February 26, 2009
We introduced fish early on in Isaac’s eating adventures. Partly it’s a matter of culture. I’m Greek and fish was a staple of my diet growing up. But it’s also a matter of health. Fish contain all 9 essential amino acids, making it one of a few sources of complete protein. Great! Not great? Figuring out which are safe to eat.
Low in mercury? Overfished? Wild or farmed? Choosing fish has become a complicated affair. And when cooking becomes complicated, it’s less likely to happen. So, at the very least, I force myself to regularly make one of my seafood staples: Pacific wild salmon or scallops.
I used to make these scallops for me and Mike all the time pre-Isaac, but my ChowBaby can’t resist the buttery, lemony flavor. And I can’t resist the fact that we have what feels like a gourmet dish in all of 10 minutes.
10-Minute Lemon Thyme Scallops
(can be served to children 10+ mos*)
1 1/2 lbs scallops
1 tbsp organic butter
1 tbsp organic olive oil
2 tbsp fresh organic thyme
juice of 1 organic lemon
1. Put butter and oil in a pan over medium high heat. Just as they start to sizzle, add thyme. Saute the herb until it just starts to get crunchy. Be careful not to burn the thyme or over brown the butter/oil. You may need to lower the heat.
2. Add scallops. Do not over crowd, work in batches if you need to. Saute until nicely browned on one side, about 2-3 minutes. Flip them over.
3. After about 1-2 minutes, just as the second side starts to brown, add half of the lemon juice. Cook another 1-2 minutes, until the scallops are nicely browned all around.
4. Add remaining lemon juice and cook 1 more minute or so, until you have a nice sauce.
*There are varying opinions on when to introduce seafood. Fish and shellfish are among the top 8 allergenic foods, which is why some suggest waiting as long as 3 years to introduce seafood. But other experts agree that, if your child is food allergy free and there is no history of food allergies in your family, you can introduce fish as early as 9-10 mos. Speak to your pediatrician about what’s best for your child.