May 09, 2019



Chunks of salmon and potatoes, along with tender leeks, are in this deliciously creamy chowder. Fresh tarragon infuses a delicate anise-like flavor, which compliments the richness of the base. This soup is perfect as a starter or satisfying as a meal.

Easy Salmon Leek Chowder
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Hey there cyber friends! I don't make a habit of publicly announcing when I won't be home...because there are a few bad eggs out there who ruin things for the rest of us. You know what I mean? But for all the other lovely people, I'm going on vacation in just over a week! Woo-hoo!! I'll be visiting my parents in Arizona. I'm excited because with the absence of one of my brothers, it's almost a family reunion. Three of my four siblings will be there. It's been a couple decades since that many member of my family are in same place at the same time. Yay!!

Easy Salmon Leek Chowder

While it will be a much needed break, the one downside is my husband will not be able to come. He will be at home, holding down the fort. We moved his elderly father in with us almost eight months ago and we have been his full-time caregivers. It's a 24/7 hour job. We both are in need of time away. I will miss not having my husband with me.

My main focus will be spending time with the family, therefore there will not be any new blog posts during this time period. Do check into my Instagram page! I plan to share pictures of some of the delicious food while we are out and about. Yum!!

Easy Salmon Leek Chowder

This salmon chowder is rich, creamy, and easy to make. It's perfect as a starter to a big meal or served as lunch or dinner. With only a small amount of prep work and around 20 minutes cook time, this is a chowder that is worth making again and again. You're going to want to, because don't we all need more omega-3 packed salmon in our lives?

The creamy broth consists of a combination of seafood stock, whole milk, and heavy cream. It could be made lighter based on your preference. Use low fat milk, light cream, or half and half for a lighter option. However, going real light compromises the thickness and richness of chowder. I suggest meeting somewhere in the middle or go full out on the fat. I prefer my chowder thick and creamy.

Easy Salmon Leek Chowder

  • Cut off the root and almost all of the dark green leafy tops. Discard the root. The tops can be discarded or saved for making soup or stew stock.
  • Slice leek vertically along the base.
  • Separate the layers or cut into slices horizontally. Place leek in a large bowl with plenty of water and shake to remove the soil and grit.
  • Allow to sit for a few minutes.
  • Remove with a slotted spoon to avoid picking up the deposits at the bottom of the bowl.
  • Repeat soaking and removing leek a second time, optional.

I hope try this out this tasty chowder! See you back here after vacation!!

More warm and cozy soups for you to try:


Easy Salmon Leek Chowder


2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cup leek, (greens removed, stem washed and thinly sliced)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cup seafood stock
1 lb russet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dices
3/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup  whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
12 ounces salmon, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
1 generous tablespoon fresh tarragon


Melt butter in a medium saucepan on medium heat. Add leek. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add garlic. Cook for one minute, stirring frequently. Stir in flour. Cook for one minute, stirring continuously, scraping the bottom of the pan to prevent the flour from burning. Reduce heat to medium low, if needed.

Slowly add the seafood stock, stirring continuously to prevent lumps. Add potato, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer for about 12 minutes or until potatoes are tender but retain their shape, stirring every few minutes.

Add salmon and tarragon. Simmer until salmon is cooked through, about 4 minutes. Season to taste.

Makes 4 servings.

Recipe Note:

  1. Leftover chowder will thicken upon refrigeration. Thin out with some milk and/or cream upon reheating. Re-season to taste.


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  1. Have a WONDERFUL time!! I know what you mean though, I try not to advertise when we won't be home, either!! I love how easy this is, I really need more chowder in my life! Happy Mother's Day weekend to you, my friend!!

    1. Thank you, Katherine. I'm going to try my best to have a good time!😄 Happy Mother's Day to you too!! I hope your babies shower you with lots hugs and kisses...and a little bit of alone time too!😘

  2. Thao, I hope you have a lovely time with your family! It's so special when the whole family gets together. Or most of it! This salmon chowder looks so creamy and delicious. I can't believe how easy it is! Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

    1. Thank you for your well wishes, Kelly. It's truly a rare occasion, so I'm going to make the most of the time I have with my family. I'm with you...I love how easily this soup comes together. Wishing you a great Mother's Day with your family!!

  3. A delicious lookin chowder, I haven't had something like this in ages. Have fun with your family, I am happy for you!

    1. Chowder isn't something I have often, so it's always a treat for me. Thanks for the well wishes. I'm looking forward to a great time!

  4. You are probably in Arizona right now then. We just got back a few days ago. We went for our daughter's graduation and then headed up to some of the National Parks. Fun trip. I hope you have a great time. ANd the soup looks awesome too!

    1. Inger-I replied to this comment on 5/19 but I just noticed I didn't reply it directly to you. So sorry! My original reply is below:

      Congratulations on your daughter's graduation!! I'm glad you had a great time in AZ! And thank you. I'm flying out tomorrow and looking forward for time with my family :)

  5. Best soup ever..... I tried it and it is so delicious...
    Thank you Thao for those yummy recipes

    1. Sorry Denise! I responded to this back in October but it wasn't linked to your comment, so you might not have seen it. I'm reposting my original reply below:

      You have made my week, Denise!! What a great compliment! No everybody like salmon, so I'm go glad you really liked this!! Have a great day!!