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


  1. In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté until it becomes soft and translucent.
  2. Stir in the sliced leek and carrots, and cook for a few minutes until they start to soften.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Gradually whisk in the heavy cream, making sure there are no lumps. Continue cooking until the mixture thickens slightly.
  6. Pour the cream mixture into the soup pot, stirring well to combine. Simmer for a few more minutes to let the flavors meld together.
  7. Gently add the salmon pieces to the soup and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through.
  8. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Remove the pot from the heat and sprinkle fresh chopped dill over the soup.
  10. 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!



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