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Poached Salmon Soup

This Poached Salmon Soup is oh so delicious, healthy, gluten-free and easy and quick to serve. This is such an unbelievably delicious soup, that I have served it at a dinner party.  Everyone who has ever tried it raves about how surprisingly lovely they find the soup.

Healthy Salmon Soup loaded with Superfoods
I have been making this recipe for more years than I can remember.  It is one of my husband’s favorites.  I have even served it at a sit-down dinner party.  The funny thing when you tell people the name Poached Salmon Soup, their faces go through this transformation showing their thoughts trying to decide if it sounds delicious or gross.  Then when I tell them there is spinach in it, the look settles into “its gross”.
Of course they try it, but usually, because they are afraid to hurt my feelings and in my head I start to hear the lyrics from Rappers Delight
“have you ever went to a friends house to eat and the food just ain’t no good,
said a hip hop the hippie the hippie
to the hip hip hop, you don’t stop
the rock it to the bang bang boogie say up jumped the boogie
to the rhythm of the boogie, the beat “
Of course, as the song is playing in my head I start jerkin’ and jivin’ while they are trying to decide. Then they are worried and a little afraid, since there is no music playing, only in my head, so they eat it out of obligation and fear… oh well, it’s a good song you get me?  Right?
So they try the soup and then you know they love it, or I wouldn’t be sharing it here.  So I will stop rambling! Try the soup already, it’s healthy, it’s delicious, its gluten free, its paleo, it’s dairy free what more could you want.

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Really truly this is a super healthy and ultra delicious dish.
You get your Omega-3, Vitamin K, C, A and more!
It will fill your belly and make you feel healthier just by eating it.
Loaded with Superfoods!
Healthy Salmon Soup loaded with Superfoods Healthy Salmon Soup loaded with Superfoods

Poached Salmon Soup

his Poached Salmon Soup is oh so delicious, healthy, gluten free and easy and quick to serve. This is such an unbelievably delicious soup, that I have served it at a dinner party. Everyone who has ever tried it raves about how surprisingly lovely they find the soup.
Servings: 4 -6


  • 3 tablespoons of coconut oil {dairy free} or unsalted butter
  • 1 leek sliced and diced
  • 1 small fennel bulb sliced and diced
  • 1 large carrot diced
  • 2 celery ribs sliced and diced
  • 1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
  • Pinch of Pepper
  • 1/2 cup sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 tablespoons of parsley chopped
  • 1 generous teaspoon thyme chopped
  • 1 pound of salmon cubed into 1 1/2" chunks
  • 4 generous tablespoons finely grated Parmesan optional
  • 1 large bunch of fresh spinach leaves about 3 ounces (I prefer baby spinach when available)


  • In large dutch oven or heavy deep pot, melt butter over medium high heat
  • Add carrots, celery, fennel, leeks, thyme, salt and pepper and stir to coat.
  • Stir and cook for about 5-7 minutes or until vegetables start to wilt a bit.
  • Add vegetable stock and water.
  • Bring to a low boil, as soon as you see the bubbles, lower heat to low.
  • Stir in mushrooms and cook for about 10-12 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
  • Add salmon and spinach to pot and stir to submerge
  • Remove pot from heat and cover for about 5 minutes, or until spinach is wilted and your salmon chunks are cooked through.
  • Place soup in bowl and sprinkle Parmesan cheese


Salmon will change color from bright orange to a more white-orange color.
Once soup in placed in serving bowls, top with oyster crackers.


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6 comments on “Poached Salmon Soup”

  1. I love the idea of the spinach in the soup, mentioned in the directions, but there is no spinach listed in the ingredients! How much did you use or would you recommend? Thanks!

  2. I’m going to try this recipe but you do your readers a disservice by stating such a small amount of time for the prep. It took me 10 minutes to take everything out of the refrigerator and packaging. To wash and dice a fennel bulb alone will take 10 minutes.

    1. Kathy I only state the time that it takes me to prep a recipe. I am not sure why it would take you 10 minutes to remove items from the refrigerator.

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    Paula Elliott

    This was just AMAZING! Now my favorite way to prepare salmon. I used chicken broth when I found no vegetable broth in my cupboard. I also used a small yellow onion. Followed the recipe otherwise. Thank you so much for posting.

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