When you think of dinners kids will eat without complaint, pizza, chicken nuggets, and anything white and starchy probably rank a little higher than fish. That doesn’t have to be the case however, and these 13
sheet pan fish recipes prove that getting little ones to eat salmon, cod, or tuna (to name a few) doesn't have to be a battle.
There are plenty of reasons to
introduce your kids to fish. It’s a quality protein that’s packed with vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats like DHA, which is essential for brain development, per Healthy Children (the website provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics). Plus, it tastes really good, and it's nice to make one meal everybody in the family enjoys.
A serving size of fish for kids is much smaller than an adult’s portion, so you don’t need to load their plate up, either. In fact, the recommended serving size of seafood for children ages 2-3 is just one ounce according to
Healthy Children. Visually, one ounce of fish is about the size of half a deck of cards, so really not much at all.
From classic favorites like nuggets to more unexpected dishes like salad niçoise, you just might find that your kids as for these 13 sheet pan fish recipes again and again.
Blackened Salmon With Potatoes
This blackened salmon bowl from
Half Baked Harvest is served with rice, potatoes, creamy avocado dressing, and a sprinkling of feta (or your favorite) cheese. You can always cut your kiddos' salmon into tiny pieces if they're still warming up to fish.
This dish by
Simply Delicious had me at lemon and butter. White fish has a mild taste that kids will probably like, plus the recipe is so easy because the fish and the asparagus cook at the same temperature for the same amount of time (which is just a quick 12 minutes).
If your kiddo isn't super into food that's "too spicy" you could always go light on the chili powder, or swap it out entirely. The cod recipe from
Inside BruCrew Life tastes great paired with any of your favorite veggies.
Fish sticks are a reliable staple in many kids' diets, and the classic gets a little twist from
Simply Scratch by baking them in the shape of nuggets. They're so good you'll want to eat them too, and cooking on parchment makes clean up a breeze.
You don't have to order from your favorite Chinese restaurant next time your family has a craving for shrimp and broccoli. While shrimp may not
technically be a fish, this savory dish by Well Plated incorporates honey, soy sauce, and rice vinegar, and it's so good I had to include it.
This recipe from
A Pretty Life In The Suburbs is made with a delicious maple barbeque sauce that whole family will be licking off their fingers, and you can always swap broccolini for another vegetable.
Fish tacos are one of my absolute favorite foods, and this recipe from
Feed Me Phoebe holds up against some of my restaurant faves. These get a great flavor balance from the pickled salsa, and you can top the tacos with anything else you have around like avocado, shredded cabbage, or sour cream.
Even the pickiest of eaters will likely enjoy the classic British pub food, fish and chips. This recipe from
Cooking For Keeps is breaded using salt and vinegar chips, which is delicious, but if it's too much flavor for your little one, regular potato chips work well too. Best of all, it's baked instead of fried.
Sriracha Ranch Fish Tacos
Cod is the star of this recipe from
Inside BruCrew Life. It couldn't be much easier: just whip up a simple salsa (she uses pineapple for a bit of sweetness) then bake frozen cod according to package directions. Dinner is ready in no time.
This sheet pan salmon gets a burst of flavor from lemon, dill, and of course, mustard. Even if your kiddo isn't a major mustard fan, they might still love this tangy dish.
Parmesan-crusted anything is good in my book, and this crispy tilapia is a stand-out recipe. Deborah of
Taste And Tell says, "I even got the thumbs up from the 5 year old. She is becoming quite the fish lover!"
Barbeque Salmon With Slaw
Paprika, brown sugar, spicy chipotle powder, and garlic powder give this crispy salmon tons of smoky flavor that pair so well with the rich barbecue sauce. The brussel sprout slaw lends a nice crunch to the soft salmon.
I never expected to see a salad made on a sheet pan, but stranger things have happened. This salad niçoise from
The Healthy Foodie is chock full of healthy fats, greens, and veggies, plus it's good warm or cold and makes for great leftovers.