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Fish Recipes for Kids

10 Easy, Kid-Friendly Fish Recipes They'll Love


I try to cook fish at least once a week. It's not only healthy, it's also super fast and easy to cook. So I'm always surprised when people tell me their kids don't like fish. There are so many ways to prepare fish there's bound to be one that will please even the pickiest eaters. If your kids haven't responded to plain fish with a squirt of lemon, try something a little dressier - maybe fish tacos or salmon patties. Check out these ideas...

1. Baked Cod Recipe

Cornflake Crusted Cod
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Mild cod gets brushed with Dijon mustard, then topped with crushed cornflakes in this quick and easy fish recipe the whole family will enjoy.

2. Salmon Patties with Old Bay

Salmon Cakes Recipe
Stephanie Gallagher

There's nothing like Old Bay seasoning to wake up a fish dish. And it really delivers something special to these salmon patties. You can use either canned salmon, leftover cooked salmon or the salmon in airtight pouches (no bones) for these patties.

3. Crispy Baked Tilapia Recipe

Baked Tilapia
Stephanie Gallagher

The first time I made this dish, my kids were having friends over for dinner. I worried for a minute that this might be too far afield from the typical chicken tenders and mac and cheese the kids might be accustomed to eating at home. Boy was I wrong! They loved the crushed potato chip coating and wolfed down this fish in a flash!

4. Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos
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Why go out for fish tacos when it's so easy to make them at home? Although this recipe calls for cod, you can use any kind of firm, white fish - just choose whatever's on sale. And if you're in a hurry, substitute a store-bought mango or peach salsa for the cilantro cream It will be divine on these tacos.

5. Lemon Cod Fish Recipe

Lemon Cod Fish
Stephanie Gallagher

The lemon butter sauce has just the right amount of zing to make this recipe stand out from the pack. But it's really simple to prepare.

6. Beer Battered Fish Recipe

Beer Battered Fish
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When you fry fish at home at the proper temperature, it doesn't retain much fat, and it tastes amazing. And don't worry about the beer for the kids - it cooks out. This recipe is a keeper - try it, and let me know what you think. Post a review.

7. Pecan Crusted Salmon Recipe

Pecan Crusted Salmon
Stephanie Gallagher

I know, I know. This recipe sounds all grown up and gourmet. But trust me, kids really enjoy the crunch of the pecans and the tang of the honey mustard in this salmon recipe. Serve over couscous or rice.

8. Tuna Casserole Recipe

Tuna Casserole
Stephanie Gallagher

What would a list of fish recipes for kids be without a recipe for tuna casserole? This version uses cream of broccoli soup and gets a kick of pizzazz from Old Bay seasoning. The crunchy potato chip topping is always a hit with the kids.

9. Shrimp Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Shrimp Stuffed Potatoes
The Shrimp Council

Frozen shrimp scampi makes this dish a breeze to prepare. Choose russet or yukon gold potatoes for this recipe.

10. Salmon Hash Recipe

Salmon Hash
Stephanie Gallagher

Leftover grilled salmon or canned salmon can be used in this salmon hash. This meal in one dish can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I like to top this hash with poached eggs.

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