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...

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    Baked Cod Recipe

    Baked cod with cornflake crust

    The Spruce Eats

    Mild cod gets dipped in a Dijon mustard and egg mixture, then again into a crushed cornflakes mixture in this quick and easy fish recipe the whole family will enjoy. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the fish is opaque and flakes easily. Serve with fresh green beans and mashed potatoes.

  • 02 of 11

    Salmon Patties

    Salmon patties

    The Spruce Eats

    These salmon patties are quick to put together using canned salmon, eggs, breadcrumbs, onion, and seasonings. You can use either canned salmon, leftover cooked salmon, or the salmon in airtight pouches (no bones) for these patties. They're fried in butter in a skillet pan until browned on each side. Make sure to have some slices of lemon to squeeze a bit of juice on them, if desired. Serve with macaroni and cheese or french fries and coleslaw.

  • 03 of 11

    Crispy Baked Tilapia Recipe

    Crispy Baked Tilapia Recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni

    Kids love the panko and crushed potato chip and will wolf down this baked fish down in a flash. The fish is topped with a cheesy and crunchy topping and then sat on a pepper and leeks mixture and baked. Serve it with some tartar sauce or aioli. The vegetables can easily be switched out for others to fit your kid's palate.

  • 04 of 11

    Fish Tacos

    Bobby Flay Fish Tacos

    Food Network

    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. The grilled fish is nestled in a warm flour tortilla and topped with salsa, shredded cabbage, sour cream, onions, and cilantro. Serve with a side of cooked rice.

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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). Enjoy this dish with cooked white rice or some noodles.

  • 06 of 11

    Lemon Cod Fish Recipe

    Crispy lemon codfish

    ​The Spruce Eats

    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 and is ready to put on the table in less than 30 minutes. Serve it with some kids' favorites such as tater tots and some corn on the cob. 

  • 07 of 11

    Beer Battered Fish Recipe

    Beer Battered Fish and Chips

    nicolebranan / E+ / 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 and will be a favorite with the family. Enjoy it with some homemade chips and some tartar sauce or Thai sweet chili sauce. 

  • 08 of 11

    Pecan Crusted Salmon Recipe

    Pecan Crusted Salmon

    Brett Stevens / Getty Images

    This recipe sounds all grown-up and gourmet. But kids really enjoy the crunch of the pecans and the tang of the honey mustard in this salmon recipe. Serve over couscous or rice and steam up some broccoli for a tasty meal.

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  • 09 of 11

    Tuna Casserole Recipe

    Easy tuna noodle casserole recipe

    ​The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga 

    What would a list of fish recipes for kids be without a recipe for tuna casserole? This version uses cream of mushroom soup, some cheddar cheese, and the veggies (peas, of course!) are right in the dish making this an easy one-dish meal. The buttery breadcrumb 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 stuffed potato dish a breeze to prepare. A unique version of twice-baked potatoes that the kids will enjoy helping to create. Choose russet or yukon gold potatoes for this recipe. Include a tossed salad with them for a meal.

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    Fish Bake with Spinach

    Fish Florentine

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    This super simple fish bake recipe uses nice white fish and is packed with healthy spinach. A simple version of a Florentine dish that uses cream of mushroom soup for the sauce and breadcrumbs for a crispy crunchy topping. Serve with rice or pasta and a tossed salad.