Simple Salmon Chowder

Simple Salmon Chowder

A simple recipe for Salmon Chowder using fresh salmon that can be made in about 30 minutes on the stovetop. Fennel bulb gives this a lovely nuanced flavor, while a little smoked paprika adds a subtle smokiness without the addition of bacon. Low carb, Keto and dairy-free adaptable!

A simple recipe for Salmon Chowder using fresh salmon that can be made in about 30 minutes on the stovetop. Fennel bulb gives this a lovely nuanced flavor, while a little smoked paprika adds a subtle smokiness without the addition of bacon. Low carb, Keto and dairy-free adaptable!

The best Salmon Chowder recipe using fresh salmon, that can be made in about 30 minutes on the stovetop. Fennel bulb gives this a lovely flavor, while a little smoked paprika adds a subtle smokiness without the addtion of bacon. Low carb, Keto and dairy-free adaptable!

As spring rounds the corner, baby potatoes will soon be abundant. This recipe for Salmon Chowder bridges the gap between seasons, using the last of winter’s fennel bulbs paired with new, thin-skinned potatoes. This is not a traditional New England Chowder, but tasty all the same. I’ve left the flour out- so it’s a bit lighter, thinner and brothier, which feels a little more “springy” to me.

What I love about this recipe, besides how homey and comforting it is, is how easily adaptable it is- it can be made keto, or kept dairy-free, using coconut milk, depending on your needs. Use whole milk, half & half or heavy cream- you decide.

{Recently I joined Sitka Salmon Shares which is like a CSA but with wild Alaskan fish instead of boxes of veggies. Each month they deliver a box of high-quality wild-caught fish. I’ve really been enjoying it! To receive a $25 discount, enter “FAH” as the discount code. }

The best Salmon Chowder recipe using fresh salmon, that can be made in about 30 minutes on the stovetop. Fennel bulb gives this a lovely flavor, while a little smoked paprika adds a subtle smokiness without the addtion of bacon. Low carb, Keto and dairy-free adaptable!

This Salmon Chowder starts with onion, garlic, fennel, and fresh salmon. You can also use leftover cooked salmon, or even hot smoked salmon.

The best Salmon Chowder recipe using fresh salmon, that can be made in about 30 minutes on the stovetop. Fennel bulb gives this a lovely flavor, while a little smoked paprika adds a subtle smokiness without the addtion of bacon. Low carb, Keto and dairy-free adaptable!

New spring potatoes are sliced thinly- which will help the overall dish to cook more quickly.

The best Salmon Chowder recipe using fresh salmon, that can be made in about 30 minutes on the stovetop. Fennel bulb gives this a lovely flavor, while a little smoked paprika adds a subtle smokiness without the addtion of bacon. Low carb, Keto and dairy-free adaptable!

Saute the onion, garlic and fennel, add the seasonings and create a flavorful base for the potatoes to cook in.

Cut the salmon into pieces.

The best Salmon Chowder recipe using fresh salmon, that can be made in about 30 minutes on the stovetop. Fennel bulb gives this a lovely flavor, while a little smoked paprika adds a subtle smokiness without the addtion of bacon. Low carb, Keto and dairy-free adaptable!

Once the potatoes are tender, you’ll add milk, cream or coconut milk to the pot.

The best Salmon Chowder recipe using fresh salmon, that can be made in about 30 minutes on the stovetop. Fennel bulb gives this a lovely flavor, while a little smoked paprika adds a subtle smokiness without the addtion of bacon. Low carb, Keto and dairy-free adaptable!

And then you will poach the salmon, right in the creamy broth.

The best Salmon Chowder recipe using fresh salmon, that can be made in about 30 minutes on the stovetop. Fennel bulb gives this a lovely flavor, while a little smoked paprika adds a subtle smokiness without the addtion of bacon. Low carb, Keto and dairy-free adaptable!

This will only take a couple of minutes before turning the heat off.

Flake apart the fish with a fork and adjust seasonings to your liking. Serve immediately.

The best Salmon Chowder recipe using fresh salmon, that can be made in about 30 minutes on the stovetop. Fennel bulb gives this a lovely flavor, while a little smoked paprika adds a subtle smokiness without the addtion of bacon. Low carb, Keto and dairy-free adaptable!

Garnish the Salmon chowder with a few fennel fronds- or fresh dill is nice too.

The best Salmon Chowder recipe using fresh salmon and fennel bulb, that can be made in about 30 minutes on the stovetop. Low carb, Keto and dairy-free adaptable! #salmonchowder #chowder

A fast and easy Salmon Chowder recipe that can be made in 35 minutes. Cozy, homey and delicious!

 

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A simple Salmon Chowder recipe using fresh salmon and fennel bulb, that can be made in about 30 minutes on the stovetop. Low carb, Keto and dairy-free adaptable!

