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Cook up a fun alternative to an ordinary salmon and peas dinner! These colorful rice balls are packed with flavor and nutrients. Salmon includes lots of lean protein and is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids—beneficial fats that are needed for brain, nerve, and eye development. Salmon also contains vitamin B6, which helps sustain body energy levels, and vitamin D, which is needed for strong bones.  

Baked Rice Balls With Salmon And Peas


  • 1/4 lb wild salmon fillet
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup frozen peas, defrosted
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 11/2 teaspoons dried dill
  • Pinch of salt (optional)

Makes 8–10 Rice Balls  


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Place the salmon, skin side down, in a baking dish. Bake until opaque throughout, about 15 minutes. Let cool. Remove the skin and discard.
  3. Using a fork, flake the salmon into small pieces, discarding any pin bones.
  4. Transfer the salmon to a bowl. Add the rice, peas, cheese, eggs, dill, and salt, if using, and stir until combined.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Form about 1/3 cup of the salmon mixture into a 11/2 -inch ball and place it on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining salmon mixture to form 8–10 balls.
  7. Loosely cover the balls with aluminum foil and bake until the balls are slightly firm but still gooey, 18–20 minutes.
  8. Let cool slightly and serve warm. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, or freeze for up to 1 month. Reheat before serving.  


[My son] Zane, like most children, has a sweet tooth so green peas are one of my go-to vegetables. They may not be very exotic, but they are a little sweet and also full of fiber, protein, and even omega-3s. Frozen peas are tasty and retain their nutrients, so I can easily add them to recipes all year round.

Excerpted with permission from The Happy Family Organic Superfoods Cookbook for Baby & Toddler by Shazi Visram and Cricket Azima. Copyright © Weldon Owen, 2016.

Lauded for her entrepreneurial vision and innovation, Shazi Visram is on a mission is to positively impact the health of children through early life nutrition. Find out more at

Cricket Azima is an author, professional chef, and founder of the Creative Kitchen. Learn more about her work at