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Instant Pot® Blackened Salmon

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Blackened Salmon is one of those dishes that sounds super fancy but it actually quite easy (especially if you use an Instant Pot). It is all about using the right combination of seasonings and this recipe has it perfect for sure! One bite of this flavorful fish and it will be your new go-to salmon recipe.

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Instant Pot® Blackened Salmon

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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Servings 4
Calories 194 kcal


  • Instant Pot
  • Measuring Spoon
  • Measuring Cup
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Small Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Foil
  • Instant Pot® Trivet


  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 0.5 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 0.5 tsp Onion Powder
  • 0.5 tsp Salt
  • 0.5 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 0.5 tsp Dried Parsley
  • 0.25 tsp Chili Powder
  • 0.25 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1.5 Pounds Salmon


  • In a small bowl, combine all of the dried spices. Mix together well.
  • Place the salmon fillets on a plate and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Coat the salmon filets evenly in the seasoning mix. Sprinkle both sides generously, covering every inch of the salmon. You may have some seasoning left over which you can save for another day.
  • Add the olive oil to the Instant Pot and press the ‘saute’ button. Let the oil heat for one minute then add the seasoned salmon into the hot oil. Sear on each side for 2 minutes.
  • Remove the salmon filets from the Instant Pot and place them on a piece of foil. Wrap the foil around the salmon, enclosing it completely.
  • Pour one cup of water into the bottom of the Instant Pot bowl that still has the olive oil and seasonings in the bottom (no need to wash the bowl!). Place the trivet into the pot as well.
  • Put the foil wrapped salmon filets on top of the trivet and then place the lid on the Instant Pot bowl, setting the steamer valve to ‘seal’. Press the ‘manual’ button and set the timer for 5 minutes on high pressure. When the time is complete, let the pressure naturally release which means just let the pot sit until you are able to open the lid! This should take about 10 minutes.
  • Unwrap the blackened salmon and serve while hot. Enjoy!

Wasn’t that one of the best salmon dishes you have every tried? If you have questions before starting to cook, let us know in the comments below, we will be happy to answer and help you make this great dish.


About Amanda

My name is Amanda and I am a professional pastry chef. I have over 16 years of culinary experience and a bachelors degree in Baking and Pastry Arts. I currently live right outside New York City with my husband and two daughters who are my official taste testers and kitchen helpers. Chocolate chip cookies and ice cream are my weakness and, because I have two young kids, I need coffee every day. I love sharing my cooking passion and hope that you find some culinary inspiration here!

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One thought on “Instant Pot® Blackened Salmon

  1. Jane says:

    What would the cooking time be for 2 servings rather than 4? Thanks.

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