Breaded Protein Slices

There are many creative and fun recipes to attempt when introducing baby to the new and exciting world of solid food. Finger food is important to serve baby at this critical stage of development in order for him or her to practice the finger pincer grasp skill and to gain a little independence experimenting with feeding him or herself.

The following recipe for breaded protein slices are a fun and tasty way for baby to practice eating finger food and to balance out their diet with a protein and vitamin packed snack.

This is a good recipe to introduce fish to baby. Most babies love the taste of fish and if introduced at a young age, they are more likely to enjoy and request fish once the get a little bit older.


  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 small piece of boneless fish fillet (such as haddock, flounder or sole), or boneless chicken breast pounded thin, or firm tofu
  • 1/4 cup finely ground whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 T parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 t mayonnaise


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Smear olive oil in a small baking dish and set aside.

Cut fish, chicken or tofu into 1/2 inch strips (double check for any bones if using fish)

Mix together bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese in a small bowl.

Rub mayonnaise on fish, chicken or tofu and roll in the crumb/cheese mixture

Place strips in the baking pan and bake for about 5 minutes. Turn the strips and bake for an additional five minutes, or until all sides are golden brown and cooked through.

Allow to cool. Serve to baby as finger food directly on his or her eating tray or on a small plastic plate. Cut into smaller pieces if necessary.

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