As we purchase new sneakers, adjust our children’s bedtime, and maybe buy the coolest new Bento box, we shouldn’t forget the crucial step of preparing our children’s brains to return to working at full capacity.  How can we help our kids boost brain development and perform at peak levels in school, and do so without adding another cumbersome task to our plate? 

The answer is food. As we’ve stated many times, seafood is loaded with essential nutrients and vitamins that help build our immune system, stave away significant bouts of depression, provide energy, assist in healthy brain growth, and aid in the development of the nervous system.  In layman’s terms: seafood is crucial for young, developing bodies.

We’ve pulled five of our favorite kid-friendly meals that you can put together in less than 15 minutes, so you can get back to sitting and snuggling with your kids.  Emphasis on the SITTING. You can guarantee these recipes are loaded with nutrients that are working their invisible magic.  Because after all, seafood is ✨magical✨

Parmesan Haddock Fish Sticks

With this homemade Fish Stick recipe you can feel more confident in its ingredients and nutrition versus store bought fish sticks.  Kids are more likely to give it a try as it resembles an old favorite – chicken nuggets.

You can air fry the fish as well for a more crispy result.

Ingredients:

You will need (2) 6 ounce portions of Fish Fixe Haddock (or cobia, salmon, snapper)

Directions:

  1. Prepare (2) 6 oz portions of Fish Fixe Haddock according to package instructions
  2. Pre-heat oven to 400º
  3. Cut fish into equal strips 
  4. Combine 2 eggs, splash of milk and dijon mustard
  5. Add panko and parmesan cheese to a separate bowl
  6. Season Haddock with salt and pepper
  7. Coat all sides of Haddock with the egg wash
  8. Dip into Panko, and shake off excess
  9. Place onto greased baking sheet and cook for 10 minutes or until fish is fork tender
  10. Finish by broiling for 2-3 minutes per side until fish if golden brown

Blackened Cobia with Lime

Cobia can be a great introductory fish for your little one.  It’s mild, flaky and incredibly easy to prepare so you’re more likely to have success.

Ingredients:

You will need (2) 6 ounce portions of Fish Fixe Cobia

Seasoning for Cobia

Directions:

  1. Prepare (2) 6 oz portions of Fish Fixe Cobia according to package instructions.  Season both sides with seasoning and set aside
  2. Bring a non-stick pan to medium- high heat and drizzle the bottom of the pan with avocado oil
  3.  Cook the Cobia for 4 minutes on the first side and then flip until all sides are cooked.  About 10-12 minutes in total.  Finish with a squeeze of lime and remove from the pan

Add the cobia on top of rice or couscous and finish with another squeeze of lime.

Oven Baked Shrimp Tacos

Winner, winner, shrimp taco dinner! This has been a huge hit in the Fish Fixe Kitchen when we’ve cooked for our littles.  Getting your children involved in the assembly is another secret tip that encourages them to give it a taste.  They can put together the taco with their favorite ingredients and watch it crisp up in the oven with ooy-gooy cheese and salty shrimp. Pair it with a side of guacamole and you’ve got yourself an incredibly nutrient dense meal that’s flagged as kid friendly.

Ingredients:

You will need (2) 6 ounce portions of Fish Fixe Shrimp 

Directions:

  1. Prepare Fish Fixe shrimp per the thawing and prepping instructions on the bag
  2. Dice shrimp and season with paprika, cumin, chili powder and salt.
  3. Set oven to 400º
  4. Saute onion and poblano for 2-3 minutes on medium-high heat
  5. Stir in garlic for 2 minutes and saute until vegetables begin to turn soft
  6. Add in shrimp and cook 3-5 minutes.  Keep the tails on for added flavor.
  7. While shrimp cooks, prep the tacos
  8. Add parchment paper to a cooking sheet.  Spray one side of each tortilla and place sprayed side down on the sheet
  9. On half of the tortilla place cheese, shrimp and vegetables and finish with a top layer of cheese
  10. Place in oven for 1-2 minutes and allow top cheese to melt a bit, then fold over tortilla to close.  The cheese will help it stay together.
  11. Bake for 2-3 min on each side until the tacos are crispy on the outside and nice and gooey on the inside

Air Fried Salmon

We’ve saved this one for last.  If you can get your kids to eat the above recipes, then air fried salmon will go down like a fried Oreo at a carnival.   As with the homemade fish sticks recipe at the top of the blog, you can slice the salmon into tender-like sizes and the air fryer will give the salmon a nice crisp shell. 

Ingredients:

You will need (2)  6 oz. Fish Fixe Salmon filets

Blackening Seasoning:

Directions:

  1. Prepare the Fish Fixe Salmon per the instructions on the bag
  2. Sprinkle Blackening Seasoning generously on both sides, followed by a light coating of olive oil or avocado oil.  This seals in the seasoning.
  3. Preheat the air fryer to 400º
  4. Spray the air fryer basket or grate with avocado oil to ensure the fish releases easily
  5. You’ll want to cook the salmon for 8-10 minutes