Polish Vegetarian Dill Pickle Ogorkowa Soup

This all season Polish Vegetarian Dill Pickle (Ogorkowa) Soup is a tangy, flavourful, hearty dish made using cucumbers pickled in seasoned brine (vinegar free).  It’s simple, easy to make and tastes fantastic the next day too!

Polish Vegetarian Dill Pickle Ogorkowa Soup


Dill Pickle Ogorkowa Soup is a very popular dish in Poland.  It is typically made with meat, but in this post I will show you how to make a vegetarian version of it.  This recipe is essentially a basic root vegetables soup with added pickled cucumbers.  It’s simple, cheap and easy to make!

Dill pickles

The pickled cucumbers are the star of this soup so you need to make sure you buy the right kind.  There are really 2 types of pickled cucumbers – some are pickled in vinegar while others in seasoned natural brine.  This soup is made using the latter – read the label carefully and ensure there is NO VINEGAR in the product.

The reason is that cucumbers pickled in natural brine taste quite different from ones pickled in vinegar.  So you would get very different soups.  While both types of pickles are delicious, this particular soup requires dill pickles in brine.  Otherwise it won’t taste authentic.

Depending on where you live you might come across Pickled Gherkins or Dill Pickles but these may contain vinegar so to avoid confusion it is best to get ‘ogόrki kiszone’ from your nearest Polish delicatessen.  The ones I got looked like this:


Polish Vegetarian Dill Pickle Ogorkowa Soup


The brine consists of a few spices, salt and water and it’s additives free.  Despite its simplicity it is full of flavour (if you like sour food you will love this product!).  It’s amazing how much flavour there is in a simple little pickle – the brine is absolutely delicious and I ended up adding a whole cupful to the soup (along with 6 pickles).

Naturally gluten and dairy free

Polish dill pickle soup is often thickened with flour and served with sour cream, as are many other soups in Polish cuisine. But this recipe doesn’t require either, in my opinion.  So this dill pickle soup can be enjoyed gluten free as well as dairy free and vegan.


Because dill pickles are so flavourful this simple dish does not need much in the way of spices.  Pepper will suffice.  It’s best to season this dill pickle ogorkowa soup only with pepper as it’s cooking and perhaps add a bit of salt (if any) once it’s cooked. The brine and pickles are quite salty so you may not need to add any.


Polish Vegetarian Dill Pickle Ogorkowa Soup


How to make Polish vegetarian dill pickle ogorkowa soup

Ogorkowa soup is incredibly easy to make!  It does require a bit of chopping and grating but once you’ve prepped the vegetables it takes minutes to put together.  Start by frying the onion, leeks and bay leaf in a bit of oil in a large pot.  Then add the other vegetables, including the dill pickles and cook for a few more minutes.  Add in the rest of the ingredients, cover, bring to the boil, then simmer for about 50 minutes.  Remove from the heat and add the butter.  Taste the soup to see if it needs any salt.  Enjoy!

How to make a meat version of this soup

If you would like to make this soup with meat I would suggest using a couple of chicken thighs, one chicken leg or about 3 chicken drumsticks (without the skin).  Simply add the chicken into the pot along with the onion and leek.  Then add all the other ingredients as per instructions.  Do not use chicken breast as the meat will be very dry after an hour of cooking.

More Polish Soup Recipes

If you like this Polish pickle ogorkowa soup you may also like this Sauerkraut Vegetable Kapusniak Soupanother hearty, tangy Polish dish!  You might also enjoy my post on How To Make Vegetarian Borscht.  For a non-vegetarian recipe try my Homemade Chicken Noodle Rosol Soup


Polish Vegetarian Dill Pickle Ogorkowa Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr

This all season Polish Dill Pickle Ogorkowa Soup is a tangy, flavourful, hearty dish made using cucumbers pickled in seasoned brine (vinegar free). It's simple, easy to make and tastes fantastic the next day too!

Course: Lunch, Soup
Cuisine: Polish
Keyword: dill pickle, ogorkowa, soup
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Everyday Healthy Recipes
  • 6 dill pickles ogorki kiszone, coarsely grated
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 small leek finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot peeled, coarsely grated
  • 100 g celeriac peeled, coarsely grated
  • 3 large potatoes peeled, cubed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 vegetarian stock cube
  • 3 tablespoons good vegetable oil
  • 3.5 cups hot water
  • 1 cup dill pickle brine
  • 1 tablespoon butter or non-dairy spread
  • Pepper to taste
  1. In a large pot heat up the oil, add the bay leaf, onion and leek, stir and cook over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes until soft.
  2. Add the celeriac, carrot, potatoes and dill pickles, stir and continue cooking for 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Season with pepper, add the stock cube, water and pickle brine, stir, cover and simmer for about 50 minutes (until the potatoes are soft). Remove from the heat, add the butter, stir and serve.

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  1. I have never heard of a dill pickle soup before but it sounds so good and I love reading new recipes! Happy Fiesta Friday 🙂

  2. This looks so interesting and delicious! I have never had a soup with dill pickles in it and I definitely want to make this for the family the next time I head to the grocery store. I’ve been trying to branch out when it comes to soups and entrees. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Since being back in Britain, if I’m feeling homesick for Slavic lands, I just go to my local Polish supermarket, and spend a bit of time perusing the shelves, and listening to people chatting! And then I buy a block of fresh chałwa, a huge bunch of dill, some sauerkraut, veggies, and beans, then come home and make soup!

    Not with chałwa though, ha ha!

    I’m about to go there now to buy some dill pickles to make this awesome looking soup! Thanks so much for sharing! xx

    • Thanks Nico, there are so many international shops everywhere now there is virtually nothing we can’t get here, which is great! I hope you like the soup, do let me know how it turns out:)

  4. ANytime a non-Polak hears about pickle soup, they are weirded out..and everytime a non-POlak tries pickle soup…they wish they’d been Polish the entire time 😉
    Najlepsza zupa! Sprobuje Pani przepis – ciekawy czy lepszy od przepisu mojej Babci i mojej Mamy.

  5. I lived in Poland for a couple of years when I was teaching English and I loved the sourness that you get in some Polish soups but I never had a clue how to recreate it. I didn’t use to do much cooking at the time but would love to have a go at it now and bring back some memories. Thanks for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice

    • I remember you mentioned you’ve spent some time in Poland. Glad to hear you liked the food, yes, there are a lot of sour recipes as Polish people love pickling:) most recipes are actually really easy to make, you just have to have the right ingredients – good thing there are Polish shops everywhere!

  6. It’s a blast from the past for me Monika! 🙂 I still very vividly remember my grandma’s ogorkowa, it was the best and sadly I haven’t had it for years now. Really like your veggie version, it looks and sounds delicious!

  7. Have never heard of dill pickle soup, but since I LOVE dill pickles, I’m sure I would love this soup. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks for stopping by! This soup is very popular in Poland, always has been and it exists in various versions throughout Eastern Europe, and if you like dill pickled I know you’d love them in a soup too. If you make it I’d love to know how it turned out:)

    • POlish dishes are the best. Most are so basic and actually come out of poverty…but they beat out so many other “haute” cuisine 😉 Try salata jarzynowa…mizeria…pulpety…szarlotka…sernik wiedenski (which is Polish-not-Polish haha)…oh so many good ones…zupa pomidorowa (with egg yolk to make it cream!)…pierogi with sauerkraut and mushrooms or pierogi with meat…or with fruit and topped with SWEET sour cream…ahhhhhh!!!!!