Creamy Finnish Salmon Soup (Lohikeitto)

This Finnish salmon soup is perfectly creamy and light with tender bites of fish and veggies. It’s a cozy meal for cold days that the family will love to tuck into.

Finnish salmon soup (Lohikeitto) in a bowl

Salmon is easily one of my family’s favorite fish to enjoy. In the winter, we love to have it in recipes like my salmon and wild rice casserole, or a simple salmon pie.

Today, I’m excited to be sharing this Finnish salmon soup with you. It’s my latest cozy recipe that’s perfect to enjoy in fall or winter. It’s inspired by a traditional recipe called Lohikeitto, which is a light, creamy chowder-like soup that highlights cold weather veggies and fresh fish.

Of course, I had to put my spin on it too, so you’ll find that it’s even heartier and full of healthy veggies to fill you up.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Creamy salmon soup with veggies
  • Salmon soup cooks in just 25 minutes, it’s a quick meal to get on the table.
  • It’s full of fresh vegetables and healthy fish but still tastes hearty.
  • It’s a fun, different way to highlight salmon and winter veggies.


I added an extra vegetable to make my Finnish salmon soup even healthier and filling. It does change the traditional Lohikeitto into my own tasty version. If you’re looking for the classic recipe, just leave the broccoli out.

Ingredients for salmon soup
  • Unsalted butter – Butter delivers great flavor and unsalted lets you season the soup to your tastes.
  • Leek – The light green and white parts are the most tender. Slice them into half circles.
  • Carrots – dice enough to give you 1 cup full.
  • Potatoes – Peel and dice a pound of waxy potatoes. They’ll keep their shape best.
  • Fish stock – You need a full 6 cups of good fish stock.
  • Broccoli florets – I like to add 2 cups for added nutrition, flavor, and color.
  • Salmon filet – Use a full pound, make sure it’s skinned and deboned, then cubed.
  • Heavy cream – This creates a luscious texture, but you can swap in a lighter cream if needed.
  • Salt & Ground allspice – Just a ¼ teaspoon of each is perfect, then adjust to taste.
  • Fresh dill – Dill and salmon are so good together! Don’t be shy, use a ⅓ cup to garnish 4 bowls of soup.


Get out your big soup pot and set it over medium heat to begin. First you’ll add just 1 tablespoon of the butter with the leeks. For five minutes, let them cook until the leeks are soft, stirring occasionally.

The process of cooking vegetables for salmon soup

Next stir in the carrots and potatoes, and then the fish stock. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 10 minutes. The potatoes should be just tender, but not falling apart.

The broccoli and salmon cubes are added next and simmered for just 5 to 7 minutes, or until the fish is cooked. Add in both the heavy cream and remaining butter and stir until everything is well mixed.

Cooking Lohikeitto soup with fish and veggies

Season it with salt and ground allspice to taste. Finish with a generous garnish of fresh chopped dill and turn off the heat. Your soup is ready!

Traditional Finnish Lohikeitto soup in a pot

Between the vegetables and fish in this salmon soup, all you need is a good savory bread recipe to finish off the meal.

Serving & Storage

What you’ll find is a creamy and comforting, but light fish chowder that celebrates the delicious flavor of salmon, broccoli, potatoes, and carrots. It’s best served fresh, and since it only takes around half an hour of your time, it’s easy to whip up when the craving strikes.

Because of the cream and fish, it doesn’t freeze or store as well as other soups. But it’s so yummy and simple to make with easy to find ingredients. I hope you love it like we do, and it becomes a regular, quick winter meal for you.

Creamy Finnish salmon soup with broccoli and other vegetables

This is just the first among fish soups on the blog. It’s a winner, but when you’ve had your fill of Lohikeitto, be sure to check out my many other winter recipes to warm up your kitchen.

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Creamy Finnish Salmon Soup (Lohikeitto)

This salmon soup with tender bites of fish and veggies cooks in just 25 minutes. It's delicious and healthy.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 502kcal
Author: Jovita | Yummy Addiction


  • 3 tablespoons (45g) unsalted butter , divided
  • 1 cup (100g) leeks , sliced
  • 1 cup (140g) carrots , diced
  • 1 lb. (450g) potatoes , peeled and diced
  • 6 cups (1500ml) fish stock
  • 2 cups (160g) broccoli florets , chopped
  • 1 lb. (450g) salmon fillet , de-boned, de-skinned and cut into cubes
  • 1 cup (250ml) heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon salt , or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice , or to taste
  • 1/3 cup fresh dill , finely chopped


  • Melt 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the leek and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until it softens. Stir in the carrots and potatoes. Then pour in the fish stock and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer the vegetables for 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are justtender.
  • Add the broccoli and salmon chunks to the soup. Simmer for another 5-7 minutes, until the fish is cooked through. Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and heavy cream, until incorporated. Season with salt and ground allspice, and sprinkle with fresh dill. Turn of the heat and serve.


The recipe is adapted from Meillä kotona.


Calories: 502kcal | Carbohydrates: 27.9g | Protein: 37.7g | Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 117.7mg | Sodium: 847.7mg | Sugar: 5.3g
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Finnish
Keyword: fish soup, salmon soup
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Finnish Salmon Soup (Lohikeitto)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 502 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Cholesterol 117.7mg39%
Sodium 847.7mg37%
Carbohydrates 27.9g9%
Sugar 5.3g6%
Protein 37.7g75%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • Ieva
    October 17, 2022 at 7:06 am

    This made a perfect dinner for a cold autumn day! We enjoyed it yesterday, and it was super flavoursome and filling. We loved the dill and all the nutritious veggies in this soup! Great recipe!5 stars

  • Tavo
    October 17, 2022 at 8:03 am

    First time making a salmon soup; I found the recipe exciting, and the whole family devoured it! Really yummy; thanks for the recipe!5 stars

  • Louise
    October 17, 2022 at 11:35 am

    I love how this soup is cozy but fresh all at the same time. Salmon and dill are such good flavour friends, and they really make this soup extra delicious.5 stars

  • Jessie
    October 17, 2022 at 11:44 am

    This fish soup was so warming and delicious! It came together in a snap too!5 stars

  • Kim
    October 17, 2022 at 11:56 am

    I love a good seafood soup, but I’ve never tried one with salmon. This looks delicious, especially with the broccoli!5 stars


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