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Finnish Salmon Soup – Lohikeitto

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Finnish Salmon Soup – Lohikeitto ~ 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!

Finnish Salmon Soup – Lohikeitto ~ 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!

a bowl of Finnish Salmon Soup – Lohikeitto

I’m obsessed with anything Nordic right now, including this classic Finnish salmon soup.  It’s utterly simple and so satisfying ~ made with fresh spring salmon, chunky potatoes, carrots, and leeks.  The flavors are unpretentious and clean, with a traditional dill infused broth touched with allspice.  We really shouldn’t sit here gabbing about this one…we need to get cooking!

Finnish Salmon Soup – Lohikeitto in a soup pot with ladle

There’s only one hitch to making a great fish soup, and that’s the stock.  Most of us don’t have fish stock in the fridge, and you can’t buy it off the shelf, so we need to get creative.  One solution is to buy salmon with the skin on.  Remove it at home, and use it to make a quick broth.  Alternatively you can add the skin the soup while the potatoes and carrots are cooking, and then fish it out later.  The good thing is that, like all fish soups, this one gets even better the next day after the flavors have had a chance to develop.

Finnish Salmon Soup – Lohikeitto ~ in a white bowl

There is no shortage of delicious salmon recipes on my blog.  We love salmon and eat it more than any other type of fish.

If you love it like I do, make sure to check out my Rainbow Salmon Skewers, I make these so often because they literally take about 15 minutes to throw together.  We eat them with couscous or salad.  Another favorite spring salmon meal of mine is Salmon and Zucchini Burgers, I serve the warm burgers over a fresh green salad ~ heaven!

Reader Rave ~

Finnish approved!  I was born and raised in Finland and I was raised on this.  I grew up cooking a recipe very similar to this salmon soup in school. This is great and authentic Finnish Salmon soup.”  ~Joonas

*I lightly adapted this recipe from Cooking the Globe

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Finnish Salmon Soup – Lohikeitto

Finnish Salmon Soup – Lohikeitto ~ 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!
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Finnish
Total Time 35 minutes
Yield 4 servings


  • 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


  • Melt the butter in a soup pot and saute the leeks for 10 minutes, or until nice and soft.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!  I have a great recipe for PUMPERNICKEL BISCUITS on the blog which would be perfect with this Finnish salmon soup.


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    Christian Brix
    January 25, 2020 at 11:47 am

    Made this just over a year ago for my girlfriend and me but neglected to leave a comment at the time. It was absolutely amazing though, fantastic recipe! There was enough left over for me to bring some to work the next day for lunch, and it met with hearty approval from my Finnish colleague! I’ll be making it again very soon for some friends, and I’m sure they will love it as much we do. Thanks very much!

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    Nikki Moranville
    January 7, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    Sue, made this last night for dinner (used fresh dill but not nearly as much as a cup!) It was absolutely delicious – and my sweet 93 year old mother who is with us for the moment because she fractured her back, wanted a bowl for lunch!! And that’s a miracle because for the last 6 weeks she’s had no appetite. So thank you. Not just from me, but from this whole house.

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      January 7, 2020 at 7:57 pm

      I love stories like this Nikki, I hope your mom keeps up that appetite.

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    December 26, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    Thinking of trying this with 2 substitutions, olive oil for butter and soy milk for the cream. I would need to lighten it up as suggested by the substitutions. Opinions?

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    philip jones
    November 20, 2019 at 11:34 am

    Hi, this recipe looks fantastic but I can not eat Dill, so you think a 1/4 cup of tarragon would work instead or do you have a different idea maybe fennel ?



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      November 20, 2019 at 11:43 am

      Fresh tarragon might be really nice, but I think you’d use less of it, it’s pretty strong. Let me know how that works out if you try, I adore tarragon!

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        Philip Jones
        November 23, 2019 at 8:33 am

        I made it last night used an 1/10 to an 1/8 cup of fresh tarragon and no garnish and it was superb.., now I have a taste profile from eating it I may reduce the tarragon further and add a little fennel. It’s a fantastic dish – thanks for relying -P

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    Christine C
    October 7, 2019 at 9:56 am

    I have made this soup several times, following the recipe exactly, and it is now a favorite of mine! Not only do I find it delicious, but my children do as well. I have to double the recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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    September 24, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Hi, Can this delicious soup be frozen?

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      September 24, 2019 at 1:31 pm

      I don’t think cream soups can be successfully frozen Deb, sorry.

