salmon chowder recipe

If you’re looking for a warm and comforting meal to make, look no further than this salmon chowder recipe. This hearty dish boasts big bold flavors like paprika, fennel, white wine and potatoes that will fill your home with the smell of comfort food! 

I want to share with you one of my favorite recipes for a light and healthy meal; Salmon Chowder. I hope it will become your new favorite too. 

This salmon chowder recipe is easy to prepare, requires only a few ingredients, and tastes like comfort food. This recipe tastes amazing and will fill your house with that delicious aroma you can’t get enough of!

salmon chowder recipe

The best part is that it can be adapted to your taste – customize by adding or subtracting ingredients like vegetables, herbs, spices etc. 

This chowder is especially tasty because the ingredients like fennel, white wine, paprika and hearty potatoes really stand out.

salmon chowder recipe

Salmon Chowder is perfect for the fall and winter months when it’s nice to cozy up inside by the fire on cold nights or rainy days.

What is Chowder? 

Chowder is a soup that can be made with several different ingredients.

It varies greatly depending on what part of the United States or Canada you’re in, but it commonly shares some similar characteristics across borders: A chowder’s broth has milk or cream added to make it more rich and flavorful; seafood like shrimp, clams, scallops are usually used as well as potatoes for thickness.

salmon chowder recipe

It was created during The Great Depression when people were struggling to get by so they needed something easy to make from scraps that wouldn’t cost much money. 

Nowadays chowder has been adapted for different cultures with each recipe varying slightly depending on the ingredients available or what tastes best at home!

salmon chowder recipe

How to Make Salmon Chowder 

Ingredients:

2-3 tablespoons olive oil or butter 

1 onion, diced 

1 small fennel bulb, diced 

1 cup celery, diced

2-4 garlic cloves, minced 

1 teaspoon fennel seeds

 ½ teaspoon thyme 

½ ts smoked paprika 

⅓ cup white wine 

3 cups chicken broth 

¾ lb baby red potatoes, sliced thin

Salt & pepper to taste 

1 bay leaf 

1 lb salmon, cooked and flaked, no skin/bones 

1 cup heavy cream 

salmon chowder recipe

Preparation Instructions:

Line a baking sheet with foil and preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lay your salmon, skin side down, on the foil. 

Season the salmon with salt and pepper. 

Bake the salmon for 15 minutes, until it is pink and easily flakes with a fork. 

While the salmon is baking, prep your vegetables. 

In a pot over medium heat saute onion, fennel bulb, and celery in olive oil or butter.

salmon chowder recipe

Add garlic, thyme, fennel seeds, and paprika 

Stir in wine, broth, and add bay leaf 

salmon chowder recipe

Bring to a simmer over high heat and add potatoes 

salmon chowder recipe

Reduce heat to medium low until potatoes are tender 

Add cream then salmon and remove from heat 

salmon chowder recipe

Season with salt & pepper to taste, garnish with lemon and fennel fronds

Serve & enjoy! 

salmon chowder recipe

What to serve with salmon chowder?

You could serve the creamy seafood soup of Salmon Chowder with its traditional accompaniments like oyster crackers, toasted sourdough bread slices or croutons for an added crunch!

If you’re looking for something more savory, try serving this soup with cheddar biscuits (like these!), pretzel croissants (which are perfect dipped in melted butter), or even focaccia garlic toast like they do at Panera Bread!

A fresh, crunchy salad always pairs well with a bowl of soup as well. 

Can I use canned salmon in place of fresh fish in salmon chowder?

The best way to make a hearty and healthy chowder is with the freshest ingredients. Canned salmon is not recommended in place of fresh fish in this recipe, because it does not deliver similar flavors or textures.

salmon chowder recipe

salmon chowder recipe

Delicious and Easy Salmon Chowder Recipe

Yield: 8 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
If you're looking for a warm and comforting meal to make, look no further than this salmon chowder recipe. This hearty dish boasts big bold flavors like paprika, fennel, white wine and potatoes that will fill your home with the smell of comfort food! 

Ingredients

  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil or butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 small fennel bulb, diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 2-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ ts smoked paprika
  • ⅓ cup white wine
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • ¾ lb baby red potatoes, sliced thin
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 lb salmon, cooked and flaked, no skin/bones
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Instructions

Line a baking sheet with foil and preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lay your salmon, skin side down, on the foil. 

Season the salmon with salt and pepper. 

Bake the salmon for 15 minutes, until it is pink and easily flakes with a fork. 

While the salmon is baking, prep your vegetables. 

In a pot over medium heat saute onion, fennel bulb, and celery in olive oil or butter

Add garlic, thyme, fennel seeds, and paprika 

Stir in wine, broth, and add bay leaf 

Bring to a simmer over high heat and add potatoes 

Reduce heat to medium low until potatoes are tender 

Add cream then salmon and remove from heat 

Season with salt & pepper to taste, garnish with lemon and fennel fronds

Serve & enjoy! 

salmon chowder recipe