These Easy Happy Fish Bites with Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce are a perfect easy lunch or dinner for kids! This recipe is gluten-free and full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

salmon bites happy fish with pb dipping sauce

Introducing Fish to Kids

Fish can be a hard food to introduce to kids, especially if you want to avoid frozen fish sticks that are often loaded with unhealthy breading and scary ingredients. As a cleaner and much healthier fish option for children, I’m sharing this brand-new product called Happy Fish from sustainable seafood company Blue Circle Foods. Read on to the end of this post for a giveaway to win Happy Fish coupons and swag!

salmon bites happy fish in packaging

Forget the pre-made fish sticks! Instead, you’ll want to try these Happy Fish bites that are made with only salmon, sea salt, and white pepper. (Disclosure: I was sent samples from the company to try and was compensated for this post; all opinions are my own).

Why We Should All Be Eating More Fish

Most health professionals agree that Americans should be eating more fish. Fish is such a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, and it’s also rich in protein and micronutrients. Salmon in particular is considered to be a superfood because of how nutritious it is.

Happy Fish is such a great product because it’s a clean protein full of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. It’s also gluten-free, sugar-free, low in sodium, and free from antibiotics, added hormones, GMOs, and synthetic dyes. Happy Fish contains Atlantic Salmon raised by third-generation Norwegian family farmers dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans. It’s certified sustainable by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch and Ocean Wise.

Tips for Cooking Fish

The best way to make sure fish doesn’t taste or smell, well, too fishy, is to make sure it’s really fresh. Flash-frozen fish is also a perfect option, since the fish is usually frozen right on the boat where it is caught.

Another tip for making fish taste good is to use a marinade or a sauce. Most fish options taste relatively bland, so you can get really creative with flavor. A citrus and garlic marinade is a great choice, but sometimes kids don’t like such strong flavors.

So, for this recipe, I made an easy Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce that kids will love. The peanut butter flavor is likely familiar and well-liked, and actually goes really well with salmon. You can see that I served the fish with sliced red bell peppers that also go quite nicely with the peanut butter sauce!

salmon bites happy fish with pb dipping sauce and sliced red bell peppers 

Tips for Picky-Eaters

There are many legitimate reasons why kids can be picky-eaters. I would argue that it’s actually an evolutionary advantage to be suspicious of trying new foods and flavors, as this might have protected our ancestors from toxic foods.

Children who are fed formula as babies might be less adventurous in trying new flavors, since formula doesn’t capture the spectrum of flavors that breastmilk contains. This can make it even harder to get kids to try new foods as they get older.

Picky eaters may also have a legitimate over-abundance of tastebuds (known as being a supertaster) that makes them more sensitive to bitter or strong flavors.

Recipe Steps

One of the best parts of Happy Fish is that they’re intended to be cooked from frozen. So, there’s no need to plan ahead. Just pop them out of the container and sauté them in a small pan.

salmon bites happy fish with pb dipping sauce in package

You can make the peanut butter sauce while the Happy Fish is cooking! The sauce is so easy, you literally just add peanut butter, honey, tamari, and hot water to a small bowl and give it a stir.

Just for Fun: Some Fish Humor

In addition to sharing the recipe for these delicious Happy Fish Bites with Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce below, here’s some fishy fish humor for the kids!

Q: How did the mollusk get into college? A: On a scallopship.

Q: What kind of guitar do fish play? A: Bass

Q: Where do women fish keep their money? A: In their octopurse.

Q: What do fish use for money? A: Sand dollars!

Ha ha ha!

Here’s the printable recipe:

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Easy Happy Fish Bites with PB Dipping Sauce (Great for Kids)

salmon bites happy fish with pb dipping sauce, red bell pepper slices on a white plate

These Easy Happy Fish Bites with Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce are a perfect easy lunch or dinner for kids! This recipe is gluten-free and full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Fish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Gluten-free, clean eating, healthy, kid food
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Ingredients

  • 3 Happy Fish bites (frozen)
  • ½ teaspoon avocado oil or olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted and unsweetened peanut butter (feel free to substitute almond butter)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon reduced-sodium tamari
  • 1 tablespoon hot water (you can use more if necessary to create the right consistency)

Instructions

  1. Heat a small skillet on the stovetop over medium heat. Add the avocado oil.
  2. After a minute or two, remove the Happy Fish bites from the packaging and add to the skillet. Cover with a lid and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Use a spatula to turn the Happy Fish over and cook for 3-4 more minutes, or until the fish has cooked through. Transfer the fish to a plate to cool slightly so it’s not too hot to eat with your hands.
  4. In the meantime, make the dipping sauce by combining the peanut butter, honey, tamari, and hot water in a small glass dish. Use a whisk to combine. Add more hot water if necessary to create the right consistency for dipping.
  5. Serve the Happy Fish bites with the dipping sauce.

Notes

3 Happy Fish without the peanut butter sauce has 210 kcal, 13.5 g fat, 565 mg sodium, 0 carbs, and 20 grams of protein.

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