Finnish Salmon Soup (Lohikeitto)

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.

Finnish Lohikeitto - Salmon Soup

Lohikeitto- Finnish Salmon Soup

It will become obvious after just one spoonful of this comforting soup why it's so popular in Finland. This flavorful soup uses cream as its base and although the addition of chunks of salmon, potatoes, leeks, and plenty of dill doesn't sound too fancy, it is surprisingly elegant and has everything to keep a person warm during the cold winter months.
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Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Finland, North Western European, Scandanavian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: My Hungry Traveler


  • 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!


Calories: 612kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 1062mg | Potassium: 1491mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 4744IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 191mg | Iron: 3mg

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