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Russian Fish Soup Recipe for Ukha Made with Salmon and Vegetables. Copyright © 2021 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.
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Russian Fish Soup Recipe for Ukha

This easy Russian fish soup recipe for ukha is based on a centuries-old traditional Russian soup that was said to be a favourite of emperors and peasants alike. A fisherman’s soup, ukha historically included several types of fish – usually perch, pike, trout, and/or salmon – and was traditionally made with a fish head stock. These days, things are kept simple and it’s typically made with one type of fish – we’ve used salmon – some seasoning, vegetables and fresh dill, and is served in dark rye bread and sour cream.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: dinner, Lunch, Soup
Cuisine: Russian
Servings: 4
Calories: 917kcal
Author: Lara Dunston


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion large, chopped into 1 cm-wide slices
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 litres water
  • 400 g salmon sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 2 tsp ground pepper or to taste
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 large carrot peeled, sliced into rounds, chopped into quarters
  • 2 large potatoes peeled, diced into pieces same size as carrot
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill


  • In a soup pot, fry onion and garlic in olive oil for a few minutes until onion is transparent.
  • Add two litres of water, 100g salmon, potatoes, carrots, bay leaves, pepper, sugar, paprika, and bring to boil.
  • Reduce heat and add remainder of the salmon and half the fresh dill, taste, and continue to simmer until potatoes are cooked.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning if needed, then ladle into bowls and garnish with the rest of the fresh dill, add a dollop of sour cream, and serve with dark rye bread.


Calories: 917kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 82g | Fat: 54g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 220mg | Sodium: 4877mg | Potassium: 2433mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 10948IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 5mg