Is there anyone who has not heard a parent complaining about how hard it is to please their kids when it comes to food? When children are very young, they eat what you offer, but as they grow, they develop tastes, and meeting all types of foods, they become pickier toddlers.
Cooking and eating fish is not only a healthy habit, but it is also quick and easy to prepare. However, many parents complain that their kids do not like eating fish; maybe even you face the same situation with your own.
There are many various ways to cook fish, so undoubtedly you can find a few that will please your kids as well. If they do not like it plain, with a bit of lemon, you can try something dressier, such as fish tacos, or salmon patties. We have prepared a small collection of recipes that will surely inspire you.
This baked cod recipe is really easy and fast to prepare. Furthermore, even kids who don’t usually like fish will be hooked on this recipe as a result of serving with cornflake crumb topping. It is crunchy and tasty, and made with something children already like – cornflake bits!
To start, preheat the stove to 400 degrees, and sprinkle olive oil on a baking sheet. In the meantime, brush some mustard over the fish fillets. In a bowl, add melted butter and cornflake crumbs, and stir. Pour the cornflake mixture over the fillets, using your fingers, in such a way to make sure the crumbs stick and place the fish on the baking sheet.
Next, cook for about 15 to 20 minutes, until the fish is opaque enough to flake easily, by using a fork. The baking period depends on how thick the fillets are, so you should first check at 15 minutes, and if it is not done, you can leave it for five more minutes.
We recommend serving this cod with roasted potatoes to which you can also add green beans with walnuts, and browned butter. A delicacy!
Salmon Patties with Old Bay
There isn’t anything compared to Old Bay seasoning for spicing up a fish dish, and it really offers an exceptional taste to salmon patties. For this recipe, you should use boneless salmon, canned salmon, or even leftover cooked salmon. If your family is more into mild food, we recommend using less Old Bay in these fish cakes. The crushed potato chips add a lot of taste and act as a tier in this delicious formula.
The first step is to wash a baked potato and flake it a few times using a fork. On a paper towel, put it in the microwave oven and heat for five to eight minutes on high. After the potato is done, set it aside to cool.
Next, put the potato chips in a blender with metal blade, and pulse until crushed. Add the baked potato with skin and Old Bay, and pulse until you get the texture of dense mashed potatoes.
Shift the mixture to a large bowl and add mayonnaise, minced green pepper, chopped spring onion, Dijon mustard, and fish. Blend everything and shape half-inch thick salmon patties.
On a plate, spread Panko breadcrumbs in a thin layer, and dip the patties, coating each side well. In the meantime, cook some olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan over high temperature, and add the salmon patties. Cook until both sides turn golden brown.
Do your kids want tacos, but you are not in the mood to go out? Well, it is very easy to have both: make your children’s favorite food at home. Mahi-mahi is best recommended for this recipe; however, any kind of firm, white fish will do the job. If you want to make this dish very quickly, you can also use mango or peach salsa from the store, instead of the cabbage slaw.
Besides broiling the fish, you can also fry it or, even better and healthier, grill it. The trick to making tasty fish tacos is to serve them with fresh condiments.
First, preheat the grill to medium-high temperature. Put the fish in a regular bowl and add lime juice, oil, jalapeno, cilantro, and ancho, pouring everything over the fish. It should marinate for at least 20 minutes.
Take the fish out and lay it on a hot grill, with the flesh side down. Cook it for about four minutes, flip it for 30 seconds, and then remove from the heat. After five minutes, flake the flesh by using a fork.
Time to grill the tortillas — 20 seconds is enough for this procedure. Spread the fish among the tortillas and garnish using all or some of the following ingredients: thinly sliced red and green onion, shredded white cabbage, hot sauce, chopped cilantro leaves, and sour cream.
Moving to the Tomato salsa, start by preheating your grill. Then, heat up some oil in a saucepan. Add garlic and onions, and cook until they become soft. You can drop the tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, and serrano in the pan, and let simmer until the tomatoes soften.
In a blender, mash the mixture, until you get a smooth paste, then cook for another 10 to 15 minutes.
Last steps, add the oregano, cilantro, lime juice, and hot sauce, then season with salt and pepper to taste.