When your dinner menu needs a shake-up, seafood can enliven even the most boring meal routine. Just because you have little ones doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy interesting and imaginative eats. Salmon often appeals to little ones more than other fish because of its firm texture and mild flavor. To cook salmon for the toddler set, adjust the seasonings to their sensitive palates.
1 Unwrap the salmon from its package and blot it gently with the paper towel. Transfer the fillets to the cutting board.
2 Sprinkle about 1/4 tsp. of salt evenly over each salmon fillet and press the salt into the flesh of the fish gently with your fingers. Flip the fillet over and do the same thing on the other side.
3 Choose the seasoning for the fillets depending on your toddler's preferences. Some little ones like the subtle taste of cinnamon, while others might prefer the tang of dill. A toddler with adventurous taste buds might like garlic, while one with a sweet tooth may prefer a bit of orange zest. Whichever seasoning you choose, sprinkle the seasoning evenly over both sides of the fillets and then press it in with your fingers.
4 Transfer the salmon fillets to the shallow baking dish and position them neatly in the pan.
5 Bake the salmon at about 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Allow the salmon to bake for between 25 and 30 minutes, or until it flakes easily.
6 Check the salmon to see if it’s done by inserting the tip of an instant-read thermometer into a thick fillet. Always cook fish until it’s at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit in the center of the fillets to ensure that you’ve killed any bacteria lurking in the raw fish.
7 Let the salmon cool for a few minutes before serving it. Cut it into bite-sized pieces and serve it with rice or noodles and steamed broccoli for a well-rounded meal.
Items you will need
- 1 lb. salmon fillets
- Paper towel
- Cutting board
- Sharp knife
- 1 tsp. cinnamon, dill weed, garlic powder or orange zest
- Shallow baking dish
- Instant-read thermometer
- Everybody, Everyday; Alex Mackay
- Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program: Keeping Foods Safe
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