Dill Pickle Soup Recipe

The BEST homemade Dill Pickle Soup Recipe. Tender beef chunks with pickles, vegetables, barley, and potatoes in a hearty broth. This soup is so unique but the best bowl of soup for cold evenings.

Whether it’s a bowl of loaded Creamy Potato Soup or hearty Beef Chili, soups are always on the menu during the cooler weather.

Dill pickle soup in a Dutch oven with a ladle in the pot.

what is dill pickle soup-

Though a lot of people will argue that dill pickle soup originates from Poland, I remember my Ukrainian mom serving the soup as far back as I can remember. This soup sounds like a weird combination, but I just LOVE it! The seasoned tender meat in a hearty broth loaded with pickles, potatoes, barley and sauteed vegetables is a treat to be had. I also love adding dried mushrooms, they add so much flavor but that is totally optional.

This is one of those soups that just get better the longer it sits, kind of like borscht. I love to make a huge pot and then just enjoy it for days.

A bowl of dill pickle soup next to another bowl of soup, bread and spoons.

how to make pickle soup-

This pickle soup is so simple to make. If you don’t have time to season the meat, that’s fine, just skip that step. However, I’d highly recommend you try that sometime, it’s AMAZING!

1. Season the meat. Cube meat into about 3/4″ even pieces. Season with the salt, pepper, sliced garlic, and crushed bay leaves. Cover meat and refrigerate until ready to use (see detailed instructions in THIS recipe). You want to allow the meat to sit for two days (and up to five days), or at least overnight.

2. Soup. In a large pot (or Dutch oven), bring water and broth to a boil. Rinse the seasoned meat and add to the pot along with the rinsed barley, bay leaf and drained mushrooms. Cook 30 minutes, frequently removing impurities that rise to the top.

TIP: If using dried mushroom, soak them in hot water according to the package instructions while the liquids are coming to a boil. THESE are the mushrooms we used.

2. Sauteed vegetables. In a skillet, saute the onion until tender, add the carrots and cook until carrots are tender. Stir in the garlic, tomatoes and ketchup and cook until fragrant. Set aside.

3. Potatoes and dill. Meanwhile, cube the potatoes and grate the dill pickles. Add potatoes, pickles, brine, sauteed vegetables and seasonings to pot and cook 10-12 minutes, until potatoes are tender.

Herbs: Add your favorite herbs to the soup once it’s cooked. You can use cilantro, parsley, dill or a combination of the herbs. I love herbs so I add a generous portion to the soup.

How to season meat and rinse dried mushrooms for this simple pickle soup.

mom’s special soup-

Growing up, we were very poor. We lived in a really small town in Ukraine and soups were an affordable meal for the entire family. My mom would pickle cucumbers while we had them fresh in the garden and then make the soup from homemade pickles.

Growing up, I didn’t care too much for the soup. Actually, it wasn’t until I started having kids that I started to really enjoy the soup. Then, it became my “favorite” soup my mom would bring me whenever I was ill or we were traveling and came home and all you want is soup. She’d bake her famous bread and make this soup and we’d all go to her house for dinner. So, this soup truly has a special place in my heart and I hope you’ll love it just as much as we do.

Do you have a recipe that is this special to you with a story behind it? I’d love to hear about it in the comments. 🙂

Pickle soup in a large white pot topped with greens and a ladle in the pot.

Enjoy this classic Russian/Ukrainian soup (or Polish, ha). This is my go-to soup when I am not feeling good. I don’t know what it is about it that just makes everything better. 🙂

try these other favorite soup recipes:

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5 from 6 votes

Dill Pickle Soup Recipe

The BEST homemade Dill Pickle Soup Recipe. Tender beef chunks with pickles, vegetables, barley and potatoes in a hearty broth.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Russian, Ukrainian
Keyword: pickle soup
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 245kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner


Meat Seasoning-

  • 1 lb beef, cubed
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 4 bay leaves, crushed


