With soup season in full swing, we’re hunkering down with cozy stews, hearty chilis and this creamy salmon chowder. It’s the perfect dinnertime meal with its rich base, bright vegetables and delicious salmon that makes the evening feel so warm and special, even if it’s just a Wednesday.
Salmon Chowder Ingredients
- Chicken broth: Chicken broth acts as the base for chowder. Feel free to swap for another light-colored broth like vegetable or seafood.
- Potatoes: Potatoes are commonly found in chowder and add a hearty bite and earthy taste.
- Carrots: Carrots add a lovely bright orange color and slight crunch to the chowder.
- Dill: Dill pairs excellently with salmon and really brightens up this salmon chowder recipe.
- Cream-style corn: Cream-style corn adds a rich texture and tiny hints of sweetness.
- Half-and-half: Half-and-half provides flavor and creamy richness.
- Salmon: Use fresh salmon or canned salmon—just make sure the bones and skin are removed.
- Toppings: Top your salmon chowder with salty pieces of bacon, minced chives or freshly cracked pepper.
Step 1: Sautee the vegetables
In a large saucepan, sautee the celery, onion, green pepper and garlic in butter until the vegetables are tender.
Step 2: Simmer the soup
Add the broth, potatoes, carrots, salt, pepper and dill, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer until the vegetables are nearly tender, about 40 minutes.
Step 3: Add in the salmon
Stir in the corn, cream and salmon. Simmer until heated through, about 15 minutes. If desired, garnish with bacon, chives and cracked black pepper.
Salmon Chowder Variations
- Liven up the flavors: Use fresh dill instead of dried dill for a bolder, more pronounced dill taste. Add a touch of acidity and brightness with a splash of fresh lemon juice just before serving.
- Add some heat: Sprinkle in red chili flakes or splash in hot sauce if you’re a fan of spice.
- Make it elevated: Prepare homemade chicken stock or seafood stock for a special touch.
What to Serve with Salmon Chowder
The best dishes to serve with salmon are buttery dinner rolls, oyster crackers, a simple side salad, French fries, herb-buttered baby carrots, corn on the cob or steamed vegetables like thyme green beans with almonds. There are so many great side dishes for salmon, but remember to try and pick something light since the chowder is on the heavier side.
How to Store Salmon Chowder
To store, allow the salmon chowder to cool to room temperature, then place it in an airtight container for up to three days.
Salmon Chowder Tips
What is a chowder?
Chowder is a rich and thick soup that often contains a roux, cream or milk and chunks of seafood and/or vegetables. The difference between chowder and soup is that chowder is much thicker and creamier than soup, whereas soup is more on the thin, light and brothy side.
There are lots of chowder recipes out there. The most famous is New England clam chowder, but chowder doesn’t always have to fit the creamy, seafood mold to fit in the category. In America’s southwestern region, where seafood isn’t as abundant, you’ll find Mexican-spiced, meat-heavy chowders like Mexican chicken corn chowder. There is also completely meat-free creamy vegetable chowder, and completely cream-free Manhattan clam chowder.
How do you thicken this salmon chowder?
You can thicken this salmon chowder with flour and cornstarch. Whisk a little flour or cornstarch into cold water or stock until smooth, then add the mixture to the chowder and simmer gently. Once you know how to thicken sauce, you’ll be able to alter any soup, sauce or chowder recipe to your liking.
What is the best kind of salmon to use for this chowder recipe?
The best kind of salmon to use for this chowder recipe is fresh or frozen salmon. As a quick option, you can use canned salmon, cooked salmon from the prepared-foods case of the deli or even smoked salmon fillet. Make sure you know all the tricks on how to buy salmon so you’re finding proper pieces of salmon.