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        December 24, 2019 at 7:03 am

        I always freeze it. No problem. However, I use half and half not heavy cream…

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    Shannon Schrauwen
    August 27, 2019 at 4:14 am

    Had Lohikeitto when we visited Helsinki, and now that we live here I insisted that this be one of the first Finnish food we made! I have been craving it since I first tried it. And this recipe definitely hit the spot! Definitely will be making it more often!
    Loved the recipe! Easy to make. Used fish spice instead of allspice.
    Thank you for the easy and authentic recipe!

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    Kate Tognarini
    August 10, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    We just came back from Finland and my daughter mentioned how much she misses this soup. So, at a family lunch I decided to bring Finland to Australia. This soup was an absolute hit and everyone loved it. Easy to make, it will now be a regular dish for us. Our local fish monger even makes his own fish stock so there’s no excuse. Thank you for the wonderful and very authentic recipe.

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      August 10, 2019 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks Kate, that’s great to hear. When we lived in New England we had a local fish shop and I miss it so much, here in Los Angeles I haven’t found one. I’m glad this soup could help keep your trip memories alive :)

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    May 3, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    Do you have a non-dairy version that is not soy milk? I love this soup, but have become sensitive to dairy products.

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    William Cavin
    April 27, 2019 at 11:31 am

    I am a hopeless novice cook. So well documented and absolutely gorgeous. Thanks

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      April 27, 2019 at 12:10 pm

      I hope you give it a try :)

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    March 10, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Finland is not a part of Scandinavia. It is a Nordic Country. There is a difference which matters to Finns. Lohikeitto is a great soup, and your recipe closely resembles the soup I frequently enjoyed when living in Finland.

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      March 10, 2019 at 9:53 am

      Point taken, I just corrected myself :) Thanks Anne!

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    Ann Sarimo
    February 26, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Hi. I’m from Santa Monica but my husband is Finnish. We live in Helsinki where this soup is a staple. We normally eat it at restaurants but when it’s made at home, it’s my husband who usually is doing the prep. Tonight he was busy with work stuff so I decided to try a recipe with the intent of blowing him away with my own home prepped Lohikeitto. Yes…an LA gal can make the best salmon soup there is. Thankfully I found your great recipe and it had all the right ingredients. The allspice and bay leaves are a must for extra flavor in the stock. Also, fish stock with a splash of veggie stock is essential. Anyhow, this is an absolute winner recipe and I’ve tasted plenty of authentic Finnish salmon soups. I’m so glad I found your site. :-) I look forward to trying more.

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      February 26, 2019 at 11:37 am

      Love this Ann, and yes, we LA gals can rock salmon soup ;)

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    Nino Goginashvili
    February 19, 2019 at 8:19 am

    I just finished cooking and it’s delicious <3 Thank you for!
    I'm thinking to serve it with spied butter & bread :)

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    Ian Corker
    December 22, 2018 at 7:46 am

    We bought a whole salmon and filleted it. We boiled the backbone and head and removed the flesh when cold. Then followed the recipe. Great.

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      December 22, 2018 at 7:49 am

      Omg that sounds amazing.

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    Erkki Paunonen
    December 17, 2018 at 3:24 am

    Thank you! Was great- especially the fish skin broth. I also added one fish fond “du chef” and plenty of salt.

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    November 24, 2018 at 3:11 am

    Hi. Would this work without the cream?

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    Mirjam de Ruiter
    October 30, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Delicious meal, the smells take us back to our engagement in Finland! Unfortunately it took us longer then the recipe indicates though, more like 2 hours when you include all the chopping and boiling of the veggies, just keep that in mind when you make this ;)

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    October 6, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Great recipe! But just a little error, Finland is not a Scandinavian country but a Nordic one :)

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    August 29, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Finnish approved!  I was born and raised in Finland and I was raised on this.  I grew up cooking a recipe very similar to this salmon soup in school. This is great and authentic Finnish Salmon soup. Be sure to stop by Finland and try out some other Finnish traditional foods like Reindeer!

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      August 29, 2018 at 3:45 pm

      I’m thrilled to get the Finnish stamp of approval Joonas. Now, about that reindeer…

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    Bridget Byrne
    August 21, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    Simple to follow directions led to delicious complex flavors, we loved it! Thank you!

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      August 21, 2018 at 6:52 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it Bridget, I’m hoping to do more Scandinavian food this fall and winter season, I just love it.

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    July 19, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    this is so fresh, light, and delicious! a new fave

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    Debbi (& David) Cocoziello
    June 30, 2018 at 11:03 am

    Omg – my son David (22) home from college – whipped up your salmon soup recipe in no time! He paired it with grilled lobsters & grilled eggplant & zucchini.
    He cooked the soup so the potatoes & carrots were ‘al dente … and made the fish stock from the salmon skin according to your recipe. He only put in 1/2 the butter though – which we thought made it perfect!
    He made two batches, it was so good – we sent one quart to our friend/neighbor.
    We all highly recommend this recipe!!!

