Few people will deny that kids can be rather picky eaters, and trying to introduce new foods such as fish can be difficult. They might think it’s stinky, it’s got fiddly bones, and depending on how it has been prepared, well, it can taste a bit fishy!
For all the parents who are trying to get their children to eat healthier during the school summer holidays, the good news is that there are ways to help make fish more appealing to kids with just a few simple hacks in the kitchen, and help them become a bit more adventurous than a fish finger butty!
Use It as Patty Meat
Instead of beef or turkey mince for burgers, white fish or salmon can be great for kid-friendly fish burgers. Flaky white fish can be fully cooked, flaked and mixed into the mashed potato with a binder, such as egg or breadcrumbs, and then pan-fried.
White fish has a milder taste and can be easily masked, and the light texture easily blends into the mashed potatoes.
Go for Taco Tuesday
Everyone loves tacos, they’re the ultimate in finger food. Try marinating fish with some fresh lime juice and season with some taco spice blend, before frying or baking it and stuff it into a tortilla. Add some toppings such as sour cream and salsa, and some fresh veggies and salad, and you’ll be on to a winner.
Try a Mild Fish
Mild fish are ideal for fish first-timers. Wild-caught cod and halibut are greats choices, and they can be very nutritious if they’re baked, poached, or grilled, and they’re the ideal fish for making fish and chips.
Go Crazy With Dipping Sauces
Let your kids experiment with flavours to go with their fish dishes. Serve a small portion of fish with lots of dipping options, such as chutney, salsas, pesto, honey, butter, ketchup, mustard, and even nacho cheese!
Some combinations might not sound so appealing to you, but kids love to be creative and come up with interesting flavours!
Make It Consistently
By offering fish consistently, once or twice a week, you will give your child the opportunity to establish more familiarity with the taste, texture and smell. The more familiar they are with the food, the more likely they are to eat it or try it prepared in different ways.
Keep in mind that it could take between 10 to 15 attempts for your kids to start liking fish, to be patient!
Get Your Kids in the Kitchen
Kids are more likely to eat something they create, so encourage them to play chef for the day. Have your child help prepare the fish. Depending on their age they can do anything from reading the recipe to adding the herbs or spices to safely placing the fish in the oven. Cute aprons and chef hats are encouraged!
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