If you’re looking for some easy fish baby food recipes, then you’ve landed on the right page. In this post, I share with you some delicious easy to make fish recipes for babies plus more!
Fish is as we all know brain food. Its an excellent source of protein, minerals, and vitamins. Oily fish such as salmon is an excellent source of vitamin A, and D. Vitamin A is good for eyesight while vitamin D helps in the absorption of calcium making it essential for the development of healthy bones and teeth in little ones. Fatty fish is also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids which have a lot of significant health benefits.
When Can Babies Eat Fish?
Fish can be introduced to babies by seven months. Fishes such as Cod, Haddock, Sole, and Salmon are good fish for baby food. As with all foods, introduce new foods one at a time waiting 3 to 4 days before adding another new food. Some fish such as shellfish can cause allergic reactions to babies under the age of 18 months and fishes that have high mercury levels should be avoided. If you have a family history of fish or food allergy, consult your pediatrician before introducing fish to your baby.
Fish Baby Food Recipes – Buying Fish
You can buy most fish frozen but if you want to buy fresh fish then there a few things you can check to make sure the fish is fresh.
Firstly, fresh fish is typically put on ice at the fish market to keep it at a cold temperature.
Secondly, the eyes of a new fish should be clear with no burst blood vessels (red shot eyes).
Thirdly, the fish should smell fresh.
Fourthly, the flesh of the fish should be intact and neat looking.
And finally, choose fish that is chunky along the back because that will give you more fleshy fillets.
Fish Baby Food Recipes – Preparing Fish
Fish needs to be completely free from bones which are a definite choking hazard. Make sure you search and remove all the bones from the fish before cooking and before serving (use your reading glasses if you have to!). Make sure the fish is cooked thoroughly without drying out. You can prepare the fish using different cooking methods, e.g., by steaming it (my favorite), baking or poaching.
Some Fish Baby Food Recipes
Basic Fish Puree
Steam or cook a fillet of cod or sole in some water until cooked. Flake the fish with the back of a fork or puree to desired consistency. Add some breast milk or cooled boiled water to adjust consistency. Fish tastes great mixed with pureed broccoli, dill, white potato, carrots, parsnips or swede among other things.
Fish Baby Food Recipes – Salmon In Dill Sauce
You can poach the fish in milk for this recipe instead of steaming it. I wouldn’t recommend frying the fish as babies find it very hard to digest fried foods.
- 180g Salmon
- 1 Tbs Flour
- 250ml Milk
- 30g Unsalted Butter
- 1/2 tsp Lemon Juice
- 1/2 Tbs Finely chopped Fresh Dill
- Check carefully for bones. Steam the salmon in a steamer pot until cooked through.
- Using a heavy based pan, melt the butter and add the flour. Mix thoroughly.
- Pour the milk in and whisk before adding the lemon juice. Mix to make a smooth sauce. Cook for a minute and then add the dill to the sauce.
- Cook for a further 2 minutes before removing from heat. Add the steamed fish and mash with the back of a fork. Serve with mashed potatoes or rice.
Fish Baby Food Recipes – Steamed Fillet Of Cod In Tomato And Basil Sauce
Easy to make refreshing fish recipe.
- 1 Garlic Clove
- 350g Crushed Tomatoes
- 1 Tbs Vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 tsp Finely Chopped Fresh Basil
- 1/2 Sweet Red Pepper bell
- 400g Fillet of Cod
- Cut the fish into big chunks and very carefully remove any bones.
- Steam fish by placing it in a steamer pot or other steaming methods that you may have.
- Put the garlic, red pepper, and crushed tomato into a food processor and puree to a smooth consistency.
- Cook the pureed mixture in the vegetable oil for about 6 minutes on medium heat stirring continuously.
- Add the steamed fish to the sauce. Remove from heat.
- Mash or flake the fish with the back of a fork. Serve with small pasta shapes.
Fish Baby Food Recipes – Root vegetable Fish Bake
This a tasty creamy fish bake. The root vegetables and the sweet potato give this recipe a sweet taste making it easy for babies and toddlers to like.
- 60g Cooked Parsnip
- 180g Cod Fillets
- 60g Cooked Sweet potato
- 200ml milk
- 60g Cooked Swede
- 1 Tbs finely chopped leeks
- One tsp finely chopped fresh parsley
- 1 Tbs finely chopped red pepper
- 1Tbs vegetable oil
For the sauce
- 1/2 flour
- 1/2 Tbs vegetable oil
- 60g Grated Cheddar cheese
- Reserved cooking liquid
- Saute the leeks and red peppers in the oil until soft and fragrant. Place the fish fillets right on top of the leeks and chopped peppers. Pour the milk over the fish and vegetables then add the chopped parsley. Poach the fish for about 5 minutes. Transfer the fillets only into a small baking dish and save the cooking liquid.
- Heat 1/2 a Tbs oil in another pan and add the flour, mix well before adding about 140ml of the reserved cooking liquid. Stir continuously and remove from heat as soon as it begins to bubble. Add half of the grated cheese and mix until the cheese has completely melted. Pour the cheese sauce over the fish.
- Puree the parsnip, swede and sweet potato using the remaining cooking liquid to a smooth consistency. Cover the fish with the mash and sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top.
- Bake at 190 degrees C for about 15 minutes.
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