Looking for a new way to enjoy your weeknight salmon? Give this delicious salmon chowder recipe a try. Unlike traditional chowder that is thick and creamy, this version is light and silky. Plus, it is completely dairy free too. So, if you’re in the mood for a warm bowl of soup, and have some salmon on-hand, you have to try this chowder. It’s packed with flavor and so delicious. 

Salmon Chowder – Healthyish Foods

About this Salmon Chowder Recipe

For this recipe, is used Scottish salmon but you can use any salmon you prefer. I like Scottish salmon because it has a little more fat than sockeye or coho.

Also, be sure to use a package of The Little Potato Company’s microwavable potatoes. They cook in 4-5 minutes and are perfectly tender on the inside. Simply slice the cooked mini potatoes in half and added them to the soup to help speed the cooking process.

As a final note, if you’re not familiar with a slurry it is simply a combination of flour or cornstarch mixed with water to form a watery paste. This paste is what helps thicken the soup. Use a very small amount of slurry in this recipe, but if you want a thicker soup, simply add a little more. Just be careful, because a little can go a long way. 


Store covered in the refrigerator for two to three days. Reheat in the microwave until heated through. Looking for more soup recipes? Try my dairy free creamy onion soup or my pumpkin lasagna soup.

Salmon Chowder – Healthyish Foods
Salmon Chowder – Healthyish Foods

Salmon Chowder

Looking for a new way to enjoy your weeknight salmon? Give this delicious salmon chowder recipe a try. Unlike traditional chowder that is thick and creamy, this version is light and silky.
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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup white onion, diced
  • ½ cup celery , sliced thin, about 3 stalks
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons dill, freshly chopped, plus extra as garnish
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2.5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 lb. mini potatoes, 1 package of the Little Potato Company microwaveable potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons coconut milk, makes sure it's mixed well before using
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice, fresh squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch plus 2 tablespoons water , slurry


  • 12 ounces Scottish salmon, deboned, skin on
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon oregano

Optional Garnishes:

  • lime wedges
  • jalapeno slices
  • fresh dill
  • scallions


  • saucepan
  • skillet
  • mixing bowl


  • In a large saucepan, over medium heat add the olive oil.
  • Add the minced garlic, diced onion, sliced celery, fresh chopped dill, salt and pepper. Once the onions begin to sweat and brown, deglaze the pan with your Smart Chicken bone broth. Be sure to scrape up any extra bits from the bottom of the pan. These are loaded with flavor.
  • Next, you'll cook the mini potatoes according to the package. You can also boil some potatoes until tender as well. Once the potatoes are fork tender, slice them in halves and add them to the soup.
  • Next, add the coconut milk, fresh squeezed lime, and cornstarch slurry. Stir until well combined and simmer everything over low heat.
  • Next, you’ll prepare the salmon.
  • Debone the salmon and pat it dry with a paper towel.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the salt, pepper, paprika, oregano, and garlic powder. Stir well and season the flesh side of the fish with the spice blend.
  • In a separate skillet, over medium / high heat add the olive oil. Once the olive oil is hot, but not smoking add the seasoned salmon filet, flesh side down. Cook for 5-6 minutes to create a sear. Flip the fish and cook for an additional 5-6 minutes.
  • Remove the fish from the pan and place it on some paper towel skin side down. This will help absorb any excess oil.
  • Using a fork, begin to flake the salmon meat and add it to the soup making sure to leave out the skin. You can break it into large or small pieces, whatever you prefer.
  • Top with your preferred garnishes, I used, sliced jalapenos for some spice, fresh dill, lime wedges and scallions and it was incredible!
  • Serve and enjoy!


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 325kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 47mg, Sodium: 1070mg, Potassium: 1132mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 129IU, Vitamin C: 37mg, Calcium: 59mg, Iron: 3mg