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Instant Pot Creamy Salmon Pasta

Instant Pot Creamy Salmon Pasta is really easy and quick to make. It is delicious and great alternative to chicken pasta dishes. It's great to make when you have no time to buy fresh ingredients as it uses frozen salmon and ingredients from a fridge and pantry.
Course Lunch, Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot, pasta, salmon
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Pressure, release, wait 17 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 525.05kcal
Author Julia



  • 3/4 pound frozen salmon filets
  • 1/2 onion, very finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 125 g cream cheese, cubed (half a block)
  • 1/2 pound medium shell pasta
  • 1.5 cup broth (chicken or vegetable)
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1/4 cup 10% cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill


  • Add frozen salmon filets to your Instant Pot, add the onion, seasonings, cream cheese over it. Add the pasta and pour the broth over it. Do not mix.
  • Close the lid of your Instant Pot and turn the valve to Sealing.
  • Press Manual or Pressure Cooker button (depending on your model) and use the arrows to select 4 minutes. Use default High Pressure. It should take about 10 minutes to come to pressure.
  • Once the Instant Pot beeps that the 4 minutes of cooking are done, do a quick release. This should take another 2-3 minutes.
  • Carefully open the lid, you'll see that the top layer of pasta that wasn't under water will be undercooked. It is fine and expected.
  • Add the grated parmesan and mix well, breaking the big pieces of salmon into bite-sized pieces.
  • Add the cream, mix, close the lid and let stand 5 minutes. This will help pasta soften.
  • Add the fresh chopped dill, mix, and serve with extra parmesan if desired.



Do not add parmesan and cream together. Cold cream and hot pasta will make the cheese clump up. Add the cheese first, mix it in until fully melted, and only then add the cream.


Calories: 525.05kcal | Carbohydrates: 47.88g | Protein: 31.73g | Fat: 22.37g | Saturated Fat: 10.29g | Cholesterol: 97.75mg | Sodium: 840.33mg | Potassium: 663.35mg | Fiber: 2.05g | Sugar: 4.01g | Vitamin A: 1076.12IU | Vitamin C: 3.52mg | Calcium: 225.96mg | Iron: 2.14mg