Salmon Soup (lohikeitto)

Living in Oregon we are surrounded by huge rivers that support lots of fish such as salmon. On my last shopping trip I splurged and bought some salmon and then set about trying to figure out how to use it.

My tendency is to always want to bake salmon or grill it. However I got inspired to make a dish I discovered called Lohikeitto. This is a soup associated with Finland (as best as I know) which like Oregon has lots of fish.

Lohikeitto is a fish soup made with carrots, potatoes, leeks, and a choice of fish. This soup is usually enhanced with butter and fish stock.

I don’t keep fish stock on hand, so I decided to make some for this dish. Luckily the salmon I bought had the skin on. I removed the skin and added a few other ingredients to make a flavorful broth for my soup.

I hope you make it and will enjoy it like my family did!



Fish stock

  • 5 cup water
  • Skin from salmon pieces
  • 1 tbs. canola oil
  • Carrots peel from 2 small carrots
  • 1/4 of a yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs parsley
  • 1 green onion cut into 2 inches long
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tbs. fish sauce
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper


  • 2 tbs. butter
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cup leeks medium, diced
  • 5 cups potatoes, peeled, and cubed (russet and Yukon)
  • 1 cup carrots, washed, peeled, and large diced
  • 1 tsp. dried dill
  • 5 cup fish stock
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 lbs. salmon, skin removed, cut into large pieces
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Green onion for garnish


Fish stock

Mix all ingredients in a medium-sized saucepan.

Cover. Bring to a boil in medium-high heat. Turn the heat down to medium and cook for 10 minutes.

Strain the sauce. Set aside.


Making the soup

Cutting onions and leeks.
Cutting potatoes and carrots.

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add leeks and onion. Cook for 5-6 minutes while stirring often.

Add in potatoes, carrots, dill, and salt. Stir.


Add in fish stock and stir.


Cover. Bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to medium. Cook for 10-15 minutes. or until potatoes are cooked. Add salmon and cream. Stir.

Simmer for 5 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Garnish with green onions.


Serves 4-6

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