Best Fish Recipes for Kids

For some kids, enticing them to eat fish isn’t easy. But it’s worth the effort! Fish cooks up quickly and it’s a healthy addition to your family’s diet. First, you may want to try breaded fish – like panko-crusted fish sticks (they’re baked, not fried!). Another idea is to make flaky maple-glazed salmon with pineapple. Then again, you might want to try crab cakes or tilapia po’boy sandwiches. If your kids already love pasta, then serve it with baked Italian shrimp. Warm up your house and your kids’ tummies with clam chowder. Once your kids start trying out fish recipes you can expand their palates and sample other types of fish, too.

Panko-Crusted Fish Sticks

Forget the fried fish sticks that come in a box. Instead, try this recipe for panko-crusted fish sticks from Martha Stewart. Cut tilapia filets into strips. Then, dip the strips first into a mixture of lightly beaten egg and then into panko. Bake at high heat and serve with a dipping sauce.

Maple-Glazed Salmon With Pineapple

This dish comes together so quickly you can have dinner on the table in 35 minutes or less. Broil salmon 5-7 minutes – baste with a tangy sauce. Serve this recipe for maple-glazed salmon with pineapple from Real Simple over a bed of rice for a complete, satisfying meal.

Quick & Easy Crab Cakes

You don’t need to be near the ocean to enjoy good crab cakes. With this recipe for quick & easy crab cakes from Kraft, you use canned crabmeat along with cornbread stuffing mix to form the patties. Saute each one in butter until cooked through. Pair with a green salad or potato salad – or both.

Baked Italian Shrimp

Shrimp is a good starter seafood for young kids because it doesn’t tend to have much of a fishy flavor. And it soaks in any kind of sauce you put with it. This recipe for baked Italian shrimp from The Seasoned Mom includes just a few ingredients and takes all the guesswork out of knowing when the shrimp are done. Cook shrimp in butter with Italian seasoning and diced tomatoes.

Tilapia Po’Boy Sandwiches

Create healthy, crisp fish pieces to tuck into a crusty French roll to make these tilapia po’boy sandwiches from Eating Well. Use Cajun seasoning on the fish and then dip into whisked eggs followed by cornmeal. Saute in oil at medium-high heat. Cook through before putting into the sandwiches and offering to hungry kiddos.

Clam Chowder

Did your kids shun your homemade fish sticks? Not interested in shrimp either? Then this clam chowder recipe from Taste of Home may be just the thing. Start by sauteing bacon in a skillet and then add diced onions in the same pan. Stir in milk, condensed cream of potato soup, minced clams and thyme, pepper and lemon juice. Warm until just heated through and ladle into bowls.


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