Toddler Cooking – Salmon Fishcakes

Ever since Tyler and I made pizzas last month, I’ve been wanting to involve him more in cooking since he enjoyed it so much. So after much googling, I ordered the Annabel Karmel ‘My Favourite Recipes’ book online for some ideas on toddler cooking. This week we tried the ‘Salmon Fishcakes’ and I can tell you now it was a great success 🙂

Annabel Karmel - Toddler Salmon Fishcakes

I prepped all the ingredients first which were:

  1. A drained and mashed 212g tin of pink salmon
  2. 2 spring onions chopped up
  3. A lemon cut in half
  4. Dried breadcrumbs (I ovened 2 slices of bread on low heat for 10 mins, and then crushed with a rolling pin) – put on a plate
  5. Plate of flour
  6. 1 egg beaten in a bowl
  7. Bowl of cooked frozen peas (see the boy tasting the peas in the photo!)

Annabel Karmel - Toddler Salmon Fishcakes

We put the salmon and spring onions in bowl, squirted on some ketchup and mayo, and Tyler squeezed the lemon over it for some lemon juice. He really got into squeezing this lemon! I mixed it all up with my hands (Tyler did not want to put his hands in it!), and made 6 balls.

Annabel Karmel - Toddler Salmon Fishcakes

Yes he’s still squeezing that lemon!

Next we put our flour, egg and dried breadcrumbs in a row to make a sort of assembly line.


I rolled each fishcake in flour, dipped it in the egg and rolled in breadcrumbs. I then shaped them into fish shapes and put a pea in for an eye.

Annabel Karmel - Toddler Salmon Fishcakes

Now my fishcake were not sticking together very well, I now realised that I forgot to put fresh breadcrumbs in with the salmon and spring onions at the beginning. So add that in if you’re going to try this!

I fried the fishcakes in a large frying pan with sunflower oil, 1 and a half minutes on each side. Now they did look blackened, but they actually weren’t burnt and tasted good! Here is Tyler’s plate of dinner.

Annabel Karmel - Toddler Salmon Fishcakes

And he ate all of them! I had to break them into little pieces as he wouldn’t eat them whole – maybe because they looked like fish, who knows why?! – but as this was his first time ever eating salmon, I’d say this was a success!  And the boy had loads of fun ‘helping’ me cook. Why don’t you give it a go?

Sabrina x





22 responses to “Toddler Cooking – Salmon Fishcakes

  1. I love cooking with my kids! It’s such a fun sensory experience, and they feel such a sense of pride and accomplishment. This is a great recipe- I love the peas for the eyes! So clever! #twinklytuesday


  2. They look so groovy! Love the idea of the peas for an eye. My kids are not fish fans but maybe this might pursuade them?


  3. What a great post! Love those fishcakes – really fab idea. Lovely photos too. Thanks for sharing #ToddlerApprovedTuesday


  4. It looks like he really enjoyed making them! They look so good (and I’m not keen on fishcakes)! I’ll have to look into that book, I’d love to be able to include Emma in my cooking when she’s a bit older! Thanks for sharing x #ToddlerApprovedTuesday


  5. Oh they look great! I don’t think Luke’s ever eaten salmon as I don’t eat fish. Is the book worth it do you think? I have the worlds most fussy eater and I’m desperate to try and fix things up for him! Ray xx #toddlerapprovedtuesday


    • Thank you! Sorry for the late response. Yes I totally understand the fussy eater thing – Tyler only eats plain pasta (no sauce!), chips, cucumbers and chocolate muffins – everything else feels such a struggle. Still I was so surprised he ate the salmon, so just got to persevere! I’m not sure if the book is worth it, a lot of the recipes are ordinary adult recipes with children cooking them in the photo. You can get the same recipes online. But it’s nice to have it all in one book xx


  6. Fantastic that not only he helped to make them but ate them all up! Maybe I should try this a bit with Zach – get him involved in making it and maybe he’ll appreciate it more! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday


  7. These look so yummy! We have made fishcakes before and they went down a real storm! I will definitely be giving this recipe a try to!

    Thanks for linking up to #ToddlerApprovedTuesday


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