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 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 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 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 232066
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2015

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

tspile 222618
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2015

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

Amy the Midwife 219758
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2015

"Wasn't impressed."

sstetzel 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 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 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 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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