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Close up of Salmon Chowder garnished with dill in a small white bowl on a turquoise plate with a silver spoon and torn flat bread

Salmon Chowder

This Salmon Chowder recipe is perfect for using leftover salmon. Full of flavor with dill, fresh corn, sherry, and a hint of bacon. Truly delicious salmon chowder! Serve it with some crusty bread.

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword salmon chowder recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 325 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • 2 Ears of Fresh Corn
  • 4 cups Water or Chicken Broth
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 4 Small Gold Potatoes (diced, you can leave skins on)
  • 2 cloves Garlic, pressed or finely minced
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 4 slices Thick Bacon
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp Cooking Sherry
  • 3 Tbsp Finely Diced Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 pound Cooked Salmon, you can also used canned (1/2 of a can) or smoked salmon (yum!)
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Dill, or 2 tsp dried (add more at the end if desired)
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream


  1. Cut the corn kernels from the cobs and set kernels aside.
  2. Place the cobs and the Bay Leaf in a 5 qt pot and pour the water or broth over them.
  3. Bring to a simmer.
  4. Cover pot, reduce heat to medium low, and let them simmer for about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the potatoes, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  6. Cover, and cook about 10-15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.
  7. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a small skillet. Remove and set aside when just crisp.
  8. Add the onion to the bacon drippings and cook until tender and almost translucent.
  9. Add the bell peppers and the corn kernels. Cook about 2 minutes.

  10. Stir the cooking sherry and the butter into the onion mixture. Take off of heat.

  11. Remove the cobs from the pot and discard.
  12. Mash the potatoes in the pot using a hand masher. This will thicken the chowder and leave some texture.

  13. Add the salmon, dill, and the onion mixture. Heat through.
  14. Turn off heat. Stir in the heavy cream.

  15. Taste test for seasoning, and adjust salt, pepper, and/or dill to taste.

Recipe Notes

Smoked salmon is also wonderful in this recipe! Or use a combination of half smoked/half not.