Most parents probably do not hold out hope that their tots will relish a whole, skin-on, head-on fish, but it would be nice to get them to eat fish in some form that isn’t breaded and shaped like a stick.
I don’t have kids, so I don’t claim to be any kind of expert on this. I do have a big kid at home who usually requests that I bread and pan-fry fish, then serve it with homemade tartar sauce. So I kind of see what parents are up against.
I’d love to be able to offer some ideas and recipes for parents, especially as we are in the Lenten season when fish is a popular choice for religious reasons. Even outside of Lent, fish is a light and healthy supper option.
Have you had success transforming a fish hater (child or adult) into a fish lover? If so, please consider sharing your advice and/or recipes!
Meanwhile, take this fun quiz and see how much you know about fish:
1. True or false: Saltwater fish can have thicker bones than freshwater fish.
2. True or false: Flatfish (as opposed to roundfish, the other category) have both eyes on the bottom of their bodies.
3. Among these three types of fish, which is the leanest, which has a moderate amount of fat and which is the fattiest: swordfish, haddock, herring.
4. Which of the following indicates that a fish is not very fresh and you should therefore not buy it?
A. shiny skin
B. cloudy eyes
C. firm flesh that springs back when pressed with a finger
5. Fish can be tightly wrapped and stored for how long in the freezer?
A. Up to two months
B. Up to six months
C. Up to one year
6. A good rule of thumb for cooking fish is to cook it…
A. …for 8-10 minutes per inch
B. …until it registers 145 on a meat thermometer
C. …until it flakes easily with a fork
D. Any of the above.
7. Which of the following is NOT the name of an existing fish: akule, gaspergoo, opakapaka, rinkerwink, sprat, tambaquai, weakfish
Scroll down to see the answers:
1. True — salt water provides more buoyancy.
2. False — flatfish have both eyes on the top of their bodies.
3. Haddock is leanest, swordfish is medium-fat, herring is high-fat.
4. B — Cloudy eyes indicate that a fish is not fresh, as does slimy skin, an overly fishy smell and sunken eyes.
5. B — Up to six months.
6. D — All of the above.
7. There’s no such thing as a rinkerwink fish. But it was fun coming up with that.