Let’s talk about how hard it is to make dinner every night.
We are the kind of family that rarely eats out, so we eat most of our meals at home. While that sounds like I must make a nice dinner every night, it is simply not true.
Instead, I make simple, flavorful meals with minimal effort that my family loves.
This Instant Pot salmon recipe looks like a whole fancy meal, but it is actually quick and simple. The biggest hassle is making a honey mustard dressing while the salmon cooks (in just 3 minutes!), but you can solve that problem by making the dressing ahead of time or buying a bottle of honey mustard dressing that you love.
Easy Salmon Instant Pot Recipe
My honey mustard salmon with potatoes is a one-pot Instant Pot meal. You cook the potatoes and salmon in the same pot, with the salmon perched on the metal insert on top of the potatoes. The steam from the cooking potatoes cooks the salmon at the same time. It is so easy and delicious.
One-pot Instant Pot meals help me make a full meal in a single step. This is a game-changer when you are trying to make healthy dinners at home.
Here’s another great one-pot Instant Pot meal: One-Pot Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowl
Can You Pressure Cook Fish?
I think the key to pressure-cooking fish is the same as the key to cooking fish any other way: do not overcook it. You only need to cook salmon for 3 minutes in the Instant Pot – 5 if it is frozen. As soon as the timer goes off, use the quick-release valve to release the pressure in the pot.
This is really important if you want flaky, moist salmon fillets. If you let the pressure release naturally, the fish will overcook. Just to be safe, I recommend staying in the kitchen while the salmon cooks, so you don’t miss the cooking timer when it goes off.
While you are waiting for the fish to cook, use that time to whip up the honey mustard dressing. It’s really easy, and it makes this dish super flavorful. if you don’t like honey mustard, try one of Katie’s other homemade dressings!
What Does Pressure-Cooked Fish Taste Like?
Pressure-cooked fish tastes very similar to baked fish. It’s a little moister (which is good), and cooking salmon with lemon slices on top adds a great flavor.
Sometimes pressure-cooked salmon doesn’t retain flavors as well as salmon cooked in other ways. So when you cook your fish in the Instant Pot, don’t skip both the honey mustard dressing and the lemon. You can have one without the other, but do not skip both.
Healthy eating is always easier when the food tastes great. So season your salmon generously, drizzle it with sauce, and do not overcook it.
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Salmon Instant Pot Dinner Recipe
I serve my salmon and potatoes with salad. Most vegetables turn to mush if you cook them in the instant pot for 3-4 minutes, so don’t even bother. Instead, try it with a salad.
A salad adds the perfect fresh, crisp texture to your warm salmon and garlicky potatoes. Use the honey mustard dressing to top both your fish and your salad.
Salmon cooked in the Instant Pot tastes best with a sauce, so I top it with a honey mustard dressing that I can eat along with the salad. Paired with mashed potatoes, you have a full meal in minutes!
Salmon Instant Pot Main Dish
I love cooking salmon in the Instant Pot with cubed potatoes. However, if you don’t want potatoes, you can just cook the salmon by itself.
Simply follow the same instructions for cooking the salmon and ignore the potatoes, oil, salt, and pepper. Just pour 1 cup of water into the bottom of the Instant Pot, place the insert in the water, and place the salmon on the insert. Season and cook as directed (3 minutes for thawed salmon or 5 for frozen).
Quick and Easy Salmon Recipe
Altogether, this recipe should only take you about 20-30 minutes before you’re ready to serve dinner. Take a few minutes to wash and chop the potatoes, then place those and the salmon in the Instant Pot.
While they cook – it should take about 13 minutes total after the pressure cooker heats up and cooks for 3 minutes – mix up the sauce and throw the salad together. I usually use a box of spring mix greens.
As soon as the salmon and potatoes are done cooking, use the quick-release valve. Set the salmon aside to rest, then finish mashing the potatoes. Quick and delicious.
Salmon Recipe for Families
This delicious, fresh dinner takes about the same amount of time as boxed macaroni and cheese. However, it looks and tastes like you worked much harder on it. This is great news when you make most of your meals at home. Suddenly, tonight’s dinner looks a lot easier.
Where to Buy an Instant Pot
This is the 6-quart Instant Pot I started out with. After a few years, we added an 8-quart partly because I knew I would use two at the same time often enough, partly because it was the Prime Day sale, and also because I wanted more space for certain recipes. Both are a pretty basic model and you don’t need more bells and whistles than that!
If you’re deciding on size, most people say it’s better to get a deal on the 6-quart and just have 2 rather than go big, BUT if your family has 5 or more people or you really like to batch cook or do more than a pound of beans, the 8-quart may be the best choice. My full Instant Pot review and buying guide for features, size, and model.
If you’d like to shop directly at Instant Pot’s website instead of Amazon (or just compare prices), check them out here.
If you’re still on the fence about adding an Instant Pot to your kitchen appliance arsenal here are my Instant Pot pros and cons.
This dinner is quick and easy, but looks fancy and tastes delicious!
- 1 1/4 lbs. potatoes, cubed (baby, red, or yellow)
- 1 c. water
- 4 Tbs. butter or oil (divided)
- Salt (Use the code kitchenstewardship for 15% off of your first purchase)
- 1 1/4 lbs salmon, cut into 4 fillets
- 1 lemon, sliced into wheels (optional)
- 1 tsp. garlic powder (or 3–4 cloves, minced)
Honey Mustard Dressing:
- 1/2 c. mustard
- 1/4 c. honey
- 1/4 c.
- 1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder (or 1 clove garlic)
- 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1/4 tsp.
- Put the potatoes in the bottom of your Instant pot. Cover them with the water and top with oil, salt, and pepper.
- Place the metal Instant Pot insert on top of the potatoes. Carefully lay the salmon fillets on the insert and sprinkle them generously with salt and pepper. Put a slice of lemon on each fillet.
- Close and seal the lid of your Instant Pot. Cook on the manual setting for 3 minutes (5 minutes if the salmon is frozen).
- While the salmon and potatoes are cooking, stir or blend together the honey mustard ingredients. You can whisk them together in a small bowl or use a blender if you prefer a thick, creamy texture. If you desire a thinner consistency, thin it with up to 1/2 cup of water.
- As soon as the cook timer goes off, use the quick-release valve to release the steam. Remove the lid. Use oven mitts to lift the insert out of the Instant Pot. Set it on a plate and let the salmon rest for a few minutes before serving.
- Meanwhile, set the Instant Pot to the sauté setting. Add the garlic and remaining oil. When the water begins to bubble, stir and mash the potatoes with a potato masher. The water will absorb quickly, so stir it frequently. When the mashed potatoes reach your desired texture, turn off the Instant Pot.
- Serve the salmon and potatoes with a salad, topping both the salmon and the salad with the honey mustard dressing.
If you want to cook the salmon without potatoes, simply pour 1 cup of water in the bottom of the Instant Pot, place the insert in the water, and place the salmon on the insert. Season and cook as directed (3 minutes for thawed salmon, 5 for frozen).
- Serving Size: 1 fillet of salmon and 1 cup of potatoes
- Calories: 659
- Sugar: 20g
- Sodium: 305mg
- Fat: 38g
- Saturated Fat: 10g
- Carbohydrates: 47g
- Fiber: 6g
- Protein: 20g
- Cholesterol: 93mg
Keywords: comfort food, quick dinner, fancy dinner
Have you ever pressure cooked fish?