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How to Cook Salmon for a Baby

author image Sara Ipatenco
Sara Ipatenco has taught writing, health and nutrition. She started writing in 2007 and has been published in Teaching Tolerance magazine. Ipatenco holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education, both from the University of Denver.
How to Cook Salmon for a Baby
Salmon contains brain-supporting substances. Photo Credit: StefDphoto/iStock/Getty Images

In addition to being rich in protein, which is a nutrient that growing babies need, salmon also supplies omega-3 fatty acids, which support normal eye and brain development. At about 6 months of age, your baby is ready to eat solid foods, in addition to her usual breast milk or formula. Of course, always ask your baby's pediatrician before adding new foods, including salmon, to her diet. Once you get approval, cook the salmon properly to reduce your little one's risk of food-borne illness.

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Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Step 3

Place the salmon, skin side down, in the baking dish.

Step 4

Sprinkle the salmon with a small amount of herbs and spices. Because babies tend to have more sensitive taste buds than adults, don't go crazy with the herbs and spices. Skip spicy seasonings, such as cayenne powder.

Step 5

Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and place the salmon in the preheated oven. Bake the fish for 15 minutes, or until the flesh flakes easily with a fork.

Step 6

Remove the cooked salmon from the oven and allow it to cool completely.

Step 7

Shred the salmon with your fingers or with two forks so it is in tiny pieces, removing any bones you find. Break up chunks of fish that are too large, because they pose a choking hazard to babies.

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