The Baltimore Sun 1911 Recipe Contest Fish Recipes

Maryland Planked Shad With Creamed Roe - 1911 Prize Winner

Course Main Dish
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 1 person


  • 1 ea shad
  • 1 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp shallots chopped fine
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Flour
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 ea egg yolks


  1. Remove roe from shad and parboil 20 minutes in boiling water (salted) with one tablespoonful of vinegar or lemon juice.  Take off the outside membrane and mash the roe.
  2. Cook a level tablespoonful of shallot, chopped fine, in three level tablespoonfuls of butter 5 minutes; add roe, sprinkle with one and one-half tablespoonful of flower and stir in gradually one-third of a cup of milk.  Cook slowly 10 minutes, adding yolks of two eggs, salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste.
  3. Lay shad on well-seasoned piece of oak plank, season with salt and pepper, brush over with melted butter and cook 25 minutes in hot oven.  Take fish from oven, spread with creamed roe, sprinkle with bread crumbs and set in oven to brown crumbs.