Instant Pot Simple Steamed Salmon Fillets

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recipe by From Freezer to Instant Pot Cookbook

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Over the last year, we’ve seen a lot of worry on social media about how to cook frozen salmon fillets in an Instant Pot. And no wonder! The fillets can be overcooked in a flash. We find the best technique is to steam them on a rack because they don’t sit in the liquid (which can break them apart, especially during the furious boil inside the pot when the pressure is released). Our timing here is for medium-rare to medium salmon fillets. If you like them cooked more thoroughly, add 1 minute to the timing for either the MAX or the HIGH setting. But note: The size of these salmon fillets (6 ounces each) is very important for the timing given; see the Beyond if you have larger fillets.

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recipe updated Jun 12, 2020


  • Lemon icon
    4 slices
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    1 cup (about 240 g)
  • Frozen salmon fillets icon
    Frozen salmon fillets
    340.5 g (about 1 ½ cups)
  • Black pepper icon
    Black pepper
    ½ tsp (about 1.07 g)
  • Salt icon
    ¼ tsp (about 1.5 g)


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  • kCook icon Rack
  • kCook icon Inner pot

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  1. Pour water into the inner pot
  2. Place a clean rack in the inner pot
  3. Add frozen salmon fillets to the inner pot
  4. Add lemon to the inner pot
  5. Sprinkle with black pepper and salt evenly
  6. Close and lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to Sealing
  7. Pressure cook - Manual, High, 6 min
  8. Release pressure -
  9. Transfer salmon to serving plates using a metal spatula
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