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Salmon Chowder

"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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Reduce heat; stir in the milk, cream, butter, salt and pepper; heat through (do not boil). Thicken if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 199 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 638mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 12g protein.

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  • kgburgess
    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
    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
    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.