Instant Pot Frozen Salmon


This Instant Pot recipe for frozen salmon requires no thawing. The fillets stay warm and moist without overcooking.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 1 cup cold water

  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • cooking spray

  • 2 frozen salmon fillets

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Pour cold water and lemon juice into a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot). Place a steamer rack inside; coat with cooking spray.

  2. Place frozen salmon fillets, skin-side down, on the prepared rack. Cover and close the vent.

  3. Cook on the Steam setting until fish flakes easily with a fork, 3 to 4 minutes. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.

  4. Check salmon for desired doneness. Season with salt and pepper. Cover the pot to keep salmon warm until serving.


You can add optional toppings — like pesto sauce, butter, seasoned salt, or sweet barbecue sauce — to season the salmon fillets.

The cook time is for 1-inch-thick fillets; add 1 to 3 more minutes for thicker fillets.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

172 Calories
7g Fat
3g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 172
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 131mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 15mg 75%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 446mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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