Shad roe is a delicacy of springtime. In the East, the shad run in early spring. Here in the West, however, the fish don’t run up the rivers until late spring. Here’s my favorite way to cook shad roe – with bacon, some onions and a bowl of grits.
herring and shad
Cooking and eating the American shad used to be part of any angler’s skill set. No longer. All those bones have defeated many a would-be shad eater. But here’s how to cook shad and actually enjoy it. Everything you need to know about dealing with a fish whose Latin name is “tastiest.”
Sitting in a backwater of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, fruitlessly fishing for sturgeon, my friend and guide R.J. casually mentioned that he’d seen herring the last time he’d been fishing on the San Francisco Bay. Herring? Really? My heart jumped. Hesitantly, I asked if he would take me out fishing for them. Ninety-nine guides out of
Herring and sardines spoil so fast that most of us eat them already salted or pickled. Here’s how to make pickled herring from fresh fish caught from the San Francisco Bay.
Every year in late winter and early spring, millions of herring come to the San Francisco Bay to spawn. Virtually no one fishes for them. We’re about to change that.
Smoked shad is, in the absence of a properly deboned shad fillet, the best way to eat this most bony of fishes. Shad is little more than a giant herring, and is nearly as oily as a mackerel or a bluefish — and oily fish make the best smoked fish. The method I describe below