As all too many parents know, getting kids to eat fish can be an endless challenge. Just yesterday, a grandmother told me that her two grandkids, aged 3 and 7, had never even tried fish. Zowzers! Pretty astounding but I truly feel the pain of any parent who can't seem to turn their kids on to fish, especially when certain kinds of fish offer a whole host of health benefits.
Whenever the fish monger at our local farmers' market has fresh sole in season, I buy a bunch of filets from her to make a huge batch of Crispy Fish Fingers. I bake some fingers that night for dinner, the rest I freeze for another night when I have to get a quick dinner on the table.
These Crispy Fish Fingers live up to their name. They are seriously crispy on the outside, and moist, flakey and mild in flavor on the inside. They're delicious and nothing like the boxed kind you may have been forced to eat as a child -- for starters, they're made with just a handful of ingredients and therefore a whole lot healthier. Plus, with just a light coating of herb infused mayonnaise for the bread crumbs to grab onto, it's like having a little tartar sauce baked into every bite.
So don't be scared anymore to offer your kids fish, or be fearful that they will turn their noses up at anything you serve. Keep trying different varieties and experimenting with ways of preparing it and eventually you'll hit pay dirt. My guess is that when you take a chance with something simple like these beauties, it won't be too long before fresh fish moves quickly into their food-o-sphere!