Instant Pot Tilapia


Easy meal you can make in your Instant Pot using only 4 ingredients: Fish, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Can I add cheese?

Sure. You can add 1 cup of grated parmesan cheese and sprinkle the fish after cooking.

Have you ever tried the pairing fish + cheese? It may seem a bit extravagant, but Parmesan cheese is so delicate that it can be paired with almost anything!

Do I have to marinate the Tilapia?

You don't HAVE to, it's just that the fish tastes much better that way.

Marinate overnight or for at least 1 hour in the fridge.

How to serve?

I served it with roasted bell peppers and lemon slices for a keto-friendly meal.

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Instant Pot Tilapia

Instant pot tilapia is a healthy, simple and light dinner with the refreshing touch of lemon.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: international
Keyword: instant pot tilapia, tilapia, tilapia fillets
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Corrie


  • 4 tilapia fillets
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Marinate your tilapia fillets with lemon juice, salt and pepper and let them rest in the fridge overnight or for at least one hour.
  • Place the fish with its marinade into the Instant Pot and close the lid.
  • Cook at high pressure for 4 minutes.
  • When cooking time is complete, wait for a natural pressure release (or for at least 10 minutes).
  • Open the lid, serve and enjoy 🙂


Calories: 261kcal Carbohydrates: 1g Protein: 43g Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 5g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 102mg Sodium: 489mg Potassium: 536mg Sugar: 1g Vitamin A: 195IU Calcium: 313mg Iron: 1mg


Feel free to add more lemon juice if needed.
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4 thoughts on “Instant Pot Tilapia

    1. Since tilapia is so thin, it shouldn't really make a difference. I use the same time and same amount of lemon juice.

  1. I am wondering if 1/4 cup lemon juice is enough to cook in the instant pot. My experience has been unless I have 1 cup of liquid the instant pot doesn’t reach pressure.

    1. Some models require more liquid to reach pressure than others. Usually 1/4 cup or 1/2 cup will be enough. Try adding 1/4 cup water and see if that works, adding more water or fish stock if needed.

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