Quick, Easy, and Affordable Canned Salmon Soup

I am not going to be original and I’ll start my blog post with this… Wow, I can’t believe it’s 2016 already! As I mentioned in my previous post, New Year’s Eve is my version of Christmas. It was a nice and cozy day. I spent it cooking, setting up the table, tidying up a bit, watching my favourite New Year’s Eve movie, and listening to some old songs from my childhood. It even snowed! My mom and grandma came over at 11 pm. We had a lovely dinner with lots of appetizers and a mix of Canadian and Russian food. I made a huge pan of lamb chops, which I marinated with mustard and rosemary, then seared for a few minutes earlier in the day, and roasted to a perfect medium a bit before midnight. We then streamed New York countdown which I am almost positive was one minute behind. And then we opened presents! It was a lovely day and I am glad I had my grandma and my mom there.

I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions, and the one time I made a resolution, I wasn’t able to keep it. So, this year there will be no big decisions, no big epiphanies. There are a few things I’d like to focus on this year for the blog. I’d like to work with more brands. That would be really cool. I also would like to do more videos, which I conveniently started experimenting with last year (wow, I still can’t believe that I refer to 2015 as last year). I also would like to eat healthier, but that’s something that I try and do all throughout the year. This post actually combines two of my non-resolutions: healthy food and videos. 

When we went to the Azores islands, we had a fish soup at some restaurant one night. It was made with a few kinds of fresh local fish, potatoes, onions, and carrots. It was rich, flavourful, yet light. And although it was made with fresh fish, it really reminded me of a soup from my childhood that my mom used to make - Canned Salmon Soup. It’s one of the first recipes that I made when I started to live on my own in University. It’s so simple and quick that I never even thought of adding it to my blog. But today this is precisely why I am posting it. Not only it’s easy, quick, and has few ingredients, but it’s also very affordable. 

quick, easy, and affordable Canned Salmon Soup, it only takes 20 minutes to make, tastes delicious, healthy, and you have already have all the ingredients in your pantry

Start with a couple of peeled potatoes, chop them into 1-2 inch pieces and add to a pot of water. Add some stock powder, peppercorns, bay leaves, and a can of salmon with all the liquid. Bring to boil and simmer until potatoes are cooked. Meanwhile dice an onion, grate a carrot and sauté both in a little bit of oil for about 10 minutes until the mixture is soft and lightly golden. A few minutes before the potatoes are ready add the onion-carrot mixture. Sprinkle with some chopped herbs, pepper, salt and serve. I don’t know if cooking onion and carrot separately from the soup is Russian or just the way my mom used to make soups, but I love doing that more than cooking the vegetables in the soup from the beginning. 

Now, for my video non-resolution I created a Stop Motion Video of making of this soup! This particular fish soup took me about two (2!!) hours to make as I took almost 200 (!!!) photos for the video. First, I feel super excited about it. Second, I feel stupid since I embarked on this project without even doing a tiny test. Third, I am amazed that it worked from the first try. In recap, for this 37 seconds stop motion video I spent about 2 hours photographing, and about 1.5-2 hours editing photos in Lightroom, exporting, importing, combining them in iMovie, searching for music, and editing. Yes, I have no life!

quick, easy, and affordable Canned Salmon Soup, it only takes 20 minutes to make, tastes delicious, healthy, and you have already have all the ingredients in your pantry

Quick, Easy, and Affordable Canned Salmon Soup

4-6 servings

Potatoes - 2 large
Water (or stock) - 6 cups (1.5 liter)
Bay leaf - 3
Peppercorns - 10
Canned salmon - 1can (213 g)
Oil - 1 tablespoon
Onion - 1
Carrot - 1
Herbs (parsley or dill) - 2 tablespoons (optional)
  • Open a can of salmon and lightly break pieces with a fork.
  • Peel and chop potatoes into 1-2 inch pieces.
  • Add chopped potatoes to a pot of water or stock.
  • Add bay leaves, peppercorns, and can of salmon with all the liquid.
  • Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes until potatoes are almost cooked.
  • Meanwhile, finely dice the onion and grate the carrot.
  • Heat oil in a pan and cook onion and carrot together for about 10 minutes on medium-low heat until vegetables are soft and turn light golden colour.
  • Add cooked onion and carrot to the pot and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Add salt and pepper as needed.
  • Sprinkle with chopped herbs if using and serve.
quick, easy, and affordable Canned Salmon Soup, it only takes 20 minutes to make, tastes delicious, healthy, and you have already have all the ingredients in your pantry
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Posted on January 4, 2016 and filed under Recipe, Video.