Ingredients

  • 23 tablespoons olive oil (or butter)
  • 1 onion, diced (or sub 2 leeks, sliced or 2 fat shallots)
  • 1 small fennel bulb, 1 1/2 cups diced
  • 1 cup celery, sliced
  • 24 garlic cloves, rough chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme (dry, or 2 teaspoons fresh)
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/3 cup vermouth, cooking sherry or white wine (or leave it out, see notes)
  • 3 cups fish or chicken stock- if using chicken broth see notes, on how to enhance
  • 3/4 lb baby potatoes, thinly sliced (1/4 inch thick)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 lb salmon, skinless.  (or ok to sub other fish like cod or shrimp), cut into 1 –2 inch pieces ( the more uniform, the better)
  • 2 cups whole milk (or half & half or a combo, or dairy-free milk like coconut milk, or 1/2– 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Garnish: fennel fronds, lemon wedges, fresh dill or tarragon.

Instructions

Heat oil over medium heat, and saute onion, fennel and celery until fragrant, 5-6 minutes. Add garlic, fennel seeds, thyme and saute two more minutes, stirring. Add the smoked paprika.

Add vermouth, and cook it off, about 1-2 minutes. Add stock, salt, thyme and bay, and bring to a simmer over high heat. Add potatoes and stir. Bring to a simmer, cover and simmer over med-low heat until tender, about 8-10 minutes (check at 7 mins, be careful to not overcook).  While this is cooking prep the salmon.

Cut salmon into 2-inch pieces, removing any of the brown fat ( see notes) and bones. Sprinkle lightly with salt.

Once the potatoes are just fork-tender, add the milk and bring to a low simmer (do not boil) and add the salmon, gently poaching it in the soup for just about  2 minutes. Turn heat off.  Fish will continue to cook. If you continue to simmer the soup any longer it may cause a slight curdling. ( Don’t worry, it’s still edible, but not as pretty.)  Flake the fish apart, into bite-sized pieces, with a fork.

Taste, adjust seasonings to your liking and serve immediately.

Garnish with fennel fronds, lemon wedges, fresh dill or tarragon.

Soup will keep 3 days in the fridge.

Notes

If using chicken stock, add 1 teaspoon fish sauce for depth. You can also sub some clam juice for the stock.

If skipping the vermouth or sherry cooking wine, which FYI does give this a lovely elevated nuanced flavor, add a couple of drops of AC vinegar at the end along with a pinch of sugar. Advanced cooks- you could experiment with Pernod (subbing it for the vermouth, starting with 2-3 tablespoons, making sure to cook this off) which will give it a beautiful anise flavor.

If you notice grey/brown fat located between the skin and salmon flesh, feel free to remove it -which ultimately will look better in the stew. If using wild salmon, it is ok to eat (healthy, actually)  just not quite as “pretty”.

Keto option, sub potatoes with cauliflower. Use 1 cup of heavy whipping cream.

Dairy-Free option: add 1 cup of coconut milk, more to taste.

Want More Smokiness? Try subbing part of the fresh salmon with hot smoked salmon (dont use lox) or feel free to add crumbled, browned bacon (3 slices should do it!)

 

 

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Cedar Planked Salmon

Cedar Planked Salmon

This is a dish my brother prepared for me in Seattle. It is by far the best salmon I’ve ever eaten. I like to serve it with an Asian-inspired rice and roasted asparagus.

 

Ingredients

 

Directions

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  • Soak the cedar planks for at least 1 hour in warm water. Soak longer if you have time.

  • In a shallow dish, stir together the vegetable oil, rice vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, green onions, ginger, and garlic. Place the salmon fillets in the marinade and turn to coat. Cover and marinate for at least 15 minutes, or up to one hour.

  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat. Place the planks on the grate. The boards are ready when they start to smoke and crackle just a little.

  • Place the salmon fillets onto the planks and discard the marinade. Cover, and grill for about 20 minutes. Fish is done when you can flake it with a fork. It will continue to cook after you remove it from the grill.

 

Nutrition Facts

678 calories; protein 61.3g; carbohydrates 1.7g; fat 45.8g; cholesterol 178.6mg; sodium 981.2mg.

 

 

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Grilled Salmon with Bacon and Corn Relish

Grilled Salmon with Bacon and Corn Relish

You are really going to love this exciting and vibrant new way to use salmon. It’s dressed up with an easy and summery relish. Did I mention there will be bacon? Oh, yeah.

 

Prep: 20 mins        Cook: 25 mins        Total: 45 mins        Servings: 2        Yield:2 servings

 

Ingredients:

6 slices bacon, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
2 ears white corn
¼ cup chopped green onions – white and light green parts separated from green tops
¼ cup diced red bell pepper
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 tablespoon rice vinegar, or more to taste
½ teaspoon vegetable oil
2 (8 ounce) center-cut boneless salmon fillets
1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
1 cup fresh spinach leaves (Optional)
 

Directions:

Step 1
Preheat an outdoor grill (preferably charcoal) for high heat and lightly oil the grate.

