If you're looking for a quick and healthy dinner recipe, this haddock recipe has you covered. This Instant Pot seafood recipe is full of everything you need to make a flavorful and balanced meal in just a few minutes time with your Instant Pot or pressure cooker. For such a simple dish, it sure is packed with flavor and great nutrition.
I know pressure cookers get a bad rap for making perfect seafood. But honestly, it's not an appliance issue--rather it's either bad recipes or user error. It is indeed possible to get some amazing seafood dishes in your electric pressure cooker, as you can see by checking out my various Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker seafood recipes here.
For this dish, I wanted to make rice, fish, and vegetables all in one go.
I love the greens with this haddock dish. It gives the fish such a different flavor profile altogether and really breaks up the flavors in your mouth.
I used haddock for this recipe, but you could also use another white meat fish like cod or tilapia if you wanted. The cooking times would stay the same.
Haddock with Spinach and Rice | Instant Pot Seafood Recipe
One of my favorite parts about this dish is the Lemon Garlic Mayonnaise. I list it as optional in the recipe, but you really should try it. It makes the fish so bright and creamy and really is a delightful way to top the haddock.
I like topping my fish with a sauce like this because you can choose how much you add, which will change the flavor of the dish completely depending on how much you add or don't add to the top of your fish.
If you enjoy this dish and are a fan of seafood like I am, you're sure to like my Instant Pot Cioppino Seafood Stew. It's loaded with tons of seafood and is made easily in your Instant Pot!
Another great seafood dish is my Fish en Papillote, which is just a fancy way of saying fish cooked in parchment paper. It's a delightfully keto dish that's made easily in your Air Fryer.
This haddock is a great dish to cook on a busy night when you don't want to be in the kitchen for long. It can be popped right out of your freezer, along with the spinach, and will be defrosted enough once you finish the other steps to put it right in your Instant Pot.
Then once you take the lid off when it's done cooking, your fish will be light and completely cooked, alongside the rest of the spinach and rice. Couldn't be easier.
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For the Fish
- Set out the fish on the kitchen counter to defrost and proceed with the steps listed below. By the time you gather all the ingredients and get to to the fish, it should be somewhat defrosted and ready for you.
- Rinse the rice well and drain. Place the rice, water, salt, and oil in the inner liner of the instant pot and stir to mix.
- Cut 4 pieces of aluminum foil large enough to hold and wrap the fish in a pocket. Divide the spinach evenly between the four sheets. Place the fish on top. Drizzle oil, salt and pepper on top of the fish and close each packet. Close up the packets of foil into long rectangles, ensuring the packages will not leak (otherwise your rice is going to taste entirely too fishy).
- Place a steamer rack on top of the rice. Place the aluminum packets of spinach and fish on the steamer rack in one layer.
- Cook for 4 Minutes high pressure.
- Allow it to release pressure naturally for 10 mins and then release all remaining pressure.
- For the Sauce: While the rice and fish cook, mix together the mayonnaise, garlic and lemon juice and let it rest.
- To serve, divide the rice into four bowls. Spoon the spinach and fish from each packet onto the rice, pouring any juice in the package on the rice, and drizzle with the sauce, if using. Or you know, let everyone get their own fish—you’ve already done the cooking for them!
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