Known locally as ‘Lohikeitto’, Finnish Salmon Soup is deliciously creamy and easy to prepare. Great as an appetizer or as a light meal, this hearty fish soup recipe will surely warm you up!
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You have two of the most-loved ingredients in Northern Europe for this dish — dill and salmon. Add some cream and vegetables in there and you’ll have a delightful bowl of warmth and comfort, for sure.
Lohikeitto is arguably a winter soup. However, since we only have around three weeks of warm days in Stockholm (in a year), you can say that I make this soup the whole year-round at home.
HOW TO MAKE SALMON SOUP
CAN I REPLACE FISH STOCK WITH OTHER TYPES FOR THIS FISH SOUP RECIPE?
I tried using vegetable stock once, and I was not so happy with the result.
Fish stock gives you a solid base of fish flavor for the soup and adding the salmon fillet elevates that flavor even more.
DO I HAVE TO USE A SPECIFIC PART OF THE SALMON FOR THIS SALMON SOUP?
Nope. As long as you have taken the bones out. I have used various parts of salmon for this easy fish soup recipe – no complaints with the outcome. 🙂
HOW BIG SHOULD I CUT THE VEGETABLES FOR THIS CREAMY SOUP?
It shouldn’t be too big that you cannot fit at least a couple of vegetables in every spoonful of this soup.
Ideally though, the salmon is cut slightly bigger than the vegetables.
CAN I USE LIGHT CREAM FOR THIS EASY FISH SOUP RECIPE?
Absolutely. If you realize that you want it creamier after adding the light cream, add a bit more butter – that’s what I normally do. 😉
CAN I USE ONION INSTEAD OF LEEK FOR THIS FISH SOUP?
Maybe it’s just me, but I felt that the flavor of the onion is a bit too strong for this salmon soup.
If you cannot find leeks, look for shallots instead. I find that it works better than onions for this fish recipe.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH LOHIKEITTO?
I always serve it with some bread and a glass of white wine (even on winter 😀 )
Also, if you love dill (as much as I do), garnish each bowl with more chopped dill. YUM!
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OR IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR MORE NORDIC RECIPES, CHECK OUT MY OTHER POSTS –
- Swedish Salmon Burger with Lemon Yogurt Sauce
- Danish Breakfast Buns
- Swedish Potatoes with Dill Cream Sauce
VIDEO ON HOW TO MAKE FINNISH SALMON SOUP (LOHIKEITTO)
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1 pc leek, thinly sliced (only white/lighter part)
- 1 medium carrot, diced
- 3 medium potatoes, diced
- 5 cups fish stock
- 1/2 kg salmon fillet, cut into cubes
- 3/4 cup heavy cream (double cream)
- 3/4 to 1 cup dill, roughly chopped
- salt and pepper, to season
- Place a medium (or large pot) over medium heat. Add butter.
- Once butter has completely melted, add thinly sliced leek. Cook until slightly soft.
Add carrot and potatoes. Mix.
Add fish stock. Cover pot with a lid and bring to a boil.
Simmer until vegetables are almost cooked.
- Add salmon fillet and heavy cream. Mix to combine.
- Keep on medium heat. Cover with a lid and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.
- Season by adding salt and pepper. Mix.
- Add dill. Turn heat off.
- Cover with a lid and keep covered for 2 minutes.