A one-pot dish of salmon, potatoes, and broccoli pressure cooked using Instant Pot. A healthy and easy dinner anyone can make!
Why Instant Pot Salmon?
The question is why should you cook salmon in a pressure cooker. The answer is simple— because it is done quickly and easy and if done right, you will have moist, silky, and flavorful salmon. Cooking salmon for dinner complete with the vegetable side dish cannot be easier than this and clean-up is a breeze because it is done all in one pot!
Can you cook frozen salmon in Instant Pot?
Sure you can but it will take a bit longer, maybe a minute or two, depending on how thick the salmon is.
In this case, just pressure cook the frozen salmon and whole baby potatoes on high for 2-3 minutes then do a quick release. Add the broccoli and seal the lid again and set cook time to ZERO minutes. Once the timer goes off make a quick release again and you should have perfectly cooked salmon and vegetables.
Will the vegetables not turn mushy if cooked at the same time?
If you do not want your veggies to be overcooked use baby potatoes and cut them into halves so they cook faster. The broccoli actually needs only 1-2 minutes in a pressure cooker to cook. If you cook them for 3-4 minutes they lose their crispiness but they are not soggy.
Tips to make it extra special
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MASHED POTATO - If you are up to a bit of extra work, you can also serve it with mashed potatoes. Just drain the potatoes once everything is cooked and reserve the liquids. Then mash the potatoes using a masher or electric blender. Add some heavy cream or sour cream and some of the reserved liquids until the deserved consistency is achieved. So flavorful!
ROASTED VEGGIES - You can also roast your potatoes and broccoli for added flare. After cooking, remove the salmon and drain the liquids from the pot. Return the potatoes and broccoli to the pot and add 2 tablespoons of butter and season with salt and pepper then toss. Set the pot to SAUTE at normal heat and let it cook on one side until the vegetables turn brown. Turn off and serve.
Add more or use other vegetables that are in season like beans, peas, or asparagus for the same cooking time. Sprinkle some fresh dill to add more flavors.
You can also serve the salmon with a slice (or two) of herbed butter for a more decadent take.
Instant Pot Salmon with Vegetables
- Non-stick cooking spray or olive oil
- ½ pound baby potatoes cut into halves or 2 medium-sized cubed
- ½ cup water
- ¾ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 2 salmon fillets about 1 pound, fresh or frozen
- 1 lemon thinly sliced
- 1 head broccoli cut into florets
- salt to taste
- Arrange the potatoes on the bottom of the pot and add the water. Season with ¼ tsp salt and then spray top of potatoes with oil.
- Place the trivet on top of the potatoes then arrange ½ of the lemon slices on the trivet.
- Add the salmon fillets in a single layer, skin-side down, on top of the lemon slices.
- Season fish with ½ tsp salt and ¼ tsp pepper and then arrange the remaining lemon slices on top of the fish.
- In a small aluminum bowl, place broccoli florets, season with salt to taste. Place the bowl of broccoli in the center of the Instant Pot, on top of the fish.
- Close and lock the lid of the Instant Pot. Set it to Pressure Cook or Manual and cook for 3-4 mins on high.
- When the cooking is done and timer beeps, quick release the steam and open the lid.
- Carefully remove the aluminum bowl from the Instant Pot using tongs or kitchen mitts.
- Remove the fish fillets using a spatula and carefully remove the trivet.
- Using a slotted spoon, scoop up the potatoes.
- Divide vegetables and salmon fillets into serving plates and enjoy!
About the Author
Bebs has been part of the food blog scene since 2014. Her passion for cooking and baking paved the way to the success of her blog, Foxy Folksy. Now she is here to cook up more yum for you.