Many parents find it a challenge to introduce fish to their kids’ diet. If your kid looks forward to fish at meal times, you really deserve a pat on the back!
I have come to realise that in many instances, texture, rather than taste, has a huge impact on whether a child likes a particular food or not. As an example, Amber isn’t a big fan of fish when I cook it in porridge, or mix it with rice. Why? Because there are no contrasting textures for her – everything is mushed together!
But when I airfry salmon and flake them on top of whole wheat pasta (she loves fusilli) and homemade pasta sauce, she laps everything up happily.
Recently, I’ve discovered an even better way for her to love fish: Make fish fingers! Whenever I make these, she feels like it’s her birthday. They’re that good! You can choose to make it with or without the extra panko (or crushed crackers) coating outside, but kids do love that extra crunch. Here’s how the two versions look like:
I know you would ask if this recipe works for salmon, or other types of fish. Yes, yes, it does. But cod has a really fragrant flavour when cooked, and it’s absolutely delicious. That said, I have made it with salmon too, she loves it all the same. I think the sweetness of the carrots and cauliflower, plus the bite of the breadcrumbs negate any ill feelings she has over fish :)
Another question I know you would ask is: Must I precook the fish before adding it to the mix? Technically, you don’t have to, because the heat from the airfryer or pan would easily cook the fish. But when preparing fish dishes for Amber, I ALWAYS, ALWAYS precook. So that I can flake the cooked fish with my fingers and feel for any bones before mixing everything together. Some bones are so tiny, they’re embedded within the fish meat.
In case you prefer to use crushed crackers over panko, here’s the brand I like to use (it actually tastes better than panko):
So here you go. I hope this recipe helps your little one accept fish. Share this recipe if you think it could help a mummy or daddy in need!
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