Mimi's Smoked Salmon Chowder


My sister made this recipe when we were camping in a rustic cabin on the Strait of Juan de Fuca running between Vancouver Island and Washington's Olympic peninsula. It's very, very warming and delicious.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

  • ½ cup chopped celery

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 6 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth

  • 1 pound potatoes - peeled and cubed

  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed

  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • ½ teaspoon paprika

  • 8 ounces smoked salmon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

  • ¼ cup white wine

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • ¼ teaspoon hot sauce

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper

  • 1 cup half and half


  1. In a large stockpot over medium-high heat, combine the butter, olive oil, onion, garlic, and celery. Cook 8 to 10 minutes, or until the onions are transparent. Sprinkle flour over the mixture and stir well to make a dry roux. Gradually add the chicken broth and stir until slightly thickened. Stir in the potatoes, dill, tarragon, thyme, and paprika. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.

  2. Stir in the salmon, wine, lemon juice, hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Simmer over low heat, uncovered for 10 minutes.

  3. Mix in the half-and-half and continue to simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Do not let the chowder boil after adding the half-and-half. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

205 Calories
10g Fat
21g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 205
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 562mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 15mg 74%
Calcium 64mg 5%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 418mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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