Salmon Chowder Recipe
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Salmon Chowder Recipe

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"After my husband and I caught four large salmon, my mother-in-law combined several recipes to create this delicious chowder. She served it with a salad and hot fresh bread," says Cindy St. Martin of Portland, Oregon. "Now I make it regularly, too, especially for guests, who always ask for the recipe."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 2 pounds red potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 can (49-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1 pound salmon fillets, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 199 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 638mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 12g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, combine the potatoes, onion and broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Add salmon and bacon; cook over medium heat until fish flakes easily with a fork.
  2. Reduce heat; stir in the milk, cream, butter, salt and pepper; heat through (do not boil). Thicken if desired. Yield: 14 servings.
Originally published as Salmon Chowder in Taste of Home June/July 2002 , p60

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kgburgess User ID: 2727982 255550
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2016

"This soup was fabulous! No one else in my family wanted to try it, so I scaled the recipe and made a single serving. It was amazing! The smoky bacon flavor was really good, and I added just a little pepper at the end. I lightened it up more by using skim milk and fat free half and half. Delicious!"

cdunks User ID: 5988682 85361
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2011

"This soup was delicious. I revised it a little bit to make it a bit healthier: I used turkey bacon and, like the other reviewer, I added it last. I also added Chipotle chili Powder from Spice Islands to add some smokiness. Lastly, I added some chopped celery with the potatoes and onions.

This recipe was very tasty, and light enough to do even in summertime (it isn't thick like clam chowder)."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 85360
Reviewed May. 3, 2010

"Very good soup. However, next time I will wait until the last minute to add the bacon so it doesn't get soggy."

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