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Pot in Pot Recipe: Tilapia & Steamed Bok Choy in Instant Pot



For tilapia:

2 filets of tilapia (or any white fish)

To marinate:

2 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

1 tablespoon black bean sauce

1 teaspoon minced ginger

1 teaspoon minced garlic


For bok choy:

3-4 bok choys (quartered & washed thoroughly)


Optional seasoning:

1 tablespoon cooking oil

1 tablespoon chopped shallots

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon brown sugar

1 teaspoon water

1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

1 teaspoon chopped spring onions 


  1. Mix the ingredients listed under “To marinate” section. Coat both sides of the 2 tilapia (or any white) fish fillets with this mixture
  2. Cut the bok choys into quarters and wash thoroughly to remove any dirt and transfer to an ekovana pan.
  3. Place the marinated fish fillets in the other ekovana pan.
  4. Stack the pans with fish on the bottom and bok choy on top.
  5. Close the pans and lock the easy lift handles.
  6. Add 1 cup water to the pressure cooker insert and lower the stacked pans.
  7. Close the pressure cooker lid with vent in sealing position and cook on manual/ high for 4 mins.
  8. Allow NPR (Natural Pressure Release).
  9. Once pressure fully released, open the pressure cooker and remove pans.
  10. Bok choy and tilapia are perfectly cooked.
  11. Optionally garnish the bok choy by following instructions below.
  12. In a bowl mix 1 teaspoon brown sugar, 1 teaspoon water, 1 tablespoon soy sauce.
  13. Heat oil in a skillet and fry minced garlic, chopped shallots until brown.
  14. Add the soy sauce, brown sugar mixture and mix for few seconds.
  15. Pour this seasoning over steamed bok choy.
  16. Garnish the fish with toasted sesame seeds and chopped spring onions.
  17. Enjoy flavorful black bean tilapia with steamed bok choy !

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