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Every kid grows up with a different plate of food. Simple or complex. Fast food or free range. I'm striving to make sure my kids have positive memories of healthy, delicious food. Starting off right fuels a life of good culinary decisions. Their health is at stake more than ever, plus they will share the knowledge with their kids. Pay it forward, as they say.
Fish is sometimes an undiscovered country on many dinner tables. There really should be no barrier to wonderful, nutritious fish. I won't get into the health benefits, largely because the studies on those can change and I want to focus blogging about the grilling and kids' sides of the story.
There is no lack of variety of fish in the sea and you can usually prepare them like any meat. The key point with kids is to make sure it looks cool and that you hear the words "this is awesome!" after they take the first bite.
My kids are 6 and 8. One is more adventurous than the other, but luckily looks up to the daredevil eater. So I'm hopeful my wife and I will see a "balance" soon. If you are a parent, I'm sure you can relate!
I like to grill-smoke on my 22" Weber One-Touch using a combination of apple and cherry wood chunks. I setup my 18" Weber One-Touch for overflow if I'm cooking for a family gathering. My two favorite fish to grill are rainbow trout and salmon. I prefer to grill the trout whole because you get added flavor from the bones and the whole fish generally retains more moisture.
Salmon shines when you let it bathe in a boldly-flavored marinade. Anytime I grill salmon, my kids jump for joy and have seconds (and sometimes thirds!). Ultimately once you convince a kid's senses, they look forward to the next time.
Preparation for rainbow trout and other white fish can be simple:
Preparation for salmon is always more complex (I cannot avoid it!):
Try grilling a new fish you've never tried. Try grilling your favorite fish a different way.
Go and be bold. Grill on!