Polish Dill Pickle Soup

Polish Dill Pickle Soup (AKA Polish Potato Soup)Tangy and creamy Polish Dill Pickle Soup, a potato soup variation with added intrigue! 

Creamy Polish Dill Pickle Soup (AKA Polish Potato Soup)
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The first time I ever tasted Polish Dill Pickle Soup was at a neighborhood potluck. The theme was “Baltic Night” and every family was required to bring a dish from a country bordering the Baltic Sea.

It was fun to see (and taste) the wide array of north-eastern european dishes everyone cooked. We brought Potato Latkes and Swedish Creams to the party. However one of our friends brought the show-stopper of the evening, Polish Dill Pickle Soup!

Classic Polish Dill Pickle Soup (AKA Polish Potato Soup)

Without tasting it, my first impression was…. Weird. Pickles in soup?

But then I started thinking of all the southern dishes like chicken salad, potato salad, and even sloppy joes that incorporate pickles. I would have tried it anyway, yet this closer-to-home thought process changed my attitude.

Needless to say, the Polish Dill Pickle Soup was delicious! A silky potato-based soup with fresh herbs and tangy dill pickles speckled throughout.

Perky and creamy Polish Dill Pickle Soup (AKA Polish Potato Soup)

Several months later I had the opportunity to go to Poland and taste Polish Dill Pickle Soup in its place of origin. Of course, it was utterly fabulous. Just the right balance of richness and acidity.

Brined and fermented foods are of great importance to Polish culture. Historically, these foods have been a saving grace through the long cold winters and years of hardship. Poles have learned to use them in tantalizing ways.

Pickle soup is just one of example of their ability to make something comforting and delicious with limited resources.

Perky Polish Dill Pickle Soup (AKA Polish Potato Soup)

If you love potato soup and you love dill pickles, Polish Dill Pickle Soup needs to be on your must-make list.

It’s a cozy and unique potato soup variation that is low fat, gluten free, and budget-friendly!

Perky and creamy Polish Dill Pickle Soup (AKA Polish Potato Soup)
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Polish Dill Pickle Soup

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
Amazing Polish Dill Pickle Soup Recipe - A creamy potato soup with tangy pickles speckled throughout. This is pure Polish comfort food!
Servings: 8 Servings
Nutrition Facts
Polish Dill Pickle Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 166 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 1421mg 59%
Potassium 624mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 6g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 84.5%
Vitamin C 12.4%
Calcium 5%
Iron 7.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large sweet onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 1/4 cup chopped carrots
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 russet potatoes, peeled, quartered, and thinly sliced
  • 10 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup grated dill pickle, from 2-4 whole dill pickles
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1-2 tablespoons pickle juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped dill

Instructions

  1. Prep all the vegetables and grate the pickles. Place a large stock pot over medium heat and add the butter. Once melted, add in the onions. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, then stir in the celery, carrots, and garlic. Sauté for another 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Once the veggies have softened, add the sliced potatoes, broth, grated pickle, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil and simmer the soup for 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft. Remove the bay leaf, and use an immersion blender the puree the soup a little to thicken the base. Do not fully puree.
  3. Remove 1 cup of soup base from the pot. Stir to cool. Quickly whisk in the egg yolks into the small portion of soup. Whisk fast so the yolks incorporate smoothly into the base, not scramble. Then whisk the egg mixture back into the pot. Simmer for 5 more minutes. This gives the entire pot of soup a luxurious silky texture.
  4. Stir in 1 tablespoon dill pickle juice and fresh dill. Taste, then add more pickle juice if desired and salt and pepper as needed.

Recipe Notes

NOTES: 1) The pickles, pickle juice, and broth add salt to the soup. Do not salt unless needed at the end. 2) If you don't have an immersion blender, you can thicken the soup by placing 2 cups of soup in a standard blender. Open the vent in the lid and cover  the blender. Then cover the lid with a kitchen towel for safety. Puree the soup and stir back into the pot.

