Lohikeitto: A Taste of Finland’s Culinary Tradition

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Lohikeitto, Finnish Salmon Soup, is a classic dish that highlights Finland’s love for salmon and hearty soups. This recipe is cherished for its simplicity and the way it captures the essence of Finnish comfort food, especially during cold winters when warmth and nourishment are most welcome. Here’s how you can recreate this delicious soup at home, bringing a taste of Finland to your dinner table.


For the Soup:

  • 500g fresh salmon fillets, skinless and boneless, cut into cubes
  • 4 cups fish or vegetable broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 leek, sliced (optional)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 10 whole black peppercorns
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Fresh dill, chopped, for garnish


1. Prepare the Vegetables:

  • Peel and cube the potatoes.
  • Finely chop the onion.
  • Peel and slice the carrots.
  • If using leek, slice it thinly.

2. Cook the Vegetables and Salmon:

  • In a large soup pot, bring the fish or vegetable broth and water to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the potatoes, onion, carrots, leek (if using), bay leaf, and whole black peppercorns to the pot.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 10-15 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.

3. Add the Salmon:

  • Once the vegetables are tender, add the cubed salmon fillets to the pot.
  • Simmer gently for another 5-7 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.

4. Season and Finish the Soup:

  • Season the soup with salt to taste.
  • Stir in the heavy cream, allowing it to heat through for another 2-3 minutes without boiling.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.

5. Serve Lohikeitto:

  • Ladle the hot Lohikeitto into bowls.
  • Garnish each serving with freshly chopped dill.
  • Serve immediately with crusty bread or Finnish rye bread on the side.

Tips for Success:

  • Salmon Selection: Use fresh salmon for the best flavor and texture. You can also use salmon bones and trimmings to make the broth richer.
  • Creamy Texture: The heavy cream adds richness to the soup. Adjust the amount according to your preference for creaminess.
  • Vegetable Variations: Feel free to add other vegetables like celery or peas for additional flavor and texture.


  • Smoked Salmon: For a twist, substitute fresh salmon with smoked salmon for a smokier flavor profile.
  • Vegetarian Option: Omit the salmon and use vegetable broth for a vegetarian version. Add extra vegetables or tofu for protein.
  • Herb Additions: Experiment with other herbs like parsley or chives in addition to or instead of dill for different flavor nuances.


Lohikeitto, Finnish Salmon Soup, embodies the heartwarming essence of Finnish cuisine with its simple yet flavorful ingredients. This recipe allows you to bring a taste of Finland to your dining table, perfect for a cozy evening or a special occasion. Enjoy the creamy texture, delicate salmon flavor, and aromatic dill garnish as you savor each spoonful of this comforting and traditional Finnish dish.

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Written by Robert Zelesky

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