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Smoked Salmon Chowder

Smoked Salmon Chowder comes together in less than 30 minutes, is made in one pot, and tastes like you spent several hours putting it together. Be careful when heating the chowder at the end after adding the cream. Don't let it boil too hard or the cream will separate.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Soup
Servings: 4 -6
Calories: 469kcal
Author: Sally Humeniuk


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 medium leeks white and light green parts only, rinsed and sliced (about 3 cups)
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed and minced
  • 1 large russet potato peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery heart including leaves
  • 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 cups milk any fat content, I used whole milk
  • 8 ounces smoked salmon flaked (Not the lox style salmon. Use the thicker filet looking salmon)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • Fresh chives or dill chopped for garnish, optional
  • Extra fresh ground pepper for garnish


  • Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-low heat. Add the leeks and garlic and saute them for 2 minutes.
  • Add the potato, celery, salt, and pepper and cook over medium heat for about 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Add the broth, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove lid and continue to simmer until potato is tender, about 5 minutes more.
  • Add the tomato paste and milk, then the salmon, reserving a few flakes to decorate top of soup. Continue to heat soup for a few minutes but don't let it come to a boil or the milk will separate.
  • As the chowder heats, stir in the cream and continue to heat through.
  • Remove from heat, garnish with chives, crack more pepper over the top, and serve.
  • This soup is still delicious one and even two days later which is not always the case with fish recipes.


  • Shallots or green onions may be substituted for the leeks, if necessary.
  • For an even traditional chowder, cook up about 3 slices of bacon, chop and sprinkle on top before serving. Most chowders start with bacon in the beginning of the recipe with the onions, celery, and garlic. But the bacon grease isn't necessary in this recipe for abundance of flavor and if bacon is preferred, adding it crisp at the end is good. But also, not needed for great flavor.
  • If you don't want to add heavy cream at the end, you could add additional whole milk or half and half. If you opt to add milk rather than the cream, I suggest adding a tablespoon of butter to melt into the chowder just before serving. 


Calories: 469kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 1802mg | Potassium: 877mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 2730IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 301mg | Iron: 3mg