Salmon Chowder with Chives

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lindsey Ellis Beatty

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Recipe Time

Prep: 10 Minutes
Cook: 30 Minutes


1 shallot, minced
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 cups chicken broth
8 ounces red potatoes, cubed
8 ounces Yukon gold potatoes, cubed
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 pounds skinless salmon fillets, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup minced fresh chives, divided
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper


1. Sauté shallot in butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring constantly, 2 minutes or until tender. Whisk in flour and salt until smooth. Cook 1 minute, whisking constantly. Gradually whisk in chicken broth. Add potatoes and bay leaf. Cover and bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes or until potatoes are almost tender. Add salmon; simmer 5 minutes or until fish flakes with a fork and potatoes are tender.

2. Discard bay leaf. Stir in cream, 2 tablespoons chives, vinegar, and next 3 ingredients. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. (Do not boil.) Ladle into bowls; sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons chives.


Meredith Deeds and Carla Snyder,

Recipes reprinted with permission from 300 Sensational Soups (Robert Rose, 2008) by Carla Snydere and Meredith Deeds.

November 2010