Seattle Smoked Salmon Chowder

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This creamy Smoked Salmon Chowder is truly comfort food in a bowl! Made with hot-smoked salmon (full of heart-healthy fats) and a ton of nutrient-packed veggies (onion, celery, carrots, potatoes, corn and cauliflower), it’s a good-for-you soup the whole family will love. Stove top and Instant Pot directions provided.

This creamy Smoked Salmon Chowder is truly comfort food in a bowl! Made with hot-smoked salmon (full of heart-healthy fats) and a ton of nutrient-packed veggies (onion, celery, carrots, potatoes, corn and cauliflower), it’s a good-for-you soup the whole family will love. Stove top and Instant Pot directions provided.
Smoked Salmon Chowder

It’s soup season, if you’re looking for a new easy soup recipe to add to your dinner rotation, I think you will love this smoked salmon chowder! You can also browse all my soup recipes from the archives. A few favorites are the Potato Leek Soup, Cheeseburger Soup and of course, Classic Chicken Noodle Soup!

This creamy Smoked Salmon Chowder is truly comfort food in a bowl! Made with hot-smoked salmon (full of heart-healthy fats) and a ton of nutrient-packed veggies (onion, celery, carrots, potatoes, corn and cauliflower), it’s a good-for-you soup the whole family will love. Stove top and Instant Pot directions provided.

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My sisters live in Seattle so naturally salmon is a regular on the menu, and this Smoked Salmon Chowder is one of our favorites. And after lightening up this Cheddar Corn Chowder with blended cauliflower instead of cream (with seriously amazing result!), I knew I had to try the same technique with this chowder. And WOW, this much lighter and healthier version is just as good as the original!

For best results, be sure to use hot-smoked salmon as it has a very different texture from cold-smoked salmon. Hot-smoked salmon, a specialty of the Pacific Northwest, is smoked at 120°F to 180°F for 6 to 12 hours, cooking the salmon through and giving it a flaky and delicious texture.

I always serve this creamy and comforting chowder with a big green salad and some crusty bread. Enjoy!

This creamy Smoked Salmon Chowder is truly comfort food in a bowl! Made with hot-smoked salmon (full of heart-healthy fats) and a ton of nutrient-packed veggies (onion, celery, carrots, potatoes, corn and cauliflower), it’s a good-for-you soup the whole family will love. Stove top and Instant Pot directions provided.This creamy Smoked Salmon Chowder is truly comfort food in a bowl! Made with hot-smoked salmon (full of heart-healthy fats) and a ton of nutrient-packed veggies (onion, celery, carrots, potatoes, corn and cauliflower), it’s a good-for-you soup the whole family will love. Stove top and Instant Pot directions provided.This creamy Smoked Salmon Chowder is truly comfort food in a bowl! Made with hot-smoked salmon (full of heart-healthy fats) and a ton of nutrient-packed veggies (onion, celery, carrots, potatoes, corn and cauliflower), it’s a good-for-you soup the whole family will love. Stove top and Instant Pot directions provided.

This creamy Smoked Salmon Chowder is truly comfort food in a bowl! Made with hot-smoked salmon (full of heart-healthy fats) and a ton of nutrient-packed veggies (onion, celery, carrots, potatoes, corn and cauliflower), it’s a good-for-you soup the whole family will love. Stove top and Instant Pot directions provided.This creamy Smoked Salmon Chowder is truly comfort food in a bowl! Made with hot-smoked salmon (full of heart-healthy fats) and a ton of nutrient-packed veggies (onion, celery, carrots, potatoes, corn and cauliflower), it’s a good-for-you soup the whole family will love. Stove top and Instant Pot directions provided.

This creamy Smoked Salmon Chowder is truly comfort food in a bowl! Made with hot-smoked salmon (full of heart-healthy fats) and a ton of nutrient-packed veggies (onion, celery, carrots, potatoes, corn and cauliflower), it’s a good-for-you soup the whole family will love. Stove top and Instant Pot directions provided.
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Seattle Smoked Salmon Chowder

377 Cals 31 Protein 36 Carbs 11.5 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Yield: 6 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Soup
CUISINE: American
This creamy Smoked Salmon Chowder is truly comfort food in a bowl! Made with hot-smoked salmon (full of heart-healthy fats) and a ton of nutrient-packed veggies (onion, celery, carrots, potatoes, corn and cauliflower), it’s a good-for-you soup the whole family will love. Stove top and Instant Pot directions provided.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 medium carrots, ½-inch dice
  • 3 large celery stalks, ½-inch dice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1 teaspoon dry thyme
  • 3 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 12-ounce wedge cauliflower (1/4 of a large head), stem attached
  • 3 small red potatoes, peeled and diced into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces skinless hot-smoked salmon
  • Chopped chives, for garnish

Instructions

  • STOVE TOP DIRECTIONS
  • In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, melt butter over medium heat.
  • Add the onion, carrots, celery, garlic and ½ teaspoon salt and sauté until vegetables start to soften, about 5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle flour evenly over vegetables and cook, stirring often, for 1 minute.
  • Add wine and deglaze the pot (scraping brown bits off the bottom).
  • Add the thyme, broth, cauliflower and potatoes, bring the pot to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the lid from pot and transfer the cauliflower and 1 cup of the soup to a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer puree back to the pot.
  • Add the milk, corn, and smoked salmon and heat through for about 5 minutes.
  • Season with remaining salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste.
  • Ladle 2 cups of soup into each bowl and top with chives
  • INSTANT POT DIRECTIONS 
  • Press sauté on the Instant Pot.
  • When hot, add the butter.  Once melted, add the onion, carrots, celery, garlic and ½ teaspoon salt and sauté until vegetables start to soften, about 5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle flour evenly over vegetables and cook, stirring often, for 1 minute.
  • Press cancel. Add the wine and deglaze the pot (scraping brown bits off the bottom).
  • Add the thyme, broth, cauliflower and potatoes, seal and switch pot to Manual.
  • Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
  • Quick release, then open when the pressure subsides.
  • Transfer the cauliflower and 1 cup of the soup to a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer puree back to the pot.
  • Add the milk, corn, and smoked salmon and heat through for about 5 minutes.
  • Season with remaining salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste.
  • Ladle 2 cups of soup into each bowl and top with chives.

