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Instant Pot Wild Alaska Salmon with Peanut Sauce

Instant Pot Wild Alaska Salmon with Peanut Sauce

Who among us has jumped on the Instant Pot train is now whirling, full-speed ahead and unable to get off? You’ve done the stews, the curries, the faster-than-ever dry beans, the butter chicken, the chili. What’s missing? Seafood!

We are excited to have found an Instant Pot recipe that works for our favorite protein: Wild Alaska Salmon. The bulk of the time and energy of this recipe is used up on the peanut sauce, but even that is minimal due to the trusty Instant Pot. This recipe steams the fish rather than overcooking. Dig out that steamer basket!

What else other seafood have you tried in your Instant Pot? We are thinking Shrimp Gumbo next!?

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    We are thankful for our friends at Alaska Seafood for whipping this one up! Their recipe pages are full of delicious menus that count on premium wild Alaska seafood, like all that is available in our store.

    Servings: 4 portions


    • Prep Time: 0 mins
    • Cook Time: 6 mins
    • Total Time: 6 mins




    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (or Braggs for our gluten-free folks) 
    • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
    • 2 tablespoons lime juice
    • 1/4 cup all-natural chunky peanut butter
    • 2 teaspoon toasted Chinese sesame oil
    • 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger root
    • 2 teaspoons sriracha (chili sauce), or to taste
    • 1 cup water
    • Alaska Sockeye Salmon portions (use your thicker cuts for this one) 
    • 4 tablespoons roasted unsalted peanuts, coarsely chopped, for garnish
    • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish


    1. Whisk together the soy sauce, brown sugar, lime juice, peanut butter, sesame oil, ginger root, sriracha and water in your Instant Pot (or similar multi-use pressure cooker). Using the sauté function, bring it to a simmer, whisk until smooth, and press cancel to turn off the heat.
    2. Place the fish in the steamer basket and place the basket in the pot. Close the lid and turn the pressure valve to seal. Using the steam function, cook for 1 minute. When the time is up, press “cancel” and wait 5 minutes. Then, carefully move the valve to the release position to release the pressure manually.
    3. When the pressure valve drops, open the pot. Cut into the salmon to test for doneness. If you like the salmon well done, cook for another minute using the sauté function.
    4. Lift the salmon basket out of the pot and transfer it to a serving platter. If the sauce is very thin, reduce it by turning on the sauté function for a few minutes. Spoon the sauce over the salmon and garnish it with the peanuts and cilantro. Serve with sugar snap peas or green beans and rice or rice noodles.