Salmon is delicious and healthy, but cooking it in the Instant Pot can save you a lot of time and energy. Fish is notoriously tricky to cook–it is simple for it to be overdone or underdone.

Cooking Salmon in the Instant Pot solves this problem because it cooks the fish evenly and quickly.

The Instant Pot doesn’t usually require any oil, but this recipe tastes amazing with a bit of Ghee or other healthy fat.Instant Pot Lemon Pepper Salmon Pinterest

My husband loves to eat fish, so I am always looking at different ways of cooking it. His favorite fish is Seabass, but he absolutely loves this Lemon Pepper Salmon recipe and has recently asked me to make it several times.

The flavor you get from this recipe is full-on and delicious. The fresh lemon and pepper make this Salmon a delight to eat.

This Instant Pot Lemon Pepper salmon makes an ideal dinner for the whole family, and you can also serve it with any side dish of your choice.

I usually serve it with Instant pot asparagus and baby potatoes or Instant Pot Butter Rice.

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What are the benefits of eating Salmon?

Salmon is a rich source of the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. These fats are used in the body to protect against inflammation and also to promote brain health.

Salmon also has an abundance of Vitamin B12, which is essential for energy production.

Eating Salmon is also reported to help promote psychological stability as it contains the amino acid tryptophan, which plays a part in serotonin production.

Why is the Instant Pot so good at cooking Salmon?

The Instant Pot is a lot better at cooking fish than your traditional oven.

The Instant Pot is electric and will cook the Salmon evenly, whereas an oven has to be turned and monitored, often resulting in overcooked or undercooked pieces of Salmon.

The Instant Pot also cooks food much faster than an oven, so it cuts down on a lot of unnecessary time.

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What fats are healthy to eat?

When we think of fats, the first thing that comes to mind is usually butter or margarine.

However, healthier options can be found in oils and certain animal products, and plant-based options.

The nutritional value of fat differs between types, and healthy fats promote that one’s body absorbs the nutrients it needs.

These healthy fats are also used to create nerve cells in our brains and are excellent fuel for energy production.

Ghee is a good source of fatty acids and Vitamin D, which helps with bone formation.

Ghee has a higher smoke point than most oils which makes it ideal for cooking at high temperatures. Ghee is also rich in butyric acid, a short-chain fatty acid that helps lower blood cholesterol.

What are the benefits of Omega-3?

Omega-3 is known to help reduce inflammation in the body, which is good because many different things can cause it.

For example, inflammation can be caused by poor diet, lack of exercise, or stress.

Omega-3 fatty acids are also essential for brain health and development. They help with the production of nerve cells in our brains which have been shown to improve learning and memory, so Omega-3 has become so popular among students.

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What are the benefits of EPA and DHA fatty acids?

EPA and DHA fatty acids are “essential” because our bodies cannot produce them independently. EPA, specifically, helps to protect against inflammation.

DHA also plays a role in brain health and development. Because of this, Omega-3 fatty acids have become a popular topic among children and students in recent years.

It is reported that eating Omega-3 helps improve concentration, so it is a popular addition to any student’s diet.

What are the health benefits of Lemon?

Lemon has been used in many cuisines around the world, from curries to fish dishes. The acidity of lemon juice can help with digestion and also act as an anti-bacterial agent.

Lemons are also a popular kitchen tool because they can be used as flavor enhancers and brighten dishes. Lemons have long been associated with keeping the body healthy, hair shiny, and teeth white.

If this is your first time cooking salmon, you are in for a real treat. The Salmon comes out perfectly cooked with minimal cooking time and only a few ingredients.

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Instant Pot Lemon Pepper Salmon

This Instant Pot recipe for lemon pepper salmon is even yummier than the oven version.

All you need are a handful of ingredients and five minutes of prep time to get perfect, juicy Salmon. 

Prep Time: 5 mins – Cook Time: 10 mins – Total Time: 15 mins – Servings: 3-4


  •  ¾ cup water
  •  A few sprigs of parsley, dill, tarragon, basil, or a combo
  •  1.5 lb salmon filet skin on
  •  2 tbsp ghee or other healthy fat divided
  •  ¼ tsp salt or to taste
  •  ½ tsp pepper or to taste
  •  1/2 lemon thinly sliced + more to taste
  •  1 zucchini julienned
  •  1 red bell pepper julienned
  •  2 carrots julienned


  1. Add water, herbs, and a steaming rack to the Instant Pot
  2. Drizzle salmon with one tablespoon of fat, season with salt and pepper, and cover with lemon slices. Place uncooked Salmon, skin-side down on the rack.
  3. Close the Instant Pot and make sure the vent is sealed. Press the Steam setting (or manual/high pressure), and select 3 minutes.
  4. Julienne your vegetables while the salmon cooks,
  5. After cooking is finished, use a quick release. Ideally, select the cancel button and remove the lid. Remove the rack with Salmon carefully, and set it on a plate.
  6. After removing herbs and discarding, add veggies. Press the “Sauté” button on the Instant Pot control panel to let them cook for another 2-3 minutes in residual butter/ghee and lemon juice.
  7. Serve Salmon with veggies on top, adding butter (or Ghee) to the pot, and pouring a small amount of sauce over the vegetables. Place any additional fresh herbs on top of the vegetables or lemon juice if desired.


Recipe Notes

The cooking time will vary based on the thickness of your Salmon. For a fillet about an inch thick at its thickest point, 3 minutes in the Instant Pot should be sufficient.

There is no need to julienne the vegetables for this dish; you can cut them to a bite-sized size and cook them with your other ingredients or steam them in another pot while the Salmon cooks.

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