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When Kenya was around 10 months old, I started placing tiny pieces of fish on his highchair tray for him to pick up and eat on his own. Now that Chloe is around the same age, I do it with her as well. And like her older brother, Chloe is a fish fanatic.

Fish is an important source of protein and a variety of nutrients for kids, like B vitamins and Omega 3’s, but there are many children who just plain ol’ resist eating it. This recipe is for those parents whose little ones put up a fight on fish night. As soon as your kids take a bite of this Parmesan Crusted Fish, I bet they’ll change their tune. I even added a delicious Lemon and Dill Dipping Sauce to get them more involved with the dish and add to the fun factor of eating it. You never know, your kids may be requesting fish after this!

Lemon & Dill Dipping Sauce

1/2 Cup Plain Yogurt
Juice of 1/2 a Lemon
2 Tsp Fresh Dill or 1 Tsp Dried Dill
Pinch of Salt

1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.
2. Serve.


Parmesan Crusted Fish with Lemon Dill Sauce

2 from 1 vote
Servings: 4
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes


  • 1/4 Cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 Cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 Tsp kosher salt
  • 4 Fish Fillets (you could use Tilapia, Red Snapper, Halibut, Barramundi or any white flakey fish)
  • cooking oil spray


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Mix the parmesan cheese, bread crumbs and salt in bowl or on a plate.
  • Coat each fish fillet in the cheese mixture.
  • Place on a spray-lined baking rack on top of a cookie sheet, coat the fish with spray and bake for 12-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish (about 12 minutes for tilapia and 15 minutes for something thicker like halibut).
  • Serve with lemon and dill dipping sauce.


Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 79g | Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 205mg | Sodium: 720mg
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. This recipe should be given an award! It can’t be simpler than that and still tastes extraordinarily good! I cook it whenever I want to make sure that my toddler daughter gets some fish since she never refuses it.

  2. Yum, just tried this recipe with fresh caught blue gill and small-mouth bass. Made fish sticks for the 5-year old and fillets for us. We all enjoyed it!

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  4. I made this today using some catfish nuggets that I had. Thought it would make more bite-size pieces/something akin to a fishstick. My 2 year old loved them. I assume I can freeze the extras and reheat when I want to serve again? I made a lb of nuggets, so it was like 9 pieces of fish.

  5. thank you for posting this fish recipe. my 10 month old loves white fish and so i tried this with cod. he ate almost everything I put on his tray!

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