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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Salmon Soup with Tomato and Dill





From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is another light soup developed to span the seasons. It's substantial enough for a meal but lacks the heaviness associated with winter soups and chowders. It's often served in fishing camps and it's familiar to folks who live in Oregon and Washington, especially those who live on the islands in San Juan archipelago. This is really simple to assemble and its another great way to use the tail ends of whole salmon. The one ingredient that might cause some consternation is the fish stock. It can, of course, be purchased, but there are less expensive alternatives that can be used. Bottled clam juice, diluted with an equal measure of water, is the easiest alternative, but my favorite substitute is a light broth made from shrimp shells. We have shrimp frequently and rather than throw the shells away I freeze them until I need fish stock. I simply cover the shells with cold water, bring it to a boil and simmer for about 30 minutes. Once strained, it makes a perfect stock for soup. I keep the other ingredients in this soup to a minimum so the flavor of the salmon stays the star. If you prefer a thicker soup, puree a portion of the soup, just before adding the salmon. Here's the recipe for this spring favorite.

Salmon Soup with Tomato and Dill...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter
1-1/2 cups finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
3 cups fish stock
1 cup chicken stock
1-1/2 cups crushed tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon died thyme
2 cups cubed potato
1 teaspoon lemon juice
12-oz. salmon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill or parsley

Directions:
1) Melt butter in 4-5 quart saucepan or soup pot over medium heat. Add onions and saute for 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute longer. Add fish stock, chicken stock, tomatoes, sugar and thyme. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Add potatoes, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Cook, covered, until potatoes are tender but still retain their shape, about 12 minutes.
2) Stir salmon into soup and cook until fish flakes easily, about 3 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle with dill. Yield: 4 servings.

You might also enjoy these recipes:
Spring Salmon and Leek Soup - One Perfect Bite
Salmon Chowder - One Perfect Bite
Shrimp Chowder - One Perfect Bite
How to Make Shellfish Stock - Simply Recipes
Homemade Italian Shrimp Stock - New Italian Recipes

48 comments :

PeggyR said...

You are making me hungry once again!

Rambling Tart said...

Oh Mary, this looks so delicious! :-) I've been wanting a salmon soup recipe that wasn't chock full of cream and potatoes and this is simply divine. :-) By the way - we made your limoncello and it is FANTASTIC!! :-)

momgateway said...

What a lovely salmon dish, Mary! Salmon is one of my fave fish.

♥ Kathy said...

Is it lunch time yet? That looks so good!

Jeannie said...

Looks yummy! Can imagine eating crusty bread dipped into that soup...

Kamalika said...

LOvely soup and lovely colour..never thought of making a soup out of salmon...thanks for sharing this wonderful dish....

Sushma Mallya said...

lovely soup, so beautiful and so comforting...have a nice day mary

Devaki said...

Mary - that looks heavenly - little cubes of salmon nestled in this wonderful tomato, dill broth.

So light & lovely and not loaded with cups of cream.

Thanks for another great one!

Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

DailyChef said...

Wow, another amazing recipe from you wonderful blog. I'm not sure I've had salmon in soup before. It looks absolutely lovely.

Cherine said...

Salmon is such a great ingredient. The soup looks filling and good.

KathyB. said...

I am going to make sure my husband makes this soup. Everything about it looks and sounds delicious!

Allie and Pattie said...

What a lovely looking soup! I've always wanted to visit the PNW- this is just what what I'd expect to eat and enjoy!
xoxo Pattie

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

This is a must, it looks wonderful.Diane

Sophie said...

What a georgous & tasty salmon soup this is, Mary!

Just look at that radiant colour,...yummmm!

Angie's Recipes said...

Just had my lunch...but I still have appetite for this good-looking salmon soup.

The Blonde Duck said...

Perfect for summer!

alwayswinner786 said...

Oh Mary I just love it!You share a very delicious feel good soup recipe and I am making it tonight!

Martha said...

As much as we like salmon I've never made soup with it! This looks delish!

Kim said...

I am absolutely crazy about dill and therefore you have sold me on this soup. It looks beautiful!

Sarah @ Mum In Bloom said...

Now this looks like one perfect bite indeed. This must taste so amazing. I'll have to make it. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe :)

Simply Life said...

YUM! What a great looking soup!

San said...

Irresistible n a refreshing soup which i can have it plentiful :)

Lovely pics as well .

Haden News said...

Mary, the soup sounds delicious...Salmon and dill together my favorite combination!!

3 hungry tummies said...

Beautiful looking soup, this must be perfect for the beautiful spring weather you are having now!

Angie said...

This looks so good, what a great soup for any season!

Viki's Kitchen said...

Soup looks very inviting . Love those healthy as well as tasty ingredients very much.

Gloria said...

I love this soup recipe, we lova salmon Mary, glora

Gulmohar said...

This looks too good..People who live in the coastal region knows how to make use of the entire fish, the best :D

Bridgett said...

What a great idea to keep the shrimp shells for fish stock...I never thought of that! The soup looks like it would be 'just enough for a meal. I like those lighter meals!

Valérie said...

Salmon and dill are such a classic combination, and one of my favourites! I can almost taste this wonderful soup!

Federica said...

questo piatto è irresistibile! ciao!

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Hootin' Anni said...

I feel like breaking out in song..."these are a few of my favorite things." Yummy, yummy---and good for the tummy.

hobby baker said...

Oh wow, thanks for such a great recipe idea! I have a piece of salmon that I need to use up and I'm tired of the standby ways I have of preparing it. This sounds delicious. Think I'll try it tonight.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

This looks like a lovely soup. I'm going to remember to freeze shrimp shells to make the stock.

Claudia said...

I'm definitely making this - my husband would be in salmon heaven and it is so easy. Plus it's just so pretty!

Carla and Michael said...

That does sound light and delicious for rainy springtime weather. Never tried a salmon soup before. I must say the picture is beautiful and that alone makes me put this on my "try" list. Thanks.

Monica said...

This looks really good...I wish I had a bowl of it right now!

noble pig said...

I love the dill addition!!

Barbara said...

I like to make my own fish stock...I just don't like the taste otherwise.
This salmon soup is such a lovely color and looks delicious, Mary!
Pass the French bread for dipping, please!

tasteofbeirut said...

Mary

I have to say I have never seen this combo before and it looks so good and perfect for this season!

sweetlife said...

oh mary..what a lovely soup..I love slamon and this only makes me crave some for tommorrows lunch..great recipe

sweetlife

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» and fish don't understand each other. However, Mme la Vache would enjoy this very much.

;-D

Debinhawaii said...

Beautiful soup--a nice combination of flavors and perfect for any season.
;-)

hobby baker said...

Wow, this turned out so fabulous! It reminds me of my mom's manhattan chowder which I haven't been able to replicate. Thanks so much for the recipe, it's going in the regular rotation box!

Cooking with Coley said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and your kind words! I noticed you like Penzeys Spices! How exciting! I don't know many others that are fans. I have been meaning to do a review on it, so I'll let you know once I do. PS - this soup looks delightful. I rarely prepare salmon outside of grilled, sauteed or in sushi, so this is inspiring and better yet, healthy!

Chef Fresco said...

I like the idea of lighter soups for the warmer months. I never seem to eat it except for during winter. Looks tasty!

Cara said...

I really love the sound of this soup - so light and and yet flavorful. We eat a lot of salmon and yet I never think to make a soup with it. Thanks for sharing!

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