These coconut crusted fish filets are a delicious way to enjoy Wild Alaska pollock and can be made in under 20 minutes for your favorite new pressure cooker fish recipe!
This post is sponsored by ASMI. All opinions are my own.
I’ve spent much of the new year exploring new and easy pressure cooker fish recipes. My pressure cooker has been a life saver in the kitchen, so far, and today’s Alaska pollock recipe is one of my favorites.
One of my New Year’s Resolutions is always to include more seafood in my diet. I don’t take part in regular New Year’s Resolutions, where the focus is on things to get rid of or “do better” in your diet.
Instead, I like thinking about things to add to my lifestyle and routine that can make a positive difference. Seafood is always one of them.
We do a decent job of getting our seafood once a week, but I think this year I want to focus on it being twice a week consistently.
This coconut fish recipe will certainly help (anything in the Instant pot makes life easy).
I think the combination of panko bread crumbs and coconut makes for the best fish breading.
If you’ve never tried coconut crusted fish, this is the perfect opportunity to! I’ve done panko crusted fish several times but adding the coconut flakes was a fun new layer.
Plus, pressure cooker seafood recipes are the new thing – so easy and quick!
Wild Alaska pollock is a white fish with mild flavor. The mild flavor makes it a great option for fish tacos (add this coconut crusted pollock to your next fish taco) and for breading, which is what we’ve done with this recipe.
Alaska is the nation’s largest source of wild caught seafood. Seafood from Alaska is always wild and sustainable, harvested seasonally and available fresh, frozen, smoked and canned year-round.
Meaning, Alaska seafood is very accessible.
Yes, both fresh and frozen can work for this pressure cooker fish recipe!
I found that the breading stuck easier to the fresh Alaska pollock than the frozen, but frozen will certainly work for this recipe.
No need to be intimidated anymore about finding frozen pollock recipes.
To make with frozen fish, just rinse under water first. Make sure to add 2 minutes to the pressure cooker setting on your pressure cooker.
So, rather than 3 minutes manual release, you would do a 5 minute manual release.
This Alaska pollock recipe would also be delicious with rice (I want to make it with wild rice!). You can use any veggies you like or have on hand. Roasted carrots seem delicious, too.
You’ll need a few bowls to make this breaded pollock recipe.
First, one with the coconut flakes, panko and spices. And another with the egg and honey.
Dip your Alaska pollock into the egg mixture and then gently place it into the coconut flake/panko mixture, taking care to make sure the flour gets spread evenly around the filets on both sides).
I tried cooking the asparagus and potatoes at once and the asparagus got a little mushy. So, I decided it was best to cook the asparagus first.
When you’re ready to cook the potatoes and fish, place the potatoes in the bottom of the pressure cooker with 1 cup of water, and then add the trivet. On the trivet, gently place your coconut fish and then replace the pressure cooker lid and seal it.
Turn the pressure cooking setting on for 5 minutes if using frozen pollock filets, 3 minutes if using fresh pollock.
Note that the pressure cooker takes about 10 minutes to reach pressure and will then begin counting down. At first, I was wondering why it didn’t just take 3 minutes, but then I realized it needs time to actually build that pressure.
Set it for a 3-5 minute quick release.
Sit down at the table and enjoy!
I love the lemony coconut flavor of the fish, and the potatoes and asparagus are such nice accompaniments.
*If you like your asparagus crisper when cooking, after the pressure cooker setting Is done, you can turn the pressure cooker to the “sautee” setting with salt, pepper and olive oil for 1-2 minutes. If not, skip that step.
**I used a quick release with the baby potatoes and fish because they cook quickly, and you don’t want them overly mushy. This is also why I recommend using fresh fish for this recipe, however, it will still work with frozen fish filets.
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