This creamy Smoked Salmon Chowder Recipe is full of flavor that your entire family will love. Make sure you serve some crusty bread along side it, so you can soak up every bite!
“Every year, tens of millions of salmon return to the pristine shores of Bristol Bay in Alaska. They linger in the bay’s cool, shallow waters before charging up nearby streams to spawn and create another generation of wild salmon.” – Frances Beinecke
How to make Smoked Salmon Chowder from scratch is going to be one of your go-to recipes. Company coming? This is the perfect recipe.
The recipe sounds all fancy-schmancy, but it’s so easy to make. The layers of flavors will leave your taste buds happy.
This is seriously one of the best soup recipes to try. I know a thing or two about soups, because I’m a big-time soup lover.
Trying new soup recipes is my thing. Only three soups have made the cut so far to be on the blog. This creamy salmon soup recipe is the fourth. I’ve been blogging for three years, so you can do the math.
Soup has got to be one of the most heart-warming meals you can make for your family. I’ve never understood the appeal of cooking canned soup, when making homemade soup is so easy.
You just have to find the best recipes. Well, congratulations! You did. This Smoked Salmon Corn Chowder Recipe will become one of your signature soups.
Tips for Smoking Salmon at home:
The best salmon to smoke is King Salmon. The reason Alaskan Smoked Salmon is the best because its the fattiest salmon. It’s harder to dry out and has the most flavor. It is also probably going to be the most expensive.
This is the home smoker that Amazon featured as their pick. I think it would make a fun present for your significant other. Making gourmet food at home is an art we decide to bring into our lives.
Here’s some fun facts about salmon to talk about at the dinner table:
There are six different types of salmon in North America:
Atlantic Salmon is sadly on the Endangered Species List.
Chinook Salmon is the largest of the salmon species. It is also known as King Salmon. It can weigh up to 125 pounds. (That’s a big fish!) Most of them weigh between 10 and 15 pounds. Chinook Salmon can live up to seven years. It’s found in Alaska (the state fish) and the West Coast.
Chum Salmon (also known as Dog Salmon), average weigh between 10 and 20 pounds. They are also found in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest and live 3 – 5 years.
Pink Salmon is the smallest in size of the types of salmon. They average between 3 and 5 pounds.
CoHo Salmon are also known as “Silvers,” and weigh between 10 and 12 pounds. This fish is also found in Alaska and the West Coast.
Sockeye Salmon is also known as “reds.” Their average weight is between 5 and 8 pounds.
Pink salmon and Chum Salmon are the species most used for smoked salmon. They are easier on your wallet.
There’s a fun annual Salmon Festival located in Issaquah, WA. This event attracts more than 150,000 visitors in two days. You can find out more information about this festival here.
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Ingredients for Smoked Salmon Chowder:
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup red pepper, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
3 tablespoons butter
1 can chicken broth (14 1/2 ounces)
1 cup diced potatoes, uncooked
1 cup shredded carrots
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried dill
1 can cream-style corn
2 cups half-and-half cream
8 ounces smoked salmon, flaked (bones and skin removed)
How to Make Smoked Salmon Chowder:
1) In a large saucepan sauté onion, celery, red pepper, and garlic in butter until vegetables are tender.
2) Add broth, carrots, potatoes, salt, pepper, thyme and dill and bring to a boil.
3) Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 40 more minutes or until you can easily pierce the potatoes.
4) Stir in the corn, cream, and smoked salmon.
5) Simmer for 15 more minutes.
6) Serve hot with crusty bread.
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1/2 cup red pepper, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 can chicken broth (14 1/2 ounces)
- 1 cup diced potatoes, uncooked
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
- 1 can cream-style corn
- 2 cups half-and-half cream
- 8 ounces smoked salmon, flaked (bones and skin removed)
- In a large saucepan sauté onion, celery, red pepper, and garlic in butter until vegetables are tender.
- Add broth, carrots, potatoes, salt, pepper, thyme and dill and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 40 more minutes or until you can easily pierce the potatoes.
- Stir in the corn, cream, and smoked salmon.
- Simmer for 15 more minutes
- Serve hot with crusty.
Tips for making Smoked Salmon Chowder:
1) For an extra kick, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper.
2) I used matchstick carrots because I was behind on time.
3) My neighbor barbecues salmon on the grill and she saves the broken pieces to use for chowder. I thought that was a clever idea.
4) I use Yukon Gold potatoes for the recipe. You can use any type of potato you want, but Yukon Gold potatoes work perfectly.
Can you freeze Smoked Salmon Chowder with Corn?
You can, but I wouldn’t advise freezing any soups with cream or dairy. The texture is different when you reheat the soup. It has a more grainy taste and texture.
Besides, I’m guessing you won’t have ANY leftovers – so it shouldn’t be a problem.
How long does Smoked Salmon Chowder last in the fridge?
You’ll want to refrigerate your Smoked Salmon Chowder within two hours of cooking.
Make sure you store your soup in a covered airtight container or a heavy-duty freezer bag.
Your soup will last 3 to 4 days, when properly stored.
Vessels for Serving Soup:
Bread Bowl – this is one of my favorite ways to serve soup. Simply cut off the top of your round rustic bread and hallow them out.
Mugs – for a casual get-together, serve your soup in cozy mugs.
What goes best with Smoked Salmon Chowder?
A loaf of crusty bread.
You’ll want to soak up every last drop of this amazing soup recipe, so a rustic loaf of bread is the perfect way to serve this dish.
A side salad.
Soup and salad are the perfect combination on a cozy evening at home. A winter salad with pomegranates, beets, and spinach will pair well with this easy salmon bisque.
We’ve reached the end of Smoked Salmon Chowder. I hope you enjoyed it.
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