Instant Pot Steamed Salmon (from frozen!)

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! img_2647

Instant Pot Steamed Salmon (from frozen!)

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 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


  1. Place 3/4 cup water + 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Add the metal steamer insert.
  2. 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.img_2653
  3. 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.img_2655
  4. Serve immediately with butter (if desired), extra parsley, and salt, pepper and everything but the bagel seasoning. Enjoy!img_2658

Adapted from:

Note 1: To make rice in the instant pot, add 1 cup rice with 1 cup chicken broth/water and set to rice setting. Once finished, quick release and eat! 

Note 2: To make carrots in the instant pot, add 1 cup water and place metal steamer insert in Instant Pot. Add baby carrots on top and set on manual/pressure cook for 2 minutes. Quick release and enjoy! 

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