A menu with a varied selection of entrees can help you encourage your kids to try new foods. When you want to create seafood entree menus, look for recipes that feature seafood prepared in uncomplicated ways. This will appeal to kids' preference for basic meals without fancy ingredients.
Many fish varieties can be ideal as a light and nutritious entree for family dinners. Tilapia, cod, salmon, haddock and tuna steak are versatile kinds of fish that you can grill, pan-fry, broil or bake for healthy and satisfying entrees. Marinate the fish with lemon juice or lime juice and herbs before cooking to bring out the natural seafood flavors and add zest to the fish.
Although some shellfish varieties may seem too fancy for the little ones, you can gradually introduce children to some shellfish entrees if you prepare them in kid-friendly ways. Try crab cakes, shrimp scampi, grilled scallops or stuffed lobster tails for some options that kids may find enjoyable and easy to eat.
Paella can be an ideal way to give kids a taste of various types of seafood. Paella usually contains ingredients like shrimp, scallops, mussels and white fish, combined with sausage, chicken, figs, green peppers, celery, onions and snap peas on a bed of rice with a savory sauce. Another savory option is to make a casserole with crabmeat and shrimp, adding mushrooms, celery and onion. Mix in a cheesy sauce and top the casserole with seasoned breadcrumbs.
The light textures of seafood items make them ideal salad ingredients. Use crabmeat, shrimp, tuna or scallops in pasta salads. Add shredded carrots, diced celery and onion, cucumbers, cheese chunks, peas and green peppers to complement the seafood and pasta. Mix in a generous amount of creamy salad dressing and herbs, such as parsley and dill, and these generous salads can be the star of a light dinner menu.