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!

 

Description

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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Burrata Salad with Peaches, Pickled Pepper and Pea Tendrils

Burrata Salad with Peaches, Pickled Pepper and Pea Tendrils

This summery salad from chef Ori Menashe will become your go-to this season. It’s sweet and savory, tart, crisp and creamy, rich and refreshing, all in perfect balance.

 

Active: 30 mins             Total: 1 hr 45 mins                 Yield: 4

 

Ingredients

PICKLED PEPPER
DRESSING
SALAD

Directions

Make the pickled pepper
  • Place the pepper rings in a small heatproof bowl. In a small saucepan, boil the vinegar and salt, stirring, until the salt dissolves; pour over the pepper rings. Let stand at room temperature for 90 minutes. Drain.

Meanwhile, make the dressing
  • In a small bowl, combine the vinegar and shallot and let stand for 30 minutes. Slowly whisk in both oils until incorporated. Season with salt and pepper.

Make the salad
  • In a food processor, puree 1 ball of burrata until smooth and spreadable. Spread the burrata puree in shallow bowls. In a medium bowl, toss the mint, pea tendrils, purslane and pickled pepper rings with the dressing. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Mound the salad in the bowls. Tear the remaining burrata into small pieces and arrange in the salads along with the peach wedges.

Make Ahead

The drained pickled pepper rings can be refrigerated for 1 week.

Suggested Pairing

Pair this salad with a minerally, strawberry-scented rosé.

 

 

 

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Grilled Chicken with Chimichurri

Grilled Chicken with Chimichurri

The secret to this perfectly juicy grilled chicken recipe from chef Anthony Endy of The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort is twofold: One, let the chicken sit in the aromatic citrus-and-herb flavored brine for 24 hours, and two, once your coals are hot, keep it moving on the grill. After the initial sear, turn the chicken often, and grill until a probe thermometer inserted in the thickest portion registers 155°F. Try serving it with Santa Maria–Style Pinquito Beans and a Mild Tomato Salsa on the side.

Ingredients

CHICKEN

8 cups water
2 (5-ounce) oranges, quartered
2 (2-ounce) lemons, quartered
2 (1/4-ounce) chiles de árbol, cracked open
1 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley
10 thyme sprigs
8 bay leaves
4 rosemary sprigs
4 medium garlic cloves, smashed
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
2 (4-pound) whole chickens, split, backbones and wings removed and discarded or reserved for another use

CHIMICHURRI

1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 bunch fresh cilantro, stems removed and discarded
1/2 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, stems removed and discarded
3 tablespoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
3 tablespoons finely chopped shallot (from 1 medium shallot)
2 1/4 teaspoons fresh oregano leaves
1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon crushed chile de árbol or other dried red chile flakes

SPICE BLEND

5 teaspoons paprika
4 teaspoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon ancho chile powder
2 teaspoons dried Mexican oregano
1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder

Directions

Make the chicken

Step 1
Combine 8 cups water, oranges, lemons, chiles, parsley, thyme, bay leaves, rosemary, garlic, salt, and peppercorns in a large stockpot. Bring to a boil over high. Cook, whisking occasionally, until salt dissolves and herbs are aromatic, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool completely, about 1 hour. Place chicken halves in mixture in stockpot. (Chicken should be fully submerged in liquid.) Cover and refrigerate 24 hours.

Make the chimichurri

Step 2
Process all chimichurri ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth, about 1 minute, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container until ready to use, up to 8 hours.

Make the chimichurri

Step 3
Process all chimichurri ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth, about 1 minute, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container until ready to use, up to 8 hours.

Make the spice blend

Step 4
Stir together all spice blend ingredients in a small bowl until combined. Set aside.

Step 5
Open bottom vent of a charcoal grill completely. Light 2 charcoal chimney starters filled with hardwood lump charcoal. When coals are hot, pour them evenly onto the 2 outer sides of grill, leaving center of grill unlit. Top each side of coals with an oak wood chunk. Adjust vents as needed to maintain an internal temperature of 300°F to 350°F. Coat top grate with oil; place on grill. (If using a gas grill, preheat to medium-low [300°F to 350°F] on outer burners, leaving middle burner[s] unlit.) Remove chicken from brine; discard brine, and pat chicken dry.

Step 6
Place chicken, skin side up, on oiled grates over center portion of grill without coals (or unlit center portion of gas grill). Grill, uncovered, until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of breasts registers 110°F, about 15 minutes, rotating chicken every 2 to 3 minutes to avoid burning. Flip chicken on grates; grill until skin is slightly caramelized and browned, about 3 minutes. Cover and grill until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of breasts registers 150°F, about 25 minutes, flipping and rotating chicken every 5 minutes.

Step 7
Sprinkle chicken all over with 2 tablespoons spice blend. Place chicken, skin side up, on grates. Grill, uncovered, until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of breasts registers 155°F, 40 to 45 minutes. Remove chicken from grill, and cover loosely with aluminum foil. Let rest 15 minutes. Carve chicken. Sprinkle with additional spice blend to taste. Serve with chimichurri.
 

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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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Almond dukkah chicken bake with amaranth and herbs

Almond dukkah chicken bake with amaranth and herbs

Bursting with flavours, this is anything but your average roast chook.

 

SERVES: 4 PREP     TIME: 15MINS      COOK TIME: 1HR 20MINS      INGREDIENTS: 14     DIFFICULTY: EASY

 

INGREDIENTS:

200g amaranth (from health food shops)
15 unpeeled garlic cloves, bruised
2 baby fennel, cut into eighths
8 Asian (red) eschalots, halved
2 tbs currants
2 tbs finely chopped preserved lemon rind
1/4 cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil
1.2kg whole chicken, butterflied (ask your butcher to do this)
2/3 cup (165ml) chicken stock
1/2 bunch each mint, parsley and basil leaves
Lemon wedges, to serve
ALMOND DUKKAH
1 tbs each cumin, coriander and fennel seeds, toasted
1/4 tsp dried chilli flakes
1 tbs chopped roasted almonds

 

METHOD:

1.For the almond dukkah, using a mortar and pestle, pound seeds until coarsely ground. Stir through chilli flakes, almonds and 1/2 tsp salt flakes, and set aside.

2.Place amaranth and 2 cups (500ml) water in a saucepan over high heat and bring to the boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook for 20 minutes or until amaranth has absorbed water and is tender.

3.Preheat oven to 220°C and grease a shallow roasting pan.

4.Cover base of prepared pan evenly with cooked amaranth. Combine garlic, fennel, eschalot, currants, lemon and 1 tbs oil in a bowl, then arrange over amaranth. Top with chicken, breast-side up. Spoon remaining 2 tbs oil over chicken and roast, on top shelf of oven, for 15 minutes or until chicken is slightly golden.

How to: Butterfly chicken
5.Reduce oven to 200°C, carefully add stock and roast for 45-50 minutes or until juices of chicken run clear when the thickest part of a thigh is pierced with a skewer. Remove from oven, scatter with herbs and almond dukkah, and serve with lemon wedges.

 

 

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