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Photographs copyright Peter Knab

Baked salmon fillets (page 55)

Practical Playtime / Jobs For The Kids

  • Put the salmon on the baking tray.
  • Brush the salmon with the seasoning.

My Cooking With Kids Recipe Diary

Jake 4 years 9 months, James 2 years


While I test and write the recipes I work on three chapters at a time, one from each section of the book. We each get to choose a chapter. Jess chose duck, I chose tapenade and Jake chose salmon. This means I get a lot of opportunity to test and improve the hero recipe. I've written this final version of this recipe at the end of forty days during which I've cooked at least twenty-four meals and numerous snacks with salmon using different methods for different lengths of time. Jake has eaten everything with relish, and although I’ve had trouble getting James to eat some of the accompaniments, he has almost always eaten the salmon.


Except for the Salmon With Apples, I've seasoned each fillet with much smaller quantities of the spice or citrus that I've used for Jess' and my portions. The testing has proved to me that it's sometimes the cooking method rather than the ingredient that can stop kids from eating something. At first my god-daughter Casey really liked fried salmon but wasn’t so keen when it was baked; she's since gotten used to it and now likes both. Originally it was the crispy fried exterior she liked best. So try to bake the salmon first of all. It is the best method to use at home in terms of both practicality and texture. Then if they're not so keen on trying it, try frying it. This works for other fish too.