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RECIPE: Easy Instant Pot 4-Minute Simple Salmon (From Frozen!)

Who says you have to go to a fancy restaurant to get delicious salmon? Discover how easy it is to perfectly cook frozen salmon in your Instant Pot.

I really enjoy a quality-prepared salmon. Growing up, the only fish we ever ate was tuna fish straight from the can (with mayo, of course) or the random box of fish sticks once every 6-8 months. Fish just wasn’t part of my childhood.

As an adult, I began to discover that I really liked fish (especially salmon). But I tried to prepare it once at home. Yes, just once.

And it was awful. It was dry. Overdone. The house smelled all fishy the entire day (a smell my husband does NOT appreciate, lol).

So, sadly, I let this bad experience scare me off.

Until I got my Instant Pot.

Being Brave Enough To Try Again

I love participating in the Instant Pot Facebook Community group. I glean new recipes and learn all sorts of new ideas. One of the group members, Rich Lum, continuously posts amazing recipes of his salmon creations.

On a night when I was desperate for a fast dinner, I decided to shoulder my fear and give frozen salmon a try.

I intentionally did NOT marinate my salmon. I figured cooking it plain would be the ultimate test of how well the Instant Pot could do. When the pin dropped and my fish was ready, I had a pretty significant lump in my throat. My expectations were QUITE low — especially given my history with making fish before.

And you know what?

The salmon was CRAZY AMAZING.

Tender. Juicy. Perfect texture.

And more impressive? THE HOUSE DIDN’T SMELL LIKE FISH DEATH. 🙂

I took a picture of my triumph and immediately put it on the menu again for the next week. And by the way, don’t judge my photo (or my paper plate… or bagged salad…). Not every meal a food blogger makes looks like a cooking magazine, lol.

How To Make Salmon Using Frozen Fish

Begin by removing your frozen salmon from its packaging. There is no need to thaw overnight (which saves you time! YES!).

Place your salmon on a trivet. I was able to place two large salmon filets on one layer. Or you can get a second trivet to layer them.

Add 1 cup of water to your Instant Pot.

Check the sealing ring, close the lid, and select MANUAL for 4 minutes. Once the program is complete, you either do a quick release (which could risk drying out your salmon) or allow the pin to drop naturally (which usually takes mine 2-4 minutes… surprisingly fast for IP recipes).

DO NOT ALLOW YOUR SALMON TO HANG OUT ON KEEP WARM FOR LONG AFTER THE PIN DROPS. This will most certainly cause it to dry out.

Remove from the trivet and plate immediately.

If you’re looking for creative ways to serve your salmon, you can use mini loaf pans (stacking them) with a marinade (like 1/4 cup teriyaki or sauce sauce or lemon slices). According to Rich Lum, you’ll need to up your time to 8 minutes.

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RECIPE: Budget-Friendly Pot Roast with the Instant Pot (Paleo/AIP)

Looking for a delicious pot roast recipe? Use the Instant Pot to turn stew meat into tender pot roast. You'll save money -- and no one will be the wiser!I have a secret. The Instant Pot can make pot roast magic.

My family loves the taste of pot roast, but for budget reasons we rarely purchase beef roast. It’s hard to swallow $5-8/lb meat for a family of voracious eaters. There’s nothing like spending $25 on ONE dinner with hardly any leftovers.

I guess I should pleased that everyone loved it enough to polish it off… but all I could see were dollar signs. Continue reading

RECIPE: Easy Instant Pot Paleo Mug Cakes {4 Recipes!}

Fighting a sweet craving? Make these four easy Instant Pot Paleo Mug Cakes in minutes! (Or prep the night before for breakfast. Find out how!)I’m always in the hunt for easy, delicious, and healthy treats (like Paleo fudge). I’ve seen videos pop up on social media of making yummy, quick, and personalized mug cakes that you can throw together in a microwave. Continue reading

RECIPE: Paleo Freezer Fudge {with 8 variations!}

Paleo Freezer Fudge - 8 variations!Nothing says let’s ring in the New Year and kick off healthier habits like … fudge?

