Kid Friendly Seafood Tips
Tired of repeating the same recipes because your children are picky eaters? These kid-friendly seafood recipes can help!
Getting children to eat anything other than chicken nuggets and pizza can feel like an uphill battle. If you have an especially picky eater, getting them to try seafood might feel impossible. The unique taste and texture of fish and shellfish can be a turn off for picky eaters. Fortunately, there are many ways that you can sneak seafood into your menu without causing a mutiny from your kids.
Seafood is a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids that children need for healthy brain function, heart health, and immunity. Fish and shellfish are also packed with other valuable nutrients like iron, zinc, iodine, magnesium, and potassium. There’s no better lean protein than fish. Research has shown that taking supplements isn’t as effective as getting these nutrients through your diet. Health experts recommend that children and adults eat at least two servings of seafood a week.
If you are concerned about the safety of eating fish, check out the Environmental Defense Fund’s Seafood Selector. It is an interactive chart that tells you what seafood is the best, okay, and worst choice.
Try out these kid-friendly seafood recipes to convert your kids into fish fans!
Most kids go wild for breaded foods like chicken nuggets and fish sticks. The trick to making your kids fall in love with fish sticks, if they haven’t already, it is making them from scratch. Using fresh fish from a trusted fishmonger will help you avoid the fishy taste or mushy texture that frozen fish sticks can have.
Preparing homemade fish sticks is surprisingly easy. You’ll have freshly baked fish sticks on the table in less than 30 minutes by following this recipe from The Comfort of Cooking. Substitute lightly toasted crushed almonds for panko crumbs if you want to make this recipe even healthier.
Pizza is always a simple and delicious option for dinner. This recipe for Lobster Roll pizza has a creamy alfredo-like base that’s perfectly seasoned to complement the buttery taste of lobster or crab. Your kids won’t be able to get enough of this savory seafood pizza. You can add black olives, sautéed spinach or tomatoes to pack in more nutrients and flavor.
For kids who love a good sandwich, mini shrimp PO-boys are a delicious seafood option! Shrimp is the most popular seafood in the U.S. because of its mild taste and pleasant texture. Combine that with southern seasonings, a French baguette, and traditional sandwich toppings and you’ve got a meal that’s easy to love. Just leave out the cayenne pepper in this recipe from the Food Network for kids who don’t like spicy foods.
Kids who are already wild about quesadillas will fall for these shrimp quesadillas. They may start asking for them on Taco Tuesdays. What’s not to love about a crispy tortilla filled with melted cheese and perfectly seasoned meat? You can easily substitute a white fish like tilapia for shrimp if you want to add more variety to your seafood menu.
Are your kids’ fans of spaghetti? If they are, then they’ll love Fish in Crazy Water. This recipe for white fish simmered in a rich red sauce is equally delicious. You can serve it with a side of spaghetti or thick slices of garlic bread. It does take longer than the other recipes. Be sure that you have extra time to spend in the kitchen when you plan to make it
We hope that these recipes help you turn your kids into seafood lovers. To find the freshest seafood in Connecticut, stop by City Fish Market’s seafood counter! We’ve worked hard to earn our reputation as the best Fresh Fish markets in Southern New England.