Fennel and Leek Soup with Smoked Salmon

by lisa | 5 March 2015 08:57


This is kind of a twist on the traditional Potato Leek soup, replacing the potato with fennel. Cooked fennel has a really mild flavor and it pairs well with the leeks. I topped my soup with some poppy seed crusted hot smoked salmon to add protein and make this a complete meal. You could leave the salmon off, or replace it with any kind of smoked fish (or even chicken or shrimp) if you like. Left over roast chicken would be delicious.


Can you spot Rosie’s curious little nose?


It’s raining here (again) which always puts me in the mood for soup. Funny that most people think of Seattle and Oregon as some of the most rainy places. We did an analytic comparison of  Seattle, Portland and Zürich the other day, and guess what? Zürich get more rain by far. I guess that’s the price you pay for all of the lush green we enjoy 🙂


Easy but Elegant



Fennel and Leek Soup with Smoked Salmon


  • 1 Tablespoon butter or ghee
  • 2 leeks (white and light green parts only), chopped
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 3 fennel bulbs, chopped (without the frilly green tops)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 2/3 cups bone broth or chicken stock (about 650 ml), I used home made stock
  • 50 ml ( about 1/4 cup) full fat cream or coconut milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Smoked salmon or other protein of choice
  • Olive oil for drizzling


  1. Melt the butter or ghee in a large soup pot and add the chopped leeks and shallot.
  2. Cook for about 5 minutes until softened.
  3. Add in the minced garlic and chopped fennel and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken stock/bone broth and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes until the fennel is cooked and softened.
  6. Remove from heat and use an immersion (stick) blender to puree the soup. You could also use a food processor or blender.
  7. Stir in the cream or coconut milk (I used full fat whole organic cream).
  8. Taste and season with salt and pepper to your preferences.
  9. Top with the smoked salmon.
  10. Add a little green garnish with water cress if you feel like getting fancy.
  11. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.

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