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21 comments on “Polish Dill Pickle Soup

  1. Thomasposted December 4, 2018 at 8:16 pm Reply

    I live in what is referred to as the low country of coastal South Carolina. We have a Polish Restaurant here that serves Dill Pickle soup. I often order it and I love it. Their soup has basically the same ingredients as mentioned in this recipe with the exception of shredded cabbage or it may be sour kraut. I thought I would try making a pot of this soup and use the kraut and maybe diced kielbasa sausage. What do you think of the addition of these items. Are there any adjustment you would recommend.

    • Sommer Collierposted December 6, 2018 at 6:17 am Reply

      Hi Thomas!

      I haven’t tried it that way, but it sounds delicious to me. If you give it a go, please report back. :)

  2. Hollieposted November 19, 2018 at 10:14 am Reply

    I do not have an emersoon blender and it says to use regular blender to blend 2 cups. It that only 2 cups blend? Or blend all but 2 cups at a time? Thanks

    • Sommer Collierposted November 20, 2018 at 10:44 pm Reply

      Hi Hollie!

      You only blend a portion of the soup to use as a thickener. But you still want chunks, so don’t blend it all.

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  4. Craigposted December 31, 2017 at 7:35 pm Reply

    Soup is fantastic! I’m Polish and had dill pickle soup for first time this year at a Polish restaurant in Hamtramck, Michigan and loved it. I’ve made this recipe three times now and everyone always asks for seconds! The eggs added for the silky texture is a great touch. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  5. Billyposted December 19, 2017 at 4:02 pm Reply

    This soup looks delicious! I love dill pickles but have yet to try it in a soup, I can’t wait to make this for my family! thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Lizposted September 11, 2017 at 1:46 pm Reply

    It’s delicious!!! I added some bratwurst, used a little cream instead of eggs, homemade chicken stock instead of vegetable, and topped with sour cream and fresh dill. Amazing!!

  7. Kelsey van Stolkposted July 23, 2017 at 12:55 am Reply

    This soup was delicious! I made it exactly to the recipe and it turned out perfectly! Great flavour and texture! 

  8. Jessica McKnightposted March 21, 2017 at 9:37 am Reply

    I LOVE pickles and soup! Putting them together seems like a no-brainer :) Do you think I could make this in a crockpot? I imagine I could put everything in, cook for a few hours, then blend and do the yolk thing toward the end??

    • Sommerposted March 29, 2017 at 8:05 pm Reply

      Hi Jessica,

      I’ve never made it in the crockpot, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Yes, definitely mix in the yolks at the very end. :)

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  10. Julieposted February 26, 2017 at 7:44 am Reply

    Hi!  By Dill pickle, do you mean dills pickels marinated in a bottle….sorry for my anglish!1. Thank you!!!

    • Sommerposted March 1, 2017 at 7:18 pm Reply

      Hi Julie,

      Yes, use jarred dill pickles. Like hamburger pickles! :)

  11. MPaulaposted February 26, 2017 at 3:27 am Reply

    I can’t imagine an alternative for egg yolks but the recipe sounds delectable.

  12. Yvette N.posted February 25, 2017 at 9:49 am Reply

    Made this for dinner last night. My husband is Polish, so he was all for trying something new.!Thanks for all your fun recipes each week.

  13. Justineposted February 24, 2017 at 11:40 pm Reply

    What’s the purpose of the egg? Can something else be substituted since we have an egg allergy and this looks so good!

    • Sommerposted March 1, 2017 at 7:19 pm Reply

      Hi Justine,

      The egg yolks give the soup a silky texture. You can skip them if you like.

  14. Maria Lichtyposted February 24, 2017 at 1:52 pm Reply

    What a combo! Ill have to give it a try!

  15. Natalie Rposted February 24, 2017 at 8:42 am Reply

    My family is Polish and dill pickle soup (aka Ogorkowa Zupa) is the BEST! Similar to your initial reaction, many of my friends have made weird faces at the idea of pickles in soup, but once they try it (especially when my mom makes it), they’re hooked. It’s always amazing to see different food pairings from other countries! Thanks for sharing :)

  16. Julie @ Running in a Skirtposted February 24, 2017 at 8:21 am Reply

    What an interesting twist on vegetable soup! I love pickles, so I think I’d love this. It looks so thick and rich too!