Sunday, 30 November 2014

Smoked Salmon Chowder

Carole's Chatter: Smoked Salmon Chowder

This Smoked Salmon Chowder was a triumph.  Perhaps the best soup I've ever made.  And I have Girlichef to thank for it – her post is here.  I didn't follow her recipe exactly – which won't be a surprise to anyone, I'm sure.

This is how I did it:

First, cook some red potatoes – I had about 3 medium sized ones.  I scrubbed them and cut them into large chunks.

Second, while the potatoes are cooking prepare your other ingredients:

4 tablespoons of cubed butter
½ cup diced red onion
½ tablespoonful of garlic infused olive oil
1 tsp of ground pepper
1/8 cup of flour
1 and a half cups of water
1½ tablespoons of tomato paste
1½ cups of cream
2 oz of cream cheese cut into chunks and softened if it's hard
1/8 cup of capers
½ pound (or one 200g packet) of smoked salmon – I got it as a chunk which I then forked into pieces
Salt – taste the soup before you add this – the capers and the salmon will already have some salty taste

For garnish, a few drops of chilli sauce and some chopped parsley. 

This is the first time I've ever used flour in a soup – and I was impressed with the subtle result.

The method:

Fry half of your butter, onion and garlic oil together until the onion is shiny and softish.  Add the pepper.

Add the rest of the butter and when it has melted add your flour a bit at a time while stirring.  Let it cook for a minute or 2 so it won't taste floury.

Add your water, tomato paste and cooked potatoes (you want to cut them up into bite sized chunks if they aren't that size already)

Simmer for 5 minutes before adding your cream, cream cheese, capers and salmon.  Let it heat slowly – but don't let it boil!  Turn it off just before it boils and add salt as necessary.

Serve with a garnish of some drops of chilli sauce and some chopped parsley.  Don't worry if you've made a bit lot – it won't last long because it is so delicious.


  1. This recipe really makes me wish I enjoyed the taste of salmon! It looks absolutely amazing and a thick and creamy soup sounds like heaven!

  2. Oooo, this sounds interesting!!! Too bad there isn't a slow cooker version of this recipe.

  3. The best soup ever? Wow. And I love Girchef's blog.

  4. Yum! Sounds delicious! I can't get my husband to try salmon because he's got it in his head he doesn't like it. I don't think he's had any really good salmon, that's why, but I can't convince him.

  5. Looks velvety and rich...just the kinds of things I like in a soup. Thanks for sharing, Carole!

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  7. Hi Carole,
    Your Smoked Salmon Chowder will be a big hit at the cottage, we will just love it. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day.
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen


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