20 Kid-Friendly Fish and Shellfish Recipes to Add to Your Dinner Rotation
Let's face it: Getting kids to try a new food (with the exception of a new flavor of ice cream!) isn't always easy. And seafood may be one of the hardest things to convince children to taste, which is why we're sharing fish and shellfish recipes that were designed with little ones in mind. The following dishes, such as the Summer Smoked-Salmon Chowder pictured here, are guaranteed to be entirely kid-friendly and—as a bonus for busy parents—easy to prepare.
One of the best ways to introduce something new is by building off a dish that they already love. Kids devour macaroni and cheese, so elevate their palate by cooking fettuccine alfredo—it's a creamy comfort food that they're sure to enjoy. Then, mix in some shrimp and peas and they'll dig right in.
We also know that kids love anything that resembles chicken tenders, so why not give them a healthier option that introduces them to fish, such as salmon and sole? We have two recipes that your little ones will love—Panko-Breaded Fish Sticks and Crunchy Panko Salmon. Both require just a few ingredients and neither needs a deep fryer to achieve the crispy exterior! The salmon is breaded and baked in the oven, and the fish sticks are breaded and pan-fried in a skillet. Serve each with a healthy side of vegetables or salad for a dish that's just as nutritious as it is delicious.
If you want to introduce your kids to a totally new type of cuisine, such as sushi, take it step-by-step. Bake salmon and roll it up with cucumbers, carrots, and avocado rather than serving them raw fish. Plus, the kids can help assemble the sushi, which engages the whole family with meal prep.
Your little ones will have no trouble finishing dinner (and getting to dessert!) with these delicious kid-friendly fish and shellfish recipes.
Cream-Free Shrimp Alfredo
Kids love all things cheesy, creamy, and totally delicious. This shrimp pasta gives them what they want, but makes it a little bit healthier. Instead of heavy cream, we've created a lighter alfredo sauce using just pasta water, Parmesan cheese, and unsalted butter. It's just as good as the original.
Panko-Breaded Fish Sticks
Try breading and frying fillets if you can't get your little ones to eat fish. Trust us, it works like a charm. Here, we've coated mild-tasting fillets of sole with crispy panko breadcrumbs, but feel free to use any white fish that you prefer.
Shrimp Scampi with Yellow-Squash Noodles
Crunchy Panko Salmon
This classic seaside soup has all the makings of clam chowder, but is a little bit heartier because we use white-fleshed fish instead of small pieces of clams. It's perfect for when you and the family need a taste of summer.
Baked Salmon Sushi
Young or old, who wouldn't love digging into this assortment of fried fish? The combination is up to you, but we're fans of shrimp, white fish, and clam strips. The key to a crisp, airy coating is using club soda, which helps the breading to become light and puffy.
Perfect Lobster Roll
The ultimate beachy bite, this simple lobster salad roll (served cold!) is fresh and fragrant thanks to lobster, a touch of lemon juice, and plenty of melted butter. Serve with French fries for the ultimate kid-approved dinner.
Broiled Shrimp Tacos
Don't just wait for taco Tuesday to make these easy, family-friendly bites! Piled into corn tortillas (you choose between soft and hard shell!) are broiled shrimp, diced white onion, and canned chipotle in adobo, plus plenty of classic fixings like shredded red cabbage, avocado slices, and sour cream.
Baked Cod with Tomatoes and Potatoes
Linguine with Shrimp and Spinach
DIY a BLT-inspired spread with gorgeous heirloom tomatoes in a variety of colors, hard boiled eggs, lobster, avocado slices, and plenty of fresh herbs. Kids will love getting to pick and choose exactly what they want to go between two slices of white bread.
Perhaps seared scallops with beurre blanc sauce isn't exactly right for your six-year-old. Instead, try this creamy, cheesy, and crunchy casserole. Toss scallops with a combination of crème fraîche, wine (the alcohol cooks off!), and lemon zest, top with a panko-Parmesan mixture, and bake until bubbling and browned.
The glaze packs a lot of flavor in this easy shrimp dish. It's made with honey, lime juice, garlic cloves, and red-pepper flakes, Brush the shrimp with the glaze and broil them until they're cooked through, then serve with a colorful and healthy salad, such as Mediterranean Three-Bean Salad, on the side.
Seared Halibut Tacos with Grapefruit-Avocado Salsa
A tried-and-true favorite, you can make this star of summer in less than an hour. Whether you serve it for lunch or dinner, kids and adults alike will scoop up every last drop.
Sometimes, kids need a little something sweet to entice them to try something new. Coat shrimp in shredded coconut and crunchy panko breadcrumbs and before you know it, their plates will be clean and smiles wide.