15 salmon recipes for kids
Make the most of salmon with our best one-pots, traybakes and homemade fish fingers. Packed with omega-3, this pink fish makes for a perfect nourishing family meal.
Salmon is the natural choice for parents wanting to add more oily fish to their children’s diet. It’s a good source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids (which aid the development and function of a child’s brain and nervous system) and has a more delicate flavour than alternatives like mackerel, trout or sardines.
We’ve collected the best kid-friendly salmon recipes, using simple flavours that everyone will enjoy. They’re all easy to make, and most are super-quick to prepare.
For more recipes kids will enjoy, try our kids’ cooking recipes that put children in charge of cooking. We also have great baking recipes, such as our kids’ baking recipes, kids’ biscuit recipes and kids’ brownie recipes.
1. Pasta with salmon & peas
This speedy supper can be on the table in under 20 minutes, perfect for a busy school night. Pasta with salmon & peas uses wholewheat fusilli for added fibre, and tastes great with any veg you have in the freezer, such as sweetcorn, broad beans or edamame.
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2. Salmon tacos with lime dressing
Fresh and colourful, these salmon tacos with lime dressing will have the kids reaching for more. Let the little ones assemble their own corn tacos piled high with salmon fillet chunks, creamy avocado, cherry tomatoes and a zesty lime and yogurt dressing.
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3. Sesame salmon, purple sprouting broccoli & sweet potato mash
Try this Asian-inspired salmon supper with a nutty sesame dressing, crisp veg and comforting sweet potato mash. It’s an excellent meal for the whole family as you can show your children fun new flavour palettes – although you might want to keep the red chilli separate for adults. It's healthy, low-calorie and rich in omega-3.
Discover the health benefits of sweet potato, broccoli and salmon and check out more of our helpful guides in the health hub.
4. Teriyaki salmon & green beans
Choose teriyaki salmon and green beans if you need a nutritious fish supper that’s super easy to make. Kids will love the sweet and sticky teriyaki sauce. Simply serve this traybake alongside plain rice or noodles for a balanced meal.
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5. Salmon egg-fried rice
Staying with Asian-inspired flavours, how about salmon egg-fried rice? This simple supper is packed with veggies – we used carrot, baby sweetcorn and mangetout, but you could easily use a pack of pre-prepared stir-fry veg if you’re short on time. Best of all, it only takes 10 minutes to cook, all in one pan!
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6. Salmon stir-fry
This stir fry is great for packing veg into your kids’ diets. Cover your pak choi and sugar snaps with a fillet of soy-marinated salmon, and you have a simple, flavourful weekday meal that only takes 25 minutes from start to finish.
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7. Salmon fish fingers with chunky chips
Most kids can’t resist fish fingers – tempt them with this healthier version, rich in omega-3. Salmon fish fingers with chunky chips is a recipe designed for toddlers and younger children. You can make them ahead of time and freeze, too.
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8. Teriyaki salmon parcels
These quickly steamed fish parcels with Japanese seasoning are an ideal way to get kids in the kitchen. The recipe has been developed so kids can take the reins with you as their sous chef.
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9. Salmon with greens and crème fraîche
Don’t tell the other salmon recipes, but this is one of our all-time favourites. Top-rated salmon with greens and crème fraîche is popular for a reason – it’s quick to make, packed with nutritious ingredients and has comforting but simple flavours to keep the whole family happy. Serve with a dollop of mash.
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10. Gluten-free salmon pasta
This creamy gluten-free salmon pasta is perfect for coeliacs or those with gluten intolerance, but all will enjoy it. This meal can be on the table in under 20 minutes with only two simple steps.
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11. Salmon & spinach tart
Feeling posh? This salmon & spinach tart looks great as a centrepiece for a casual family gathering, but is surprisingly low effort to make. Using a sheet of ready-rolled puff pastry is the key. Serve alongside plenty of seasonal vegetables such as baby carrots or purple sprouting broccoli.
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12. Build-your-own salmon sushi burrito
Suppose you and the kids enjoyed making one of our delicious teriyaki salmon recipes and have leftovers. In that case, these salmon sushi burritos are a creative way of getting the kids involved in the kitchen while minimising waste.
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13. Salmon pesto traybake with baby roast potatoes
A healthy all-in-one option, try our salmon pesto traybake with baby roast potatoes. This recipe has been portioned to serve two adults and two children, so it’s a great low-waste option, too.
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14. Salmon & spaghetti supper in a parcel
One of the easiest ways to cook salmon fillets is en papillote, which means cooking food inside a sealed parcel made from baking parchment or foil. It’s a great way to retain all the juices from the fish and lets the flavours mingle happily in the oven. Try it out with our salmon & spaghetti supper in a parcel.
15. Smoked salmon avocado sushi
If your kids love sushi, they’ll really enjoy these bite-sized versions as a quick snack or light lunch. It’s easier than you might think to make your own smoked salmon & avocado sushi at home – if you’re feeling adventurous, you could even invite the kids to help you make them!
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