Yield: 5 healthy servings

Kjotsupa Icelandic Lamb Soup Recipe

Icelandic Lamb Soup Recipe

Kjotsupa is soul food in Iceland. The dish, usually served steaming hot, is perfect for warming up during the long, cold winters. This Icelandic food can be served either as a starter or as a hearty main dish for your Icelandic meal.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 chopped cabbage
  • 4 carrots cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 1/2 diced rutabaga
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 4 potatoes sliced into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup brown rice
  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • 2 1/2 lbs lamb chops cubed


  1. Set your large pot on the stove and set to medium heat.
  2. Once hot, add olive oil and allow to heat. Add garlic and saute for one-to-two minutes.
  3. Add lamb cubes and sear on all sides until browned.
  4. Once lamb chops are browned add chopped onion and fry for one minute or until onion is softened on the edges but not all-the-way through.
  5. Add water and brown rice. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil for five minutes.
  6. Reduce heat to medium and stir in thyme and oregano.
  7. Cover and continue cooking for 40 minutes.
  8. After 40 minutes add cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, rutabaga, and potatoes.
  9. Cover and cook for 20 minutes.
  10. Serve hot in a bowl.


You'll need a large pot and a large stirring spoon.