We now have research showing that babies following a Baby-Led Weaning approach can get the iron they need for good health provided they are offered high iron foods at each meal.

These little fish cakes contain three iron-rich foods, tuna (obviously!), eggs and also ground almonds. They are perfect for little paws and can also be enjoyed by the whole family or frozen just for baby!

Iron rich foods for weaning

What do you need

Two medium sized potatoes

One tin (160g) tuna in spring water

Juice 1/2 lemon

A small handful of coriander or parsley (this isn’t essential)

One egg

Ground almonds for coating

A little rapeseed oil for cooking


What you need to do

  • Prick the potatoes with a fork
  • Microwave for about 3 minutes until cooked. The exact cooking time will depend on how big your potatoes are and your microwave
  • Scoop out the cooked potato flesh
  • Mix with the tuna, lemon juice, chopped herbs and egg
  • Form into little cakes
  • Coat in ground almonds
  • Heat a little rapeseed oil in a non-stick frying pan, add fish cakes and cook until golden and cooked through
  • Cool before serving to your baby alongside some cooked pepper sticks for added vitamin C to aid iron absorption

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