As you might have guessed, salmon is my favorite kind of fish out there. I make it a lot (see here!)! I thought I was getting to the point of running out of new ways to make it, until I realized I haven’t steamed it yet! I’d been wanting to try out the steaming basket in the Instant Pot, so this was a no brainer.
The only problem was – my salmon was frozen…. side note: I’ve been trying to buy my fish frozen because of the lower price (compared to fresh) and wanted to see if I’d notice a difference in the taste. I will be honest – it definitely isn’t fresh. But, it still tastes amazing and it’s a great thing to have in your freezer when you’re fresh out of ideas.
Now, back to my salmon being frozen. This is why the instant pot is amazing. In just 5 minutes, I can put 4 frozen fillets of salmon in the IP and out it comes, perfectly thawed and cooked through. I seriously love this kitchen tool!
So I steamed the fish and I loved it. It was just as lemony as I’d hoped, just as flakey as I wished and just as fast as I needed. I served mine with rice and carrots – see my notes below on how to make them in the instant pot too!
Instant Pot Steamed Salmon (from frozen!)
- 3/4 cups water
- 1 lemon, juiced (about 1/4 cup lemon juice) and sliced
- 4 salmon fillets
- 1 small handful of parsley, chopped
- 1 tablespoon butter (optional)
- Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Everything but the bagel seasoning, to taste
- Place 3/4 cup water + 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Add the metal steamer insert.
- Place the salmon fillets, frozen, on top of the steamer insert. Sprinkle fresh parsley on top of the salmon, then place slices of fresh lemon on top of each fillet.
- Lock the Instant Pot lid, then set the Manual timer for 5 minutes. When the timer beeps, press “Cancel” and carefully flip the Quick Release valve to let the pressure out.
- Serve immediately with butter (if desired), extra parsley, and salt, pepper and everything but the bagel seasoning. Enjoy!