place in a shallow baking pan and bake for 1 ½ hours.


  • 2 Tomatoes
  • ½ Cup fresh bread crumbs
  • Salt/pepper
  • ½ Cup white wine
  • ¼ Cup butter
  • 1 Teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ Cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Paprika
  • 1 ½ to 2 Pounds shad (Cleaned)
  • Extra butter for dishes

Preheat oven to 400F degrees.

Peel and slice tomatoes very thinly. Butter bottoms of four individual baking dishes. Arrange tomato slices in the dishes. Divide the bread crumbs and sprinkle over the tomato slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Divide the fish and arrange in each dish over the crumbs. In a saucepan, combine the wine, butter and lemon juice. Bring to a boil and cook for 3 minutes. Divide sauce evenly among the dishes. Sprinkle each dish with the Parmesan cheese and top with paprika. Bake for 20 minutes or until the fish flakes when touched with a fork.


If you are learning how to make shad recipes, this broiled technique is great for this fish.

  • 2 ½ Pounds shad fillets with skin on
  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • Salt/ fresh black pepper
  • Lemon wedges

Melt butter in shallow flameproof pan large enough to hold fillets in layer.
Pat dry fillets and place in pan; turn to coat both sides with butter.
Cook with skin side down four inches from broiler heat.
Baste but do not turn fish; cook about 6 to 8 minutes until fish flakes when touched with fork.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper; garnish with lemon wedges.


  • 4 Pounds shad with roe
  • Salt/pepper
  • Butter
  • 1 Teaspoon grated onion
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons flour
  • ½ Cup light cream
  • 2 Slightly beaten egg yolks
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Cup buttered crumbs

Clean split and bone fish; sprinkle with salt and pepper and brush with melted butter.
Bake in preheated oven 400F degrees for about 40 minutes; remove platter to oven proof platter.
Parboil shad roe in 1 quart water boiling water with 1 tablespoon lemon juice for 5 minutes.
Drain and mash roe.
Heat 3 tablespoons butter; add onion and blend in flour.
Slowly add cream over low heat stirring until thickened.
Slowly add in beaten egg yolks stirring constantly.
Add lemon juice and season to taste; spread over baked shad.
Sprinkle with buttered crumbs; brown in oven or under broiler.


  • 2 Shad fillets (3 ½ to 4 Pounds)
  • 1 Pair shad roe
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • ½ Cup soft bread crumbs
  • Salt/ pepper to taste
  • Flour
  • Butter
  • White wine
  • Lemon wedges

Preheat oven to 400F degrees.

Boil roe in water for 2 minutes; drain and split.

Mix with parsley, onion, butter, bread crumbs, salt and pepper.

Place 1 piece of shad in greased baking pan; place stuffing on top.

Place other piece of shad on top; sprinkle with flour and dot with butter.

Drizzle a little white wine over the fish; bake for 30 minutes basting frequently.

Serve with melted butter and lemon wedges; serves 6.


  • 1 ½ Pounds shad roe
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ Large onion (Minced)
  • 2-4 Anchovies (Mashed)
  • 3 Tablespoons tahini sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • Mayonnaise
  • Paprika
  • Boston lettuce

Boil roe for 3 minutes; cool the roe and remove the skin.

Mash roe; add to roe parsley, onion, anchovies, tahini and lemon juice.

Slowly stir in enough mayonnaise for desired consistency; stir in paprika for color.

Chill mixture for at least 1 hour; serve over lettuce leaves.

Serves 4.