{Paleo and Primal} fish nuggets

Do you recognize these?

dora nuggets

If you shop at Whole Foods and have a young child, you probably do.

These little gems are a product of Dr. Praeger’s ingenious marketing. Viv used to eat these Dora the Explorer nuggets a few times a week and she loved them. She also had no idea that she was eating fish. The conversation we had when I explained what a Dora nugget was “made of” was really awkward. I told her the meat inside of the breading was fish, and she narrowed her eyes at me and accused me of lying to her. Her reasoning was this: A. she loved Dora nuggets, B. she did not love fish ever, ewwww, so C. Dora nuggets were not fish. Um, wait, what?

I almost started arguing logical fallacy, but then I didn’t because my wise mind told me that three year olds don’t really go for that.

Now that’s Viv’s almost five {as she reminds me every day}, she loves fish. But only white fish. And only the white parts of white fish. And only sometimes. But I’m determined to get her nice and fishy, so I persist. {Read more about the benefits of eating fish - especially for kids -here}

Here’s my Viv-approved recipe for grain-free Dora nuggets.


grain-free fish nuggets

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Difficulty: moderately easy
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  • 1 pound of wild caught boneless white fish fillets {tilapia or cod, or whatever}
  • 1 cup of blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened finely shredded coconut {I like these organic coconut flakes - I use a coffee grinder to create a fine shred}
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 large cage free eggs, whisked


  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Grease the bottom of a large teflon-free baking sheet with half of the olive oil.
  3. Sift the flours together in a shallow bowl with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Chop the fish into approximately 1 by 1 1/2 inch pieces.
  5. Bathe each piece of fish in the whisked eggs and then coat them evenly with the flour mixture.
  6. Spread the nuggets out evenly on the baking sheet.
  7. With a fine spritzing glass bottle, spray the remaining olive oil evenly over the nuggets. You could use a non-stick aerosol spray for this if you want to.
  8. Bake the nuggets for 10-12 minutes, flip, and bake for an additional 4-6 minutes. You’ll want to keep a close eye on them the first time through to see how they bake in your particular oven.
  9. Remove, allow to cool a bit, and serve with homemade ketchup or tartar sauce. I homemake my tartar sauce using homemade mayonnaise and home-jarred pickles. Inception!
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