Smoked Salmon Chowder Recipe

6 servings
2 hr 45 min

If you like a Chowder Recipe with fish, you will love this Fresh Smoked Salmon, Potato, and Creamed Corn Recipe. It’s easy to make and delicious.

I am going to be completely honest.

I’m not a chowder fan.

However, I love this recipe!

My husband is a fan of those rich and creamy chowder recipes, and he loves this one, also.

Therefore, whether you’re a fan of chowder or not, I believe you will love this recipe.

Smoked Salmon Chowder

Smoke Salmon – Preparing Fish

You will want to prepare your smoked salmon ahead of time. This can be done a few days in advance if you desire.

Place one pound of salmon on foil and add salt and pepper to season. Soak hickory wood chips for 30 minutes and then add to the preheated electric smoker at 225 degrees.

Place salmon in the smoker for approx. 2 1/2 hours, depending on the thickness of the salmon.

Add salt and pepper to fresh salmon
Smoke Salmon

In addition, bacon can be prepared ahead of time also. Cook bacon in the microwave between two paper towels until crispy. Crumble once cool.

Set both the salmon and bacon aside until ready to use. If not used immediately, refrigerate.

Don’t Have A Smoker

If you don’t have a smoker, you can prepare salmon on a grill and add liquid smoke to obtain a smoky flavor on the fish. Just be cautious when using liquid smoke because a little goes a long way when trying to achieve a natural smokey flavor.

Making Chowder Recipe Fish Included

Now that both the salmon and bacon are prepared let’s make chowder.


Approx. one hour before planning to serve, add onion, butter, and garlic in a large soup pot. Sauté until onion is soft.

Sauté onions and garlic with butter.

Add potatoes, broth, creamed corn, evaporated milk, pepper, salt, and dill weed to the pot.

Simmer ingredients in Fish Chowder.

Allow To Simmer

Bring to a boil and reduce temperature allowing the mixture to simmer until potatoes are tender and the soup has thickened.

Add Fish, Cheese & Bacon

Add Grated Cheese and Bacon crumbles.

Add bacon to chowder recipe with fish and vegetables.
Add Cheese to make Smoked Salmon Seafood Chowder Recipe

Break Salmon into bite-size pieces and add them to the mixture.

Add Previously Smoked Salmon to Chowder Recipe

Stir and allow to simmer for another 10 minutes.

Add additional seasoning as needed.

Serve Smoked Salmon Chowder Fish Recipe

Remove from heat and serve with cornbread or serve in a bread bowl.

Serve Smoked Salmon Chowder with Sweet Corn Bread Muffins

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Other Recipes

If you enjoyed this Chowder Recipe, you might also enjoy this Easy Taco Soup Recipe and this Low Country Boil Recipe.

In addition, this Cured Cold Smoked Salmon Recipe is great to make ahead for fall and holiday parties.

This is one of the tastiest chowder recipes I’ve ever tried. It’s not as rich as some that I’ve eaten. I was able to eat the whole bowl.

We served with sweet cornbread muffins with Jalapeño peppers baked on the top.

Stay tuned for an upcoming Chowder Fest Cook-Off, including six different Chowder Recipes.

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Smoked Salmon Fish Chowder Recipe served with Sweet Corn Bread Muffins
Smoked Salmon Chowder Recipe
Recipe details
  • 6  servings
  • Prep time: 2 Hours Cook time: 45 Minutes Total time: 2 hr 45 min
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  • 1 lb. fresh smoked salmon
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups red potatoes (cubed)
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 can creamed corn
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • salt (to taste)
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • Dried Dill Weed (approx. 3 tsp. )
  • 4-5 Strips of Cooked Bacon
  • Old Bay Seasoning

Salt and Pepper Salmon
Smoke for 2 1/2 hour at 225 degrees
Time may vary depending on thickness of salmon
Place bacon in microwave between paper towels and cook until crispy
Crumble Bacon
Set both salmon and bacon aside to begin making Chowder
Place butter, onions and garlic in large soup pot and sauté until onion is soft.
Add potatoes, broth, evaporated milk, creamed corn, salt, pepper and dill weed.
Allow to come to a boil.
Reduce heat and cook until potatoes are tender and the soup has thickened.
Add Bacon Crumbles and shredded Cheese
Break Salmon into bite size pieces and add to mixture.
Stir and allow to simmer for approx. 10 minutes.
Adjust seasoning as desired.
Sprinkle with Old Bay Seasoning across the top of each bowl to taste
Serve with corn bread or in a bread bowl.
  • If you don't have a smoker, liquid smoke can be added to salmon prepared on a grill.
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