Cooking on the trail: Pacific Northwest Salmon Chowder

One of the best things about riding so much is all the eating I get to do. Exploring the local cuisine while traveling is one of the best ways to immerse myself in the region and gain a sense of place. One of the first things I found when traveling in the Pacific Northwest was the local’s partiality for salmon. Smoked, stewed, dried — it seemed to be everywhere. I picked up some salmon jerky, an onion, a decent can of salmon chowder, and proceeded to cook up a damn good stew in the pouring rain one night.

First thing’s first: cut up the onion, a few table spoons of olive oil and salt. Get that going over medium heat.

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Some salmon jerky I picked up from a roadside stand along highway 101. It’s fantastic stuff and will really add heartiness to the chowder that you cant get with a can.
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Bar Harbor Salmon Chowder which I think is nationally distributed. Use whole milk. Remember the idea with all cooking on the trail is to maximize the calories.

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Once the onions have turned translucent, add the chowder can and the milk. Simmer until hot then add the salmon, breaking it up as you add it.

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Now let the thing simmer for 25 minutes or until your fuel bottle is running low.  A long simmer will rehydrate the salmon (long simmer times are the main reason I went with the MSR Dragon Fly stove — review on it coming soon). Add salt and red pepper to taste. This chowder was fantastic. Easily the best meal I’ve made on the trail yet. I was able to buy and carry all the ingredients along the way. Hopefully this serves as some inspiration for would-be touring cyclists to get creative and incorporate some local staples into your diet.

-LC

4 comments for “Cooking on the trail: Pacific Northwest Salmon Chowder

  1. Michal
    June 5, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    This is incredible! Keep up all the good work! Let me know if you guys need anything !

    • Lee
      June 5, 2015 at 11:04 pm

      Thanks Michal!

      • February 21, 2016 at 6:46 am

        Sharp thkniing! Thanks for the answer.

  2. Maryanne Cumberland
    June 7, 2015 at 2:18 am

    Yum! Sounds & Looks fantastic! I’m glad you are eating well! <3

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