Good Friday Special Dinner, Make Lohikeitto Fish Soup Recipe
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Are you tired of the same old baked salmon dishes? Take a break and try Lohikeitto - the easy-peasy salmon soup stealing hearts in Finland. It's the perfect quick fix for a busy day, leaving your taste buds tingling. Think of it as a cousin to the beloved Salmon Chowder, but with a more straightforward, minimal ingredient list. This cosy and comforting fish soup can be whipped up quickly with just 7 key components - most of which you likely have on hand. Fish recipes are in demand during Good Friday, as according to Christianity fish and seafood don't fall under the label of flesh or meat. And everyone likes to have some new flavours. Give Lohikeitto a go on the Good Friday dinner spread, and you won't be disappointed!

What is Lohikeitto?

Let's dive into the world of Lohikeitto - the beloved Scandinavian soup that has won the hearts of many. This hearty soup has three main ingredients: salmon, potatoes, and cream, and it is typically cooked in a fish broth. But don't worry if you don't have fish on hand - a vegetable broth will work just as well.


While Lohikeitto is often associated with Finland, other Scandinavian countries have their own versions, such as Sweden's Laxsoppa and Norway's Fiskesuppe. No matter the country, the dish is prepared similarly and traditionally cooked in a Dutch Oven.


Some claim the soup tastes even better on the second day, but who can wait that long to indulge in this deliciousness? If you have any leftovers, don't worry - cooked Lohikeitto can be stored in the fridge for up to four days and reheated quickly on the stove. And for an extra kick, try using hot smoked salmon for an added depth of flavour.

We know you will adore this Finnish salmon soup recipe for several reasons. Firstly, it can be cooked in a single pot and takes less than 40 minutes to prepare. Additionally, the ingredients required are basic and easy to find. Most importantly, the soup bursts with flavours that offer comfort and satisfaction, making it a perfect choice for family dinners.

Lohikeitto Recipe

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Serves: 6


  • 7 cups of vegetable or fish broth
  • 4 medium-sized cubed potatoes
  • 1 small finely minced onion
  • 1 chopped carrot
  • 1 lb salmon
  • 1 cup heavy cream or coconut milk 
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped dill


  • Bring fish or vegetable broth to a boil in an oversized Dutch Oven or stock pot.
  • Add cubed potatoes and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Stir in chopped carrot, minced onion, and coriander and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Add salmon, salt, and pepper and continue cooking for 5 more minutes.
  • Pour in heavy cream and simmer the soup for the final 5 minutes.
  • Adjust the seasonings and ladle Lohikeitto into the bowls.

Serve with rye croutons or crackers.


    *Leeks are traditionally used in this recipe, but regular onion is a suitable replacement.

This year as you prepare your dinner spread for Good Friday, try including this fish soup recipe known as Lohikeitto.