Dill pickle soup (zupa ogórkowa) is a tangy yet creamy traditional Polish soup that’s as delicious as it is unusual. Made with pickled gherkins, this Polish pickle soup is the perfect vegetarian comfort food on a cold winter day.

Prep Time10 minutes

Cook Time30 minutes

Total Time40 minutes


  • 30 g (2 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, diced small
  • 2 celery stalks, diced small
  • 250 g (½ lb) pickled gherkins, diced small
  • 100 ml (½ cup) pickle juice
  • 450 g (1 lb ) potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1.25 litres (5 cups) vegetable stock
  • 200 ml (1 cup) sour cream
  • 30 g (½ cup) fresh dill, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, melt the butter over medium heat and add the onion, carrot and celery stalks. Cook for 5-6 minutes until the veggies soften slightly.
  2. Stir in the pickled gherkins, pickle juice, potatoes amd vegetable stock. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork-tender.
  3. Mix a ladle of soup in the sour cream to temper it, then whisk this mixture in the soup. Stir in the fresh dill and season to taste.
  4. Serve with extra fresh dill, sliced dill pickles and rye bread (or your favourite crusty bread).

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 312Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 1778mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 4gSugar: 12gProtein: 6g