Baby steamed salmon recipe

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Our baby steamed salmon with spinach and potato takes 15 minutes to make and has one of their 5-a-day

Baby steamed salmon with spinach and potato
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  • healthy
  • Low-fat
Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Five A DayOne
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories146 Kcal7%
Sugars1 g1%
Saturated Fat2.5 g13%
Protein10.2 g20%
Fat7.3 g10%
Carbohydrates9.7 g4%

This baby steamed salmon makes enough for four portions and only uses four ingredients. 

Steaming is a really underused cooking technique. It’s quick, easy and more energy efficient than using your oven to cook a meal. Salmon and spinach are a great combination as salmon contains plenty of vitamin D, vitamin B12, protein and fatty acids which are great for a child's development. Spinach contains iron, as well as vitamins A, C and E, so you'll be really giving your child all the goodness it needs to develop.


  • 1 small boneless salmon fillet, approx 130g, all bones removed
  • 160g spinach
  • 1 small potato, approx 150g, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 15g unsalted butter

You will need:

  • Hob steamer




  1. Pour about 2 inches of water into your hob steamer or saucepan fitted with a steam basket. Bring to the boil then lower to a simmer.
  2. Brush the bottom of the steamer pan with a little sunflower oil. Place the salmon fillet in one half of the pan and the potato cubes in the other half of the pan. Cover and steam for 7 - 10 mins until the potato is soft and the salmon is cooked through and flakes when poked with a fork.
  3. About 1 min before the salmon and potato is done, pop the spinach into the steamer and place the lid back on.
  4. Transfer the salmon, spinach and potatoes to a blender and add in a knob of butter and 30ml of the water from the pan. Blend to a smooth puree. If you are making this meal for babies over 7 months old, you can make it lumpier by using a potato masher.
  5. Serve up a portion in your baby's clean bowl and carefully test the temperature before feeding to your baby. Allow it to cool further if necessary.
  6. Store the leftover portions in separate, clean, covered containers and freeze as soon as the portions are cool. Defrost overnight and heat to piping hot then allow to cool to a safe temperature before feeding to your baby. Use up within 1 month of freezing.

Top tips for making baby steamed salmon

Can babies eat steamed salmon?

Yes, when you begin introducing your baby to solid food, fish including salmon is a nice option. 

How do I give my 7 month old salmon?

You should ensure all the bones are removed and it’s best to very finely chop up the skin if you are including it as they might find it difficult to chew properly. You should mash the fish or puree it, but it doesn’t need to be completely smooth.

Don’t worry if they don’t like it straight away. Persist a couple of days after and also show them that you are eating it too. They learn from your actions and will likely try to copy you. 

Is it better to steam or fry salmon?

Steaming is a quick and low calorie way to cook fish. When cooking for your baby we would recommend steaming, because it will make the fish nice and soft and easy to mash with a fork or blitz.

If cooking salmon for yourself, we’d recommend frying with a little oil or butter to create a delicious crispy skin. 

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Jessica Ransom

“It can be exhausting to think of weaning ideas for your baby and dinner inspiration for you, but you can use the same ingredients from this recipe to make yourself a delicious, nutritious meal. Consider frying your salmon fillet so you get a nice crispy skin and you could serve the spinach leaves as a salad on the side instead of wilting them down. Make a quick dressing with some oil, crushed garlic, mustard and lemon juice and drizzle over the steamed potatoes, and spinach. Add a sprinkle of chilli flakes to the salmon if you like too.” 

If you don’t already have a steamer, food writer Jessica Ransom recommends a collapsing steamer basket which fits inside most saucepans. 

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This steamer basket has feet on the bottom so that it can stand in your pan and not touch the water. Use a fork to pull it out of the pan so you don’t injure yourself. It’s easy to use and clean and will soon become one of your favourite tools.

We have lots of baby food recipes you might like, including plenty of baby led weaning inspiration. Our collection of Annabel Karmel recipes is also worth exploring, especially if you want some party or lunchbox ideas. 

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