I eat a lot of fish. Partly cos it’s healthy and free on Extra Easy and partly cos it’s delicious and so damn versatile. With stirfrys, with chips (my lazy girl syn free chips of course 😉 ) or in stews, me and fish go back a long way. Probably one of the reasons Oscar likes it so much too. However, although Oscar loves all the fish I’ve ever given him, he just doesn’t like the childhood staple of fish fingers. I think it’s more to do with the breadcrumbs (not a favourite coating of anything for the boy) which means the fish he eats is, well, just fish. Until recently though I’ve always been a bit intimidated by fish. Preparing it, cooking it, I was never sure I was doing it right. It also struck me as a time consuming ingredient, one that need loads of time to prepare. But I’m here to tell you I can prep fish and cook it, from frozen, with the same effort it takes to remove fish fingers from the box and in the same time it takes potato waffles to cook (yeah he has grown up tastes in some respects but he’ll bite your arm off for a potato waffle).
This method could just as easily be used for adults, using bigger portions and more exciting ingredients, but this is how I make fish for a child who wont eat fish fingers.
Start by buying fillets of fresh fish. I choose whatever’s on offer. Favourites so far have included cod, haddock, pollack & salmon. Each portion only needs to be small, so buying big pieces and chopping them up always works out better value. Skin on or skin off it doesn’t matter (after cooking you’ll probably wants to remove the skin for a toddler, although this is hardly time consuming). The only thing is it needs to be bone free. You also need foil.
There you go. An easy way to cook and serve ‘real’ fish any day of the week.
Give it a go and enjoy