Paula’s Traditional Salmon Soup Recipe


Creamy salmon soup made by my mother is almost always served at our family parties. Many Finnish families have their own versions of salmon soup for both celebration and everyday life. Here’s the traditional salmon soup recipe a la our friend Paula. We were excited to hear her secret for a more festive salmon soup as well – and especially about the possibility to share it here with you!

Paula's traditional salmon soup recipe with Finnish homemade rye cracker

Like usually in our recipes, also here the ingredients are simple.

Ingredients of traditional salmon soup recipe

There is a Finnish saying: “too many cooks spoil the soup”. In this case, it meant that we forgot the fish broth from the picture above. But here it is too – shown by Paul herself! Fish broth for traditional salmon soup recipe

Traditional salmon soup recipe a la Paula

(for four persons)

  • 500 g of potatoes 
  • 1 onion 
  • 2 carrots 
  • 450 g of salmon
  • 1 fish broth cube or equivalent fondue 
  • Salt 
  • Dill
SaimaaLife Stiina and Paula making traditional salmon soup

The more cooks the more fun even if it doesn`t always go as planned – we think.

The simple steps to do this salmon soup:

Sauté the sliced onion in a saucepan.
Peel and dice the potatoes and carrots.
Add the chopped ingredients to the saucepan and fry for a while.
Add water until veggies are covered.
Boil almost cooked.

Adding salmon to traditional salmon soup recipe

Depending on the seasons you can modify the soup by using different fish. In Saimaa for example vendace (“muikku”)soup is common. Or to use perch (“ahven”) in fish soup.

Add sliced salmon and fish cube/fondue.
Bring to a boil and add plenty of fresh dills.
Salt the soup if needed.

Hyvää ruokahalua! Bon appetit!

Paula's traditional salmon soup

Here’s also Paula’s tip how to get a touch of luxury to your fish soup:

Use some white wine and fennel to upgrade the soup. My tip is also to add some cream and rye croutons. 

saimaaLife ladies enjoying traditional Finnish salmon soup with rye cracker

Rye bread or cracker goes well with the side of the soup. Click to read Paula’s rye cracker recipe!

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Many thanks to Paula for sharing this recipe with us!

With love from Saimaa,

Stiina & Mari

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