Instant Pot Panko-Crusted Cod

Instant Pot Panko-Crusted Cod
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Create perfectly steamed fish in minutes in your Instant Pot! These perfectly tender cod fillets are topped lemony bread crumbs for a delightful crunch. Whip up a quick vegetable side, like this Zesty Broccolini and Garlic, for a light meal in under 30 minutes.

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  • Prep time
    10 min
  • Cook time
    8 min
  • Servings
    4 Servings
  • Serving size
    4 oz fish with topping
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

4 Servings

  • Serving Size
    4 oz fish with topping
  • Amount per serving Calories 270

  • Total Fat 11g
    • Saturated Fat 1.2g
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 75mg
  • Sodium 370mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 10g
    • Dietary Fiber 1g
    • Total Sugars 2g
  • Protein 31g
  • Potassium 740mg
  • Phosphorus 360mg

Choices/Exchanges: 1/2 Starch, 4 Lean protein, 1 Fat



  • panko bread crumbs
    1/2 cup
  • olive oil
    2 tbsp
  • lemon zest
    2 tsp
  • salt
    1/4 tsp
  • light mayonnaise
    1/4 cup
  • lemon juice
    2 tsp
  • dried thyme
    1/2 tsp
  • cod or other white fish
    4 (6-oz) fillets
  • water
    1 cup
  • lemon (cut into 4 wedges)


  1. Press the Sauté button, then press the Adjust button to “More” or “High.” When the display says “Hot,” add the bread crumbs and cook for 2 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Stir in the oil, lemon zest, and salt. Remove from the pot and set aside on a plate.

  2. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice, and thyme. Spread equal amounts over the top of each cod fillet.

  3. Place the water and a steamer basket in the Instant Pot. Add the fish to the steamer basket, mayonnaise side up. Seal the lid, close the valve, press the Cancel button, and set to Manual/Pressure Cook for 3 minutes.

  4. Use a quick pressure release. When the valve drops, carefully remove the lid. Remove the steamer basket and fish from the pot. Serve the fish topped with the bread crumb mixture. Serve with the lemon wedges to squeeze over all.

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    This was really good. I didn't have thyme on hand, so I substituted dill. I will be making it again!