Matt's in the Market: Salmon Chowder


by New Day Producers

Posted on January 27, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 27 at 2:30 PM

Salmon Chowder

Recipe courtesy of Dan Bugge and Chet Gerl


Shell Stock:

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 20 prawn shells
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/4 bunch fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 1 Roma tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 4 1/2 cups water


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 large sweet onions, cut into large dice
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cooked and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1/2 stalk celery, cut into large dice
  • 4 medium Yukon gold potatoes, cut into large dice
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 pounds wild king salmon, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh chives


For the shell stock: In a large saucepan over low heat, add the oil and sweat the prawn shells with the onion, thyme, bay leaves, peppercorns, lemon, and tomato for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the white wine and water and simmer for 45 minutes. Strain and reserve.

For the chowder: In a large saucepan over low heat, add the oil and sweat the onions with the bacon and celery for 5 to 6 minutes. Add the potatoes and sweat for another 5 minutes. Add the thyme, shell stock, and cream and bring to a simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Add the salmon and season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice. For service, garnish with tarragon and chives.