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Baked Fish Balls Recipe for Kids

By Hemapriya Natesan @MyLittleMoppet

February 6, 2017 Leave a Comment

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We’ve read about the importance of Omega 3 fatty acids in nearly every article pertaining to kids nutrition. One of the chief sources of these healthy fatty acids are fish, but it can be quite a challenge to get kids to eat fish! It’s quite likely that your fussy eater turns up his nose at a fried fish or fish curry, no matter how tasty it is. So here’s a fun, kid-friendly recipe to entice them – Baked Fish Balls!

Baked Fish Balls Recipe for Kids

Fish is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids but it can be hard to get kids to eat it! This kid-friendly Baked Fish Balls recipe will make them die hard seafood fans!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound or 500 grams of any firm fish fillet (We used Basa fillets)
  • 2 medium sized Potatoes, diced into small cubes
  • 1 small Onion or half of a big one, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of Coriander Leaves
  • 1 or 2 green Chilies, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of Garam Masala
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ cup of Bread Crumbs (preferably made with whole wheat bread)
  • Salt
  • Non stick oil spray or 1 tablespoon of oil
  • Poaching Liquid
  • 4 cups of Water
  • 4 cloves of Garlic, slightly bruised
  • 1” knob of fresh Ginger, thickly sliced
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 stick of Cinnamon
  • 4 pods of Cardamom, slightly bruised
  • Salt

baked fish balls

Instructions:

1. In a medium saucepan, combine water, ginger slices, garlic pods, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods and salt and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and add the fish and cubed potatoes.

baked fish balls

2. Poach for 5-6 minutes till the potatoes are soft and the fish is cooked through and flakes easily. Drain and let it cool. Discard the ginger slices, cardamom pods, cinnamon stick and the bay leaf.

baked fish balls

3. In a large bowl add the poached fish, chopped onions, chopped cilantro, salt, chopped chilies, garam masala and egg. Mix it well.

baked fish balls

4. The mixture needs to sit in the refrigerator to firm up. Wrap it with a cling wrap and keep it in the refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours to overnight.

baked fish balls

5. Preheat the oven at 400F/ 200 C. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil and grease it well.

6. Using an ice-cream scoop, roll out 2 inch balls from the chilled potato-fish mixture. Roll each ball in the bread crumbs to coat completely.

baked fish balls

7. Arrange the coated balls on the greased aluminum foil lined baking tray. Spray the fish balls lightly with nonstick cooking spray or brush them with oil.

baked fish balls

8. Bake for 30 minutes, turning the tray midway for even cooking.

baked fish balls

9. Serve hot with green chutney and a cup of hot tea or coffee.

Fish is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids but it can be hard to get kids to eat it! This kid-friendly Baked Fish Balls recipe will make them die hard seafood fans!

This recipe is baked and not fried, making it a great option for weight watchers too! Such snacks are a much better alternative to traditional oily snacks, and it prevents your kids from associating fried food as tasty and everything else as bland. One bite of these luscious baked fish balls and they’ll become seafood fans forever!

Fish is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids but it can be hard to get kids to eat it! This kid-friendly Baked Fish Balls recipe will make them die hard seafood fans!

Baked Fish Balls Recipe for Kids  
Baked Fish Balls Recipe for Kids
Save Print PREP TIME 20 mins COOK TIME 40 mins TOTAL TIME 1 hour   Fish is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids but it can be hard to get kids to eat it! This Baked Fish Balls recipe is perfect for kids and will make them die hard seafood fans! Author: Hemapriya Serves: 8 INGREDIENTS
  • 1 pound or 500 grams of any firm fish fillet (We used Basa fillets)
  • 2 medium sized Potatoes, diced into small cubes
  • 1 small Onion or half of a big one, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of Coriander Leaves
  • 1 or 2 green Chilies, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of Garam Masala
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ cup of Bread Crumbs (preferably made with whole wheat bread)
  • Salt
  • Non stick oil spray or 1 tablespoon of oil
  • Poaching Liquid
  • 4 cups of Water
  • 4 cloves of Garlic, slightly bruised
  • 1” knob of fresh Ginger, thickly sliced
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 stick of Cinnamon
  • 4 pods of Cardamom, slightly bruised
  • Salt
METHOD
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine water, ginger slices, garlic pods, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods and salt and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and add the fish and cubed potatoes.
  2. Poach for 5-6 minutes till the potatoes are soft and the fish is cooked through and flakes easily. Drain and let it cool. Discard the ginger slices, cardamom pods, cinnamon stick and the bay leaf.
  3. In a large bowl add the poached fish, chopped onions, chopped cilantro, salt, chopped chilies, garam masala and egg. Mix it well.
  4. The mixture needs to sit in the refrigerator to firm up. Wrap it with a cling wrap and keep it in the refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours to overnight.
  5. Preheat the oven at 400F/ 200 C. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil and grease it well.
  6. Using an ice-cream scoop, roll out 2 inch balls from the chilled potato-fish mixture. Roll each ball in the bread crumbs to coat completely.
  7. Arrange the coated balls on the greased aluminum foil lined baking tray. Spray the fish balls lightly with nonstick cooking spray or brush them with oil.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes, turning the tray midway for even cooking.
  9. Serve hot with green chutney and a cup of hot tea or coffee.
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