  • Pour boiling water over the dried mushrooms, allow to sit per package instructions.
  • Cut meat into bite-size pieces. Slice the garlic cloves. Break the bay leaves into small pieces. Add the bay leaves, garlic, salt and pepper to meat and mix. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • In a large pot, bring chicken broth and water to a boil.
  • Rinse seasoning off meat. Add the meat, bay leaf and barley to pot. Turn heat down to medium, cook about 30 minutes. Remove scum and fat that accumulates and floats to the top during cooking.
  • Chop the onion finely. Add to a large skillet with 1 Tbsp oil and saute 3 minutes over medium heat. While the onion is cooking, grate carrots.
  • Add carrots to the skillet with another 1 Tbsp oil. Cook until carrots are tender.
  • Add the minced garlic, diced tomatoes and ketchup; saute until garlic is fragrant.
  • While meat is cooking, peel and cube the potatoes. Add to a bowl and cover with cold water so they don’t turn color. Set aside. Grate the pickles.
  • Cook the soup 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Add your favorite herbs.
  • Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Dill Pickle Soup Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 245 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 1567mg68%
Potassium 721mg21%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 1418IU28%
Vitamin C 21mg25%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Show 18 Comments
  • Jeremy 11/18/2019, 1:42 pm Link Reply

    This was delicious! It is similar to another recipe for Rassolnik that I found but the addition of the pickle brine and mushrooms really set it apart. I used 1 14oz can of diced tomatoes instead of the fresh, fresh mushrooms, and a whole (small) bunch of dill. It came out great. I posted a picture on my instagram @ jeremy.eats

    • Valentina's Corner 11/18/2019, 5:51 pm Link Reply

      Thanks so much for trying our soup, Jeremy. Oh I love the idea of fresh mushrooms and lots of dill! I’ll be sure to head over and check your creation.

  • Grace 11/16/2019, 12:10 am Link Reply

    I can’t believe how amazing this soup was and never had meat seasoned, it’s seriously life changing. Thanks Val.

    • Valentina's Corner 11/16/2019, 12:11 am Link Reply

      Thanks so much for sharing, Grace. That just makes me soooo happy. 🙂

  • jessica 11/15/2019, 8:44 pm Link Reply

    Do you use a grater with a large holes (for pickles) .Thanks

    • Valentina's Corner 11/15/2019, 11:06 pm Link Reply

      I’ll fix that in the recipe, Jessica. Yes, just grate on the large holes. I’d love to hear your feedback on the soup if you give it a try.

  • Brittany 11/12/2019, 7:41 pm Link Reply

    Wow, I LOVE this recipe so much! It is deliciously hearty and perfect for a cozy day. Thank you for sharing!

    • Valentina's Corner 11/12/2019, 8:51 pm Link Reply

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the Pickle Soup, Brittany. Thanks for giving our recipe a try.

  • Suzy 11/12/2019, 12:05 am Link Reply

    Such a sweet memory! I love how food can bring us back to our childhoods or memories! It looks incredibly good and I can’t wait to try it!

    • Valentina's Corner 11/12/2019, 12:38 pm Link Reply

      I know, the recipes with a story behind it are the best kind.. I hope you love the soup, Suzy.

  • Krissy Allori 11/11/2019, 7:11 pm Link Reply

    I love dill pickles. I’ve tried a few different dill pickle soup recipes. This one is my favorite by far.

    • Valentina's Corner 11/11/2019, 11:36 pm Link Reply

      Thank you so much, Krissy! 🙂

  • Toni 11/11/2019, 5:23 pm Link Reply

    I’ll confess, I was skeptical when I made the soup wondering how the flavor would be. We loved it! So hearty. I also loved the backstory about your mother. Thanks for sharing this family treasure.

    • Valentina's Corner 11/11/2019, 11:37 pm Link Reply

      This soup is very unique, I am glad you liked it! 🙂

  • Anna 11/11/2019, 4:00 pm Link Reply

    This is such a unique soup! We loved it!

    • Valentina's Corner 11/11/2019, 11:37 pm Link Reply

      Anna, glad you liked this pickle soup! 🙂

  • Matt Taylor 11/11/2019, 3:38 pm Link Reply

    This soup recipe is fantastic! I can’t wait for the cooler months here in Arizona. I love soup! 🙂

    • Valentina's Corner 11/11/2019, 11:37 pm Link Reply

      This soup is perfect for the colder weather! 🙂

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