Happy #SeafoodSunday, Seafoodies!
Regular readers of this blog already know how much we adore the air fryer, a.k.a., one of the handiest appliances on the planet! So, why can’t we stop talking about it? For one thing, this amazing, self-contained mini convection oven allows you to indulge in guiltless “fried” seafood dishes, like fish and chips, without deep-frying. It also lets you cook without heating up the whole kitchen, so you can give your oven the day off! And during the busy school season, we’re totally sold on the convenience factor. With just a few minutes of cooking time, you can make any number of nutritious and satisfying after-school snacks to fuel your little Seafoodies for soccer practice or homework. That’s a parenting win!
And remember, seafood is brain food. It provides plenty of omega-3 fatty acids and essential nutrients to encourage optimal brain and eye development, aid in learning and memory retention and help regulate emotions. This is one of the reasons the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend introducing seafood to children early in life and making it a regular part of their diet. DYK you can introduce fish as soon as kids start eating solids? But don’t sweat it if your kids are well beyond their toddler years … it’s never too late to start!
Rather than giving your kiddos the typical after-school snack, why not let them nosh on some air-fried calamari or crab empanadas? Mac-and-cheese bites with tuna are crunchy and gooey — the best of both worlds! And air-fried tempura shrimp, with just a hint of cheese in the batter, are so tasty they can be eaten on their own. This is “fast food” you can feel good about serving. Your kids will love it, and you’ll know it’s as awesome for them as it tastes!
If you’ve been trying to fit an extra serving of seafood in your little ones’ diets, take a look at our 100% kid-approved air fryer seafood recipes. All received extra-high marks from our adult taste-testers too, so we won’t judge you if you nab a few fish sticks or coconut shrimp for yourself!
Snack attacks have met their match! This lightly seasoned, golden-brown fish and chips has the taste and crunch your kids crave.
Sure, tucking some tuna into kids’ fave mac-and-cheese is smart. But adding some bite-sized appeal and panko crunch? Genius!
Ready in 20 minutes, these good-for-you fish sticks will have your little Seafoodies clamoring for more!
Kids love finger food! Especially if it involves crunchy coconut shrimp and a sweet-and-sour dipping sauce.
Watch them disappear off the plate! These light and crispy Asian-inspired shrimp are guaranteed to be devoured in minutes.
Another fun snack with a tasty dip, this crunchy calamari is sure to become one of your kiddos’ favorites.
Fun and festive crab-packed packets will be a hit with your little Seafoodies. To make this an air fryer recipe, preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees, lightly mist the empanadas with olive oil and air-fry for 5 minutes. Then flip, mist the other side and cook for another 5 minutes.