Smoked Salmon Chowder Recipe: A Creamy Seafood Delight

What’s up foodies! Today, I am beyond excited to share with you my latest recipe creation: Simple Smoked Salmon Chowder. This delectable dish is the ultimate comfort food that has everything going for it – it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and bursting with flavors that will leave your taste buds wanting more.

Trust me when I say chowder is always a good idea. It’s the perfect soup for any season because it’s hearty, comforting, and easy to make. This particular Chowder is inspired by the Seattle Style Smoked Salmon Chowder typically found in the Pacific Northwest. It features a creamy and smooth texture that comes from the milk used in the recipe. But don’t worry dairy-free folks; we’ve got you covered too!

Now you may be thinking, “Why should I give this recipe a try? What makes it stand out above other soups out there?” Let me tell you why.

Firstly, one of the main superstars of this recipe is smoked salmon- Need I say more? The smoked flavor pairs perfectly with the fresh parsley and lemon juice that adds an overarching brightness to each savory spoonful. Secondly, let’s talk about how customizable this flavorful dish is. You can make various substitutions to personalize it to your liking and add in some additional elements like bacon, corn, or even coconut milk.

Lastly, this recipe fits into a healthy lifestyle as it’s loaded with Omega 3s from our smoked salmon packed with heart-healthy fats that are essential for optimum health. Plus, we’re steering clear of any harmful gluten grains while still keeping things delicious!

So what are you waiting for? Whether you’re looking to warm up on a rainy day or want to impress guests at your next dinner party, be sure to add simplicity and warmth to your kitchen with our Simple Smoked Salmon Chowder Recipe!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Simple Smoked Salmon Chowder (Gluten Free)
Simple Smoked Salmon Chowder (Gluten Free)

Hey there foodies,

You know what’s the best thing about food? It provides us with a never-ending adventure of taste and aroma. And amidst this celebration of flavors, nothing beats the warm, creamy delight of chowder on a cold winter night. But what if I told you that there’s a chowder recipe that’s not only satisfying to your taste buds but also fulfills your nutritional needs, and comes with the goodness of smoked salmon?

Yes, you heard it right – I’m talking about the Simple Smoked Salmon Chowder. This gluten-free recipe is a perfect blend of nutritious and delicious. Packed with creamy and hearty ingredients, it’s the perfect pairing for your cozy evenings.

Every spoonful of this chowder is packed with flavor – from the smoky aroma of fresh salmon to the tartness of lemon and finishing off with a hint of parsley. The creamy texture comes from potatoes and butter without adding any dairy products, making it an extraordinary dairy-free option.

But what’s most amazing about this chowder is the star ingredient- Smoked Salmon. Not only is it rich in omega-3 fatty acids that are great for heart health, but it also provides ample amounts of protein and vitamin D essential for building strong bones.

And did I mention how easy it is to prepare? With simple ingredients, this dish can be put together in no time. Once you make it, you will want to add it to your regular meal plan.

So go ahead, click on the ingredients list and let’s prepare this Seattle-style smoked salmon chowder in our own kitchens!

Ingredient List

 Dive into a bowl of creamy smoked salmon chowder!
Dive into a bowl of creamy smoked salmon chowder!

Let’s dive into the ingredient list of this simple yet flavorful smoked salmon chowder. Here are the things you need to grab at the grocery store, and don’t worry, most of these are pantry staples!


  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 oz smoked salmon, diced (1 package)
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Fresh parsley for garnishing

These simple ingredients make up a gluten-free and dairy-free salmon chowder that is full of flavor. It’s important to get good quality smoked salmon for this recipe as it makes a huge difference in taste.

The Recipe How-To

 Indulge in the rich, smoky flavors of this gluten-free chowder.
Indulge in the rich, smoky flavors of this gluten-free chowder.

Now, let’s dive into the fun part – creating the Simple Smoked Salmon Chowder recipe!


  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and finely diced
  • 4 cups of milk (dairy-free options: almond milk or coconut milk)
  • 1 tablespoon of butter (dairy-free option: vegan butter)
  • 8 oz of smoked salmon, chopped
  • Juice from one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley, chopped

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the diced onion and cook until softened for around five minutes.

