The easiest way to make delicious slow cooker salmonJump to Recipe
I don’t remember exactly when I got my first slow cooker. I do remember that it was one of those impulse purchases that you quickly regret. It was purchased at big box wholesale club, so, naturally, it was jumbo size and came with a free Lil Dipper.
Sounded like a great idea until I got it home and had no idea what to do with it. For a while, it just took up precious cabinet space. Eventually, I looked up a recipe for beef stew, because all I had was the stereotypical vision that slow cookers are for making stew.
For the first few years, I made stew two or three times each winter and put the pot away for the spring, summer, and fall months. Another incorrect stereotype - that slow-cookers are only for winter months.
However, the correct stereotype that slow cookers are beyond convenient, kept proving itself. So, I slowly started researching and adding to my repertoire. First chili, then soup. The next thing I knew that slow cooker had turned into a workhorse that was chugging along 4-5 nights a week and The Team couldn’t have been happier.
But, there was still one stereotype I couldn’t wrap my head around. Slow Cookers are for tougher cuts of meats and shredded chicken, right? Finally, I decided to bite the bullet and try out some fish. Complete success!!! This Salmon dish was the first fish dish I made that was gobbled up by The Team in mere seconds. The best part was that I discovered that using a slow coo
Lazy Salmon Hacks
- I strongly recommend using either parchment paper or a slow cooker liner when making slow cooker salmon. This will alleviate any concerns about the fish sticking to the pot. The liner will also allow for almost zero clean up,
- If your time and schedule allow, flip the fish over in the pot after you have added the seasonings. Allow it to marinate for 15 - 30 minutes prior to cooking.
- To confirm that your salmon is cooked all the way through you can check with a meat thermometer. The FDA recommends that salmon be cooked to an internal temp of 145 degrees. (This is my favorite Amazon meat thermometer).
- I love to use leftover salmon to add to salads the next day. However, with this recipe, there are never leftovers．（╹◡╹）
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Lazy Slow Cooker Dill Salmon
- Place slow cooker liner or parchment paper in pot. If using parchment paper, use two pieces the cross in the pot like a “T”
- Place fish in pot, skin side down
- Sprinkle salt and pepper over fish
- Mix other ingredients together to form a chunky paste and spoon over fish
- OPTIONAL STEP: If you have the time, flip the fish over and allow to marinate for 15-30 minutes
- Cook on low for 1½ - 2 hours until fish is opaque and flaky (each slow cooker is different, mine is generally perfectly done in 1½ hours)
- OPTIONAL STEP: preheat oven to 400°. When fish is done, remove slow cooker pot and place in over for 5-8 minutes to get a bit of browning on top of fish (most slow cooker pots can handle oven heat up to 400°. Refer to your user manual if you have concerns).