Smoked Salmon Corn Chowder

It’s Monday! How are you? Good? Good. Want to be better? Make this soup.

Smoked Salmon Corn Chowder

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If you want to learn more about food photography, this is the book for you! This giveaway is the third in my series of February giveaways to celebrate the launch of Life As A Strawberry’s new Resources Section. Instructions on how to enter are at the bottom of this post.

Smoked Salmon Corn Chowder

You probably know about my love affair with smoked salmon by now. It’s just the best. Seriously. And putting it in soup makes it even better. Because soup? Also the best. This recipe really doesn’t even need any further explanation. Just….the best.

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Smoked Salmon Corn Chowder

Smoked Salmon Corn Chowder
YIELD: Serves 4
  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 3.5 cups chicken, turkey, or vegetable stock
  • 3 red potatoes, diced
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 4 ounces smoked salmon, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 cup cooked corn kernels (about ⅔ of a 16oz. can or the kernels from two cobs of corn – I like to grill my corn first and then cut the kernels off to add to the soup)
  • 1.5 cup milk (I use skim)
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • green onions, chopped, for garnish
  1. In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, salt and pepper and cook until onion is translucent, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add flour to pot and stir to incorporate all ingredients and form a roux. Cook 1 minute.
  3. Add a few tablespoons of stock and stir until any lumps of flour are worked out. Add the rest of the stock and stir to combine.
  4. Tie thyme, bay leaves, and parsley together with kitchen twine to form a bouquet garni. Add to the soup and stir.
  5. Add chopped potatoes to soup and stir. Bring to a simmer, then cook 20-25 minutes until potatoes have cooked and stock has reduced.
  6. Add milk and half-and-half to soup and stir. Return soup to a simmer and cook 10 minutes so that the milk has a chance to reduce.
  7. Flake the smoked salmon into the soup, then add the corn kernels. Cook an additional 10-15 minutes until soup has reduced to the desired consistency. Remove bouquet garni before serving.
  8. Ladle into bowls and garnish with extra smoked salmon and chopped green onions. Serve immediately.

Smoked Salmon Corn Chowder


  1. Jessica says

    My favorite soup is a butternut squash soup from a New England cookbook. My mom and I make it every year for Thanksgiving!

  2. Mike says

    You posted this on February 18th, but the contest ends on February 15th? I guess I’ll put my favorite bowl of Mexican tortilla chicken soup in the wayback machine…

  3. says

    My favorite soup ever was a fish soup I ate one summer in Greece. The funnest part was learning how to make it! It had Scorpio fish and any other little fresh one you fish (or find in the market ehem ehem), carrots, celery, parsely, sea salt, pepper, some garlic and lots of lemon!

  4. Becky M. says

    I liked you on FB.

    (Also, I’m pinning this soup because it looks seriously delicious and I’m going to have to make it soon!)

  5. Becky M. says

    Oh man… I *really* want to win that book! :)

    My favorite soup is split pea, by far. We always made kluski to put in it (Polish dumplings), and although our split pea soup is super thick, the kluski is just amazing in there. (Now I need to go buy a ham just so I can use the bone for soup.) :)

    • Jessie says

      That soup sounds amazing! My boyfriend is Polish – I’ll have to ask him about kluski! I’m super lucky that his family introduces me to new Polish dishes all the time.

      • Becky M. says

        My grandma is Polish, but we really have only a handful of Polish dishes that she makes regularly (and I can’t spell most of them :P). I’ll be looking forward to learning a few more from you! :)

  6. Zoe says

    Cheddar parsnip is my favorite soup (especially in winter). But this chowder with smoked salmon sounds SUPER yummy. Will have to try it!

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