A Beginner’s Guide to the Best Types of Seafood Your Family Will Love
the countless foods now recommended for optimum health, eating all the right
ones in just the right proportions isn’t always easy. Unfortunately, some of
the healthiest foods are the ones many people find hardest to swallow. This is
especially true when it comes to fish and seafood.
to the FDA, we should include at least two portions of fish and seafood in our
diets each week. These menu items are loaded with vital nutrients, including
protein, iodine, vitamin D and those all-powerful omega-3 fatty acids so
essential for brain and body function. Despite being such a crucial component
in our diets, plenty of people shy away from seafood and fish. Some insist they
don’t care for it while others just aren’t quite sure what to do with it.
terms of so many people wrinkling their noses at fish and seafood, most people
just aren’t familiar with what could be considered real versions of these
foods. They’ve had minced, mangled, imitation options readily available in the
canned meat and freezer sections of the local supermarket. Those aren’t even
comparable to the real thing. Having fresh fish and seafood delivered to your
door is a helpful solution to this issue.
to address the second problem. What do you do with flavorful, nutrient-packed,
truly fresh fish and seafood? Finding some recipes your family will love,
children included, will help ensure it’s actually eaten after it reaches the
a fish or seafood-based meal everyone will sit down and eat isn’t exactly a
simple feat. In some cases, even the though of those items being in a dish will
send your familyrunning for the local pizzeria. Still, there are plenty of
meal ideas are out there, and your family is sure to love a number of them.
1) Salmon Patties
this dish, you’ll need roughly a pound of boneless salmon fillets. The recipe
will feed about four extremely hungry people with enough left over for lunch or
a snack the following day. Be sure to remove any tiny bones left in the salmon.
If there’s a chance your family will balk at black or grayish pieces in the
patties, don’t hesitate to slice off the skin with a sharp fillet knife as
there, coarsely chop the salmon. Place it in a bowl and add about a half a cup
of corn meal mix, some salt and pepper, a quarter cup of finely diced onion and
a couple slices of finely diced bell pepper if desired. Be careful with the
peppers and onions because they could easily overpower the salmon. Mix in a
couple tablespoons of cookingoil and four raw eggs as well to hold the mixture
together during cooking.
mixture should resemble thick, lumpy pancake batter. If it doesn’t, add more
corn meal mix or eggs depending on whether it’s too thick or thin. Then, heat
oil in a frying pan and dip a couple spoons full of the mixture per patty into
the pan. Use less for smaller patties and more for larger ones. Fry until
golden brown on each side and place on paper towels to drain.
recipe combines the health benefits of fish and eggs with the fried taste and
texture so many people love. The corn meal mix adds a nice bread-like texture to
mask the fish for those who think they don’t care for it. Although the patties
don’t actually need any dipping sauce, tartar sauce works well with them. If
you’re feeding picky little ones, ketchup also supplements this dish nicely.
Tuna fillets can also be used rather than salmon if you prefer.
2) Homemade Fish Sticks
making homemade fish sticks, tilapia
is usually advised. In truth, though, any type of white fish is acceptable.
Panko makes for a light, crispy breading, but it’s not the only option. If
desired, dip cut-up fish fillets in buttermilk and bread them with flour.
Alternatively, you could use an egg wash and dry mashed potato flakes as a crust.
The egg wash will help the crust to stick to the fish.
fish sticks can be baked in the oven or deep fried. While deep-fried dishes
aren’t exactly considered healthy, they’re undeniable favorites among the old
and young alike. This makes them an easy way to encourage the little ones to
eat fresh fish. Again, tartar sauce or ketchup makes for an alluring dipping
sauce depending on your family’s preferences.
3) Shrimp and Grits
Shrimp and grits may be stereotyped as a strictly southern dish, but countless variations are available. This meal can be customised in any number of ways to suit your family’s preferences. If you’re not sure where to begin, use this recipe as a guideline. Add pepper flakes for extra heat or leave them out for a milder dish.
mild variety of onion can be used in the place of scallions. Fresh shrimp
already deveined and ready to eat make the whole process much simpler. Keep in
mind, though, no brand of instant grits is capable of replicating the taste and
texture of stone-ground alternatives. They’re well worth the extratime needed
to cook them. At the same time, using chicken broth instead of water helps keep
them from clumping so badly and adds extra flavor.
4) Popcorn Shrimp
and fried seems to be a running theme, but it’s a surefire way of getting
seafood into your family’s diet without having to fight the little ones.
Smaller varieties of shrimp tend to work best here, such as wild rock shrimp.
need to mix an egg with half a cup of milk in a bowl. Pour flour into another
bowl, and place breadcrumbs into a third one. Dip the fresh shrimp into the
flour and shake off any excess. Then, dip them into the milk and egg mixture.
From there, coat them in breadcrumbs and place them in hot oil to fry.
the end, you’ll have a seafood spin on the classic chicken nuggets kids so
often enjoy. Popcorn shrimp makes a simple finger food and is a bite-sized
alternative to some other shrimp-based dishes. Use cocktail or tartar sauce or,
again, the classic ketchup if desired.
In a Word
Fish and seafood offer a long list of health benefits, but they usually tend to linger at the bottom of most families’ lists of favourites. This doesn’t mean they have to be left out altogether. These recipes can help boost their popularity. Once you’ve convinced your family seafood and fish don’t have to be the enemy, you might find any number of ways to incorporate them into your weekly meal plans.