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Instant Pot Fish and Vegetables

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.

instant pot fish recipe

I don’t know about you but we are big fans of Instant Pot fish in our house! Let us show you how to make this and then you should go on to try our other Instant Pot recipes too. Sponsored by Kitchen Deluxe. (originally published 5/18, affiliate links present)

Now that we have a pressure cooker it is even easier to cook it to flaky perfection.

Now you can cook another dish such as vegetables together, but separately, using these steamer insert pans!

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

star wars instant pot

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.

Instant Pot Fish 3

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

instant pot fish

This is what you will need to make this healthy Instant Pot fish and vegetable dinner

  1. Instant Pot steamer insert pans – use code TYPICALM for 15% off
  2. Fish – about 1 lb., skinless and deboned
    1. we used white fish, medium thickness
  3. Vegetables – sliced
    1. we used zucchini, yellow squash, carrots and onion
  4. Parchment paper
  5. Olive Oil
  6. Spices – I just lightly season with seasoned salt and basil

If you’ve never tried to pressure cook fish it is a game changer!! So flaky and tender I tell you.

ninja foodi fish

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. Use whatever you’d usually season it with.

  • 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
  • We cooked our Instant Pot frozen fish this way

If you’re looking to cook fresh or frozen Instant Pot shrimp we have info on that as well as our recipe for Instant Pot shrimp alfredo pasta.

instant pot frozen shrimp

If you’re looking for more pressure cooker fish recipes we have a bunch. Like how to cook salmon fillets with a little lemon pepper and lemon juice perfectly!

  • There seriously isn’t anything you can’t do with an electric pressure cooker I say. Ok, well it can’t do my laundry but I honestly don’t use my stovetop or oven anymore!

Just place the skin side down on your trivet with lemon slices and butter on high pressure for 3 minutes or so (depends on thickness of fillet). Release the pressure and perfection!

Of course if you want to cook multiple items then use the pans I used above but this is another Instant Pot fish idea.

With just a cup of water and a light season with salt and pepper we can even make frozen salmon in the Instant Pot all the time too!

Pressure Cooker Salmon

How do you make Instant Pot fish tacos??

  1. Use either the recipe below using white fish in the stackable pans, or the salmon recipe above
  2. Cook as directed
  3. Remove and break up into smaller pieces
  4. Add to small flour tortillas
  5. Load it up with cabbage and fish taco sauce
  6. We like a slice of avocado on the top too

We make tacos weekly whether it be with fish or shredded chicken. It’s a cheap and healthy meal we all love so it’s on our meal rotation.

  • Looking for a low carb keto meal idea?? After your pressure cooker fish is done put some inside of an avocado and this makes a really yummy meal!!
  • We love Instant Pot tilapia and air fryer tilapia for dinner too.
air fryer fish 2

Have we convinced you that it’s worth getting an Instant Pot AND that this is the best way to cook fish??!!

I hope so. The only close second that gets raving reviews is our smoked salmon recipe that is amazing but does take a lot more time to make and cook. SO if you’re looking for the best way to make Instant Pot fish this is it!

Here’s the printable recipe and a video:

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Instant Pot Fish

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.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword fish, instant pot, pressure cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 307kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • 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.


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Fish
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 307 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 324mg14%
Potassium 519mg15%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 7155IU143%
Vitamin C 97.4mg118%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Kristin Clark

Sunday 13th of September 2020

I just bought a 7 in 1 8Qt Instant pot and am behind confused with this recipe. The only pot I have is the pot that goes into the Instant Pot and a separate thing that appears to be for steaming, but I’m not quite sure because it doesn’t state what it is on the box. I purchased the Instant Pot and extra accessories brand new on Facebook marketplace! I was really interested in making some white fish with vegetable but these directions are just making me crazy!

The Typical Mom

Sunday 13th of September 2020

The pot you need doesn't come with the IP in the box, there is a link in this post to buy the stacking pans


Tuesday 19th of May 2020

I use the stackable baskets with the parchment paper for a bottom liner, 2 fillets in the bottom and one ☝️ n the top with 4 fresh scallops, 4, min, have my. Aggie’s ready quick release and take out my fish, fresh veggies for 1 minute, yummy. Don’t have a problem with the adds, everyone has to pay there bills, nothing worth while comes free, thank you.


Friday 1st of May 2020

Honestly, you get some revenue from the ads, right? I don't really care about your family, likes, dislikes, etc. I just want to get dinner on the table at the end of along hard day so I can be with my family instead of reading your bio. Jist saying.


Tuesday 18th of February 2020

Look I'm seriously sick of looking up a simple recipe and seeing a novel. If anyone know where I can just get the bare bone recipe please respond. I'll give it a 5/5 but I didn't read it.


Sunday 14th of January 2024

@kevin, Is there a reason you didn't simply use the "Jump to Recipe" button?


Sunday 19th of April 2020

Seriously? If you’re that impatient scroll down or look elsewhere. She gave a lot of valuable information you may have questions about later. Sheesh!


Thursday 20th of February 2020

My mom just introduced me to a addon/app called "copy me that." it allows you to save the recipes without all the novel reading. Simply add it to your browser, phone or computer, and then follow the instructions. I just click on recipes and click my "CMT" button and BOOM, the recipe is then saved to my app and I can see the bare bones of it all.


Saturday 18th of January 2020

so tasty and still i want to eat it after eaten the whole 1 kg. thanks justine for your great efforts for us. You can check the latest best instant pot for the kitchen. Which may help you in your best recipes. Having superb quality.

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