Finnish salmon soup


Lohikeitto time! 😀 These Finnish names and words are killing me. Honestly, I always have to check the word at least 3 times to be sure I wrote it right. I can´t even remember any of them so I always have to look them up or bother my Finnish friend Viivi with  the same questions like “how do you say this and that in Finnish” . This salmon soup name is even pretty easy to remember in a comparison with some other Finnish words such as “epäjärjestelmällistyttämättömyydelläänsäkäänköhän”  (crazy, isn´t it?).  Still paying attention?

Then I should confess that this recipe was a bit changed. When I was in Finland I wanted to learn how to prepare some typical Finnish meal and when my friend´s mom shared her recipe (and her trust) with me, I did what I always do or how I call it : small “cosmetic” changes. Don´t worry, I don´t mean that I did make up to salmon, I just added some different ingredients that didn´t change the original recipe drastically. I couldn´t find fresh dill which as I heard is essential, so I used fresh basil. You should have seen Viivi´s face when she saw those floating pieces of basil in a soup. *priceless* 😀 I also added a bit of cumin powder and instead of fish stock which I didn´t have that time I added veggie stock cube for a better taste. But everyone liked my version of this soup, or they were just too polite, I don´t know 😀








  • 500 g salmon, diced
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 1 onion , chopped
  • 1,5 l fish stock (or water + fish/veggie stock cube)
  • 5 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • fresh dill (or basil)
  • 150 ml cream
  • (cumin powder- optional)
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 bay leaves


  • In a large saucepan simmer chopped onions in a butter. Add peeled and diced potatoes and continue simmering. Season with salt and pepper and add bay leaves (+ cumin).
  • Add the stock, turn up the heat to high, cover the saucepan with a lid, bring to a boil and cook the potatoes until they are almost ready and then add diced salmons. Let it simmer until potatoes and salmon is cooked.
  • Add cream and cook for about 3 mins.
  • Take off the heat and stir in the fresh dill (or basil). If it´s necessary add more salt for a taste.
  • Serve with rye bread.

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