Nutrition

Serving: 2cups, Calories: 377kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 11.5g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 77mg, Sodium: 783mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 9g
WW Points Plus: 9
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124 comments

  1. Does anyone in the Massachusetts area have a suggestion as to where to find hot smoked salmon? 

  2. Is there any recommendation for a non-dairy option for the whole milk? Maybe coconut milk?

  3. What could substitute for cauliflower in this recipe? It sounds so good, and want to try it, but have to avoid cauliflower.

  4. So last night we found our freezer door open, and found ourselves with a bunch of thawed but still really cold food on our hands.  Along with a lot of other things, I had a whole sockeye salmon smoked in a net.  What to do?  I tried this excellent recipe.  No carrots or celery.  A sweet onion only.  Added a little thick cut chopped bacon. No added salt as there is plenty in the bacon and the smoked salmon. Riced cauliflower instead of a whole head. Baby red and white potatoes.  1% milk with a little extra butter. Red pepper flakes.   Used an immersion blender only long enough to get to a point of good creaminess but still a lot of chunkiness.  It lacked some body, so I added two splashes of soy sauce- not enough to give it an Asian flair, but enough to round it out some.  Perfect!  This is one forgiving recipe.  FYI, 1 cup of flaked salmon = 4.8 oz of salmon… so I went with two cups.  I still have half a salmon left, so will make a healthy version of salmon fettuccine next.  Bon Appetit! 

  5. So good!!! It was incredibly easy to make. (a bit of prep work with all the chopping but totally worth it). The smokiness of the salmon combined with the sweet corn, perfect combo. I will definitely be making this again! Thanks for the great recipe.

  6. I love this recipe. I get my hot smoked salmon seasoned from Trader Joe’s (it’s the best!) and I made tiny adjustments that make this a really excellent, healthy soup. I also buy one small can of salmon from Trader Joe’s and include the “juice” along with the salmon in the soup.  I add paprika, a tiny bit of cayenne, and dried parsley to the end. I am also planning to add some steamed asparagus to it since my family enjoys it. Don’t skimp on the chives/green onions as the garnish. It really adds good flavor and color.  

    The first time I made it I accidentally blended everything together (the potatoes, cauliflower etc) and I preferred it better the second time where I had the texture of the onions and potatoes. My mom loves this soup and how healthy it is! 

  7. WOW!!! This was outstanding as written. I did use gold potatoes insteaf of red as The store was out of them.

  8. WOW!!! This was outstanding as written.

  9. This is really good and easy to make. Because supply chain issues since the pandemic, I had to make some substitutions. Instead of red potatoes I used baby Yukons and guessed at the weight for potatoes. And I used Wegmans frozen cauliflower crème blocks (about 1/2 – 3/4 bag). I had to use two flavors hot-smoked salmon – one was peppered. It all came together beautifully. I love these recipes! It really helps having healthy but easy to prepare meals, the seem forgiving if you don’t have access to the exact ingredients 

  10. What can I substitute for flour? Making for someone with a gluten allergy?

  11. What a very yummy and filling chowder! I used leftover soup the second time I made it, and it tasted even richer (though possibly with more calories). Either way, it’s a keeper!

  12. OMG…this was BEYOND delicious! I made it in the InstantPot, and the only modification I made was using Oat Milk. Being in Southern California, it wasn’t hard to find hot smoked salmon – I got the seasoned variety from Trader Joes. I now have extras in the freezer.

  13. My cauliflower hating husband loved this chowder!!  Did I tell him?  Nope. 😉

  14. OMG! I made this last night in the instapot. I followed the recipe exactly. I live in Washington state and we get salmon and smoke our own. So Creamy, hearty and full of flavor.
    My family went crazy for this- thank goodness I made a triple recipe. they asked if we could have it again tonight as leftovers.

  15. I’m confused. The recipe says 1/4 head of cauliflower, add it to the soup with the potatoes. But then later says add it to the bkender with 1 cup soup. Which is it?

    Thank you.

    • Both. Add the cauliflower in one piece with the potatoes, cover and simmer. After 20 minutes, carefully lift the whole piece of cooked cauliflower into the blender with some of the soup.

  16. Delicious! I bought the wrong type of smoked salmon. I bought nova smoked salmon, not dried, but it was still great. I just chopped it up in small pieces and sprinkled it in. 

  17. This is the best chowder I’ve ever had. I made it exactly as directed and it turned out delicious. Shared the recipe with family and everyone loves it! We’ve been making your recipes for years and never been disappointed. Thank you!

  18. I made this in an instant pot and it was FANTASTIC!  Does anyone know if I double the recipe in an instant pot does the cooking time change?

  19. Wow! This was delicious and easy. I actually had some leftover cedar planked salmon we had cooked and used that. For anyone who is wondering, I also used 1% milk because it’s what I had and it turned out great, not watery at all. We will definitely make this one again. Thank you for such great recipes.