At Biloxi Shrimp Co., we understand how difficult it can be to get your kids to eat shrimp. No matter how hard you try, most kids develop a palate that revolves around chicken nuggets, sweets and fries. Once they’ve settled on their favorite flavors, it can be difficult to introduce them to new, healthier food choices. If you’re attempting to introduce seafood as a long-term dinner option, there’s a very good chance you’re going to feel some resistance. So, you’ve got to get creative or even sneaky when bringing new foods to the table.
One of the best ways to get your kids into shrimp is to play with the foods and flavors you know they love. The secret to making your kids enjoy new foods is to show them that it tastes just as good – if not better – than their favorite protein, starch, or vegetable. Here, Biloxi Shrimp Co. provides some ideas you can use to get your kids into shrimp.
Don’t Forget about the Sauce
Dipping sauces provide a whole new level of flavor designed to complement the meal without overpowering it. Since you’re trying to get your kids to enjoy shrimp, a little extra dipping sauce may help. Whether it’s ketchup, BBQ sauce or any other condiment, providing your kid with their favorite sauce will pull their attention away from the new flavor. This familiar flavor will provide something they’ll hone in on immediately, and while focused on the sauce, they’ll also get a subtle taste of shrimp. By pairing a taste they enjoy with a new food, they’ll slowly begin to attach shrimp to the positive feelings that their favorite foods provide them.
Try These Dumplings to Sneak into Shrimp
If you’re looking to bring a new style of food into the kitchen, then these Shrimp Dumplings are a great way to introduce a whole new flavor pallet with shrimp at the center of it. Try this recipe at home – the kids are sure to love it!
- 18 won ton wrappers, 2-inches in diameter
- 8 oz ground pork
- 2 tbsp preferred cooking oil
- 2 green thinly sliced green onions
- 1 lb. Extra Small Peeled & Deveined Tail-Off Wild-Caught U.S. Shrimp
- 1 c shredded green cabbage
- 1 tbsp grated ginger, fresh
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp mirin
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Soy sauce
- Finely dice the shrimp and then drag the flat side of the knife across the shrimp so they take on a paste-like appearance.
- Combine the shrimp, pork, cabbage, green onion, ginger, sesame oil, mirin, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix until thoroughly combined.
- Place wax paper on the surface and lay the won ton wrappers flat. Place 1 tbsp of the mixture in the center of the wrap.
- Wet the tip of your finger with water and wet the edge along one half of the wrapper.
- Pinch the edges together so that the mixture is sealed in the wrapper.
- Add cooking oil to a large skillet over medium heat.
- Allow dumplings to cook for two to three minutes per side.
- Serve with soy sauce and enjoy.
Introduce Them to Our Fresh, Wild-Caught Shrimp
Although they may put up a fight in the beginning, introducing your children to shrimp not only provides their taste buds with an awesome experience but also teaches them to love eating healthy.