Canned Salmon Chowder – A Canned Salmon Soup Recipe

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Canned Salmon Chowder is the easiest canned salmon soup recipe.  It’s so simple with just canned salmon, butter, milk, salt and pepper. Grab a can of salmon at the store for this cheap dinner option.

Did you grow up eating canned salmon? My Mom used canned salmon to make salmon patties during the year, and she made them often during the season of Lent.

As an adult, I can really appreciate how economical a can of salmon is.  For around $2.99 at Aldi, a can of salmon is a great source of nutrition.  In addition to salmon patties, I also use canned salmon to make an easy Salmon Casserole, and a Salmon Quiche.

That’s why I got so excited when I found a simple salmon soup recipe in my Amish Cook Book.  Finding recipes using canned salmon is always a win.

Salmon Chowder Recipe with Canned Salmon

I can’t believe how easy this salmon chowder recipe is.  With only five ingredients and two of them being salt and pepper, this recipe can’t be any simpler.

The flavor of this salmon stew reminds me of my Grandma’s Oyster Stew without the expense of buying oysters which are pricey.

Instead, canned salmon is used for a cheap version.

The salmon stew is a milk-based broth flavored with just the salmon and salmon juices from the can and salt and pepper.

If the soup seems bland, then add more salt and pepper, and that will make or break this soup.

Canned Salmon Soup Ingredients

Canned Salmon, drained (reserve juices) with bones and skin removed

Butter or Margarine

Milk (preferably whole milk)

Salt

Black Pepper

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How to Make Canned Salmon Chowder

For the full ingredient amounts and recipe steps for canned salmon chowder, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Drain canned salmon, reserving the juice for the salmon stew.
  2. Remove bones and skin from salmon and discard. Break salmon into bite-sized pieces.
  3. In a large soup pan or saucepan, heat butter until browned.
  4. Pour in milk to the browned butter, and slowly bring up to a very gentle simmer (do not boil), stirring often.
  5. Add salmon juice, salmon chunks, salt and pepper.
  6. Continue to heat over low heat until salmon is warmed.
  7. Taste, and adjust seasonings if need.
  8. Serve with crackers, oyster crackers or bread cubes.

Notes About Easy Salmon Chowder with Canned Salmon:

  • Be sure to keep the juices drained from the canned salmon. This will help flavor the salmon soup.
  • Pick out the bones and skin from the canned salmon with your hands. Discard, or give to your cat or dog. They will love it.
  • Browning the butter adds additional flavor to the simple salmon stew.
  • Do not boil this Salmon Chowder.  This could curdle the milk.  Instead, bring to a very gentle simmer, and stir often.
  • This milk-based broth needs adequate salt and pepper to make it flavorful.  If your salmon soup seems bland, add more salt and pepper.
  • When dishing up this salmon stew, you may need to scrape the bottom to the salmon chunks. They tend to fall to the bottom of the saucepan.
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Canned Salmon Recipes

Old Fashioned Salmon Patties

These Classic Salmon Patties are kid-approved and an easy weeknight entrée for busy families who need to get dinner on the table quickly.

Salmon Casserole 

Salmon Casserole features canned salmon, macaroni, cream of celery soup and cheese.

Low-Carb Salmon Patties

These Low-Carb Salmon Patties have the flavor of the classic salmon patty recipe with none of the fillers. Both recipes are kid-approved and easy to make.

Salmon Quiche

Can I eat the bones in canned salmon?

Since canned salmon is completely cooked during the canning process, anything in the can is technically edible.  Salmon bones are small enough to be broken and eaten with the salmon meat.  In all actuality, salmon bones and high in calcium making them a healthy addition to your diet.

As a kid, I was horrified to find salmon bones in Mom’s Salmon Patties, and I am pretty sure I rolled my eyes when Mom said that the bones were edible.  Guess Mom was right!

Canned Salmon Chowder is the easiest canned salmon soup recipe.  It's so simple with just canned salmon, butter, milk, salt and pepper. Grab a can of salmon at the store for this cheap dinner option.
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Canned Salmon Chowder - A Canned Salmon Soup Recipe

Canned Salmon Chowder is the easiest canned salmon soup recipe.  It's so simple with just canned salmon, butter, milk, salt and pepper. Grab a can of salmon at the store for this cheap dinner option.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Entree, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: canned salmon chowder, canned salmon soup recipe, easy salmon chowder, salmon soup, salmon stew
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 14.75 ounces canned salmon
  • 3 Tablespoons butter (or margarine)
  • 2 1/2 quarts milk (preferable whole milk)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Drain salmon, reserving the juices. Remove bones and skin with hands, and discard. Chunk salmon into bite-sized pieces.
    Canned Salmon Chowder is the easiest canned salmon soup recipe.  It's so simple with just canned salmon, butter, milk, salt and pepper. Grab a can of salmon at the store for this cheap dinner option.
  • Heat butter in large soup or saucepan until browned.
    Canned Salmon Chowder is the easiest canned salmon soup recipe.  It's so simple with just canned salmon, butter, milk, salt and pepper. Grab a can of salmon at the store for this cheap dinner option.
  • Pour in milk, and heat over low heat until it comes in a gentle simmer, stirring often.
    Canned Salmon Chowder is the easiest canned salmon soup recipe.  It's so simple with just canned salmon, butter, milk, salt and pepper. Grab a can of salmon at the store for this cheap dinner option.
  • Add chunked salmon, salmon juices and salt and pepper. Heat over low until salmon is warmed through.
    Canned Salmon Chowder is the easiest canned salmon soup recipe.  It's so simple with just canned salmon, butter, milk, salt and pepper. Grab a can of salmon at the store for this cheap dinner option.
  • Taste, and adjust seasonings if needed. Serve with crackers, oyster crackers or bread cubes.
    Canned Salmon Chowder is the easiest canned salmon soup recipe.  It's so simple with just canned salmon, butter, milk, salt and pepper. Grab a can of salmon at the store for this cheap dinner option.

Notes

  • Be sure to keep the juices drained from the canned salmon. This will help flavor the salmon soup.
  • Pick out the bones and skin from the canned salmon with your hands. Discard, or give to your cat or dog. They will love it. 
  • Browning the butter adds additional flavor to the simple salmon stew. 
  • Do not boil this Salmon Chowder.  This could curdle the milk.  Instead, bring to a very gentle simmer, and stir often. 
  • This milk-based broth needs adequate salt and pepper to make it flavorful.  If your salmon soup seems bland, add more salt and pepper. 
  • When dishing up this salmon stew, you may need to scrape the bottom to the salmon chunks. They tend to fall to the bottom of the saucepan.
  • Try our Classic Salmon Patties made with canned salmon. 

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4 Comments

  1. We love seafoods very much and particularly my wife. Now I am sure that she would love your recipe as well. You have made and described the recipe so nicely that really helped me. I am looking forward for more such yummy recipes in coming days also.

  2. The real tip to not have your milk curdle is adding 3/4 tsp. of baking soda to your salmon juice . If your making oyster stew, add baking soda to your oysters and juice in a separate sauce pan, then heat about 2-3 minutes . You will see a bubbly reaction, no worries.Baking soda neutralizes the acid in the oysters that can curdled the milk. When oysters are heated pour them into milk broth . Same is true when making old fashion tomato soup . Adjust baking soda accordingly to the amount of acidity food you are cooking with . Love your salmon chowder recipe !

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