Fish Recipes for Kids

11 Easy, Kid-Friendly Fish Recipes They'll Love

Fish is super fast and easy to cook. There are so many ways to prepare fish there's bound to be one that will please even the pickiest eaters. If your kids haven't responded to plain fish with a squirt of lemon, try something a little dressier - maybe fish tacos or salmon patties. Check out these ideas...

  • 01 of 11

    Baked Cod Recipe

    Baked cod with cornflake crust

    The Spruce

    Mild cod gets brushed with Dijon mustard, then topped with crushed cornflakes in this quick and easy fish recipe the whole family will enjoy.

  • 02 of 11

    Salmon Patties with Old Bay

    Salmon cakes

    Jennifer Levy / Getty Images

    There's nothing like Old Bay seasoning to wake up a fish dish. And it really delivers something special to these salmon patties. You can use either canned salmon, leftover cooked salmon or the salmon in airtight pouches (no bones) for these patties. If you want to use fresh salmon, check out these fresh salmon patties.

  • 03 of 11

    Crispy Baked Tilapia Recipe

    Baked tilapia

    arsenik / Getty Images

    You may wonder if this dish might be too far afield from the typical chicken tenders and mac and cheese the kids might be accustomed to eating at home. Truth is, kids love the crushed potato chip and will wolf down this fish in a flash!

  • 04 of 11

    Fish Tacos

    Fish taco

    The Spruce / coupleinthekitchen / Twenty20

    Why go out for fish tacos when it's so easy to make them at home? Although this recipe calls for mahi-mahi, you can use any kind of firm, white fish - just choose whatever's on sale. And if you're in a hurry, use a store-bought mango or peach salsa instead of the cabbage slaw.

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  • 05 of 11

    Baked Teriyaki Salmon

    Baked Salmon Teriyaki

     Leah Maroney

    For kids who love the teriyaki chicken from the local Japanese restaurant, this recipe for baked teriyaki salmon is a good introduction to the healthy fish, or even fish in general. A mixture of soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic and ginger powders, and cornstarch is used both as a marinade and a sauce (after it is cooked down).

  • 06 of 11

    Lemon Cod Fish Recipe

    Crispy lemon codfish

    ​The Spruce

    The lemon butter sauce has just the right amount of zing to make this lemon cod fish recipe stand out from the pack. But it's really simple to prepare.

  • 07 of 11

    Beer Battered Fish Recipe

    Fried fish

    David Marsden / Getty Images

    When you fry fish at home at the proper temperature, it doesn't retain much fat, and it tastes amazing. And don't worry about the beer for the kids - it cooks out. This recipe is a keeper - do give it a try!

  • 08 of 11

    Pecan Crusted Salmon Recipe

    Pecan Crusted Salmon
    wwny / Flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0

    This recipe sounds all grown up and gourmet. But trust, kids really enjoy the crunch of the pecans and the tang of the honey mustard in this salmon recipe. Serve over couscous or rice.

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  • 09 of 11

    Tuna Casserole Recipe

    Tuna Noodle Casserole

    The Spruce

    What would a list of fish recipes for kids be without a recipe for tuna casserole? This version uses cream of broccoli soup and gets a kick of pizzazz from Old Bay seasoning. The crunchy potato chip topping is always a hit with the kids.

  • 10 of 11

    Shrimp Stuffed Baked Potatoes

    Shrimp stuffed potato

    The Spruce / Rich Products Corporation / The Shrimp Council

    Frozen shrimp scampi makes this dish a breeze to prepare. Choose russet or yukon gold potatoes for this recipe.

  • 11 of 11

    Fish Bake with Spinach

    Fish Florentine

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This super simple fish bake recipe uses nice white fish and is packed with healthy spinach!