January is the start of a clean eating plan for many people including Whole30, Primal, Paleo, and many others. Personally, Clint and I (Candie) have been eating Paleo for 3 years. Every once in a while we eat a more traditional diet (usually due to travel or family holiday gatherings) and every time we quickly come back to Paleo. Cutting out grains, sugar, and most dairy makes us feel more energetic, get better sleep, and maintain a healthy weight.   Continue reading

How To Make Instant Pot Freezer Meals

Stretch the Instant Pot's ability (and your budget!) by making Instant Pot Freezer Meals. No need to thaw before cooking; learn all the pro-tips here!

If you’re a fan of the Instant Pot, you know just how versatile this kitchen tool can be. After all, you can:

But did you know you can make fully-assembled freezer meals… and cook them directly from frozen??

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RECIPE: Easy {One Hour} 3-Ingredient Instant Pot Bone Broth

Looking for an easy way to make bone broth in your Instant Pot? This one hour recipe yields nutritious bone broth (and doesn't make your house stink)!

There are approximately a gazillion recipes for bone broth on the internet (give or take) and a growing number for the Instant Pot. Most traditional methods involve simmering bones – typically chicken or beef – for 12-24 hours. While this yields a nutritious and inexpensive bone broth, this method does require planning ahead and some time management.   Continue reading

RECIPE: Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce (with Frozen Ground Beef)

Looking for a fast way to make meaty spaghetti sauce? Is your ground beef frozen? Let the Instant Pot do the work for you - no thawing or browning required!

Stemming back to my childhood, Wednesday night has always been spaghetti night in our house. My mom started this tradition as a way to survive the hectic, busy Wednesday rush between school and evening activities. And when you throw in my Italian heritage, a meaty marinara sauce over a steaming bowl of noodles was simply perfect.

But, believe it or not, spaghetti night needed an upgrade.

We buy our ground beef in bulk from a local farmer (or sometimes Costco) and store it in the freezer. While this saves us incredibly money, it does require remembering to thaw my meat.

Which is something I’m TERRIBLE at.

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RECIPE: Easy Instant Pot {Brined!} Whole Chicken with Lemon Au Jus

Don't settle for bland when cooking whole chicken. My two secrets -- brining and using the Instant Pot -- will create a moist and flavorful dinner!

I’m not sure what became the deciding factor for me to purchase the Instant Pot. It may have been the ability to cook frozen ground beef in 25 minutes. Or to hard boil eggs in just 2 minutes (with no ice bath necessary). But the deciding factor came when I realized I could make my own delicious, whole chicken with virtually NO MESS and super easy clean up.

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RECIPE: Instant Pot “Baked” Sweet Potatoes

No need to wait an hour for your oven to cook sweet potatoes. Thanks to the Instant Pot, you can now have sweet potatoes ready in a fraction of the time!

I have a confession. For as much as my family loves sweet potatoes, I hardly ever made them over the last four years. The main reason? The last four years have been very hard on our family and menu planning has been much more spur of the moment than strategic. So rather than doing the smart thing — planning ahead, remembering to put sweet potatoes in the oven an hour before we needed to eat — we ended up just not eating sweet potatoes. Sad, huh? Continue reading

RECIPE: Candie’s Curry in a Hurry (Paleo! Instant Pot!)

Need a delicious Paleo curry that comes together in 15 minutes? Thanks to the Instant Pot, you now have all the time you need to enjoy a bowl of seconds.

There are few things I love more in this world than delicious flavor and things that excite the tastebuds.    In our area, there are so many restaurants that boast international flavors: Indian, Mexican, Italian, Chinese. I love cuisine with an exotic flair. And curries are amazing.

Unfortunately, with my family’s diagnosis of Celiac disease this past summer, eating out has become almost completely impossible. Continue reading

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