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Here’s a collection of EASY healthy Asian recipes for babies that are low in sodium and without added sugar. They are suitable for babies 6 months and up and flavorful enough for the entire family to enjoy!

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Being Korean, I so want to expose my baby to our cuisine from early on. However, there’s this mammoth of a challenge – making the dishes low-sodium. Honestly, I didn’t realize just how much sodium there is in our go-to condiments, like soy sauce, fermented soybean paste, fish sauce, chili paste, etc.

Here’s why you want to be mindful of your baby’s sodium intake and added sugar.

It’s just something I never paid attention to…until I became a mom. I scoured the web for baby-friendly Asian recipes and discovered there’s a desperate need for them!

Therefore, I took on the challenge that has felt so impossible at times. But after many.many trials, I am proud and excited to share these low-sodium Asian recipes that you can enjoy with your baby and the rest of the family!

So many of you have told me how you made these thinking only your baby would eat them but then your husband gave their seal of approval too. Mission accomplished! 

I can’t wait for you to enjoy these easy to make recipes for babies (and the entire family!)

A round up of low sodium Asian recipes

Beef Vegetable Rice Porridge

Especially great for when your baby is teething or feeling sick. Along with the recipe, learn how to significantly reduce arsenic from rice while preserving its nutrients.

a close up shot of the porridge for babies in a brown bowl with a spoon
4.98 from 47 votes

rice porridge for babies

Super easy to make, this beef and vegetable rice porridge for babies is easy-to-digest, nutritious, and suitable for 6 months and up.
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Baby-friendly Korean Bulgogi

You will not believe that there’s not a drop of soy sauce!

finished baby friendly Korean bulgogi in a large skillet with an orange spatula
4.97 from 28 votes

Baby-Friendly Korean Bulgogi

This baby-friendly Korean bulgogi is easy to make and perfect for your baby, toddler, and family! If you’re looking for a baby led weaning recipe and healthy kid friendly meal on a budget, make this today!
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Chicken Bulgogi

A close up shot of cooked bulgogi in a skillet.
5 from 5 votes

Chicken bulgogi (low sodium)

This chicken bulgogi, flavored with a simple low sodium and low sugar marinade, is an easy and healthy weeknight dinner for the whole family, including babies!
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Instant Pot Korean Chicken and Potatoes

An iconic Korean dish made in the Instant Pot – just as flavorful while saving you a lot of time!

cooked chicken, carrots, potatoes with green onion inside an instant pot
4.86 from 71 votes

Instant Pot Korean Chicken and Potatoes

If you're in need of a quick and easy weeknight family meal, here's an Instant Pot Korean chicken and potatoes recipe that everyone, including babies, will enjoy!
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Kid-Friendly Asian Turkey and rice meatballs

Such a delicious way to repurpose leftover rice! And you really can use whatever ground meat you wish. You’ll also learn the secret to baking the most moist meatballs.

Baked turkey meatballs on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
5 from 110 votes

Turkey Meatballs with rice

These oven baked kid-friendly turkey and rice meatballs are the perfect iron-rich finger food for your baby, children of all ages, and adults!
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Sushi Bake

Think of this as a sushi roll in casserole form with layers of rice, fillings, and seasonings that get baked into perfection! This is such a fun and interactive that your kid(s) will fall in love with.

A close up shot of scooped sushi bake on top of seaweed sheet.
5 from 8 votes

Sushi Bake

Sushi bake, or sushi casserole, is a delicious way to satisfy your sushi cravings without the hassle of rolling and slicing individual rolls. It's an easy and shareable dish that is perfect for weeknight family meals or any gathering.
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Jumeokbap or Korean Rice Balls

These Korean rice balls are incredibly easy to make and a fun and tasty way to get the kids to try a mix of foods in one bite.

They are highly customizable so hope you have fun coming up with your own family favorite combinations.

An overhead shot of the different jumeokbap variations with toddler's hand grabbing one.
5 from 3 votes

Jumeokbap (Korean Rice Balls)

Fun to make and eat, these jumeokbap, or Korean rice balls, are versatile, customizable, and convenient! They are a delicious way to transform leftovers into a quick snack or meal.
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An overhead shot of chicken rice balls on a blue plate with toddler's hand grabbing one.
5 from 8 votes

Chicken Rice Balls

These chicken rice balls are packed with tender chicken and flavorful rice and vegetables. Enjoy these adorable little bites as a quick snack, a fun party appetizer, or a no-fuss meal.
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Ground Turkey Stir-Fry

Serve with a bowl of rice or noodles, and you’ve got a satisfying, complete meal with minimal prep time. And the leftovers taste even better!

