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Easy Instant Pot Salmon Recipe

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Ready to put your Instant Pot to use in yet another way? Whip up this flavorful Instant Pot salmon super quick for a fancy dinner. 

Instant Pot Salmon

Planning a special meal for two? Or maybe you’re just waiting to put those salmon filets to use. Whatever it is, here’s an easy and delicious salmon recipe to get started on.

You’ll need your Instant Pot of course, and a few other pantry essentials that you’ll most certainly have, but apart from that, you’re sorted. 

Read on to discover how to get started, and answers to some questions you might have. 

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How Long Should I Cook Salmon For?

After you’re done with all the seasoning and prep, your salmon should need just a few minutes in your instant pot.

It is a tender fish and doesn’t need a lot of time to cook, especially not in the Instant Pot

Instant Pot Salmon

How Do I Tell if my Instant Pot Salmon Has Cooked?

One of the simplest ways to check if the salmon has cooked to perfection is to gently press down on it with your finger or a fork.

If the flesh of the salmon separates easily along the white lines that run on it, that means it has cooked completely. 

Can I Overcook Salmon?

Instant Pot Salmon

Yes, leaving the salmon on heat can overcook it, and ruin all your efforts. Overcooked salmon often looks opaque, chalky and dry, and doesn’t taste good at all.

Cooking it just right can be tricky, but if you follow the instructions in the recipe, you should be good, and you’ll be able to enjoy just the right flavors. 

What Mistakes Should I Avoid While Cooking Instant Pot Salmon?

What’s the best way to ensure never to ruin a filet again? Just follow these quick tips about the mistakes you should avoid. 

Never remove the skin- you might be tempted to, but it is that skin that helps keep the filet in one shape and prevents it from falling apart when the fish is cooked. 

Avoid cooking with the skin side up- start with the skin side down. This helps prevent overbrowning of the meat and also keep it from getting all dry and overcooked. 

Forgetting to debone the filet (that you just bought off the frozen section at your local supermarket) is another mistake you could make. 

Microwaving your leftover salmon the next day is another big bad move. Just serve it with veggies in a cold salad or add it to your sandwich. 

Serving Suggestions

Our recipe calls for the salmon filet to be served on a bed of rice pilaf, and if you give it a try that way, you’ll see why they were put together. The flavors blend together amazingly, making it a match made in heaven. 

You can also serve the salmon as is, or team it up with a drizzle of a nice butter based sauce. Roasted garlic potatoes also taste delicious when served alongside a classic salmon filet.

Try Some of These Instant Pot Side Dishes

    If you’re looking to keep it healthy, you can serve it with some steamed veggies on the side- broccoli, asparagus or green beans can be a great option. And of course, don’t forget the lime slices on the top as a nice garnish. 

    Consider serving this with our Instant Pot Lobster Tail Recipe.

    instant pot salmon

    Instant Pot Fish and Seafood Recipes


    Yield: 2 servings

    Instant Pot Salmon and Rice

    Instant Pot Salmon and Rice

    Ready to put your instant pot to use in yet another way? Whip up this flavorful instant pot salmon super quick for a fancy dinner.

    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 5 minutes
    Additional Time 5 minutes
    Total Time 15 minutes


    1. Lay out a sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Spray lightly with a non-stick cooking spray.
    2. Arrange 5-6 slices of lemon in a vertical row on the foil. Place sprigs of the dill on top of the lemon.
    3. Place the two pieces of salmon on top of the lemon and dill.
    4. Drizzle or brush the melted butter onto the salmon.
    5. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper and minced garlic. Add more dill to the top. Top with additional lemon slices. The lemon and dill can all be added according to taste. I like a lot of both.
    6. Fold the foil up over the salmon and seal all edges.
    7. Add 1½ cups of water to the bottom of the Instant Pot. Place the rice pilaf mix (or any rice of choice) into the water. Stir to mix.
    8. Add the trivet to the Instant Pot and place the foil-wrapped salmon on top.
    9. Seal your Instant Pot according to the instructions and set the timer for 5 minutes.
    10. When time is up, leave salmon in the pot for an additional 5 minutes, then release any remaining pressure and remove to serve.



    • Can my dog have Salmon and Rice? One of the most recommended fish for dogs is salmon. Salmon is one of the fish with the most Omega 3 and it is also delicious so your dog will love trying this new flavor. Salmon is also an excellent source of EPA and DHA, two vital nutrients that support the health and function of the brain and retina. As for rice, it can become one of the main ingredients in your diet as long as the protein levels are covered with other assimilable meat foods. We cannot base a dog's diet simply on rice, or use it as the main source of its food. One last recommendation, remove the lemon and garlic from your dog's portion, this can be toxic for him or her.
    • Can my cat have Salmon and Rice? Salmon is one of the healthiest and most delicious fish that there is and that has more beneficial properties for the body, both for people and animals. Your cat can enjoy salmon — as long as it's cooked salmon without herbs, spices, or dressings that could upset your cat's stomach. Like any other food, fish should be given to the cat as part of a balanced diet. This includes the amount of rice you give him. Rice, composed mainly of carbohydrates, is a food that does not offer the nutritional requirements that cats need. Therefore, a cat should not be fed rice regularly. One last recommendation, remove the lemon and garlic from your cat's portion, this can be toxic for him or her.

    Nutrition Information



    Serving Size


    Amount Per Serving Calories 784Total Fat 50gSaturated Fat 18gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 28gCholesterol 193mgSodium 1099mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 4gSugar 2gProtein 54g

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      • Jessica McCoy

        Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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      1. Thank you so much for this amazing recipe that you have shared with us, indeed the recipe looks quite amazing and easy to cook, will surely try making it and let you know on how well it tasted.

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