Fresh Salmon Chowder

Fresh Salmon Chowder
Bowl of Salmon Chowder. Diana Rattray
    45 mins

Fresh salmon is fabulous in this chowder, but feel free to use chunks of canned salmon if you prefer. 

I like this chowder with oyster crackers or saltines, but biscuits or crusty bread would be excellent as well.

What You'll Need

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced carrot
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 2/3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups diced potatoes
  • 12 to 16 ounces diced fresh salmon or canned flaked salmon
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 cups half-and-half or whole milk
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper, to taste

How to Make It

Heat butter over medium-low heat. Add celery, carrot, and onion; saute, stirring, for 5 to 7 minutes, until celery is tender. Stir in the flour until well blended. Stir in chicken broth and add potatoes. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently. Cover and simmer, stirring frequently, for 15 to 18 minutes, or until potatoes and carrots are tender.

Add the salmon and peas; cook, stirring, for 2 to 4 minutes, or until the peas are tender.

Add half-and-half or milk, along with cheese and parsley. Cook while stirring until cheese is melted and the soup just begins to bubble.

Taste and add salt and pepper.

Makes about 8 cups.

You might also like this easy cheese and salmon chowder or the flavorful salmon corn chowder.

Tips and Variations

  • Omit the peas or replace them with frozen corn kernels or mixed vegetables.
  • Add about 1/2 cup of sliced fresh mushrooms to the soup along with the peas and salmon.