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Honey Balsamic Instant Pot Salmon

Yes, it’s true… the Instant Pot puts out some a-ma-zing dishes – stick-to-your-ribs-ribs, creamy mac and cheese, and even the ever-popular chocolate lava cake (don’t get me started on how fantastic that one is!). All of these are great examples of fabulous comfort food. But believe it or not, it really is possible to get healthy, delicious, on the lighter side of things food, as well. This Honey Balsamic Instant Pot Salmon is a perfect example!

(Exciting news!! My Instant Pot Authorized Cookbook is now available on Amazon! Check it out here!)

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When we’re out camping, I always try to make a variety of meals that will please everyone – a little rich and hearty, a little sweet and tasty, and even a little light and healthy. It’s all about the balance. (Yes, we do also manage to balance beer and wine and cocktails also… 😉 )

And the Instant Pot has made finding this balance oh so easy! My go-to for healthy is this Instant Pot Salmon. It most definitely fits my RV and camping cooking motto – Keep it Tasty. Keep it Simple. Keep it Easy to Clean. The whole meal comes together in less than 10 minutes and there’s virtually no cleanup!

Check it out on The Spicy Apron Cooking Show on YouTube! 

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How to Make Honey Balsamic Instant Pot Salmon

Blend equal amounts of honey and balsamic vinegar and brush onto salmon filets. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place trivet into Instant Pot inner pot and add 1 cup water to the pot. Place salmon filets skin side down on top of trivet. Secure lid, turn valve to sealing, and pressure cook on high for 3 minutes. Release pressure and remove with a spatula. Drizzle with additional honey balsamic mixture and enjoy!

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If you're really lucky, then you're RVing in Alaska and catching your own salmon! What a dream!!

Just prep salmon filets as you normally would, then pop them in your Instant Pot! (And send me a picture of your beautiful Alaskan adventures!) If you're like the rest of us, any salmon filet will work, but of course wild is always the best. It's just tough to find sometimes.

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Serve this with a little rice and some of these Brussels sprouts and you'll actually look forward to "healthy night" from the Instant Pot. Who knows?? This Honey Balsamic Instant Pot Salmon may become a family favorite!

Looking for more Instant Pot recipes? Check these out!

Instant Pot Whole Chicken

Instant Pot Ribs

Instant Pot Lava Cake ('cause we all need dessert every now and again, don't we?)

Looking to get an Instant Pot? Here's where:

Instant Pot Mini

Instant Pot 6 Quart

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Honey Balsamic Instant Pot Salmon

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Passive Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • Two 5 ounce Salmon Filets
  • 2 tablespoons Honey
  • 2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup Water, for under the trivet


  1. Sprinkle salt and pepper on salmon filets. In a small bowl, mix together honey and balsamic vinegar. Brush on top of salmon filets.
  2. Place trivet into Instant Pot inner pot and add water. Put salmon filets, skin side down, on top of trivet. Secure lid, ensuring lid is turned toward sealing, then select pressure cook (or manual) button. Set timer to 3 minutes. It will take a few minutes for the pressure to build and for the timer to begin counting down.
  3. Turn valve toward venting when timer has counted down to zero. Carefully remove the lid when all the pressure has released. Remove salmon filets with a spatula. Place on plate with parsley for garnish. Brush with additional honey balsamic mixture if desired.

Lisa Rojas

Tuesday 30th of March 2021

How much time should I add if the fillets are frozen?


Monday 12th of July 2021

You could actually probably get away without adding time since the fillets are so delicate. But you'd be safe adding 1 minute.


Saturday 27th of March 2021

I have a metal trivet but also have a sling/trivet. Would it be possible to use the sling/trivet rather than the metal one. It is so much easier when removing food from the IP.


Wednesday 12th of May 2021

Yes! Absolutely!

Katie Howard

Wednesday 16th of December 2020

I used 3 tablespoons of honey, one tbl + 1/2 tsp of balsamic (because my guy is not overly keen on balsamic), and added the zest of 1/2 lemon. It was amazing! Sockeye salmon portions straight from the freezer were not done in 4 minutes so I added two more minutes and had to wait for repressurizing. The flavor was amazing as I said but they were slightly overdone. Next time I’ll set for five minutes total (if frozen). Thanks for the recipe!

sarah simonetti

Tuesday 9th of July 2019

What if my salmon is frozen?


Sunday 11th of August 2019

I would add 1 minute with frozen. Although, it actually would be just fine using the same time (maybe even a bit more tender).

Elizabeth Harris

Monday 20th of May 2019

Is the amount of salmon on the Honey Balsamic Instant Pot recipe 25 oz or 2 lb 5 oz? It can’t possibly be 2.5 oz. I want to make this for my husband and I. The other question I have is about your up coming book. I could not see where to click on the site to get more information. Is it possible to make barbecue fish in the Instant pot?

Thank you


Friday 24th of May 2019

Hi Elizabeth. Thanks for reaching out with this question. It is two 5 oz filets. Obviously, the way it was written (using only numbers) was confusing, so I just changed it. Thanks for pointing it out. Also, my book is out now! Here's the link if you want to check it out. Thanks again! Heather

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