This salmon chowder recipe is incredibly flavorful and easy to make! It's loaded with smoky bacon, fresh dill, corn, carrots, and potatoes.
This soup is neither thick nor thin... it's somewhere in the middle. My chowder recipes (Ham & Corn Chowder, Creamy Corn Chowder, and Chicken & Corn Chowder) are a bit thicker, but I like the more delicate broth in this one.
This recipe is mom-approved (my mom loved it). 😉 It's even better the next day when the flavors get a chance to meld some more.
This is a delicious summer soup (think fresh corn and dill from the garden), but you could certainly make it year-round. This is perfectly comforting for a rainy day.
Recipe notes & tips:
- If you have access to a good fish stock, then by all means use it! I use clam juice + chicken broth (both readily available at most grocery stores) to give this chowder better/richer flavor than just using chicken broth.
- I love the soup as-is, but if you want a lemony note, feel free to add in a splash of lemon juice or some lemon zest.
- I like to prep while I go along to save time, but you can prep everything ahead of time if that's more your style.
- You can definitely go a bit over a pound of salmon. Up to 1.5 pounds, I'd say.
- I recommend using fresh dill, but if you want to use dried, I'd start with 1 teaspoon and work your way up from there (you can always add more).
- As far as what kind of salmon to buy, just buy what looks best to you. I sometimes buy wild, and sometimes I buy farmed. Some people have very strong opinions on this, but in general if you don't eat a LOT of salmon, eating farmed occasionally is fine.
- I don't recommend subbing the heavy cream for half-and-half or milk because it could curdle since we do boil it (a reader tried that in another one of my chowder recipes and it happened).
More salmon recipes to try:
Will you give this salmon chowder recipe a try? Questions? Let me know in the comments below.
- 4 strips bacon cut into small pieces
- 1 pound fresh salmon
- 1/2 medium onion chopped small
- 2 medium carrots peeled & chopped small
- 2 sticks celery chopped small
- 1 large clove garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 3 cups chicken broth or stock
- 1 cup clam juice see note
- 1 cup heavy/whipping cream
- 2 large Russet potatoes peeled & diced
- 3/4 cup corn (frozen or fresh)
- 1 tablespoon fresh dill chopped
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Prep your bacon (I use kitchen shears to make it easy) and add it to a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook until crispy (about 10 minutes).
- Meanwhile, prep your onion, celery, carrots, and potatoes.
- Once the bacon is crispy, take it out of the pot and transfer it to a paper towel lined plate. Leave the bacon fat in the pot.
- Add the salmon to the pot and cook for 2 minutes/side and then it transfer to a plate (salmon probably won't be fully cooked and that's fine. This step is just to add some extra flavor and to avoid having to cut up raw salmon since that's more tedious). The salmon skin may stick to the pot a bit, but that's ok, just use your spoon to get most of it off.
- Leave about 1 tablespoon of the fat in the pot, and then add the onion, carrots, and celery. Sauté for 5 minutes.
- Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
- Add in the flour and cook for about a minute, stirring nearly constantly.
- Add in the chicken broth and clam juice. Give it a good stir to ensure the flour has dissolved and the flavorful brown bits are scraped up from the bottom of the pot.
- Add in the cream, potatoes, corn, and most of the bacon (I reserve the rest for garnishing the bowls later on). Increase the heat to high and bring the soup to a boil. Once it's boiling, reduce the heat to a rapid simmer so it's gently boiling.
- Cook, uncovered, until the potatoes are tender (about 15-20 minutes). Stir occasionally.
- Use a fork to break the salmon into smaller pieces. The skin should slide off easily (don't add the skin to the soup unless you want to). Take the soup off the heat. Add the salmon and dill to the soup. It should only take a few minutes for the salmon to finish cooking through.
- Season the soup with salt & pepper as needed. Garnish with the rest of the bacon.
- Serves 4-6 depending on portion size.
- I don't recommend subbing the cream for milk or half-and-half as the boiling may curdle the soup.
- The clam juice can easily be found in most grocery stores (I found it the same place as canned fish like tuna etc.). If you can't easily find a good fish stock, clam juice is a great way to use chicken broth and have this soup still have that well-rounded seafood chowder taste.
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information