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Lohikeitto Recipe (Finnish Salmon Soup)

You have two of the most-loved ingredients in Finland for this fish soup -- dill and salmon. Add some cream and vegetables in there and you’ll have a delightful bowl of Lohikeitto; give this easy salmon soup recipe a try!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Finnish
Servings: 6
Calories: 392kcal
Author: Neriz


  • 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 (about 1 lb), cut into cubes
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream (double cream)
  • 3/4 to 1 cup dill, roughly chopped
  • salt and pepper, to season


Making Finnish salmon soup:

  • Place a medium-sized (or large pan) over medium heat.  Add butter.
  • Once the 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, adjust heat to medium-high, and bring to a boil.
  • Adjust heat back to medium-low and simmer your salmon soup until vegetables are almost cooked.
  • Add salmon fillet and heavy cream. Mix to combine.
  • Turn the heat back to medium.  Cover with a lid and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Season by adding salt and pepper. Mix.
  • Add dill to finish your lohikeitto. Turn heat off.
  • Cover with a lid and keep covered for 2 minutes.

Serving lohikeitto:

  • Transfer to individual bowls.
  • Garnish lohikeitto with more freshly chopped dills, if desired.
  • Serve.



  • Cook's Tip #1:  Fish stock is an excellent flavor base for making this lohikeitto recipe.
  • Cook's Tip #2:  Feel free to replace heavy cream with light cream, if that's what you prefer.
  • Cook's Tip #3:  You can use any salmon cut for preparing lohikeitto, as long as it's a fillet.
  • Cook's Tip #4:  Chop the vegetables in almost identical sizes, while keeping the salmon slightly bigger than the size of the vegetables. Imagine that you will fit a couple of vegetables and a piece of salmon in every spoonful.
  • Cook's Tip #5:  You can substitute shallots for leeks, but not onions.
  • Cook's Tip #6:  If you want a creamier lohikeitto, add a tablespoon of chilled butter when you turn the heat off. Mix and then cover with a lid, setting it aside for a couple more minutes.


Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 762mg | Potassium: 1132mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2811IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 2mg