How To Cook Salmon in the Slow Cooker

Yes, you can cook salmon in the slow cooker — and you should!

Yes, you can cook salmon in the slow cooker — and you should!


  • 1 to 2 pounds skin-on salmon fillets
  • Salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Spices (optional)
  • Sliced lemon (optional)
  • Sliced aromatic vegetables, like fennel, onions, or celery (optional)
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups liquid, such as water, broth, wine, beer, cider, or a mix
  • 6-quart or larger slow cooker (see Recipe Note for smaller slow cookers)
  • Parchment paper or aluminum foil


  1. Cut the salmon into pieces. I usually cut the salmon into large pieces roughly the same size of my slow cooker, placing the smaller piece on top of the larger one. You can also cut them into smaller, individual-serving fillets.
  2. Sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper. Season the flesh side of the salmon with salt and pepper. Be generous! Sprinkle on any other spices you're using and rub them in with your fingers.
  3. Line the slow cooker. Cut a large square of parchment or aluminum foil and press it into the slow cooker. This makes it easier to lift the delicate salmon out of the slow cooker later.

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