Tired of baked salmon dishes? Try my Lohikeitto recipe – delicious and the easiest ever salmon soup that is so popular in Finland. Made in just under 40 minutes, this cozy and hearty fish soup is sure to warm you on the chilly winter nights.
If you catch yourself thinking that baked salmon has been in your rotation the way too often, it’s time to try Lohikeitto. It’s truly the easiest salmon soup and it’s very quick to fix on busy weeknights.
I would say it’s somehow similar to Salmon Chowder that we all love, but the list of ingredients for Lohikeitto is much simpler.
In fact, you only need 7 ingredients to make this soup, most of which you probably have at home.
What is Lohikeitto anyway?
Lohikeitto is a popular Scandinavian soup, main ingredients of which are salmon, potatoes and cream.
Most often soup is cooked in fish broth that can be easily prepared using salmon skin and bones, but I also had a great success making it with vegetable broth.
While we mostly think of this soup as Finnish, other Scandinavian countries have their own recipe for this easy salmon dish. They’re all prepared very similarly. In Sweden the soup is called Laxsoppa, in Norway Fiskesuppe.
Traditionally Lohikeitto is prepared in Dutch Oven and is believed to taste better on the next day.
In my family though, it’s impossible to wait the whole day to try this deliciousness so we usually dig right in.
I’ve also heard success stories from people using hot smoked salmon. It’ll add additional pungent aroma and taste to the dish.
Can you eat Lohikeitto on the next day?
Properly stored, cooked Lohikeitto will last for 3 to 4 days in a fridge. To reheat, simmer soup for 4-5 minutes over low heat, stirring frequently.
The reasons why you’ll love this Finnish Salmon Soup recipe:
- it’s made in one pot and in just under 40 minutes
- the recipe calls for simple ingredients
- it’s flavorful, comforting and delicious – suitable for family dinners
Quick note: Although traditionally you would use leeks instead of onion, I find that most often I don’t have them on hands.
And since leeks are not the main ingredient in this soup, I think regular onion is a decent replacement here.
How can I make this Lohikeitto recipe Low Carb or Keto-friendly?
If you’re following Low Carb or Ketogenic diet, it’s very easy to make this soup compliant.
Just replace the potatoes with cauliflower florets and carrots with pumpkin diced into small cubes you’re good to go.
How to serve Finnish Fish Soup?
Classic garnish of this soup would be a generous sprinkle of chopped dill. However, if you’re feeling fancy, you can prepare rye croutons and scatter them in each bowl.
Wine pairings with Lohikeitto
This hearty and rich soup pairs well with full-bodied wines such as:
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- Add fish or vegetable broth in a large Dutch Oven or stock pot. Bring to a boil.
- Add potatoes and cook for 15 minutes. Stir in chopped carrot and minced onion and cook for another 5 minute.
- Next add in salmon, salt and pepper and continue cooking for another 5 minutes.
- To finish off, pour in heavy cream and simmer the soup for a final 5 minutes.
- Adjust the seasonings and ladle Lohikeitto into the bowls. Serve with rye croutons or crackers.