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Smoked Salmon and Leek Chowder

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

The rich flavor of hot-smoked salmon is balanced by sweet leeks and dill in this creamy chowder.


  • 3 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 2 medium leeks, white and light green parts only, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced, and rinsed well (about 1 cup)
  • 1 large rib celery, thinly sliced (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 8-oz. bottles clam juice
  • 3 small red potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 2-1/2 cups)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 oz. hot-smoked salmon (see Test Kitchen piece on hot vs. cold smoked salmon), skin and bones removed, flaked into bite-size pieces (about 1-1/4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh dill
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 450
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 230
  • Fat (g): 26
  • Saturated Fat (g): 15
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 7
  • Cholesterol (mg): 90
  • Sodium (mg): 1080
  • Carbohydrates (g): 39
  • Fiber (g): 3
  • Protein (g): 17


  • Melt the butter in a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the leeks and celery, and cook, stirring, until tender, about 6 minutes. Add the flour and cook, stirring for 1 minute.
  • Slowly whisk in the milk and clam juice, and bring to a simmer. Add the potatoes and bay leaf, and simmer gently until the potatoes are tender, about 12 minutes.
  • Add the salmon, cream, dill, and lemon juice, and cook until heated through, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper, and serve.


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Reviews (21 reviews)

  • SBCooks | 01/15/2019

    Forgot to input stars.

  • SBCooks | 01/15/2019

    Loved this and made it per stated recipe. Only deviation, had to simmer to soften potatoes more than double the stated cook time and I cut them well less than half inch. Very, very yummy.

  • Monique1140 | 10/25/2018

    I truly enjoyed this chowder but, must admit, tweaked it as to what I had on hand - leftover grilled salmon and Clamato Juice instead of clam juice. I also added a carrot and a half of a green pepper to the celery. It was a bit on the thick side so added a bit more milk to thin it out a bit.
    I would definitely make this recipe again.

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