Instant Pot Fish Tacos

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I happened to be a practicing Catholic and tried to figure out a few fish dishes to make this Lenten season.  I was running this morning when I thought of the idea of making fish tacos in my Instant Pot.  Last week, I posted a recipe for Instant Pot Salmon Foil Packets, and I received a few suggestions from readers to use a parchment paper packet instead of foil.   I guess some people don’t like cooking with foil, to each our own.  Even though I love making fish in foil packets, I wanted to make Instant Pot fish in a parchment packet.  The verdict!  I think the fish turns out great either way!

There is no shortage of parchment paper in my house.  I buy it from Costco in what seems like an everlasting roll.

Sometimes, people tend to veer away from fish, especially when feeding crowds, because of the cost.  Fish tacos are a great way to feed a crowd!  It’s not like you put huge pieces of fish in each taco.   I spent $4.60 on this fresh tilapia, and I fed my family easy with this portion.

I didn’t add too many spices to this fish.  I was making this for my kids and wanted to keep it mild.  I LOVE the taste of smoked paprika, not regular paprika, smoked paprika.   By all means, add some more spice if you like.  Chili powder, garlic, onion, or maybe even a little hot sauce would taste excellent with this recipe.

I have another video to show you how simple and easy this recipe is!

What do you top tour fish tacos with?

Oh my goodness, anything you have around!   I often make my Cilantro-Lime Slaw to accompany my fish tacos.  You can also add black beans, avocado, corn, salsa, or whatever you like!

I topped these with bell peppers, cilantro, and crunchy cabbage.

Instant Pot Fish Tacos


Two tilapia fillets

One teaspoon of canola oil

One pinch of salt

Two tablespoons of smoked paprika 

juice of one lime

1-2 sprigs of fresh cilantro. You can use dried cilantro too.

Method:  Place tilapia in the middle of a large piece of parchment paper. Paint with canola oil, sprinkle with salt and paprika, squeeze lime juice on the tilapia and sprinkle with some cilantro. Fold your parchment paper into a packet, as not to let any air in.   Place 1 1/2 cups of water in the bottom of your Instant Pot, along with the trivet.  Place the parchment packet on top of the trivet and close the lid.  Cook at high pressure for 8 minutes.   If you have thicker pieces of fish, you may want to cook the fish a little longer.    Cut the fish as to how you want to place it on a taco.  Build your taco your way 😉

This was a hit with my kids!  Of course, how could anyone turn down a taco?




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  4. Do you do a quick or natural release? Thanks!

  5. Would this work the same way in a Dutch oven??

    • You can make these in a dutch oven. I would just saute them. They won’t turn out ” steamed” but I bet they will still taste good!

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  7. I’m going to assume to QR after the 8 minutes is up?


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