Salmon Chowder

Salmon Chowder | Real Food Kosher

This salmon chowder is one of my favorite one-pot meals. I use dried chipotle peppers for the smoky flavor usually supplied by bacon, and sweet potatoes and butternut squash for a more nutritious and flavorful replacement for white potatoes.

This chowder was inspired by Everyday Paleo’s Salmon Chowder, adapted using the “Classic New England Chowder” recipe from Paul Johnson’s Fish Forever cookbook as a guide, with a great tip from Levana Kirschenbaum on using whole fish heads in soup when you don’t have stock available (her Moroccan Fish Soup is another great fish soup recipe).

Salmon Chowder made with Fish Head

I’ve tried this just using sweet potato but I think it comes out to sweet and the texture gets a little mushy- hence the squash.But you can also use carrots. Homemade fish stock is really easy to make and I encourage you to have some batches stored in the freezer for recipes like this. Bone stocks add tremendous flavor and nutrition to your food.

I keep salmon heads in my freezer as well. They aren’t so easy to find in my area so I buy 5-6 at a time (I have to order ahead). Even with fish stock, I still like to add the salmon head for the extra nutrition.

For my next batch, I’m thinking of trying some Asian flavors; lemongrass, ginger, lime zest… what do you think?

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Salmon Chowder | Real Food Kosher

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  1. says

    I would definitely like to see this nutritious soup with flavors from the east. Yes to everything you suggested, especially freshly grated ginger – so warming during the cold days we have in the east. I am also a big fan of cheesecloth or what I find under the name “soup sock”. Tying up essential ingredients and being able to remove them easily assists with making a clear broth and helps make clean up a snap.

  2. says

    i have both butternut squash and sweet potatoes at the moment, and i was looking for another way to use them. i’m definitely going to work with some ginger for this one, that sounds great! sadly, i’m on an even more restricted diet to hopefully clear up some allergies. this, however, is my ticket! thanks lisa.

  3. says

    This looks so healthy and delicious. I remember a fish soup using fish heads that my grandmother used to make. I remember my father and aunt going crazy for it. I’m going to dig up the recipe and try it along with yours!


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