Step 2
Place bacon in a skillet over medium heat and cook until browned and crisp, 8 to 10 minutes.

Step 3
Cut kernels from corn ears into a large bowl using a sharp knife held at a 45-degree angle. Scrape cobs with the back of the knife into the bowl to get the juices.

Step 4
Stir white and light green parts of green onions into bacon and add red bell pepper; cook and stir until vegetables just start to become tender, about 2 minutes. Stir corn into bacon mixture and let corn just warm through. Season with salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, a few chopped dark green onion tops, olive oil, and rice vinegar. Turn off heat under relish.

Step 5
Spread vegetable oil onto both sides of salmon fillets and season fish with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.

Step 6
Cook on preheated grill until fish shows good grill marks, the flesh flakes easily, and fish is still slightly pink in the center, about 5 minutes per side. A crack that opens up in the salmon flesh as you cook will let you see how done the salmon is in the middle.

Step 7
Divide spinach leaves onto 2 plates and top each with a salmon fillet and half the bacon relish. Sprinkle on a few green onion tops for garnish.

 

Cook’s Note:

I didn’t have any in the garden, but a little fresh tarragon is great in this too.

 

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 605 calories; protein 56.6g; carbohydrates 20.2g; fat 33.1g; cholesterol 140.8mg; sodium 754.8mg. Full Nutrition

 

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Perfectly Steamed Lobster

Perfectly Steamed Lobster

Buy perky, energetic lobsters; they should be active and extend their claws upwards when lifted.

 
 

Ingredients

2 SERVINGS

2 1 1/2-lb. live lobsters

Unsalted butter, melted (for serving)

 

Preparation

Step 1

Bring 2″ water to a simmer in a large stockpot. Add two 1 1/2-lb. live lobsters (yes, alive) and quickly cover pot—walk away if you need to. Steam lobsters until shells are bright red and meat is cooked through, 8–10 minutes. Remove from pot with tongs and let cool 5 minutes before cracking. Serve with melted unsalted butter.
 
 

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Shrimp Ramp-y

Shrimp Ramp-y

The name says it all. Shrimp with a garlicky, pungent, buttery scampi sauce. The combination of garlic and ramps may seem like overkill, but we promise it’s not. The garlic will mellow as it cooks while the ramps stay pungent. We tried it without the garlic and it just wasn’t as good. Sometimes more is more.

 

Ingredients:

4 SERVINGS

  • 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 bunch ramps (about 6 oz.), bulbs and greens separated, bulbs halved lengthwise, greens torn into 2″–3″ pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp. mild red pepper flakes (such as Maras, Urfa, or Aleppo-style), plus more for serving
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1¼ lb. large shrimp, peeled, deveined, preferably tails left on
  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt
  • ½ lemon

 

Preparation:

Step 1

Combine 3 Tbsp. oil and ramp bulbs in a large skillet. Set over medium heat and cook, tossing occasionally, until bulbs are softened but have not taken on any color, 6–8 minutes. Add garlic and ½ tsp. mild red pepper flakes and cook, tossing occasionally, until garlic is softened, about 3 minutes. Add wine and increase heat to medium-high. Let cook, stirring occasionally, until wine is reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Add ramp greens, shrimp, and butter to pan. Season with salt and cook, tossing occasionally, until ramp greens are wilted, shrimp turn pink, and butter is melted, about 3 minutes. Remove skillet from heat. Finely grate zest from lemon half over shrimp, then squeeze in juice.

 

Step 2

Transfer shrimp to a platter. Sprinkle with more mild red pepper flakes and drizzle with plenty of oil.

 

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One-pan Salmon with Roast Asparagus

One-pan Salmon with Roast Asparagus

Prep: 20 mins              Cook: 50 mins                Easy                 Serves 2

 

 

For an easy side dish to complement a spring roast, just cook this recipe without the salmon

 

Nutrition: Per Serving

kcal 483      fat 25g       saturates 4g        carbs 34g       sugars 6g         fibre 3g        protein 33g         low in salt 0.24g

 

Ingredients

  • 400g new potato, halved if large
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 asparagus spears, trimmed and halved
  • 2 handfuls cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 salmon fillets, about 140g/5oz each
  • handful basil leaves

 

Method

  • STEP 1

    Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Tip the potatoes and 1 tbsp of olive oil into an ovenproof dish, then roast the potatoes for 20 mins until starting to brown. Toss the asparagus in with the potatoes, then return to the oven for 15 mins.

  • STEP 2

    Throw in the cherry tomatoes and vinegar and nestle the salmon amongst the vegetables. Drizzle with the remaining oil and return to the oven for a final 10-15 mins until the salmon is cooked. Scatter over the basil leaves and serve everything scooped straight from the dish.

     

 

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