Alaska Cod and Smoked Salmon Chowder

Alaska cod and smoked salmon are two peas in a pod when it comes to this classic, kid-friendly chowder recipe.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Course: Appetizer, Soup
Cuisine: Seafood
Keyword: Cod, Salmon

Servings: 4


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 large leek white and light green part only, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium potatoes diced
  • 1 can 14.5 oz. vegetable or chicken broth
  • ½ cup water
  • 10 oz Alaska cod fillets fresh, frozen or thawed
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 6 oz smoked Alaska salmon broken into pieces
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  •  cups milk
  • Salt and Freshly ground black pepper


  • Step 1: Sauté the aromatics
    Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and leeks; cook for 2-3 minutes until softened, but not browned.
  • Step 2: Boil the potatoes
    Add the potatoes, broth and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, or just until potatoes are tender.
  • Step 3: Simmer the cod and add the salmon
    Rinse any ice glaze from frozen Alaska cod under cold water. Turn off heat and gently add seafood and herbs to liquid. Return heat to a simmer. Once simmering, cover pan and cook 4-5 minutes for frozen cod or 2 minutes for fresh/thawed fish. Break cod into large chunks; add smoked salmon pieces.
  • Step 4: Add milk and cook till thickened
    Blend the cornstarch with 2-3 tablespoons of the milk. Stir mixture into remaining milk; pour milk into saucepan. Heat, stirring gently, until the chowder thickens, is piping hot and cod is cooked through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Step 5: Variation
    Add a handful of frozen peas or corn (or both) when adding the seafood.


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