Instant Pot Lemon Salmon
Instant Pot Lemon Salmon
So you know those nights when you're trying to throw together a quick dinner and there's literally nothing in the fridge? It seems absolutely impossible to whip up something healthy without any fresh ingredients, so you end up boiling pasta again. We've all been there. That's why I'm all about keeping the freezer stocked. I always have a large pack of frozen wild-caught salmon (actually a great deal at Whole Foods!), several bags of frozen cauliflower rice, and frozen greens. And thanks to the trusty instant pot, that's about all you need to make a healthy dinner come together in 10 minutes flat!
I swear there's nothing more satisfying than suddenly throwing together a healthy dinner, especially when it appears that you have no groceries on hand. It just makes me feel super resourceful and clever. So to make this, you literally only need salmon, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Lemon is just an added bonus that makes it look a little less naked and provides some extra flavor.
A few deets on making salmon in the instant pot... You can cook frozen or fresh salmon in there. I love that when you're cooking frozen salmon, you don't have to thaw it before cooking. Ideal because when you're ready to make dinner, who really wants to spend the extra time thawing their fish in warm water!? No one. Frozen salmon cooks on high pressure for 5 minutes, and fresh salmon takes 3 minutes. You'll do a quick release either way once you hear the beep. I've also heard of people using the steam feature for 3 minutes, rather than pressure cook, but I haven't tried it yet. Will report back once I experiment with that method!
Frozen wild salmon fillets
Lemon, sliced (1 lemon per 2-3 fillets)
1 cup water
Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
Salt & pepper
So easy, right!? Can't wait for you guys to try this out! It will definitely become a staple in your weekly instant pot cooking routine!
9/13/2018 10:47:09 am
This is such a good idea! I so often find myself without anything healthy on hand and end up ordering takeout. Is it possible to use the same method for other types of frozen fish, like halibut or other white fish?
10/16/2018 09:57:07 pm
absolutely!! I feel you! It's so nice to have some fish stocked up in the freezer so there's always a healthy option even when the fridge is empty!
12/18/2018 10:52:20 am
12/28/2018 12:32:57 pm
YAY that's so exciting! So the pressure has to come all the way up and then the timer will start. Once the timer ends and beeps, that's when you'll release it!
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