Rassolnik (Pickle Soup)

Rassolnik — is a soup that is part of Russian cuisine. It's especially famous for its unusual taste which is due to the combination of pickles and barley (or rice).
Rassolnik (Pickle Soup)


  • 7 us liquid quarts water
  • 2 chicken leg quarters
  • 1 onion (medium, finely chopped)
  • 1 carrot (medium,finely chopped or grated)
  • 1 tomato (medium,peeled, finely chopped or grated)
  • 4 potatoes (medium,peeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes)
  • 5 pickles (medium, finely chopped or grated)
  • 2/3 cup pickle juice
  • 3/4 cup barley ((or rice))
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream (+ for topping, about 1 tablespoon per serving)
Prep time:
10 minutes
Cook time:
1 hour, 15 minutes
Total time:
1 hour, 25 minutes
Yield: 8 Servings | Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 1 hour, 15 minutes | Total time: 1 hour, 25 minutes


1. Bring 5 quarts of water and chicken to boil in a large pot. Remove all scum. Reduce heat, cover and let simmer for about 50 minutes (until meat is tender).
Rassolnik (Pickle Soup) photo instruction 1
2. Remove meat and set aside to cool slightly. Then cut it from bone and into bite-size pieces. Return to pot.
3. Prepare the vegetables. Place the potatoes and barley in pot.
Rassolnik (Pickle Soup) photo instruction 2
4. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a separate skillet over medium heat. Saute onions and carrots in it for about 3 minutes, then add pickles and tomato. Stir in 1 tablespoon sour cream. Saute for another 3 minutes.
Rassolnik (Pickle Soup) photo instruction 3
5. Place the mixture in broth, add the pickle juice, bring the soup to boil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, until the barley is soft and the potatoes are ready.
Rassolnik (Pickle Soup) photo instruction 4
6. Serve in 5-10 minutes, topped with sour cream.


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msfoodie July 29, 2013 3:10 PM
Soup came out wonderful. I followed the recipe as written, it’s not too pickly. My parents loved it so much that they took the leftovers home with them. Highly recommend it – I will definitely make this again.

Love Russian soups!

sarah_friedman May 31, 2013 9:14 AM
I am giving this recipe a five due to the wonderful flavor combination. Yummy... and different! I'm sure this one will soon become a favorite in my house.

This soup was delicious.

marisa April 19, 2013 11:32 PM
I was surprised by this soup. I expected it to taste a lot like pickles, but other ingredients combine well to make a unique taste. This one has become a favorite in my house. Thanks!

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