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Alaskan salmon chowder

Alaskan Salmon Chowder

Alaskan Salmon Chowder is made in creamy white sauce with lots of nutrient dense veggies & fresh juicy wild caught Salmon chunks. This Salmon Chowder is a perfect comforting bowl of soup that's great for any time of the year. Cook this Salmon Chowder recipe in Instant Pot to get dinner fixed under 30 mins tops.
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Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Alaskan Salmon Chowder, Salmon Chowder, Salmon Chowder Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 441kcal
Author: Meghna


  • 1 cup Wild Caught Salmon skin removed
  • 1+2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • ½ cup leek chopped finely
  • cup finely chopped white or yellow onion
  • cup carrot cut into thin circles
  • cup celery chopped into thin half moons
  • 1 cup potato peeled & diced into 1" chunks Russet, Yukon or Red potatoes
  • 1+½ tsp All-Purpose Flour
  • ½+1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • Chopped Chives for garnish
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt (to taste)



Prepping the fresh wild caught Salmon

  • Remove the skin from fresh wild caught Salmon fillet with the help of a sharp kitchen knife. Wash the fillet well, pat dry with the help of a kitchen towel and dice chunly pieces about 1" long.
  • Sprinkle ½ tsp all-purpose flour, crushed black pepper & a pinch of salt. Toss the fishes and than skillet roast them unitl lightly golden. Roast them over medium heat & use 1 tbsp unsalted butter. Set them aside. This step is optional, if you wish you may add raw salmon directly to the Chowder.

How to make Salmon Chowder in Instant Pot?

  • Set the Instant pot on SAUTE & keep it on NORMAL. Add 2 tbsp butter & when the butter becomes moderately hot dump the onion, leek, celery & carrots and satue until them become limp & soggy. You can add salt now.
  • Sprinkle 1 tsp all purpose flour evenly on top of the sauteed veggies. Saute for 1-2 mins more.
  • Now pour the chicken stock + water. Give everything a good stir and scrap any crumbs or bits stuck at the bottom of the pot.
  • Add the diced potatoes, thyme & bay leaf. Mix well.
  • CANCEL the SAUTE. Cover the Pot & SEAL the valve. Press the PRESSURE COOK button & set it on HIGH for 3 mins.
  • After 3 mins when you hear the beep of the Instant Pot do a quick pressure release and open the lid.
  • Add the heavy cream and the Salmon. Mi well and simmer for about 2-3 mins or until the Salmon is just cooked through. Read the notes for more options.



  1. Measuring Units used, 1 cup = 240 ml, 1 teaspoon = 5 ml.
  2. Instant Pot used = 3 quart Luxe 
  3. You can add corn if you want. In that case add about ⅓ cup frozen or fresh corns while adding the cream. Adding corn will slightly make the Chowder dense.
  4. Add more cream if you want to and adjust the other liquids accordingly. We love the chowder with little cream and we love it light not thick or dense.
  5. You cut short on the butter quantity. We love a little more butter.
  6. Today's recipe is not a thick & heavy Boston Style Chowder but a New England style light Chowder that's creamy. If you want to make it Boston Style, prepare a light roux and add it to the Chowder. Read the post for more details.
  7.  If you prefer a light Chowder you may replace the cream in today's recipe with whole milk.
  8. If you do not have leek handy sub it with equal parts white or yellow onion.
  9. You may add raw Salmon chunks directly to the Chowder and simmer the soup to just cook through the fish. 
  10. Flash roasting the fresh Salmon Chunks locks the juices in the fish & makes it tender.
  11. You may use Canned Salmon for todays Salmon Chowder Recipe. In that case drain the water from the can and break the canned salmon into chunks with the help of a fork. For better taste use wild caught canned Salmon.
  12. If you prefer crispy fried bacon you may add it as garnish. In that case slice the bacon into small squares and fry them first in butter & add them as a garnish. 
Calorific details are provided by a third party application & are to be used as indicative figures only.
Nutrition Facts
Alaskan Salmon Chowder
Amount Per Serving
Calories 441 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 942mg41%
Potassium 962mg27%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 4g17%
Protein 13g26%
* Read our privacy policy - Calorie information is provided as a courtesy only and should be leveraged as an estimate rather than a guarantee.Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 441kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 942mg | Potassium: 962mg | Fiber: 4g