  2. Add the diced potatoes and carrots into the pot and cook for another five minutes.

  3. Add in the milk and bring it to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the vegetables have become tender and cooked. This would approximately take up to thirty minutes.

  4. Take off from heat then add in your chopped smoked salmon, stirring to combine them.

  5. Put back the pot into low fire again, then add in butter until it’s melted.

  6. To give a hint of tanginess to your chowder, squeeze in juice from one lemon then stir once more.

  7. Lastly, add chopped fresh parsley into your creamy smoked salmon soup bringing out more fresh aroma smell and flavor!

Voila, your Simple Smoked Salmon Chowder is now ready to serve!

This recipe is so simple to make yet packed with Omega-3s that are essential for a healthy diet. It’s gluten-free and dairy-free – perfect for individuals who are looking for great tasting soups without the allergens!

Don’t forget to check my other chowder recipes such as with bacon or clam chowder –I guarantee they are equally delicious as this one!

Substitutions and Variations

 Warm up on a chilly day with a comforting bowl of chowder.
Warm up on a chilly day with a comforting bowl of chowder.

Listen up, folks! If you’re looking to switch things up or need to make some substitutions for this recipe, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a rundown of some ideas to make this smoked salmon chowder even more delicious.

– Vegetarian Version: For those of you who choose to live the veggie lifestyle, try swapping out the smoked salmon for smoked tofu or tempeh. It’ll give you that smoky flavor you crave without the fish.

– Dairy-Free Version: If dairy isn’t your thing, no problemo. Swap out the milk for your favorite non-dairy milk like soy or almond milk, and use vegan butter instead of regular butter.

– Gluten-Free: This recipe is already gluten-free, but if you want to add some extra nutrition and texture, try using quinoa or brown rice instead of potatoes.

– Smoked Fish Variations: Don’t have smoked salmon on hand? Fear not. Try using any type of smoked fish like trout, haddock or mackerel. It’ll give your chowder a distinct and tasty flavor that will have everyone coming back for seconds.

– Chowder Additions: Want to ramp up the flavor a notch? Try adding in some crispy bacon bits or corn kernels for some extra texture and sweetness. You could also add in some canned salmon, fresh salmon fillet or even clams for a twist on traditional clam chowder.

Overall, this recipe is pretty versatile and can accommodate any dietary restrictions or personal tastes. So feel free to get creative with it and let your taste buds lead the way!

Serving and Pairing

 Each spoonful of this chowder is packed with tender chunks of smoked salmon.
Each spoonful of this chowder is packed with tender chunks of smoked salmon.

Are you looking for the perfect dish to impress your family and friends? The Simple Smoked Salmon Chowder recipe is a great choice! Whether you are hosting a dinner party or enjoying a cozy evening at home, this gluten-free and dairy-free salmon chowder is sure to delight your taste buds.

To serve this chowder, ladle it into bowls and top it with fresh parsley and a squeeze of lemon juice for an extra burst of flavor. You could also add some smoked salmon pieces on top for decoration. If you’re feeling adventurous, pair it with some crusty bread or gluten-free bread rolls to soak up all the delicious broth.

If you want to elevate the flavors, consider adding a side salad or roasted vegetables. A crisp green salad with cucumber and cherry tomatoes or roasted asparagus would balance out the richness of the chowder perfectly.

For a beverage pairing, chilled white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay would complement the savory flavors of the smoked salmon chowder nicely. Plus, if you are feeling fancy, serve it in white wine glasses for added elegance.

Overall, this hearty smoked salmon chowder is versatile enough for any meal and any occasion while being simple enough for everyone to enjoy. So gather your loved ones around the table and indulge in this creamy soup made with the best-smoked salmon!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This chowder proves that gluten-free doesn't mean flavor-free!
This chowder proves that gluten-free doesn’t mean flavor-free!

Now that you’ve made this delicious gluten-free smoked salmon chowder recipe, what can you do if you have leftovers? Well, I am happy to tell you that this chowder is freezer-friendly and reheats well!

To store, let the chowder come to room temperature before transferring it into an airtight container. You can also freeze in smaller containers for convenience. This way, you can easily thaw only what you need. Keep in mind that the potatoes may become slightly mushy after being frozen and thawed, but it will not affect the flavor.