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      June 30, 2018 at 12:44 pm

      Wow, wish I could have sampled that meal! It looks like your son learned a lot at college ;)

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    June 27, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Hi Sue saw a pineapple cake with crushed filling on your site but can’t get the recipe do you still have it

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      June 27, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      I have a few cakes with pineapple, Pippa, there’s the Hummingbird bundt or the Hummingbird Bars…let me know if neither of those are what you’re looking for.

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    Shirley Reynolds
    March 30, 2018 at 10:14 am

    I had a soup similar to this at the dining room of Hotel Arthur in Helsinki and it was fabulous. All the salmon in Finland was great. I look forward to trying this recipe….Sounds much the same.

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      March 30, 2018 at 10:17 am

      I can imagine Finish salmon must be the best…hope you enjoy this soup too!

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    February 27, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    May I ask how do you make the broth?

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    August 27, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Has anyone tried freezing this soup? I have made it a few times and my family loves it. It would be wonderful if I could keep some handy in the freezer for quick lunches.

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      August 27, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Found this on TheKitchn ~
      Soups that contain milk or cream, like chowders and bisques, also don’t hold up well in the freezer — they tend to take on a grainy texture and separate when defrosted and rewarmed. While non-dairy milks like coconut milk hold up a little better, soups that are frozen with it still won’t be the same when defrosted either.
      Follow this tip: Hold back any dairy or non-dairy milk or cream if freezing a soup that calls for it. Then simply add it in when you’ve reheated the soup.

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    April 30, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Thank you, Sue! This is totally fabulous! I am usually not a big fan of fish…anything. But, wow and WOW! This will definitely take its place in my regular rotation.

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      April 30, 2017 at 7:57 pm

      I’m so glad, Judy ~ salmon has a way of converting even non fish lovers :)

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        February 4, 2018 at 8:24 am

        Since making this, I passed the recipe along to my daughter. It was such a hit that her SO asked for the leftovers for breakfast!

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          February 4, 2018 at 8:47 am

          This is SO good for breakfast ;) Thanks Judy!

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    Igor @ Cooking The Globe
    April 27, 2017 at 6:25 am

    I am glad you loved the idea of this soup and decided to make it. It’s one of the best soups I have ever tasted in my whole life!

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    Holly Handford
    April 23, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Sue, I made a triple batch yesterday using a whole salmon. My husband filleted and deboned the salmon and I made a quick stock with the skin and bones (added an onion, some celery and peppercorns to the stock) and let it simmer for an hour. This is an amazing soup! Have lots of leftovers so am giving it away and taking it to a dinner to share. Thank you Sue!

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      April 23, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      Oh my gosh, that stock must have been amazing ~ great teamwork!

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    April 23, 2017 at 7:30 am

    I love everything about this soup! First, such a pretty bowl of soup, but beyond that the combination of potatoes, salmon and dill is bound to be absolutely perfect. Sharing!

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    Milena | Craft Beering
    April 23, 2017 at 6:27 am

    I am in luck! We do have fish stock in the fridge as we speak:) Leeks softened in butter is an amazing start to any recipe in my world:)

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    April 22, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    With all the fresh dill and leeks, this is the perfect spring soup!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    April 22, 2017 at 5:33 am

    I have never thought of salmon and chunky potato in a soup…and I love the how it turned out…comforting, filling and delicious.

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    April 21, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Goodness the description alone sold me! It is a beautiful spring soup that is going on my must-try list! We adore salmon and love all that fresh dill. A beautiful treat. I love soup year round :) Have a terrific weekend!

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      April 21, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      Thanks Tricia ~ my favorite part about this soup is that light creamy dill broth ~ it’s a great way to enjoy salmon!

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    Kathy B
    April 21, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    This sounds really good. Seafood stock is available at one of my grocery stores (New Seasons in Portland, OR) and you can also order it online. I’ve seen both Swanson and Kitchen Basics. Thought this might be helpful.

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      April 21, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      Maybe it’s just my regular store, I can never find it ~ thanks Kathy!

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    Chris Scheuer
    April 21, 2017 at 8:33 am

    I love the idea of a spring soup. Hip hip hooray for extending soup season! Salmon and potatoes are a favorite combination here so I know this will be a huge hit. Thanks Sue!

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      April 21, 2017 at 3:57 pm

      Spring soups are some of the best! Have a nice weekend Chris.