Smoked Salmon Chowder

This rich, creamy Smoked Salmon Chowder is hearty, rich and decadent with a prominent smoked salmon flavor, loaded with vegetables, that is out of this world.

What is your favorite type of chowder?

Oh how I love me some chowder!  How about you?  Chowder, anyone?

Smoked Salmon Chowder | Inspiration Kitchen

Rich and creamy – this chowder has a full flavored broth that is full of depth.  Truly one of the greatest chowders we’ve ever eaten.

We both absolutely loved it, and we think you will too!

I love sharing recipes that are hands-down winners.  Getting to test, try and taste every single recipe before I share it with you  (to make sure you’re getting the best of the best!)  makes sure that when you make it, you will also love every single bite and beg for more!

My goal is to give you great recipes that you put in your rotation.

Get ready to write this recipe down!  🙂

Smoked Salmon Chowder | Inspiration Kitchen

When I first saw this recipe on Pinch of Yum, I just knew I had to make it for my family.  We are huge seafood lovers, and living in the Pacific Northwest makes it easy to get and have on hand when we need it!

Although the POY recipe is fabulous as is, I did make some modifications to it, to accommodate what I had on hand.  So, if you’re looking for the original recipe, hop on over to Pinch Of Yum.

Smoked Salmon Chowder | Inspiration Kitchen

As you know, I’m not afraid of switching up recipes – as long as you don’t loose the integrity and authenticity of the dish.

With a strong, full-flavored ingredient like smoked salmon, you don’t want it covered up with a bunch of other competing ingredients.  You want the smoked salmon to be the star!

No problem here!  This salmon shined like the brightest star in the sky!  🙂  Trust me.  Can you see this in my ‘favorites’ Anniversary post next year?

Smoked Salmon Chowder | Inspiration Kitchen

You’ll want to serve this steaming, piping hot with some crunchy, warm bread.  It makes for great dipping and sopping because you’ll love the broth so much!

This is sssssooooo perfect for chilly, cold days.  

Smoked Salmon Chowder | Inspiration KitchenWhat we loved about this is, that it’s creamy and hearty, but not heavy.  No eatin’ pants or naps required after eating a bowl of this!  🙂

With this recipe you’ll get salmon, potatoes and veggies in every.single.bite. with a savory, rich, creamy, smoked salmon flavored broth.  Seriously tasty stuff!

I hope you try it, and love it as much as we did.  I say Eat, Eat!

Smoked Salmon Chowder | Inspiration Kitchen


Smoked Salmon Chowder
A rich, creamy, yet light Smoked Salmon Chowder that has full depth of flavor and prominent smoked salmon taste!
Recipe type: Soup
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups leeks, chopped
  • 1 and ½ cups peeled and chopped carrots
  • 1 and ½ cups chopped celery
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1 and ½ cups russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 3 to 4 cups chicken broth, divided
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup cream
  • 12 to 16 ounces smoked salmon (*see note)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  1. Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the leeks, carrots, and celery and saute until soft and fragrant. Add the white wine to deglaze the pan, scraping up browned bits for flavor.
  2. Add the potatoes, thyme, and 2 cups of the chicken broth. Simmer until the potatoes are fork tender. Whisk the flour into the milk and add to the skillet to allow it to thicken. Add 1 additional cup of broth and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until the soup starts thickening just slightly. Add the salt and pepper.
  3. Add the cream and smoked salmon just before serving. If the soup is too thick, add just enough of the remaining 1 cup of broth to get it the consistency that you like.
  4. Serve.
*I used two different kinds of smoked salmon. One was a soft smoked salmon, and the other was a coarser smoked salmon, similar to jerky. We loved having the combination of the two for flavor and texture!

Recipe adapted from Pinch Of Yum @ Smoked Salmon Chowder.

Smoked Salmon Chowder


  1. says

    Kristi, I am a vegetarian so can’t really comment on the recipe BUT one look at the pictures and I couldn’t stop myself from posting a comment. I love the pictures, especially the one with steam..WOW! I tried once and failed miserably…maybe you can give me some tips on how to capture steam..haha..stunning stunning pics! 🙂
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    • says

      Thank you Manali! Yes, I will send you some tips via email for capturing steam! 🙂 Thank you for your kind comments – especially since you are a vegetarian. It means sssooo much to me – it really does! Especially since you’re such a phenomenal photographer yourself! I am always in awe of your photos! xoxo!

    • says

      Oh wow Monica – that is sssooo cold! It was 29 here the other day, so I know exactly how you feel. A bowl of chowder is perfect for days like that! Sending you warm wishes your way!

  2. says

    Oh my goodness, I can’t stop drooling over this steaming bowl of chowder! I am a big fan of salmon and know this would be a favorite! It looks so perfect and comforting for all these cold days I’ve been getting here!

    • says

      I feel your cold Renee! The cold weather and me are not friends. 🙂 I love fall, but when it gets really cold – you know where you’ll find me – in the kitchen cooking something warm!

    • says

      Thank you Ashley! I need to try more chowders, because we lovvvvved this. I’ve never tried corn chowder – maybe that will be next on my list! 🙂

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