Both Finland and Norway have an abundance of Salmon. The Tana river, which flows through Lapland, is said to be the best salmon river in the world. That’s where the hearty and creamy Lohikeitto (“Lohi” = salmon, “Keitto” = soup in Finnish) comes from.
To understand why this soup is so popular, it’s important to realize this region lies north of the Arctic Circle. Winters are long and incredibly cold – temperatures can reach as low as 40 degrees below zero! The soup is full of flavor and nutrition, warms a soul up instantly, and keeps a person going all day, even in brutal conditions.
Lohikeitto- Finnish Salmon Soup
- Soup pot
- ¼ cup Unsalted butter
- 1 medium Leek, white and light green parts only
- 5 cup Fish stock, purchased
- 1 lb Potatoes
- 1 medium Carrot
- 1 lb Salmon fillet, without skin and bones
- 1 cup Heavy cream
- 1 cup Fresh dill
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Prep – Wash leek thoroughly to remove any grit. Slice leek and peeled carrot into ¼-inch thick pieces. Cut salmon fillet and potato into small chunks. Roughly chop dill for garnish.
- Make Soup – Melt butter in pot over medium heat. Add sliced leek and sauté until soft, about 7 minutes. Add fish stock, carrot, and potatoes. Bring to a boil and cook for another 10 minutes. Add salon chunks and cream. Cook about 7 minutes more.
- Serve Lohikeitto – Turn off heat and season with salt, pepper. Close lid and wait for 10 minutes. Serve with bread or crackers and enjoy!