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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Roast sea bream with fennel, sourdough and preserved lemons

Roast sea bream with fennel, sourdough and preserved lemons

SERVES  2                    HANDS-ON TIME 10 MIN, OVEN TIME 35 MIN

 

Enjoy the classic fresh flavours of this quick and easy sea bream recipe for two with a crisp glass of white wine – it’s a great dish for Friday night as there’s minimal washing up involved.

Alternatively, this Friday fish supper for two will bring the restaurant experience to your dinner table and is indulgent and sophisticated enough for date night.

 

NUTRITION: PER SERVING

             CALORIES    788KCALS
                         FAT    40.5G (4.1G SATURATED)
                PROTEIN    74.5G
CARBOHYDRATES   16G (5G SUGARS)
                      FIBRE   6.7G
                       SALT    3.8G

 

Ingredients:

1 large fennel bulb, sliced (fronds reserved)
4 tbsp olive oil
2 x 450g sustainable sea bream or other round fish such as sea bass, gutted and scaled (see tip)
6 bay leaves
1 large slice sourdough bread, cut into chunks
2 preserved lemons (see Know-how), pith discarded, peel finely sliced, plus 1 tbsp brine
100ml Noilly Prat or other white vermouth
Handful chopped fresh parsley
½ bunch fresh dill, chopped
100g pitted large green olives, roughly sliced (such as halkidiki)
Juice ½ lemon

 

Method

1. Heat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6. Arrange the fennel slices in a shallow roasting tin or dish big enough to hold the fish. Drizzle with 1 tbsp of the oil, season with salt and pepper, then roast for 15 minutes until starting to soften.

2. Slash one side of each fish 3 times with a sharp knife, then tuck a bay leaf into each slash. Remove the fennel from the oven and scatter the sourdough over it. Sit the fish on top, slashed-side up, then sprinkle with the sliced preserved lemons. Drizzle the fish with the brine, 2 tbsp of the olive oil and the vermouth, then season with black pepper only (the brine and lemons are salty).Return the dish/tin to the oven and roast for 20 minutes or until the flesh is opaque and comes away easily from the bones when you test the fish with the point of a knife.

3. Meanwhile, mix the reserved fennel fronds, parsley and dill with the sliced olives, remaining olive oil and the lemon juice. Spoon the herb/olive mix over the fish and serve with buttered potatoes or more sourdough.

 

delicious. tips

Use the best fish available from your fishmonger on the day. Currently the Marine Conservation Society suggests good quality farmed sea bream are the most sustainable choice.

Preserved lemons have been pickled in brine and add a citrussy boost to dishes. You’ll find them in delis and large supermarkets.

 

 

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Stuffed pumpkin

Stuffed pumpkin

Serves 4

Easy

Throwing a vegan dinner party in the autumn or winter months? Bake a pumpkin with a gorgeous stuffing of rice, fennel, apple, pomegranate seeds and pecans

Ingredients

 

  • 1 medium-sized pumpkin or round squash (about 1kg)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 100g wild rice
  • 1 large fennel bulb
  • 1 Bramley apple
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced

 

 

  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 30g pecans, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 1 large pack parsley, roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • pomegranate seeds, to serve

Method

1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Cut the top off the pumpkin or squash and use a metal spoon to scoop out the seeds. Get rid of any pithy bits but keep the seeds for another time (see our pumpkin seed recipe ideas). Put the pumpkin on a baking tray, rub with 2 tbsp of the oil inside and out, and season well. Roast in the centre of the oven for 45 mins or until tender, with the ‘lid’ on the side.

2. Meanwhile, rinse the wild rice well and cook following pack instructions, then spread out on a baking tray to cool. Thinly slice the fennel bulb and apple, then squeeze over ½ the lemon juice to stop them discolouring.

3. Heat the remaining 2 tbsp oil in a frying pan. Fry the fennel seeds and chilli flakes, then, once the seeds begin to pop, stir in ½ the garlic and the fennel. Cook for 5 mins until softened, then mix through the apple, pecans and lemon zest. Remove from the heat. Add the mixture to the the cooked rice, then stir in the chopped parsley and taste for seasoning.

4. Pack the mixture into the cooked pumpkin and return to the oven for 10-15 mins until everything is piping hot. Meanwhile, whisk the remaining lemon juice with the tahini, the rest of the garlic and enough water to make a dressing. Serve the pumpkin in the middle of the table, topped with pomegranate seeds and the dressing.

 

 


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