Northwest Salmon Chowder Recipe
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Northwest Salmon Chowder Recipe

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I've lived on a farm in the Yakima Valley all my life. I have a big garden, and by the end of fall, my cellar shelves are full of canned fruits and vegetables. This recipe uses some of the root vegetables I grow…along with the delicious salmon that is so plentiful here. —Josephine Parton, Granger, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/2 cup each chopped celery, onion and green pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1 cup uncooked diced peeled potatoes
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 to 3/4 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1 can (14-3/4 ounces) cream-style corn
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1-3/4 to 2 cups fully cooked salmon chunks or 1 can (14-3/4 ounces) salmon, drained, flaked, bones and skin removed


  1. In a large saucepan, saute celery, onion, green pepper and garlic in butter until the vegetables are tender. Add broth, potatoes, carrots, salt, pepper and dill; bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 40 minutes or until the vegetables are nearly tender. Stir in the corn, cream and salmon. Simmer for 15 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).
Originally published as Northwest Salmon Chowder in Country December/January 1999, p49

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EricaAnn85 User ID: 8855836 248079
Reviewed May. 10, 2016 Edited May. 11, 2016

"This is my go-to salmon chowder recipe!!! I do doctor it up a bit, however... I use baked fresh salmon, 2 TSP dill, an extra cup each of broth and potatoes, i use whole milk instead of half and half (i have kids, so that's what's on hand,) 3 cloves of garlic....aaaand voila!!!! Everytime I make it, I have to invite my mother or she'd be upset! Haha VERY yum!"

Mama.Toni User ID: 8788966 244705
Reviewed Feb. 29, 2016

"This is THE best seafood chowder I've ever had. I did double the onioin and garlic and dil, plus added 1/4t. of cayenne pepper because we are spicy people. :) Thanks for a great recipe!"

tupatshakur User ID: 8685549 241030
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2016

"I won a friendly soup contest put on by some friends with this soup over the weekend from 24 entries. I changed the recipe a little by adding clam juice and some crab meat. It was delicious. It was easy to make and came out perfect on the first try."

kckamargo63 User ID: 7981779 232066
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2015

"I used fresh salmon. This is an excellent recipe! I'll be making it again."

tspile User ID: 2396828 222618
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2015

"This was absolutely fabulous! My husband couldn't say enough good about how wonderful it taste."

Amy the Midwife User ID: 2816815 219758
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2015

"Wasn't impressed."

sstetzel User ID: 158954 69754
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2014

"My family loved this, even my son who doesn't care for fish. I cooked 2 fresh salmon filets for this and used a carton of chicken stock with 2 cups of water. I have a big crew to feed."

phillips66 User ID: 332285 58721
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2014

"This is a great salmon recipe. I did add white pepper, 1/4 c. clam broth, tarragon-dash, fresh dill from my garden and 1/4 c, milk. I used my hand-stick blender to thicken with some boiled potatoes. I am happy that myi husband does not like fresh cooked salmon, only canned. Enjoyed the soup myself."

t.dimsdale User ID: 7646200 84454
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2014

"simple hearty and healthy. I substituted mushroom chunks for potatos for my low carb wife and it came out wonderfully!"

JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 31430
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2014

"Husband enjoyed soup and complimented recipe . I enjoyed, but may next time use fresh fish versus the canned salmon we had. Love the dill, and also mashed the potato up to give a heartier and creamier texture (as mentioned below.) Will make again!"

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