I can't tell you how many people tell me they love fish, but have absolutely no idea how to cook it. My friend told me it's so intimidating, that she does a drive-by at the seafood counter, but hangs her head in shame for not knowing what to do with it, and just passes it by.
Au contraire... fish is SO easy. This recipe really isn't even a recipe. It's one ingredient. That's it. Just fish.
Salmon is a great fish for babies. It's incredibly rich in vitamins A, B12, D as well as the mineral selenium, and it is an excellent source of omega-3 essential fatty acids. They're called "essential" because the body can't manufacture them, so they have to be acquired through diet, and it's important that your baby is getting them (say why it is important). Salmon was one of the first proteins that I gave Kenya and he loved it. Not only could he hold it in his little hand, but he ate it so quickly, I couldn't make enough. I don't think I started eating salmon until I was in my 20's!
Although it's almost double the price of farm raised fish, I buy Kenya wild salmon. Wholefoods, Trader Joe's and other high quality markets regularly have it in stock. With all the unknowns about contamination in our waters, I think it's worth the extra price. I also steam other types of fish for this recipe such as cod, snapper, tilapia and whitefish. Try to stay away from tuna, mackerel and swordfish which are high in mercury. When in doubt, ask your fish monger. They can usually give you great suggestions.
Simple Salmon (1-2 Baby/Toddler Servings)
- 1/4 pound salmon, or other fish of your choice
Preparation1. Place the salmon in a steamer pot over boiling water.
2. Steam for 5 minutes or until fish is cooked through and flakey.
3. Cool, break into bite size pieces (removing any small bones) and serve.
* Make sure to check that the pieces you offer your little one don’t have any bones, I usually wait until it’s cooked to do this because it’s easier to find them.