Instant Pot Salmon Sandwiches with Aioli

These salmon sandwiches, topped with homemade aioli and arugula, are made quickly and easily in an Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Salmon Sandwiches with Aioli
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • ¼ cup mayonnaise

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 cup cold water

  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • nonstick cooking spray

  • 4 (4 ounce) frozen salmon fillets

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 4 brioche buns, halved

  • 1 cup loosely packed arugula, or more to taste


  1. For aioli, stir together mayonnaise, lemon zest, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, and a pinch of salt in a small bowl.

  2. Add water and remaining 1/4 cup lemon juice to a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot). Put a steamer rack inside and spray with cooking spray. Arrange salmon fillets, skin sides down, on the prepared rack (fillets may overlap slightly).

  3. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 1 minute. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  4. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Salmon should flake easily with a fork.

  5. Sprinkle salmon with remaining salt and pepper. Spread cut sides of buns with aioli. Serve salmon in buns with arugula.

Cook's Notes:

No fresh lemons on hand? Substitute red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, or horseradish to add zip to mayonnaise. Use 1/4 cup water to replace the lemon juice in the pressure cooker.

Fresh salmon fillets will work instead of frozen. Forget to thaw the salmon? There's no need to when using a pressure cooker.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

569 Calories
33g Fat
37g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 569
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 43%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 141mg 47%
Sodium 610mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 30g
Potassium 456mg 10%

* 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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