Dairy Free Salmon Chowder With Coconut Milk

Last Updated on October 28, 2023 by Ellen Christian

Your family will love this dairy free salmon chowder recipe! Check out this easy Paleo salmon chowder made with coconut milk.

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Dairy Free Salmon Chowder

As I grew up, I realized that my country’s meat and potato lifestyle took a huge toll on our planet. It takes a lot of land and a lot of resources to grow, feed, and slaughter all of the animals that we rely on to put meat on the table every night.

Making a few meatless or fewer meat meals each week can certainly help especially if more people adopt a Meatless Monday tradition in their home.

For those that cannot entirely give up some sort of traditional protein, fish that is sustainably caught can be a good option. This Dairy Free Salmon Chowder Recipe is made with coconut milk but if your family prefers, you can use traditional dairy milk instead.

To make this Paleo, remove the corn and substitute broccoli instead.

Dairy Free Salmon Chowder Recipe With Coconut Milk

Looking for gluten-free crackers to go along with this soup? These are our favorite. They’re Paleo too.

Diary free chowder

Does chowder have dairy? Yes, a traditional chowder will be made with milk, cream, half and half or other dairy products. But, that doesn’t mean you cannot make a few changes like I have in this dairy free salmon chowder recipe.

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What makes chowder a chowder?

Traditionally, a chowder is a chunky milk-based soup. You can make it dairy free by substituting almond milk, soy milk or coconut milk. Be sure to add lots of chunks of your favorite fish, seafood, potatoes, and vegetables.

What kind of potatoes are best for chowder?

Now, I know a lot of people feel a chowder recipe just isn’t complete without potatoes. So, if you’re one of those people, you might be wonder what types of potatoes you should use. Really, any potatoes will work in a pinch.

But, the best potatoes for a chowder would be red potatoes, Yukon gold potatoes, or even sweet potatoes. They will hold their shape the best during the cooking process.

I really want to try this dairy free salmon chowder recipe with sweet potatoes next.

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If you’re looking for meals that will help reduce your impact on the planet, this Dairy Free Salmon Chowder Recipe made with sustainably caught salmon is a great choice.

You can serve crusty bread with it or gluten-free crackers like we do. Or, if you prefer to go grain-free, you don’t need to add any type of bread or starch to your meal at all. It’s completely optional.

This healthy salmon chowder is easy to have on the table even on your busiest night. When you have more time, you can make a loaf of homemade bread to go along with it. But, if you’re busy, a basket of crackers is a good substitution.

If you want to, add a tossed salad to get a few more vegetables on the table. Or, during the winter, you could add a side of your favorite roasted vegetables.

How to Make an Easy Paleo Seafood Soup

You may also like these soup recipes:

You can have this Paleo clam chowder on the table in 30 minutes! This Paleo seafood soup uses coconut cream instead of coconut milk. It’s great for Lent since it is meat-free but you can enjoy it at any time.

If you’re looking for something a little bit different, why not try this savory Paleo pumpkin soup. It’s delicious around the holiday time. 

Savory paleo pumpkin soup

Or, if you want more recipes that are dairy-free, why not try my vegan Mexican chocolate pudding for dessert. Or, check out this allergy-friendly broccoli au gratin recipe.

If you want a smoked salmon chowder, this recipe from House of Nash Eats looks like it would be amazing. Or, try this salmon and cauliflower chowder from With the Grains. You can find the recipe here. Here are some more easy homemade soups you might want to try soon.

Yield: 6

Dairy Free Salmon Chowder Recipe

Dairy Free Salmon Chowder Recipe

This dairy free salmon chowder recipe is a healthy soup that is easy to make.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1/2 lb sliced vegetarian bacon, cooked
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup frozen corn
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 3/4 tsp chopped chili peppers
  • 2 cans of full fat coconut milk
  • 1 lb salmon, cooked & shredded
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Cook the bacon in a heavy pot until crisp.
  2. Drain on paper towels. Remove most of the fat from the pot.
  3. Cook the onions, corn, garlic, chili peppers and thyme in the pot until onions are tender.
  4. Add the coconut milk and warm close to boiling.
  5. Reduce heat and add salmon, bacon, salt and pepper until heated.
  6. Add lemon juice and serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 449Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 661mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 24g

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5 thoughts on “Dairy Free Salmon Chowder With Coconut Milk”

  1. Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays Party!  I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest!  :)  I can't wait to see what you share next time!  -Cindy
  2. This looks delicious! My son is currently on a dairy free diet, so I am looking for meals that make substitutions for the dairy. I have never tried vegetarian bacon, but it sounds like a great alternative.

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