When ready to reheat, simply remove the chowder from the freezer and let it defrost in the fridge overnight. Then, heat it up over medium-low heat while stirring occasionally until it reaches your desired temperature. Alternatively, you can reheat it in the microwave or on the stove, but be sure to stir frequently to prevent any scorching.

If your chowder thickens up after being refrigerated or frozen due to the starches in the potatoes, don’t panic! This is a common occurrence with potato-based soups and stews. However, it’s an easy fix – just add a splash of milk or broth until it reaches your desired consistency as you reheat.

So feel free to make a big batch of this gluten-free smoked salmon chowder recipe ahead of time and enjoy it whenever you like without sacrificing its flavor or quality.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A perfect blend of spices and seasoning make this chowder extra special.
A perfect blend of spices and seasoning make this chowder extra special.

Now that you’ve got all the ingredients and steps down for making a delicious and healthy Simple Smoked Salmon Chowder, it’s time to talk about some tips for getting the best results possible. Here are a few things to keep in mind that will take your chowder from good to great:

1. Use fresh ingredients: While it may be tempting to use canned or frozen ingredients for convenience, using fresh potatoes, carrots, onions, and smoked salmon is key to achieving the most flavorful and vibrant chowder possible.

2. Control the heat: Make sure to keep a close eye on the heat while cooking your chowder. If it comes to a boil too quickly or gets too hot, it can scorch the bottom of the pot and result in a burnt flavor throughout the soup. Keep the heat at medium-low until you add the milk, and then reduce it further to prevent boiling.

3. Don’t overcook the salmon: When you add the smoked salmon into your chowder, make sure not to overcook it. The salmon will continue cooking slightly in the residual heat of the chowder once you turn off the burner. Overcooking can lead to bland or tough pieces of fish, which can compromise both flavor and texture.

4. Mix in lemon and fresh parsley just before serving: Adding a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and some chopped parsley just before serving can brighten up the flavors of your chowder and provide an added boost of nutrition.

By following these tips, you’ll have yourself one amazing bowl of Simple Smoked Salmon Chowder. So get cookin’, enjoy each and every bite, and discover what makes this recipe so special!

Bottom Line

What are you waiting for? Give this simple smoked salmon chowder recipe a try and experience a burst of flavor in every bite. With its creamy texture and delightful flavor, it’s perfect for any occasion, whether it’s a quick weeknight dinner or a cozy gathering with friends.

But that’s not the only reason why you should make this smoked salmon chowder recipe. It’s also gluten-free and dairy-free, making it an excellent choice for those with dietary restrictions. And with the addition of fresh parsley, lemon, and omega-3-packed smoked salmon, this soup has all the ingredients to make both your taste buds and your body happy.

So what are you waiting for? Add these chowder ingredients to your grocery list, invite some friends over, and get cooking! Trust me; this simple smoked salmon chowder recipe will become your go-to choice whenever you’re craving something heartwarming and healthy. Give it a try today!

Simple Smoked Salmon Chowder (Gluten Free)

Simple Smoked Salmon Chowder (Gluten Free) Recipe

i got this out of a Quick Fixes magazine. I have tried it and I really enjoyed it--just don't overcook the salmon as it can ruin the taste.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Main course/Soup
Cuisine Gluten-free
Calories 412.9 kcal


  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon butter, recipe says a knob
  • 750 g potatoes, diced
  • 500 ml chicken stock (made up, from either fresh, cube or concentrate)
  • 500 ml milk
  • 350 g smoked salmon, cut into ribbons
  • fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 lemon, halved


  • Fry the onion gently in the butter until softened.
  • Add the potatoes, stock and milk.
  • Simmer until potatoes are tender.
  • Add smoked salmon and parsley and season well.
  • Heat everything through and squeeze some lemon juice over.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 572gCalories: 412.9kcalCarbohydrates: 48.6gProtein: 27.6gFat: 12.9gSaturated Fat: 5.9gCholesterol: 48.6mgSodium: 960.4mgFiber: 5.8gSugar: 4.7g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Beginner Cook, Chowders, Easy, Free Of..., Healthy, Inexpensive, Low Cholesterol, New Zealand, Winter
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