Salmon has never been so kid-friendly thanks to a sumptuously sweet maple syrup glaze. If your child is reluctant to taste it, try telling them that eating it will give them a super brain!

Here is an easy to follow recipe for maple syrup salmon with sesame asparagus orzo:

Ingredients (Serves 2 adults and 2 toddlers)

  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/4 pounds center-cut salmon fillet (about 1-inch thick)
  • 2/3 cup whole-wheat orzo
  • 3/4 pound asparagus, bottoms snapped off
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce


  • Blend together maple syrup with grainy mustard and balsamic.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Adjust oven rack to highest point.
  • Preheat broiler and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Place a covered medium-size pot of hot water over medium-high heat for boiling pasta.
  • Place salmon on prepared baking sheet.
  • Remove pin bones from each piece with fish tweezers (or clean pliers).
  • Spoon mustard-maple mixture over fish (for a 6- to 9-month-old, leave a small portion of salmon without sauce) and broil 3 to 4 inches from heat until fish is flaky and cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove salmon from oven, turn off broiler and lightly cover fish with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  • Add orzo to boiling water and cook 8 minutes.
  • Add asparagus and cook 2 minutes more.
  • Drain pasta and asparagus, then transfer back to pot (for a 6- to 9-month-old, set aside a small portion of pasta and a small portion of asparagus without sauce).
  • Stir in sesame oil and soy sauce.
  • Serve salmon and orzo-asparagus mixture with two accompaniments your little one is familiar with, such as warm bread and a side of apple slices or natural applesauce.


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