This salmon chowder is filled with flavor and incredibly healthy for you! This dairy free chowder is high in protein, healthy fats and good carbohydrates. Low carb? Swap the sweet potatoes and carrots for cauliflower for a lower carb meal!
I love myself a delicious clam chowder, but it is typically a heavy and starchy soup with not a lot of nutrients. That’s where my Salmon Chowder comes to the rescue. It is packed with chunks of delicious and healthy salmon, hearty & healthy vegetables and a creamy broth without the gut inflaming dairy.
There are also many ways to adjust this recipe to fit your dietary and taste needs:
- Don’t like bacon (you are crazy) but you can leave it out!
- Don’t like salmon? Swap for another fish or clams… you can even use chicken or sausage; or add a lot more hearty veggies and make it 100% vegetarian.
- KETO – Swap carrots & sweet potatoes for lower carb options like cauliflower & broccoli or Kale.
Salmon Chowder is Kid friendly!
I made this for dinner tonight and EVERYONE ate it! When we sat down to eat my 5 year old instantly started screaming “I don’t like this, it looks gross!” (he says this about everything). Then I convinced him to try it, and he instantly loved it and ate his full bowl (no complaints). My 3 year old fought it for the first 3 bites (but he fights EVERYTHING)… then a light switched turned on and he devoured it beyond the 5 bites I always require. My 1 year old daughter couldn’t get enough, she loved the salmon chunks and all the veggies and slurped up the delicious broth.
My Salmon Chowder is great for dinner parties & new mom meals!
I have served this at many a dinner party at my home and I always offer an alternative for picky eaters; but even the pickiest eaters have all enjoyed this soup and my “back up” is never used.
Many new moms try to avoid dairy when they have nursing newborns; they also need a good source of healthy fats, omegas and good carbs. This makes my Salmon Chowder the perfect dish to bring them. Pair it with a green garden salad and sourdough bread; easy meal complete!
PRO TIPS for Salmon Chowder Success
- Chop and prep all your veggies before you begin cooking; this makes the cooking part go seamlessly and easier to manage
- I always slightly undercook my salmon so that once I throw it into the soup it doesn’t get overcooked
- Salt measurement is to taste because it can vary, I sprinkle a little salt on at every stage; when you taste it and it seems to “need something” it’s probably a little salt.
- If it gets too salt, sprinkle in a tiny bit of sugar
Recommended products for this recipe
- Redmond Real Salt – Real Salt contains unprocessed salt with vitamins and minerals that improve flavor and have huge health benefits. Use code SWEETNSASSYEATS to save 15%
- I love my Le Creuset Dutch Oven; I use it for so many things!
- I always buy my salmon from Costco
Check out some of my other fall/ winter comfort dishes
Salmon Chowder, Dairy Free
- 1.5 lb Salmon Fillets bones removed
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1 cup celery chopped
- 2 tsp garlic minced
- 2 TB coconut oil
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups carrots diced into small cubes
- 1 pound sweet potatoes cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 2 cans full fat coconut milk 13.5 oz each can
- 1 lb bacon cooked and crumbled
- ¼ cup fresh or dried dill
- salt & pepper cayenne pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400°, line baking pan with foil or parhcment paper.
- Sprinkle salmon with coarse Real Salt and Pepper; place on baking sheet. Bake at for 10-15 minutes until desired degree of doneness. Remove skin & flake fish into 1/2- 1 inch pieces; set aside.
- Melt coconut oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat.
- Add onion, carrots and celery. Sauté 5 minutes or until tender.
- Add minced garlic, sauté for 2 min.
- Gently add chicken broth.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until bubbly.
- Add sweet potatoes, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
- Stir in coconut milk. Cook 6 minutes or until heated.
- Add salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper.
- Add cooked salmon and crumbled bacon stirring gently to combine.
- Add ½ of fresh dill
- Spoon into individual bowls; top with dill.