Close up of finished stir fry with white rice.
5 from 3 votes

Asian ground turkey stir fry

This Asian Ground Turkey Stir Fry is sure to become one of your go-to recipes for those days when you need a meal that's quick, easy, and requires minimal brainpower to put together!
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Peanut Butter Chicken

The rich peanut butter sauce perfectly covers the chicken and veggies for a meal that tastes better than takeout!

Finished dish served over rice topped with peanuts and sliced green onion.
5 from 1 vote

Peanut Butter Chicken

This easy peanut butter chicken features delicious bites of chicken coated in savory peanut sauce with frozen stir fry vegetables.
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Miso Tofu

This recipe is sure to turn you into a tofu lover, if you’re not already!

A close up shot of miso tofu in a bowl with rice and vegetables.
5 from 9 votes

Miso Tofu

This miso tofu is not only super easy to make, but it bursts with irresistable bold umami flavor! Bake alongside your favorite vegetables and enjoy with rice, noodles, over salads, and so much more!
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Asian shrimp tofu cakes

Super easy to make, a great finger food for babies 6 months and up, freezer-friendly, and delicious!

a close up shot of cooked shrimp tofu cakes on parchment paper
4.97 from 59 votes

Easy baked shrimp cakes

Super juicy and tender, these baked Asian shrimp cakes are baby and kid-friendly! Of course, the adults can enjoy them too.
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Korean vegetable pancakes

Cooked pancake slices on a white platter with dipping sauce.
5 from 53 votes

Korean Vegetable Pancakes

Soft and tender on the inside, crispy on the outside, these Korean vegetable pancakes are so easy to make! Enjoy as a tasty side dish or snack.
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Kid-friendly Japchae

This dish holds a dear place in my heart because my mom seriously makes the BEST japchae eva. Growing up, whenever there was a gathering, everyone asked her to make japchae. Here’s a baby-friendly version that even she approves of!

a close up shot of the plate baby-friendly japchae on a white plate
5 from 9 votes

Kid-friendly Japchae

Here’s a baby and toddler friendly twist on a classic Korean dish, japchae!  Made with colorful vegetables, meat, and gluten free sweet potato starch noodles, this low-sodium version is sure to be a hit with the entire family!
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Healthy Fried Rice with Vegetables

Learn how to make restaurant-quality fried rice with much less sodium.

A large bowl of fried rice with a wooden spoon.
5 from 10 votes

Healthy Fried Rice with vegetables

This healthy fried rice is packed with vegetables, protein, and is oh so flavorful! Forget takeout and make this at home in under 10 minutes.
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Healthy sweet and sour meatball stir-fry

Sweet and sour sauce made without ANY added sugar? Yup. It is possible!

cooked sweet and sour meatballs with vegetables and farro in a white bowl
5 from 8 votes

Healthy Sweet and Sour Meatball Stir-Fry

A healthy, Asian family-friendly meal that you can get on the table in 30 minutes or less! This easy one-pot sweet and sour meatball stir-fry is baby and kid-friendly!
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Tofu Pad Thai

If making Pad Thai at home seems a bit intimidating, I’m here to help walk you through it. And trust me, it’s easier than you think!

I’m using tofu because it’s one of my kids’ favorite protein sources, but feel free to switch it up with chicken or shrimp if you prefer.

Finished Tofu Pad Thai dish garnished with 2 lime wedges, cilantro, bean sprouts, sliced scallions and peanuts.
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Tofu Pad Thai

Make this Tofu Pad Thai in less than 30 minutes! The sauce is the perfect mix of sweet, salty, and sour flavors. Combine with rice noodles, eggs, and veggies.
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Instant pot Korean multigrain rice

Here’s a super fun and delicious way to incorporate variety into an everyday staple! Hello lentils and beans!

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Instant Pot Korean Multigrain Rice

Instant Pot Korean multigrain rice, or japgokbap, is a healthy accompaniment to any main dishes. It is so easy to make and comes out perfectly every time! 

