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Quick Fix Salmon Chowder

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A quick-fix, pantry-staple meal in minutes. Salmon Chowder is warm and comforting, perfect any time of the year. The dill is a savory complement to the traditional chowder elements.

Side view of a white bowl with Salmon Chowder

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Spring is just around the corner, so they say, but the wind is howling today and the temperatures still feel frigid. I’m breaking out my most favorite winter comfort foods this week in preparation for a busy, busy week.

Side view of 2 bowls of Salmon Chowder

This recipe is written using canned salmon. While cooked salmon can certainly be substituted and would be delicious, I like to have some recipes I can whip up for a quick dinner using mostly pantry ingredients. And canned Alaska salmon is a staple I always try to keep. It’s so versatile from pastas to salmon burgers, to quick soups like this Salmon Chowder.

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Quick Fix Salmon Chowder

A quick-fix, pantry-staple meal in minutes. Salmon Chowder is warm and comforting, perfect any time of the year. The dill is a savory complement to the traditional chowder elements.
5 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Stephanie Wilson



  • 4 slices bacon cooked and crumbled (I like turkey bacon)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 clove garlic minced or pressed
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup potato finely diced, peeled or unpeeled
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dillweed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup corn frozen or canned and drained
  • 1 14-ounce canned salmon
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese optional


  • Melt butter in a dutch oven over medium heat; add onions, celery, and carrots; saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Add flour, stir until mixture is smooth. Cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute.
  • Gradually whisk in chicken broth. Add garlic, potatoes, dillweed, salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat until broth is thick and bubbly and potatoes are fork tender, about twenty minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add milk, corn, and salmon. Heat 5 more minutes. Ladle into bowls and serve with a sprinkling of grated cheese on top (if desired) and crumbled bacon.


Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 939mg | Potassium: 523mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 4155IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 269mg | Iron: 1mg

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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Salmon Chowder


  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is absolutely delicious!!! So happy to have found this one. We fish for salmon in Lake Michigan and can the larger salmon and needed a quick easy soup and wanted to use up some of it and this was just the ticket!!! My husband and I just love it

    1. I’m SO glad you liked this soup recipe, Peggy! What a treat to have your own canned salmon from Lake Michigan. I always have canned salmon in the pantry, although not canned by me :)!. This is my go-to soup for quick and easy salmon soup. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for letting me know!

  2. 5 stars
    Had to leave a review to put this recipe out there more! This soup was delicious. I did what one of the other reviews did and did two cups of milk, two cups of heavy cream (i doubled the recipe), and then i just straight up added all the cooked bacon in at the end. I legitimately should have just tripled the recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    I don’t eat pork so skipped the bacon and added a squirt of liquid smoke at the end. Sautéed onions and garlic in butter in my Instantpot. Added the broth and veggies and cooked on high 6 minutes. Added corn, salmon, 1 cup milk and 1 cup half and half. Wow!!!!

  4. 5 stars
    I’m a bit nervous making recipes that haven’t been rated yet, but the ingredients were exactly what I had on hand, so I took a chance and I’m glad I did. This was delicious! I didn’t have pre-cooked bacon, so I diced my bacon up and cooked it in my pot. I removed the bacon and soaked the grease up with a paper towel, then started with the butter, onions, etc. I deglazed the bacon burny bits when I added the chicken stock and I believe it gave so much additional flavor. I was a huge fan of not having to add heavy cream like so many other recipes call for. The starch from the potatoes made this thick enough as it was. I’ll be making this again and again and again. I think it would work perfectly for leftover turkey stew too, if I switched the dill for thyme/rosemary!
    My husband and 2 year old also loved this recipe!

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