We all know how important it is to expose the kids to as many culinary experiences as possible, but seafood can be something that they can get a little funny with. Perhaps it is because of its strong flavor or that fact that not every household eats it regularly. But the little ones can sometimes be a bit tentative when trying dishes that include things like shrimps and crab. So why not try one of the kid friendly recipes below to help introduce them to the delicious world of seafood?
Shrimp Summer Rolls
Summer rolls are a great way of introducing the kids to seafood. They are super healthy, as unlike their cousin’s spring rolls, they aren't deep fried. The kids also get to feel involved in the cooking process as they can wrap up all the goodies themselves. Which of course, makes them much more likely to eat the end result.
First of all, you will need to make sure that you have some rice paper wrappers. About two per person should suffice. You can get these in many supermarkets now, but if you can't find them online Asian stores or places like Amazon pantry can usually help.
For the filling, you will need fresh raw shrimp. If you live by the coast, you can up early and get them fresh from the harbor. Happily, you can now get some quality fresh seafood online, so try there instead if you live inland or don't fancy an early morning.
Cook the shrimp thoroughly along with chopped scallions, a dash of fish source, and a little garlic. Then add some bean sprouts and a little fresh mint, and you are good to go. Use this mix to stuff the summer rolls.
You can also mix up a little dipping sauce to go with them. Some people prefer a sweet and sour version with chili, ginger garlic soy, sesame oil, and a little sweet chili sauce. Add some toasted sesame seeds for texture.
Other like a peanut dipping sauce, which is super easy too. Just loosen up some whole grain peanut butter with a soy and sweet chili sauce and you are sorted. Delicious.
Easy Fish Pie
Another great dish to encourage the kids the sample the delights of seafood is a super easy, creamy, cheesy fish pie. It’s perfect for cold winter evenings too, as it’s real comfort food.
Start off with any mix of seafood and fish that you like. White fish, salmon, shrimp and crab, all work well. Cook the seafood until tender. Then set aside and make the sauce.
Use a stable soft cheese like Philadelphia. Mix this with a dash of chicken stock until you get a sauce-like consistency. You can use the one with herbs or include your own. Then add the fish and stir it through.
Once this stage is completed transfer the fish and sauce to an ovenproof dish. Layer on mashed potatoes over the top, and cover generously with grated cheese. Then pop in the oven until the sauce is piping hot and the cheese is melted.
Serve with a dressed salad a crusty bread for a warming and delicious treat that none of the family will be able to resist. Including the kids!
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