Fish Baby Food Recipes

How to Make Baby Food From Fish That's Nutritious and Delicious

baby eating fish.
Baby eating fish. Flickr/Yoshihide Nomura

Fish: it might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of baby food. Fish was once not considered "safe" food for babies under one year old due to potential allergic reactions, but the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has revealed that delaying the introduction of foods considered highly allergic, including fish, eggs and nuts, makes no impact on allergy prevention.

When Babies Can Eat Fish:

Babies can start eating solid foods between 4 to 6 months.

The AAP recommends introducing your baby to fish after having been introduced to other less allergenic foods, like fruits, vegetables and cereal, even if your family has a history of food allergies. If your baby is ready for table foods and can self-feed, you can try serving them cooked fish. Cut the fish into small pieces or flakes and serve with a side of vegetables. Actually, for a long time, my daughter's favorite food as a one-year-old was salmon, so you just never know until you try it.

As with any diet change, make sure you have the go-ahead from your pediatrician. You'll especially want to consult your pediatrician if your baby has ever experienced any of the following:

How to Introduce Fish:

If prepared properly, fish can be a very nutritious meal for baby.

Fish is full of protein, minerals and essentially fatty acids that promote brain development. Just make sure you're taking precautions along the way.

When introducing any allergenic food, make sure you are the one feeding it to your baby. After feeding your baby, wait at least three days before serving it again so you have time to monitor for an allergic reaction.

Facial swelling, rashes, vomiting, diarrhea and trouble breathing are all signs of an allergic reaction. If your baby exhibits any of these signs, seek emergency assistance immediately.

How to Make Fish Baby Food:

Before you make your own baby food, pick the right kind of fish:

  • Use fresh fish only
  • Choose mild, white fish (flounder, haddock, cod, sole, etc.)
  • Make sure the fish has been properly deboned
  • Choose fish with lower levels of mercury

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup boneless, cooked white fish, deboned
  • 1/4 cup breastmilk, formula or water
  • Blender or food processor

Directions:

  1. Place fish and liquid of choice in a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend to reach your desired consistency. For more flavor, add vegetables.

Fish With Mixed Vegetables:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked white fish, deboned
  • 2 tablespoons breastmilk, formula or water
  • 1 tablespoon cooked peas
  • 1 tablespoon cooked carrots
  • 1 tablespoon cooked sweet potato
  • Blender or food processor

Directions:

  1. Place fish, mixed vegetables and breastmilk/formula/water in a blender or food processor.
  1. Puree to your desired consistency.

Fish With Carrots:

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces uncooked white fish, deboned
  • 1/2 cup carrots, peeled, diced and steamed to softness
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup grated mild cheese
  • 2 tablespoons breastmilk, formula or water
  • Microwave safe dish
  • Plastic wrap

Directions:

  1. Place fish in a microwavable safe dish, pour orange juice over top and sprinkle with cheese.
  2. Cover dish with plastic wrap and microwave on high for about 2 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork.
  3. Place ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree to desired consistency.

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