Dish On Fish: A Guide To Instant Pot

Dish on Fish is an excellent seafood blog where you can explore new seafood recipes and learn relevant, relatable and easy-to-understand health and nutrition information about seafood. Hy-Vee is a partner of the National Fisheries Institute, which sponsors the blog and encourages Americans to eat seafood at least twice a week, as recommended by the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Seafood is a vital part of a healthy diet. Hy-Vee strives to provide customers with high-quality, Responsible Choice seafood and our Seafoodies blog provides detailed information and tips. We want to share Dish on Fish with you so you can find more resources, tips and recipes to help you enjoy seafood and reap its benefits.

From Dish on Fish:

Cooking Seafood in an Instant Pot: A Guide

We’ve been talking a lot about the Instant Pot, and for good reason! This handy culinary appliance is a great resource for simplifying your time in the kitchen.

Personally, we love it because it means there is a lot less hands-on cooking time, freeing you up to do something else like prep a side salad, help your kids with their homework, or, our personal favorite, treat yourself to a well-deserved glass of wine.

To help you get started with cooking seafood in your Instant Pot, here are a few of our best tip and tricks for working with the Instant Pot:

General starter tips:

  • While the Instant Pot cooks about 30% faster than conventional cooking, it’s important to know that just because it’s called an Instant Pot does not mean your meal will cook instantly! Because of the heat-up time and the pressure-release time, the cooking time using an Instant Pot is different than its actual start-to-finish time. It took us a little while to realize that “Instant Pot” is more synonymous with “one pot” than with “instantly made.”
  • For a more accurate start-to-finish time, allow at least 30 additional minutes beyond the recipe’s requirements – or even more, depending on the food being cooked and the volume of it.
  • For recipe inspiration and troubleshooting questions, Facebook groups such as the Instant Pot Communityare great resources.

Seafood-specific tips:

  • When cooking seafood in the IP, the best cooking method is either steaming or stewing, ideally with the original juice being retained.
  • When cooking fish or shellfish, it is helpful to manually release the vent to stop the cooking process, to ensure you don’t overcook.
  • The Instant Pot can cook frozen seafood, which is helpful if you forget to defrost beforehand. When cooking seafood from frozen, add 2 minutes to the cook time. As with all cooking methods, check that the seafood is cooked thoroughly before eating.
  • For a concise guide on seafood cooking times, check out the charts on the Instant Pot website.