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How to Get Your Kids to Eat Salmon

A Parent's Guide to Success

Are fish sticks becoming a dinnertime rut? Say goodbye to the same old, same old! How about not only getting your kids to eat salmon, but love salmon? Well, we got you covered.

Introducing Salmon to Your Little Ones:

We get it—convincing kids to eat fish can feel like an uphill battle. Why? Well, to their young taste buds, fish can often taste a bit too "fishy," with hints of iodine that might overwhelm their senses. But fear not! With a little culinary creativity and some secret ingredients up your sleeve, we can turn those fish-frowning faces into smiles of seafood satisfaction.

The Skillet Solution:

Cooking, as they say, is part chemistry, part skill, and a sprinkle of luck. And when it comes to fish, my top pick is Alaska Sockeye Salmon. Even when it's only available frozen in the colder months, its flavor surpasses that of farm-raised varieties and packs a nutritional punch that's great for growing kids. Now, let's dive into the fun part—making salmon irresistible for your little ones.

Get Your Kids to Eat Salmon With These Pairings:

The key? Incorporating flavors your kids already love. Think sweet and savory combos like pineapple, raisins, diced pears or apples, teriyaki or soy sauce, or even a balsamic reduction sauce. Feeling adventurous? Transform your salmon into tacos or burritos for a hands-on mealtime experience that's sure to be a hit.

Getting kids to love salmon

Turn those fish-frowning faces into smiles of seafood satisfaction

Unlocking The Secret to Get Your Kids to Eat Salmon:

Now, let's talk about the science behind the flavors. One major turn-off for kids (and even some adults) when it comes to fish is those fish oils. But fear not! We have a secret weapon: wine. Yes, you read that right! Adding a splash of wine during the cooking process neutralizes those fish oils and adds a delightful acidity that balances out the flavors.

Vinegar's Role in Salmon Success:

And speaking of acidity, don't underestimate the power of vinegar. Whether it's white or red wine vinegar, these kitchen staples are the chef's best-kept secrets. Just like in professional kitchens, a splash of vinegar can work wonders, adding that perfect zing to your dish and bringing all the flavors into harmony.

So, there you have it—a foolproof guide to making salmon a superstar at your family table. With a dash of creativity, a sprinkle of science, and a whole lot of love, you'll get your kids to eat salmon and have them asking for seconds in no time.

And if you need a little inspiration, check out this delicious Sockeye Salmon recipe featuring a Caper Butter Wine Sauce that'll have everyone coming back for more:

Get your kids to eat salmon by making mealtime an adventure, one bite of salmon at a time!

Chef Mike Monahan founded Chefs USA in 1995. His company is dedicated to the simple proposition that busy, budget focused parents and professionals can prepare healthy and economical meals that are tasty and nutritious. Join Chef Mike and over 200 thousand subscribers on Youtube.

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