Fish is such a wonderful protein for babies, but most parents are intimidated to cook it for their little ones. Even as a child, the only time we had fish, it was cooked under the broiler and stunk up the whole house (sorry Mom)! Most white fish have a mellow flavor and can be easily paired with other flavors.
While shopping at the Farmers Market I asked our local “fish ladies” (as I call them) if they had anything mild for Kenya. One of the fish ladies, with her big hair, gigantic smile and pearly whites, said how about the Hawaiian Silver Snapper?! The name sounded so luxurious and exotic. I looked over at my 13 month old and thought, nothing’s to good for my little guy.
Going with the Hawaiian theme, I came up with flavors I enjoyed from past trips to the tropical paradise. Pineapple, rich in vitamin C, ginger, brown rice and just a hint of sesame oil.
We took Kenya to Hawaii last year when he was 4 months and he could only eye the fresh fruits and fish on Mommy’s plate. Finally, I can bring the idea of being in the Islands to his tummy.
We used these to make this recipe_
- 1/2 pounds snapper (any mild white fish will work)
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
- 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/2 cup pineapple chunks, fresh or canned
This looks so good – would it work with mango or papaya? I am sensitive to pineapple, so we are holding off on giving it to baby.
Hi! This was a great hit with my 8 month old. Also wanted to share that I pureed some leftover steamed salmon with apricots into a mousse texture, and my girl couldn’t get enough of it! Thanks for getting me past my intimidation of serving fish to my baby.