Finnish Salmon Soup – Lohikeitto

By on February 2, 2020

This simple salmon and potato soup is the ultimate 30 minute spring meal, with a light cream broth, melt-in-your-mouth chunks of salmon, and tons of fresh dill!


  • 1 lb salmon filet, skinned and cut into largish chunks, reserve the skin
  • 1/2 stick, 4 tablespoons, unsalted butter
  • 1 large leek, trimmed, sliced, and well rinsed
  • 5 cups (1,25l) fish stock (can be substituted with water)
  • 1 lb russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • 1 cup (10g) fresh dill for garnish, finely chopped, divided
  • 1 cup (250ml) heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • salt and pepper to taste


1. Melt the butter in a soup pot and saute the leeks for 10 minutes, or until nice and soft.

2. While the leeks are cooking, put 5 cups of water and the reserved fish skin in a saucepan and bring to a boil, turn down the heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes.

3. Strain the broth and add to the pan with the leeks, along with the potatoes, carrots, and half of the fresh dill. Cook for another 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are just tender.

4. Add the salmon chunks to the soup along with the cream and allspice, and gently simmer on low heat until cooked through, just a few minutes. Add the remaining dill, and salt and pepper to taste.

5. This soup makes great leftovers, too, the flavors will mature and get even better!


• If you can get your hands on great fish stock, by all means use it!  Clam broth can also be used. I’ve sometimes even used clam juice as a base for fish soup.

• Serve this soup with some rustic artisan style bread ~ rye or pumpernickel would be amazing!