Salmon Chowder is a recipe that is near and dear to my heart. The creamy chowder base, the hearty salmon and potatoes and the fresh hint of dill are flavors that I look forward to every Christmas Eve. This is my take on my grandmother’s favorite recipe, and I hope it becomes a family tradition of your own this year!
Sitting down to write this post, particularly at Christmastime is surprisingly a little harder than I imagined it would be.
I suppose I should start at the beginning…
As some of you may know from my About Me, my grandmother was my family’s own Julia Child. She was a masterful cook who was passionate about making the best food for friends and family any day of the year. Of course, Christmas was (and still is) my favorite time of year, so it’s the recipes from the holiday that have a permanent place in my memory as December 25th draws closer and closer.
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Salmon chowder is what officially marks the start of Christmas for us as a family.
Every Christmas Eve, my grandmother would serve up fish chowder. Some years it was a white fish, but I remember the first time she served a salmon chowder and OMG everyone lost their MINDS over it.
Since then, it’s been the family’s favorite so for our big Christmas Eve gathering every year, that’s exactly what we serve.
A handful of years ago, I cooked my grandmother’s classic recipe for the first time for the family (with a few little changes of my own, of course), and ever since then, I’ve been asked time and time again to make it.
I don’t know if it’s the magic of my grandmother’s original recipe, the magic of Christmas or the magic of working with my grandmother’s original Le Creuset stock pot that makes it come out so perfectly, but somehow it does.
My grandmother LOVED using Le Creuset. I remember her bringing out the skillets and dutch ovens, the big blue stockpot I use today and the various kitchen tools with the famed “Le Creuset” logo adorning them.
She always told me Le Creuset was the best you could buy for your kitchen, and once I started actively cooking at home, I discovered exactly why.
Not only does this company have incredible colors and design to bring your kitchen to life, they have the quality that cooks dream of. I mean, take my grandmother’s giant stock pot. I don’t even know how many years she had it before I was gifted it about 8 years ago, but it still is just like new.
That’s exactly why I will always ALWAYS stick with Le Creuset for the rest of my life. It’s not just about quality and design, it’s also about having something that I can cook in now and also with my family years from now. It’s about handing down that tradition, just like my grandmother handed down her recipes to the entire family.
Le Creuset is tradition in my family, and that’s exactly why I wanted to partner with them for this chowder recipe.
It means the world to have this creamy, hearty, and savory chowder come together in stunning Le Creuset cookware. I’m pretty sure my grandmother would be proud 😉
The chowder itself, while being hearty, is also light and fresh with a burst of fresh dill in every spoonful. My adaptation of the recipe include a little extra fennel for a bite and a dash of cayenne pepper for just the right amount of heat.
Pair it with some crusty bread (or oyster crackers!) and you have a dinner that is truly rich and memorable.
I’ll be serving this soup up on Christmas Eve with plenty of both, plus Christmas Sangria, salad, and a hefty meat and cheese platter to kick off cocktail hour before dinner.
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Just head below the recipe and enter the giveaway for a chance to win!
Don’t forget to check out the other holiday recipes I’ve shared for the 12 Days of Jolly Giveaways (Day 9’s giveaway is still open!)!
Day One – Red Wine Slow Cooker Short Rib Ragu
Day Two – Gingerbread Challah Bread
Day Three – Mini Beef Wellingtons
Day Four – Bourbon Gingerbread Punch
Day Six – Head Country BBQ Prize Pack
Day Eight – Red Christmas Single Serve Sangria
Day Nine – How to Make Craft Beer Cocktails, Part One
Day Ten – Salmon Chowder
This Recipe’s Must Haves
Grab everything you need (and everything you see in this post!) to make this chowder!
- Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round Dutch
- Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Saucepan
- Le Creuset Signature Iron Handle Skillet
- Ginkgo International Stainless Steel Ladle
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- 1 1/2 Tbsp butter
- 1 white onion, minced
- 1 leek, minced
- 1/2 bulb fennel, minced
- 1 1/2 quarts fish stock (when I can't find it freshly made, I use this Better Than Bouillon Fish Base)
- 2 cups russet potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (approximately 2 potatoes)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 lb boneless, skinless salmon, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 Tbsp freshly chopped dill
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add onion, leek and fennel, cooking until softened, approximately 5 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add fish stock and potatoes. Season with salt and pepper, then bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender, approximately 20 minutes.
- Add the salmon and simmer until just cooked, approximately 3 to 5 minutes.
- Stir in milk, cream, dill, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Cook until warmed through but don't bring the mixture to a boil. Taste and adjust salt and pepper as desired.
- Serve warm with crusty bread and white wine.