Seafood & Fish

Instant Pot sea-foodCooking time for seafood is typically short. Again steaming is the ideal method. Of course stewing will also work great.

When steaming seafood, you need at least one cup of water (250ml), an ovenproof or steel bowl on a trivet. When seafood or fish are over-cooked, their texture turns tough. Unless that’s the intended result, you should control the cooking time precisely. Normally, you’ll need to use the steam release to release the pressure and stop cooking, as soon as the programmed cooking period is over. An alternative is to take the natural cooling time (7~10 minutes) into consideration.

Please note that the cooking time is pressure cooking time on Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker operating at 10.2 – 11.6 psi or 70-80 kPa. Cooking times are approximate. Please use them as a guideline only.

Pressure Cooking Timetable for Seafood & Fish

Seafood and Fish

Fresh, Cooking Time
(in Minutes)

Frozen, Cooking Time
(in Minutes)

Crab

3 – 4

5 – 6

Fish, whole (trout, snapper, etc.)

5 – 6

7 – 10

Fish fillet,

2 – 3

3 – 4

Fish steak

3 – 4

4 – 6

Lobster

3 – 4

4 – 6

Mussels

2 – 3

4 – 5

Seafood soup or stock

6 – 7

7 – 9

Shrimp or Prawn

1 – 2

2 – 3

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