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!
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.
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.
Baby-friendly Korean Bulgogi
You will not believe that there's not a drop of soy sauce!
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!
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.
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.
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.
This recipe is sure to turn you into a tofu lover, if you're not already!
Asian shrimp tofu cakes
Super easy to make, a great finger food for babies 6 months and up, freezer-friendly, and delicious!
Korean vegetable pancakes
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!
Healthy Fried Rice with Vegetables
Learn how to make restaurant-quality fried rice with much less sodium.
Healthy sweet and sour meatball stir-fry
Sweet and sour sauce made without ANY added sugar? Yup. It is possible!
Instant pot Korean multigrain rice
Here's a super fun and delicious way to incorporate variety into an everyday staple! Hello lentils and beans!
Instant Pot Peanut Chicken and Broccoli
Healthy Korean beef and broccoli quinoa
Here's another scrumptious way to enjoy that bulgogi sauce!
Non-spicy Korean tofu soup
Because the traditional version is too spicy for our babes...
Korean Radish Soup
Another great soup recipe!
Low-sodium moo goo gai pan
This is such a comforting one pot meal!
Orange sesame chicken with vegetables
A beloved Americanized Chinese fast food gets a healthy, baby-friendly makeover!
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!
Teriyaki glazed salmon
Here's one quick and easy way to enjoy salmon!
Easy Miso Pasta
A handful of simple pantry ingredients and 20 minutes are all you need to whip up this miso pasta!
Asian Salad Dressing
Bibimbap with Beet Sauce
Here's a super easy, delicious, and versatile no-recipe recipe!
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!
Helpful resources for starting solids
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