Creamy smoked salmon, leek & potato soup

Creamy smoked salmon, leek & potato soup

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(27 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 8
Creamy and low-fat aren't words you often hear together, but that's exactly what you get with this freeze-ahead starter

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal240
  • fat11g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs23g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre3g
  • protein14g
  • salt1.58g
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  • large knob of butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 2 large leeks, halved and finely sliced



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1kg floury potatoes, diced



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 1l chicken or vegetable stock
  • 100ml double cream
  • 200g smoked salmon, cut into strips
  • small bunch chives, snipped


  1. Heat the butter in a large saucepan and add the leeks and bay leaf. Cook over a low heat for 8-10 mins or until the leek is really soft, then stir through the potatoes until coated in the butter. Pour over the stock and cream and bring to the simmer, then gently bubble for 10-15 mins until the potatoes are really tender. If freezing at this stage, slightly under-cook the potatoes, then defrost and bring back to a simmer to finish cooking them and continue the recipe.

  2. Add two-thirds of the smoked salmon, stir through and season. Serve the soup in deep bowls with the remaining smoked salmon and snipped chives on the top.

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Comments (33)

fiznlil's picture

I've made this a few times and we love it. Following comments on here, I used single cream last time and it split, so back to double next time. I've also done the freeze ahead version which works well.

drees71's picture

Lovely with poached salmon and a generous squeeze of lemon. Very tasty.

lizleicester's picture

Used this as our main meal with soya marg and Alpro soya cream instead of butter and cream (needed to be dairy free). Smoked salmon trimmings were fine rather than the more expensive sliced version.

genevieveclare's picture

would this be filling enough for a main meal?

eileenblacklock's picture

Yes it certainly is!

christinap2's picture

absolutely amazing soup esp for the cold winter months! will make it again!

snicka's picture

Absolutely lovely. The soup was great without the salmon but even better when it was added. A bit like cullen skink.

Brian Everitt's picture

I agree - made it for a dinnerparty starter, easy to do and very popular. i blended it half so it was thicker nut still with some slices of potato.

furrygreek's picture

Made this for a Christmas dinner party. I served each one inside a hollowed out round sourdough bread loaf. Sainsburys makes small ones fresh daily in the bakery department. My guests enjoyed opening the bread "lid" and loved it! You can also toast the hollowed out bread and use in a bread salad. Two meals for the price of one. And no soup bowls to wash up!

gatta13's picture

absolutely delicious! i have blended the leeks a little to thicken. It's my family's favourite fish dish!

beverleybarksby1's picture

Did this as a starter at my 'come dine with me' night. Substituted double cream for single cream as thought it might be too creamy otherwise. Very easy to make, looked good and enjoyed by everyone.

caromason65's picture

This was delicious and relatively low fat too! So easy as well. I used salmon trimmings they were just as tasty an much cheaper! Will definitely make it again. Thank you

lesleybennun's picture

Works brilliantly in a pressure cooker! I precooked the leeks (in olive oil) then put everything apart from the salmon into the pressure cooker and set it to 20 minutes at high pressure. I used smoked salmon trimmings for serving and the overall result was wonderful. An inspired recipe - thank you to whoever thought of it.

melissa4's picture

Such a quick & easy recipe. I added sweetcorn, because it would be rude not too :-)

adamj1984's picture

Really rich taste and very easy. I'll do again.

louiserutherford's picture

absolutely gorgeous. Enjoyed by everyone from 3 to 73 years old.

beckdixon's picture

This is a great winter recipe, real comfort food on a chilly day. We followed the recipe as is, but might try it with single cream next time

sandy-webb's picture

I made this more like a thick chowder by reducing the amount of stock and using single cream. It was absolutely delicious and is now one of my favourites. It's great to find simple recipes that are both tasty and nutritious

harriettasophia's picture

Very simple to make and extremely tasty - went down well at a dinner party as a starter.

lszaman's picture

I made this soup using single cream instead of double and instead of using smoked salmon, i chopped up several fillets of salmon to make this a main meal. This was absolutely delicious! My guests loved it! Amazing recipe!


Questions (2)

The Jules's picture

What are floury potatoes?

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi The Jules, thanks for your question. 'Floury' potatoes are ones which have a lighter, fluffier texture when cooked such as Maris Pipers and are ideal for baking and mashing, you can use any main crop potatoes. Potatoes such as Charlotte potatoes have a firmer, denser texture when cooked and are refered to as 'waxy' potatoes. Hope this helps. 

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