Salmon fans! Here’s a quick and easy instant pot salmon recipe you can cook in just 5 minutes. Think flakey, garlicky, buttery and tender. Much like our Garlic Butter Mushrooms, this Garlic Butter Salmon and Asparagus Recipe is loaded with garlic, butter and flavor.
This is a great salmon recipe to make in the oven in addition to the instant pot so we’ve included directions for this cooking method as well.
We decided to round everything up into a foil pouch to make clean up a breeze and concentrate the flavors on the asparagus. It’s not necessary however, if you prefer to keep foil out of your kitchen. If you’re not using a foil pouch just use the metal trivet that comes with your Instant Pot and stack the ingredients or utilize a shallow small casserole bowl with the top on for the oven baked version.
Love spice? Use the red pepper flakes like there’s no tomorrow. Shake, shake, shake.
We’re not fans of honey (we’re weird like that!) but if you are a fan, feel free to drizzle a baby bit over each piece of salmon before you cook it.
We prefer small thin pieces of asparagus therefore have not tried this with the super thick stalks. If you use thick stalks, let us know how it goes!
Dry the asparagus after washing. I mean, who wants watered down butter sauce? Hard pass.
Check the thickness of your fish. This recipe was tested on a slice from the midsection, therefore was about 1″ tall. If you have a skinner cut of fish, like 1/2″ tall, you may need to decrease the cook time to 3 minutes. You can always stick it in for an extra minute cook time if it’s not quite to your liking.
Using frozen salmon in this Instant Pot salmon recipe? While we haven’t made this using frozen filets, from the research we’ve done, it looks like you’d need to cook this for an extra minute or so (approx. 5 minutes). It will dilute the butter sauce however, so you may want to add an extra bit to the top of the fish before serving.
Weight Watchers – this recipe is just 5 points per serving!