When you’re ready to move your baby on from simple fruit and veg purees or finger food, fish is a great new food staple to introduce. Easy to cook, mild in flavour and less chewy than meat, it combines well with a whole host of other ingredients, including vegetables, pasta and fruit, to form the basis of tasty, easy-to-eat baby meals.
Fish is a brilliant source of growth-boosting protein and is also rich in vitamins and minerals. Oily fish is a particular ‘superfood’, with high levels of the omega-3 fatty acids that are linked with brain development. Try to include 1 or 2 portions of oily fish (salmon, sardines, mackerel, pilchards, fresh tuna) into your baby’s diet every week.
Here are our favourite 15 fish recipes for babies, aged 7 months +
A comforting fish-pie-a-like puree that only takes 35 mins to make. Suitable from 6 months.
Salmon, leeks, broccoli and baby pasta. with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and a dash of creme fraiche. Yum! Suitable from 6 months.
A yummy, cheesy first fish puree. Suitable from 6 months.
A thick and tasty chowder that makes a delicious meal for the whole family. You can use white potatoes instead of sweet ones. Suitable for babies from 7 months.
5. Cod Kedgeree
Rice, egg, cod and parsley, with just a touch of curry powder. Suitable from 7 months.
A great twist on fish-and-mash, featuring Parmesan cheese and cherry tomatoes. Suitable from 7 months.
Super-simple to make: just bake the salmon in the oven and then flake/mash into the couscous-and-veg mix. Suitable from 7 months.
Chunks of haddock in a lovely, lemony-herby crumb. A good family recipe (it makes 4 portions). Suitable from 8 months.
Cod, cooked in milk, with leeks, cheese and a touch of thyme. Works well with other white fish, too. Suitable from 8 months.
Delicious individual pies, made with cod and broccoli in a cheesy sauce, with potato and swede mash on top. Makes 6 so you can batch-freeze – or eat some yourself. Suitable from 9 months.
Salmon, potato, parsley, broccoli – all served up as the ultimate finger-friendly food. Suitable from 9 months.
Quick bake-and-flake salmon dish with cheese and peas. Suitable from 10 months.
A 20-minute bake that’s milk, egg and gluten-free. Suitable from 10 months.
14. Cod Creole
A slightly spicy cod-tomato-and-garlic dish that goes will with rice, couscous or baked potatoes. Suitable from 11 months.