Salmon is tasty in every way, shape, or form. Including a delicious salmon puree! Not only is this dish easy to make and pleasing for the taste buds, but it is also convenient for babies and adults who have to eat soft foods. Perhaps it’s not the most common food out there, but it’s certainly a good recipe to keep on hand!
If you have a newborn, salmon puree is perfect for introducing baby food. You can serve it plain, or mix it with your little one’s first few solids. This simple dish is packed full of nutrients, ideal for a growing child! Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, iron, Vitamin D, and lean protein, making it a beneficial addition to an infant’s diet. For adults, the salmon puree can be used as a paste for toast, a dip base, or even a spread for a unique sandwich. Salmon puree can help you avoid bloating caused by other foods and lessen the risk of heart diseases and weight gain. Sounds like a pretty good deal, doesn't it?
So now that you are familiar with the benefits of salmon puree, let’s talk about preparing it! Today’s post covers how to puree salmon, step by step. So keep your food processor near and your taste buds ready to try something new.
How to Puree Salmon
Step 1: Pick the right salmon for your puree.
Ocean-raised, sustainably grown salmon will be your best choice when cooking any salmon meal, but you should especially take the quality of the salmon into account when preparing baby food. When Salmon ticks all the boxes for us, and these fillets are even delivered straight to your door!
Step 2: Cook your salmon
You can cook the salmon any way you choose. You just want to make sure the salmon is cooked before pureeing into a paste.
Step 3: Choose your accompanying flavors.
Salmon puree is fantastic baby food, for sure, but it doesn’t have to be just that. You can make a delicious salmon puree dip if you add the right herbs and spices to it. Some of our favorites are rosemary, basil, curry powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and cajun seasoning. You can also choose ingredients based on the texture you’re going for. Think potato for something more thick, cream for creamy, or olive oil and lemon juice for zesty healthy base! You can add spinach, broccoli, avocado, carrot, and even orange to the mix. Salmon is truly versatile, and so are the possibilities when it comes to preparing puree with it. Really anything goes.
Step 4: Puree
Add all of your ingredients to a food processor. Then use the food processor and mix until everything becomes a soft puree. It’s really that easy!
Step 5: Store your puree properly
If you’re eating the puree within a day or two, the refrigerator is fine. Although anything after that you might be better off freezing it. Pro-tip for all you moms: You can portion your salmon puree before storing it. That way you’ll have the exact amount ready to go for when you’re in a hurry! Freeze the puree in small portions in an airtight container to have a speedy meal waiting for you or your little one.
How To Puree Salmon For Babies:
Obviously one of the most common reasons for choosing to puree your salmon is for babies. Mom’s love introducing salmon in the safest way possible to their little ones. We personally recommend giving your baby salmon by itself first, after you’ve ruled out any potential for salmon allergies. This is super important, make sure you always check with a doctor as well! However if you’ve gotten the green light to give salmon to your baby, and your baby has tried sweet potato and olive oil already, we love this recipe below!
Salmon Puree Recipe For Babies:
This will be a very simple and easy-to-make salmon puree recipe. We chose to pair it with sweet potato to add a little sweetness and additional creaminess to the dish. It works perfectly as baby food for a growing child! Of course, you can tweak the recipe to make it more appealing to adults in need of soft foods.
- 150 grams of sweet potato.
- 50 grams salmon (a fresh salmon fillet works best!).
- 60 ml breast milk or formula. A dairy-free alternative also pairs well.
- A dash of olive oil.
- Peel and dice the sweet potato into small pieces.
- Boil the sweet potato for 15 minutes or as long as it takes to be soft.
- While the sweet potato is boiling, de-skin a salmon fillet and slice it into cubes.
- Line a baking sheet, place the salmon cubes on top, and dash them with a little olive oil. Cook for about 12 minutes.
- Drain the sweet potato from any remaining water once it’s out of the boiler.
- Add the milk, salmon, and sweet potato to the food processor and mix until it becomes a soft puree.
Serve warm or store for later.
Have you ever tried salmon puree before?
And that’s our super simple salmon puree recipe, plus a few tips on the subject! Be sure to give this meal a try, at least as baby food for your growing child. It’s both nutritious and delicious! Also, if you’re on the lookout for recipes, you can always find some here at the Oshēn blog and on our Pinterest!