I remember my childhood days in my hometown when I would often turn up my nose at the sight of fish prepared at home and would rarely volunteer to eat it. Back then, our home-cooked dishes often featured small fish like anchovies and sardines, typically fried or baked in the oven. The aroma of a tray of steamed anchovies still lingers in my memory.

OK, let's return today, put aside our own childhood pickiness, and focus on the future. In today's discussion, I'll offer some suggestions for introducing fish and seafood to your children. Traditional cooking methods may not always resonate with them in this era, so let's explore some different alternatives.
Research shows that to encourage seafood consumption among growing children, presenting seafood, especially fish, in forms that appeal to their preferences is key. When dining out, children often favor dishes like chicken or meat burgers, shaped like schnitzels, as they find these visually attractive and they pair well with tasty sauces. These sauces often play a role in making the food seem delicious.

We sometimes overlook the fact that children have distinct preferences from adults. While we, as adults, appreciate certain seafood preparations, children may not be as receptive. Therefore, adapting seafood for children, especially when they are younger, is essential. You shouldn’t forget it, the texture of seafood matters. You experienced it at your youngest age too. Most children don't want to grapple with a whole fish, removing bones. Their high energy levels keep them active and restless.

Children today are frequently targeted by food service companies due to their access to smartphones and tablets, making them potential consumers. Home food delivery services have gained popularity, particularly after the COVID-19 pandemic. To engage children's interest, it's essential for parents to transform seafood into formats that cater to their children's preferences.

When it comes to introducing seafood, it's best to start with familiar tastes. Market shelves offer fish products prepared in ways that resemble popular snacks like cheese sticks or canned tuna. Gamifying the introduction of these items to your children can make it fun. In essence, turn mealtime into an enjoyable activity.

Another approach is to involve your child in cooking the fish. As you know, food often tastes better when you've had a hand in preparing it. The same applies to your child. They might be more interested in consuming food they've helped to prepare. Patience is essential in developing a taste for seafood, especially in children who are just beginning to explore fish and other seafood. Remember, it takes time to acclimate to new flavors.

Making children love seafood may not be easy, but it's not impossible. I know it from myself. With the right approach and methods, children can grow to enjoy eating fish and other seafood. Considering each child's unique preferences, starting with familiar tastes, and making mealtime fun are key factors. Most importantly, patience is crucial, as every child has their own tastes.