Instant Pot Sea Bass

seabass pieces with coriander leaves on a black plate

Try this Instant Pot Steamed Sea Bass Fish with flavorful and fragrant authentic Asian ingredients to make perfect comforting seafood to make a delicious healthy meal.

seabass pieces with spring onion, onion, coriander leaves on a black plate

Why This Recipe Works

Surely this succulent and delicious steamed fish will be a centerpiece for your dinner table. The recipe is convenient and time-efficient, taking a  moment to serve you with its flavorful warmth. A perfect dish to serve in this chilly season to enjoy some really great fish meal.

Serve this extremely delicious recipe with garnishing of some spices or with different sauce to enjoy this hot and tummy-warming meal in this cold season. The most important thing is this recipe is prepared in just 15 minutes only, what are you waiting for? Try this time-saving recipe now!

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Recipe Ingredients

Fish: We are making this recipe with sea bass cleaned fillets, you can also use whole sea bass but first scale the sea bass after scaling clean the sea bass properly then use it in your recipe.

Sauces: We are about to prepare our sauce to pour on the fillets, we are using:

Try making with these ingredients to prepare this sauce to experience some great taste or you can also use your own to pour-over.

Veggies and spices: Onion, garlic, ginger, spring onion, julienne pepper, and coriander gather up to make this meal mouthful. I would also suggest you take a tomato cut it into slices and put the slices with other ingredients.

How to make Sea Bass

Gather the necessary ingredients as per the recipe card.

First, we are preparing a sauce to pour over the fillets.

To prepare the sauce set the instant pot on saute at high for 3 minutes.

Add vegetable oil into the pot.

Add light soy sauce and dark soy sauce into the pot.

Now, Add shredded palm sugar into the pot.

Stir the mixture and dish out the sauce.

Clean out the pot and put a trivet into the instant pot.

Pour 1 cup of water into the pot for steaming.

Put the fish fillet on the trivet.

Now, thaw all the remaining ingredients on the fillets.

Secure the lid and pressure cook at high for 6 to 7 minutes, when the cooking time is complete do a quick release.

Dish out the steamed hot fish fillets and pour the previously prepared sauce on the fillets and serve immediately!

How to serve?

I made a post especially for that, so feel free to check out What to Serve With Sea Bass.

Looking for quick ideas? You can try this wholesome instant pot steamed sea bass with Instant Pot couscous in your dinner tonight. Honestly, I can't resist I would suggest you have it as it is with some different sauce. Let me help you to choose, The Instant Pot Steamed Sea Bass would perfectly work with these sauces:

Sea bass is also on of the best things you can serve with collard greens.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make it with a whole fish?

Yes, you can make a whole sea bass in the Instant Pot. In order to do so, use the same instruction but set the cooking time to 10 minutes on high pressure.

How to Store Steamed Sea Bass?

In order to store sea bass, just put the sauce and steamed sea bass in an air-tight container separately and thaw them into a refrigerator to enjoy the meal later. you can store the steamed sea bass for up to 4-5 days.

Is sea bass a good fish to eat?

Yes, sea bass is an amazing fish to eat. It has a great taste, it's rich with protein and it's super healthy.

What does sea bass taste like?

Seabass taste like a delicate white fish. A little salt and a little sweet.

Instant Pot Seafood Recipes

seabass pieces with coriander leaves on a black plate

Instant Pot Sea Bass

This Instant Pot sea bass is extraordinarily tender and packed with rich South East Asian flavors.
4.75 from 4 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: South East Asian
Keyword: fish sauce, scallions, Steamed Sea Bass
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Corrie


  • 1 garlic minced
  • 4 tablespoon ginger minced
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 1 spring onion chopped
  • 1 julienne pepper chopped
  • 1 teaspoon palm sugar grated
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 cup water for the Instant Pot
  • ½ coriander for serving
  • 4 fillets sea bass


  • Set the pot on 'Saute at High' for 3 minutes.
  • Add vegetable oil, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and palm sugar cook and stir.
  • Dish out and clean the pot and put trivet into the pot.
  • Add water into the pot and put the fillets on a trivet.
  • Add the minced garlic, ginger, and chopped onions, spring onion, and pepper to the fillets.
  • Add coriander to the fillets.
  • Close the lid and pressure cook at high for 6 minutes.
  • Do a quick release and dish out.
  • Add the prepared sauce and serve the delicious sea bass!


Calories: 184kcal Carbohydrates: 4g Protein: 31g Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 136mg Sodium: 373mg Potassium: 506mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g Vitamin A: 200IU Vitamin C: 2mg Calcium: 34mg Iron: 2mg



Do not sautee the sauce for long to keep it away from burning.
While steaming lookout for the water, if the fish is not prepared then add some more water for steaming.
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9 thoughts on “Instant Pot Sea Bass

  1. I don’t understand this tripe- it says to mix all the ingredients and add to the fish for 20 minutes but how is this mixture (it says all the ingredients) different from the one meant to be added to the fish after steaming?

    1. Mix half in the fish to cook together. The other half, heat in a sauce pan and cook for 3-5 min. After the fish is done use the rest of the cooked sauce and pour over the fish then serve.

  2. I used 2 1/2 lb. seabass. I cut it in half and cooked it for 4 mins. It was devine. What do you think about adding sesame oil to the canola? I added fresh grated garlic to bump up the taste. A keeper for sure!

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