Creamed Shad Roe

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Appears in
Craig Claiborne's Southern Cooking

By Craig Claiborne

Published 1987

  • About

Oddly enough, we rarely had access to shad roe—and certainly not to boned shad—in my home. For special occasions, my mother would use canned shad roe to serve in a cream sauce. Here is a version of creamed roe prepared from the fresh fish eggs.


  • 2 pairs of shad roe
  • Salt to taste, if desir
  • Juice of ½ lemon


  1. Place the shad roe in a skillet and add boiling water to cover. Add salt to taste and the lemon juice. Simmer about 5 minutes if small, 10 minutes if medium, and 15 minutes if large. Drain, cool, and cut each half into bite-size morsels.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in