This is how you make healthy Instant Pot fish and vegetables together in your pressure cooker. Cooked separately but at the same time, this flavorful dinner cooks in no time at all and comes out flaky and tender. If you’re looking to cook multiple dishes at once in your Instant Pot this is how you do it.
I don’t know about you but we are big fans of fish in our house! Now that we have a pressure cooker it is even easier to cook it to flaky perfection and now you can cook another dish such as vegetables together, but separately, using these steamer insert pans from Kitchen Deluxe who generously sponsored this post! Let us show you how to make this easy Instant Pot fish recipe.
Such a delicious and healthy meal right?
Personally I think fish comes out great when it is steamed with just a bit of olive oil and a pinch of salt and spices. I did the same thing with the mix of vegetables I cooked in the larger of the two pans and they were great and just tender enough without being too mushy.
I used 2 pieces of tilapia but you could use whichever type of fish you prefer. The pans are great at keeping the moisture in and when it’s done cooking and resting in the bit of olive oil you poured on top the flavor is pretty amazing.
Cooking them in separate pans but in your pressure cooker at the same time keeps the flavors of each in tact but allows you to walk away while they steam to perfection. Do a quick release, lift the lids on each and enjoy them together for lunch or dinner.
The possibilities for these double stackable pans though. Add cornbread or baked potatoes to the bottom and chili to the top and have a great meal too!
Why would you cook fish in your Instant Pot?
- Cooks quickly
- Comes out tender and full of flavor
- No fish smell while cooking (some released when steam valve is opened)
- Easy one pot meal when cooked with vegetables using this pot in pot method
This is what you will need to make this healthy Instant Pot fish and vegetable dinner
- Instant Pot steamer insert pans – use code TYPICALM for 15% off
- Fish – about 1 lb., skinless and deboned
- Vegetables – sliced
- Parchment paper
- Olive Oil
- Spices – I just lightly season with seasoned salt and basil
If you do not have this insert pan you can alternatively cook Instant Pot fish this way:
- Put 1.5 c water into your pressure cooker
- Place a trivet / steam rack at the bottom (make sure water isn’t touching bottom of rack)
- Place your fish fillet on steam rack
- Sprinkle seasonings on fish
- Close lid and steam valve
- Set to high pressure for 2-3 minutes for fresh fish and 3-4 min. for frozen fillets (size of fish and variety will vary timing but this works well for a piece of salmon)
- We typically cook a 3/4 lb. piece of fresh salmon for 4 minutes and it is perfect
- Do a quick release
Here’s the printable recipe and a video:
Instant Pot Fish
- 2 pcs fish 3/4 of a lb. or so, skinned and deboned
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp seasoned salt
- 1/4 tsp basil or other herb of choice
- 1 zucchini cut into dials
- 1 yellow squash zucchini cut into dials
- 1 carrot thin dials
- 1/2 onion cut into strips
- 1 bell pepper cut into strips
- Put parchment paper inside the bottom larger piece of your stacked pans and pour all vegetables inside.
- Pour 2 tbsp of oil oil on top and sprinkle half of your seasoned salt and basil on top.
- Place smaller stacked pan on top of that and put a piece of parchment paper inside of that pan.
- Lay pieces of fish inside, pour remainder of olive oil on top of fish with remainder of spices.
- Put lid on and close fastener so pans are securely closed together.
- Pour 1.5 c. water inside your Instant Pot and lower stacked pans down inside.
- Close lid and steam valve and set to high pressure for 28 minutes. Do a quick release.
- Check to ensure fish and vegetables are desired tenderness, if not recover and add 2 minutes or so.
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