One-Pot Wonders

Lohikeitto - Finnish salmon soup

October 22, 2017
10 Ratings
Photo by anka
Author Notes

It is traditional Finnish salmon soup, easy to make and taste heavenly.
Many recipes for it can be found online and this is just one of them.

  • Serves 4
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 leek (about 2 cups) sliced
  • 4 cups fish stock (you can use fish stock cubes)
  • 1 pound potatoes (about 2-3 cups) cubed
  • 1 carrot (about 1.5 cups) sliced
  • 1 pound salmon cut into large pieces
  • 1 cup 35% cream
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Fresh dill, chopped
In This Recipe
  1. Heat butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat; add leeks and cook stirring for 5-6 minutes or until leek is welted.
  2. Add cubed potatoes, carrot and fish stock. Bring to a boil and let vegetable cook for 10-15 minutes depend on the size of the vegetable.
  3. Add salmon and cream and simmer for 5-6 minutes, adjust seasoning.
  4. Sprinkle with chopped dill and serve.

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20 Reviews

Kristin H. December 26, 2020
This tastes delish and is so easy to make. I think in the future I'd pull back on the potatoes a bit to leave room for a couple pieces of toasty bread on the side. And don't skimp on the butter--it's worth it.
Cynthia B. October 14, 2020
This was so good! We’ll be adding this to our rotation.
Cynthia B. October 14, 2020
Trying to delete my review because I didn’t add my stars. Can someone please help?
kitchendiva July 24, 2020
I first ate this dish sitting on the deck of an old wooden boat in Helsinki harbour along with a slice of rye bread and a glass of red wine - this dish takes me back to that happy day whenever I make it - thank you! I ate it several more times during our time in Helsinki and the butter seemed always to be an intrinsic part of the dish.
Shannyb433 December 31, 2020
I know the exact spot! I have recreated this soup as well - and the comments from my boyfriend were the same!
01cranshawt January 26, 2020
INCREDIBLE! Such a simple dish but so flavoursome, thanks so much!
Emily T. January 17, 2020
This recipe has waaaay too much butter (you can even see it in the photo, all that yellow oil) and offers no suggestions for seasoning the creamy broth.
Chris N. January 17, 2020
I think the amount of butter is perfect, but, try cutting that amount in half...will still probably be great! I did not think that the broth needed any seasoning beyond what is in the recipe...the simpler, the better for me! 😊 I used ‘seafood stock’..maybe that had enough seasoning on its own...
Mr. K. March 21, 2020
Beautiful soup and reminiscent of my childhood and my grandmother’s cooking. The butter is in a typical proportion, as is the seasoning—or general lack thereof. That’s very traditionally Finnish, however you’re free to adjust to your taste. But for those who may have had this prepared by their older generation Finnish family, this is spot on.
Outi August 4, 2020
Tfhis is the traditional Finnish salmon soup from way back when fancy spices hadn't yet made their way to Finland. I have not made this yet but the recipe looks very authentic, just like my dad used to make it. If you want to make something different, be my guest; I just ask for one favor: don't call it Finnish.
Kalki86 December 17, 2019
Got to love that soup! Really easy to prepare. I added a little liquid smoke and wild pepper to give it a twist. And don't forget enough salt. If you let it sit, the potatoes will absorb a bit of the saltiness.
Tessy August 1, 2019
What would be a good wine for pairing with this soup? I'm making sourdough rye to go with it too.
Author Comment
anka August 1, 2019
I would say your fevered dry white wine, for me, I don’t know if is a perfect pairing, but I like Pinot Grigio.
Tina K. March 28, 2019
A little too much butter. The fat ends up as a thick layer that floats in top and doesn’t look appetizing. But amazing flavor and simple recipe! :)
Chris N. August 1, 2018
This was so easy and good! Under 30 minutes to make from start to finish...I saved time by having the ‘fish peddler’ cut off the salmon skin...used seafood stock..might add rutabaga and/or turnip next time too...
Author Comment
anka August 1, 2018
Thank you, Chris! I'm so glad you liked it.
Rosey December 22, 2017
Thank you for sharing! I'll be making this on Christmas Eve :)
Author Comment
anka December 23, 2017
Thank you , I am so pleased to hear this! Have a Marry Christmas!
Niknud October 25, 2017
This looks delicious!
Author Comment
anka October 25, 2017
Thank you!
Taste delicious and it is so easy to make.