Instant Pot Peanut Chicken and Broccoli

peanut chicken and broccoli served with barley on a blue plate with a a fork
4.85 from 13 votes

Instant Pot Peanut Chicken and Broccoli

Another EASY, 30 minute weeknight meal you can enjoy with your baby and kids! This Instant pot chicken and broccoli is also a great way to continue exposing your child to one of the top food allergens, peanuts.
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Healthy Korean beef and broccoli quinoa

Here’s another scrumptious way to enjoy that bulgogi sauce!

ground beef and broccoli quinoa in a large blue skillet with a small amount scooped onto an orange spatula
5 from 13 votes

Healthy Korean Beef and Broccoli Quinoa

If you're in search of an easy, healthy weeknight meal, this Korean ground beef and broccoli quinoa is for you! It tastes like bulgogi and this one pot meal is also baby and toddler-friendly! 
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Non-spicy Korean tofu soup

Because the traditional version is too spicy for our babes…

Korean tofu soup in a claypot with a soup
5 from 29 votes

Non-Spicy Korean Tofu Soup

This non-spicy Korean tofu soup, or sundubu jjigae, is warm and comforting, and perfect for the entire family to enjoy, especially babies and toddlers.
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Korean Radish Soup

Another great soup recipe!

a bowl of Korean radish soup placed on a wooden board
5 from 12 votes

Korean radish soup

A healthy and easy to digest soup for your baby! This Korean radish soup is especially great to serve during times of illness, teething and constipation.
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Low-sodium moo goo gai pan

This is such a comforting one pot meal!

cooked Chinese chicken mushroom in a large skillet with a spatula
5 from 10 votes

Low-Sodium Moo Goo Gai Pan

Chinese mushroom chicken stir-fry dish loaded with vegetables! This version is made baby and toddler-friendly with less sodium but plenty flavorful for the entire family to enjoy!
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Orange sesame chicken with vegetables

A beloved Americanized Chinese fast food gets a healthy, baby-friendly makeover!

a close up shot of chicken orange sesame chicken
5 from 4 votes

Orange Sesame Chicken with Vegetables

a healthy Asian chicken recipe that’s low in sodium, this skillet orange sesame chicken with vegetables is perfect for babies and the family.
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Low sodium teriyaki sauce

Check out this very unusual addition to a beloved sauce! There’s a cooking demo that I believe you’ll find super helpful!

low sodium teriyaki sauce in a glass bowl with kelp and ginger in the background
5 from 5 votes

Low sodium teriyaki sauce

Here's a healthy low sodium teriyaki sauce recipe for your baby and the entire family to enjoy! Enjoy as a marinade or as a sauce!
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Teriyaki glazed salmon

Here’s one quick and easy way to enjoy salmon!

a close up shot of teriyaki glazed salmon flaked with a fork with broccoli on the side
5 from 4 votes

Teriyaki glazed salmon

If you’re looking for a quick and easy salmon recipe for your baby and the entire family, look no further than this teriyaki glazed salmon.
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Easy Miso Pasta

A handful of simple pantry ingredients and 20 minutes are all you need to whip up this miso pasta!

A close up shot of miso pasta with a pair of chopsticks.
5 from 13 votes

Easy Miso Pasta

In need of a quick, no-fuss, delicious meal? This miso pasta is made with just a handful of ingredients and can be on your table in 20 minutes or less!
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Asian Salad Dressing

A close up shot of stirred dressing in a mason jar.
5 from 5 votes

Asian Salad Dressing

This 5-minute Asian salad dressing has the perfect balance of sweet, savory, and tangy. It is super easy to whip up, versatile, and elevates any salad, vegetable, cold noodle, and much more!
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5 from 5 votes

Asian Cabbage Salad

This colorful Asian cabbage salad dressed in tangy sesame dressing is the perfect make ahead salad. It is crunchy, fresh, and you can whip it up in just minutes!
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Bibimbap with Beet Sauce

Here’s a super easy, delicious, and versatile no-recipe recipe!

Miso Aubergine

If you are a fan of rich umami with a hint of sweetness, you will love this dish! It’s one of the few ways my kids (and I) will eat this nutritious vegetable!

An overhead shot of cooked eggplant with green onions, rice, and carrots.
5 from 4 votes

Miso Aubergine

Infused with umami goodness and a touch of sweetness, this miso aubergine is not only incredibly simple to whip up but also an unforgettable way to enjoy eggplant
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Helpful resources for starting solids

If you are considering doing baby led weaning, you’ve come to the right place! Here’s what you need to know to get started.

Perhaps you’ve started on purees but need help with moving forward with texture! If so, allow me to help you.

Be sure to follow me on Instagram for more tips as well as videos of my baby enjoying all the recipes you see here on my blog!

Or perhaps you’re looking for the ULTIMATE step-by-step guidance:

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Do you want to minimize picky eating and set a solid foundation for a lifetime of healthy eating habits?

Check out this 3 month mastering self-feeding program! It’s the closest thing to me being in your kitchen

About Min

Thank you so much for stopping by! I am Min, a Registered Dietitian, a Christ follower, a wife, and a mom to our two miracle babies! Currently, I’m having a ton of fun feeding their tummies and sharing our baby led weaning journey! Follow me on Instagram if interested in seeing daily menu as well as tips and tricks.

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