Finnish cuisine is known for its use of fresh and local ingredients, often highlighting the flavors of fish, mushrooms, and berries. One popular Finnish recipe is Salmon Soup (Lohikeitto), a creamy and comforting soup made with salmon, potatoes, and dill. Here’s a concise recipe for Finnish Salmon Soup:
- 500 grams salmon fillets, skin removed and cut into bite-sized pieces
- 500 grams potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
- 1 leek, white and light green parts only, sliced
- 1 liter fish or vegetable broth
- 300 ml heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- Fresh dill, chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional: Finnish rye bread for serving
- In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté until it becomes soft and translucent.
- Stir in the sliced leek and carrots, and cook for a few minutes until they start to soften.
- Add the diced potatoes to the pot, followed by the fish or vegetable broth. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
- While the soup is simmering, in a separate saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour and cook for a minute or two to make a roux.
- Gradually whisk in the heavy cream, making sure there are no lumps. Continue cooking until the mixture thickens slightly.
- Pour the cream mixture into the soup pot, stirring well to combine. Simmer for a few more minutes to let the flavors meld together.
- Gently add the salmon pieces to the soup and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through.
- Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste.
- Remove the pot from the heat and sprinkle fresh chopped dill over the soup.
- Serve the Finnish Salmon Soup hot, accompanied by Finnish rye bread or your preferred bread for dipping.
Note: Feel free to customize the soup by adding other vegetables like peas or mushrooms. Finnish Salmon Soup is often enjoyed with a dollop of sour cream or a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Adjust the seasoning and thickness of the soup according to your preference. Enjoy the comforting and delicious flavors of Finnish Salmon Soup!