Whether you use an Instant Pot or your old stove top mode pressure cooker, you won’t regret making this Vietnamese caramel salmon. It comes together in minutes–minutes!–and is rich with Asian flavors.
Dinner in just 10 minutes? You betcha. For this spectacular yet almost effortless meal, salmon is pressure cooked in a sweet and tangy Vietnamese-inspired caramel sauce.–Angie Zoobkoff
Pressure Cooker Vietnamese Caramel Salmon
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- 5 M
- 10 M
- Serves 4
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I’ve tried to like my Instant Pot. I’ve tried soups and stews. Rice and beans. Meats. I’ve read tons of recipes. Blog posts. Magazine articles. There is an Instant Pot love fest happening around me but I’ve always been left scratching my head wondering why. Until now.
With my mind suitably blown by this Vietnamese caramel salmon, I’m finally feeling the love. The salmon was moist and beautifully flavored with the tangy caramel sauce and made a lovely meal served with steamed rice and a salad. Aside from a bit of measuring and a few stirs, there was no work involved as the Instant Pot did the rest.
My only issue was that when the Instant Pot reached pressure, it overheated and I had to turn it off. Despite this, the salmon was still perfectly cooked. Next time, I’ll double the sauce ingredients to hopefully prevent this from happening. Added bonus? More syrupy caramel to add to my steamed rice.
This Vietnamese caramel salmon is the perfect weeknight dinner--quick, easy and I had all the ingredients in my pantry. I served it with rice and an Asian cucumber salad. This received rave reviews and requests for this dish to be in our regular rotation of dinner ideas.
This is a super flavorful weeknight dinner. The whole thing comes together in a half hour and looks and tastes beautiful.
I did need to cook the salmon a few minutes longer on the saute function of my Instant Pot. This created a great, dark and sticky glaze on the salmon, which was slightly darker than the picture showed. Because I cooked the salmon a bit longer with the saute function, I did not need to thicken sauce after removing the salmon.
This salmon was perfect and took no more than 10 minutes from start to serve in my pressure cooker.