When your child refuses to eat anything from a spoon, try making these nutritious finger foods. Great way to get little ones to eat oily fish, which is the best source of essential fatty acids, needed for brain development. Omit the salt and pepper for babies under one year.

Prep 5 minutes
Cook 35 minutes
Makes 5 portions

Best for baby 9-12 months, family, fussy eaters

Suitable for freezing


  • 1 medium potato, unpeeled (approx 150g)
  • 70g salmon fillet
  • A squeeze of lemon juice
  • A knob of butter
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 1 tsp sweet chilli sauce (optional)
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • ½ tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp seasoned flour
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 50g breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil for frying
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper (from one year)


  • Boil the potato in lightly salted water for 25 to 30 minutes until tender when pierced with atable knife.
  • Drain and when cool enough to handle, peel and mash.
  • Cook the salmon in the microwave for a couple of minutes with the squeeze of lemon juice and knob of butter. Flake onto a plate and leave to cool slightly.
  • Mix the potato with the spring onions, chilli sauce, ketchup, mayonnaise and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Fold in the flaked salmon, being careful not to break the fish up too much.
  • Take tablespoonfuls of the mixture and form into small cakes. Dust in seasoned flour.
  • Heat the oil in a non stick pan and fry the fishcakes for 2 to 3 minutes on each side until golden.
  • You can shallow fry the footballs in 2 tbsp of oil but they won’t keep their round shape so well.

By Annabel Karmel