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Annabel Karmel Demonstrates Salmon Puree

Annabel Karmel: Fish Purees Boost Baby's Brainpower

Editor’s note: The following is a guest post written by Annabel Karmel, the British children's chef and kiddie cookbook author. This week Annabel shares an easy first fish puree to help increase lil ones' fatty acid intake.

The old saying that "fish is good for the brain" is absolutely true. Oil rich fish such as salmon, tuna, and sardines are rich in omega-3 essential fats, which are vital for brain function and visual development. Our brains are made up of 60 percent fat and eating the right fats – omega-3 and omega 6 found in fish and seeds – makes us smarter. Introducing oily fish, like salmon, around 7 months will get them used to the taste from an early age.

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Salmon Puree

Salmon Puree

Salmon Puree


  1. Ingredients
  1. 1 large carrot, diced
  2. 3 ½ oz salmon fillet
  3. 2 tsp milk
  4. 1 cup tomatoes
  5. 1 tbsp butter
  6. 1/4 cup Cheddar cheese, grated


Steam the chopped carrot for 15 minutes or until tender.

Put the salmon into a suitable dish, add the milk, cover leaving an air vent and microwave for 1 ½ to 2 minutes until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

Put the salmon into a suitable dish, add the milk , cover leaving an air vent and microwave for 1 ½ to 2 minutes until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

Alternatively you could poach the salmon in a pan of milk over a low heat until it flakes easily with a fork.

To skin the tomatoes, cut a cross in the base of the tomatoes and put them into a heatproof bowl.

Pour over boiling water and leave for one minute.

Drain and then rinse with cold water and the skin should come away easily,

De-seed and roughly chop the tomatoes. Melt the butter in a saucepan and sauté the tomatoes until mushy (2 to 3 minutes).

Remove from the heat and stir in the grated cheese until melted.

Flake the fish and mix this together with the tomato and cheese sauce and the diced carrot.

Have a picky eater who refuses to eat his greens or a lil girl who is begging to be your sous chef, but you don't know how she can help? Submit your cooking and feeding questions to The Children's Table group over in the LilSugar Community, and we'll have Annabel answer them!

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