Fish Recipes for Your Baby to Try

How to make baby food from fish that's nutritious and delicious

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Fish: it might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of baby food. Fish was once not considered "safe" food for babies under one year old due to potential allergic reactions, but the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has revealed that delaying the introduction of foods considered highly allergic, including fish, eggs, and nuts, makes no impact on allergy prevention.

When Babies Can Eat Fish

Babies can start eating solid foods between 4 to 6 months. The AAP recommends introducing your baby to fish after having been introduced to other less allergenic foods, like fruits, vegetables, and cereal, even if your family has a history of food allergies. If your baby is ready for table foods and can self-feed, you can try serving them cooked fish. Cut the fish into small pieces or flakes and serve with a side of vegetables.

As with any diet change, make sure you have the go-ahead from your pediatrician. You'll especially want to consult your pediatrician if your baby has ever experienced any of the following:

  • Moderate to severe eczema after using doctor-prescribed skin products
  • An immediate allergic reaction to food
  • Been diagnosed with a food allergy

How to Introduce Fish

If prepared properly, fish can be a very nutritious meal for baby. Fish is full of ​protein, minerals, and essential fatty acids that promote brain development. Just make sure you're taking precautions along the way.

When introducing any allergenic food, make sure you are the one feeding it to your baby. After feeding your baby, wait at least three days before serving it again so you have time to monitor for an allergic reaction. Facial swelling, rashes, vomiting, diarrhea and trouble breathing are all signs of an allergic reaction. If your baby exhibits any of these signs, seek emergency assistance immediately.

How to Make Fish Baby Food

Before you make your own baby food, pick the right kind of fish:

  • Use fresh fish only
  • Choose mild, white fish (flounder, haddock, cod, sole, etc.)
  • Make sure the fish has been properly deboned
  • Choose fish with lower levels of mercury


  • 1 cup boneless, cooked white fish, deboned
  • 1/4 cup breastmilk, formula, or water


  1. Place fish and liquid of choice in a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend to reach your desired consistency. For more flavor, add vegetables.

Fish With Mixed Vegetables


  • 1 cup cooked white fish, deboned
  • 2 tablespoons breastmilk, formula or water
  • 1 tablespoon cooked peas
  • 1 tablespoon cooked carrots
  • 1 tablespoon cooked sweet potato


  1. Place fish, mixed vegetables and breastmilk/formula/water in a blender or food processor.
  2. Puree to your desired consistency.

Fish With Carrots


  • 6 ounces uncooked whitefish, deboned
  • 1/2 cup carrots, peeled, diced and steamed to softness
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup grated mild cheese
  • 2 tablespoons breastmilk, formula or water


  1. Place fish in a microwavable safe dish, pour orange juice over top and sprinkle with cheese.
  2. Cover dish with plastic wrap and microwave on high for about 2 minutes or until fish flakes easily with ​a fork.
  3. Place ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree to desired consistency.
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