Coconut Crusted Sockeye with Matcha Cream

Coconut salmon is hard to beat. Mayonnaise and lime juice help the coconut flakes adhere to the salmon so you get a perfectly crusted fillet. This basic baked salmon recipe will win you over with a creamy coconut matcha sauce.

Servings: 4

Cook Time: 20 mins.


For the salmon

1/4 cup mayonnaise

4 teaspoons lime juice

1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut

1 large sockeye salmon fillet (1 1/3 to 1 1/2 pounds), cut into 4 pieces

Salt and pepper, to taste

For the sauce

1 can coconut milk (full fat)

1 1/2 teaspoons matcha powder

1/8 teaspoon salt, or more, to taste

1 tablespoon lime juice

Chopped parsley, for garnish

Peas shoots, for garnish


Put oil in the inner pot of your Instant Pot or multicooker and turn the sauté function to high. When oil is hot, add garlic and sauté for 1 minute, until just aromatic. Add farro and 1 teaspoon of salt and cook, stirring often, 2 to 3 minutes, until it smells pleasantly toasty. Stir in water and turn off heat.

Run frozen salmon fillets under cold water to remove any ice glaze and pat dry with a paper towel. Place steamer rack trivet on top of farro and arrange salmon fillets on top (it may be partially submerged and the fillets may overlap; that’s okay). If using skin-on fillets, place skin-side down. Make sure the pressure valve is set to pressure, and cook on high pressure for 3 minutes.

Put shiitake mushrooms in stainless steel or other ovenproof bowl. Toss with sesame oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk together rice vinegar, sugar, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add cucumber slices, toss to coat in vinegar mixture, and set aside.

Quick-release the Instant Pot by turning off the warm function and immediately turning the pressure valve to release. Once the pin drops down, take off the lid and remove salmon. Put the bowl of mushrooms on the steamer rack, cover, return valve to the pressure setting, and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. Turn off the warm function and allow to naturally release for 5 minutes, then turn valve to release.

Spoon farro into 4 bowls. Top each with a salmon fillet plus mushrooms, pickled cucumbers, avocado, and kimchi. Spoon some of the pickling liquid from cucumbers over each bowl, along with a drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve.

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