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Smoked Salmon Chowder, Port Townsend, WA

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There are lots of chowder recipes out there, but making chowder with smoked salmon was a new concept to me. When I first tasted it, I thought, “This is the best salmon chowder I’ve ever eaten.” We think you’ll agree.

This smoked salmon chowder is made with Cape Cleare Fishery smoked salmon. Cape Cleare is a fishing boat based in Port Townsend, Washington, that fishes the waters of Alaska. Their products area available at specialty markets around Port Townsend and at the Port Townsend farmer’s markets. You can substitute Cape Cleare smoked salmon any good quality smoked salmon. — BH


This delicious recipe is courtesy of Chef Tim Tocatlian, T’s Restaurant, Pt Townsend, WA

Serves four

Olive oil to cover bottom of pan

1 Tbs. Small onion, diced

1 Tbs.. Small shallot, diced

2 tsp. garlic, diced

1 Tbs. leek diced

½ head roasted fennel, finely chopped

8 oz. Cape Cleare Smoked Salmon, broken into bite-size pieces

1 quart heavy cream

1 Tbs.. freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/3 cup white wine (chardonnay)
In a sauté pan with the olive oil, sweat the onions, shallots and garlic until soft.

Add leeks, fennel and salmon. DO NOT BROWN!

Deglaze the pan with wine, and then reduce.

Add cream and lemon juice, bring to a boil and serve immediately



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Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor

RFT co-founder Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. An award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook, Bobbie is editor-in-chief at

5 thoughts on “Smoked Salmon Chowder, Port Townsend, WA

  1. Marilyn

    Thanks, this looks fabulous. Can’t wait to try it. Fennel is an interesting touch. I might go with a lighter cream, and I’d bet it will be just as good.

  2. Nancy Tocatlian

    Hello great seeing our chowder in your newest review. Just to let you know Gary is my husband and Tim Tocatlian, our son AND CHEF. Not Gary. Don’t tell him but Tim didn’t get his culinary skills from his dad.

    1. Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT EditorBobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor Post author

      Hi Nancy,
      Thanks for your nice note and for sharing this delicious smoked salmon chowder recipe. Sorry for the mix-up with Gary and Tim. I changed the chef’s name to Tim. I”ll be in Pt Townsend in the spring and hopefully will get to eat again at your wonderful restaurant. Thanks again. Bobbie Hasselbring, editor.

  3. Maryke

    Thanks for sharing! Turned out great and was way easier than I thought Smoked Salmon Chowder would be!

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