15 tasty recipes to get kids hooked on fish
No one ever said being a parent was easy, but neither did anyone warn us about the many precious waking moments that would be spent in the futile quest to persuade our darling offspring to eat the fish we know is so good for them. Until NOW, that is! Meet 15 recipes that will not only get a welcome reception but have kids returning for more.
Patties and cakes
Wise woman say, shape your fish into a patty shape or call it a cake and watch the children come flocking.
1. Tuna patties
These yummy (tick for kids), veggie-filled (tick for you) and cheap as chips (another tick for you) patties are the perfect midweek meal.
- See here for the Tuna patties recipe.
2. Quick salmon patties
Perfect for those 5.30pm ‘oh bugger, I forgot to think about dinner’ moments, you can more than likely whip these up from stuff in your pantry (if that ‘stuff’ includes a tin of salmon, that is).
- See here for the Quick salmon patties recipe.
3. Vegetable and fish cakes
Packed full of healthy veggies, you can blend the mix more finely for little ones, or keep it nice and chunky for bigger mouths. It’s a ripper dish either way!
- See here for the Vegetable and fish cakes recipe.
4. Fish croquettes
Plenty of mashed potato means the kids will wolf these down with gusto.
- See here for the Fish croquettes recipe.
Pies and bakes
Nothing beats a delicious family pie or bake bubbling away in the oven – unless it’s one with the added goodness of fish.
5. Family fish pie recipe
Firm white fish, veggies a-plenty and a fluffy mash topping will quickly send this one to the top of the most-requested list.
- See here for the Family fish pie recipe.
6. Old school fish pie
Delicious salmon fillets in a creamy sauce with a puff pastry lid, this has the added benefit of being able to be made in advance and frozen or refrigerated until needed.
- See here for the Old school fish pie recipe.
7. Salmon macaroni bake
The perfect solution for when you’re lacking time, creativity and inspiration. (Hey, we’ve all been there. Nothing to be ashamed of.) Have this on the table in 30 minutes.
- See here for the Salmon macaroni bake recipe.
Notice kids will happily eat fish if it’s in take away form? Here are the homemade versions which will be welcomed with just as much enthusiasm.
8. Beer batter fish
Beer batter gives fish a delicious crunch that kids love (and can safely devour as the alcohol gets evaporated upon cooking).
- See here for the Beer batter fish recipe.
9. Fish burgers with lemon mayo
Simple pan-fried fillets teamed with a tangy light mayonnaise make this as healthy as it is scrum-diddly-umptious.
- See here for the Fish burgers with lemon mayo recipe.
10. Fish tacos
Kids love a Mexican free-for-all, and this is one of the healthiest ones out there. Also possibly one of the messiest, but hey …
- See here for the Fish tacos recipe.
11. Healthy fish fingers
Baked rather than deep-fried, and with only a few simple ingredients, these are much healthier than a store-bought option and don’t take much more time.
- See here for the Healthy fish fingers recipe.
Pasta and rice
Kids love pasta and rice, which means the odds are in your favour that they’ll also enjoy the fish you’ve sneaked in there with them.
12. Creamy smoked salmon pasta
One of those perfect midweek standbys, it’s tasty, easy and you’ll be sitting down to it in about 20 minutes.
- See here for the Creamy smoked salmon pasta recipe.
13. Pantry tuna pasta
Get that pasta on to cook quick sticks because the rest of the meal will be ready before you can say ‘al dente’.
- See here for the Pantry tuna pasta recipe.
14. Lemon tuna pasta
So simple, so tangy, so few ingredients required. So impossible to stuff up.
- See here for the Lemon tuna pasta recipe.
15. Tuna fried rice
A great option when you have some leftover rice to use up. Throw in some bacon, egg and some peas and you have a meal that will be hugely popular with even the fussiest of eaters.
- See here for the Tuna fried rice recipe.