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This creamy Smoked Salmon Chowder Recipe is full of flavor that your whole family will love.  Make sure you serve some crusty bread with this delicious chowder so that you can soak up every bite!

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The Best Smoked Salmon Chowder Recipe
The Best Creamy Smoked Salmon Chowder Recipe

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 chowder sounds all fancy-schmancy, but it’s so easy to make.  The layers of flavors will leave your taste buds happy. The smoky flavor of salmon brings this recipe to another level.

This is seriously one of the best soup recipes to try.  I know a thing or two about soups, being a big-time soup lover and all.

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 recipes.

Tips for Smoking Salmon at home:  

The best salmon to smoke is King Salmon.  The reason Alaskan Smoked Salmon is the best is because it’s the fattiest salmon.  It’s harder to dry out and has the most flavor.  King Salmon is also probably going to be the most expensive one to purchase.

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 are some fun facts about salmon to talk about at the dinner table:

Smoked Salmon for Chowder
Smoked Salmon

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.  This wild salmon is found in Alaska (the state fish) and the West Coast.

Chum Salmon (also known as Dog Salmon), average weight is between 10 and 20 pounds.  These fresh salmon are also found in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest and live for 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 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. The next time you buy smoky salmon, be sure to find out what type of salmon they are.

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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Close-up of Smoked Salmon Chowder

Here’s How to Make Smoked Salmon Chowder

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 Yukon Gold diced potatoes, uncooked

1 cup shredded carrots

1 1/2 teaspoons sea 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 flaked smoked salmon (bones and skin removed) into bite-size pieces

How to Make Smoked Salmon Chowder:  

1) In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, sauté onion, celery, red pepper, and garlic in butter over medium heat until vegetables are tender.

2) Add broth, carrots, Yukon golds, salt, pepper, thyme and dill to the large soup pot and bring to a boil.

3) Reduce to low 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 this great recipe hot with crusty bread or oyster crackers. Top the tasty chowder with fresh dill or chives.

Yield: 8 servings

Smoked Salmon Chowder

The Best Smoked Salmon Chowder Recipe

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!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 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)


    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.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 207Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 40mgSodium 1254mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 2gSugar 6gProtein 9g

Tips for making Smoked Salmon Chowder:

1) For an extra kick, add 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or hot sauce.

2) You can use matchstick carrots if you’re short on time.

3) My neighbor barbecues salmon on the grill, and saves the broken pieces for chowder.  That is a clever idea.

4) I use Yukon Gold potatoes for the recipe, but you can substitute red potatoes or russet potatoes.

5) You can substitute heavy cream or coconut milk for half and half.

6) Olive oil can be used in place of butter when sautéing the onions, garlic, and celery.

7) You can substitute a yellow or orange bell pepper for the red pepper.

8) To make the chowder thinner, add a little chicken stock to the soup.

9) You can add a little cream cheese for a thicker smoked salmon chowder.

Can you freeze Smoked Salmon Chowder with Corn?   

I wouldn’t advise freezing any soups with cream or dairy.  The dairy takes on a more grainy taste and texture when reheated.

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 after it cools down.

For best results, 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: 

Sourdough Bread Bowls is one of my favorite ways to serve soup.  Simply cut off the top of your round rustic bread and hollow them out.

For a casual get-together, serve your soup in cozy mugs.

What goes best with Smoked Salmon Chowder?  

A loaf of crusty bread

Side Dish for Smoked Salmon Chowder Rustic Bread
Side Dish for Smoked Salmon Chowder – Rustic Bread

You’ll want to soak up every last drop of this fantastic seafood chowder, so a rustic loaf of bread is the perfect way to serve this dish.

A side salad

Side Dish for Smoked Salmon Chowder Superfood Salad
Side Dish for Smoked Salmon Chowder – Rustic 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. Each spoonful of this hot smoked salmon chowder will have you thinking you’re in Pike Place Market in Seattle, where the best chowder is made.

How to Smoke Salmon

Let me know in the comments below how you liked the Smoked Salmon and Corn Chowder.  

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Jim Kovarik

Thursday 8th of December 2022

I tried this recipe tonight and it was excellent! I followed the recipe exactly, but did make 3 substitutions: 1) I used a 14.5 can of pink salmon 2) I cooked 3 slide of thick bacon and then sautéed the vegetables in the bacon grease rather than the butter (added the crumbled bacon too). 3) I added 1/2 tsp of liquid smoke to the sautéing vegetables and bacon. I will definitely make this again! 😋


Saturday 10th of December 2022

Hello Jim! I love the idea of the addition of liquid smoke and bacon. Great ideas! I will add them to the tips. - Kelly


Saturday 23rd of July 2022

How much thyme should I put in the chowder? I definitely going to make this since my husband has just finished smoking a salmon...


Sunday 24th of July 2022

Hi Dorothy! You can add 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme. Thanks, Kelly

Patty Silvey

Tuesday 16th of February 2021

This is truly a restaurant quality recipe. I used 12 ounces of smoked salmon we bought from our local grocer. It was nicely smoked and beautifully sliced. I also used roasted red peppers and 1/2 cup of heavy cream. This is now a favorite recipe for us.


Thursday 18th of February 2021

Hello Patty! Roasted red peppers are a great idea. I'm so glad you liked the recipe. Kelly

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