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Keto Magiritsa - Greek Easter soup

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine Ancient Greek
Servings 8


  • 500 g (17,6 oz) lamb liver it's traditional to also use heart, lungs and other organs
  • 4 small spring onions
  • 2 whole bay leaves dried
  • 2 tbsp goat butter
  • 1/2 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 litres (8 cups) warm water
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper freshly ground
  • 5 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 3 tbsp dill freshly chopped


  • Wash and clean the organ meat. Finely chop it and set aside. You can use just the liver, but a traditional recipe calls for various lamb organ meats. 
  • In a deep pot, pour half of the oil and add goat butter. let it melt and then add finely chopped spring onion. stir with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes. Now add the organ meat and stir well. Let it change the colour from all sides. Cover the pot with a lid and let it saut√© for 5 minutes. 
  • Add 1 litre of warm water, bay leaves, sea salt and mix well. Cover the pot and let it cook for 30 minutes at low temperature. Now add the rest of the water, stir and let it cook for another 30 minutes.
  • Beat the egg yolks with freshly ground black pepper and add lemon juice and lemon zest to it. Now, very slowly, using a ladle, add some of the hot soup. Pour very slowly while beating the egg and lemon mixture with a whisk or a fork. after you've added 4 ladles of soup, the mixture is ready.
  • Remove the pot from the stove and start adding the egg and lemon mixture to the soup. You have to do it really slowly while whisking the soup energetically. This will prevent crumb creation.
  • Return the soup on the stove at a lowest possible temperature and keep stirring with a whisk. After 5-10 minutes the soup will thicken. Remove it from the stove. Add the rest of olive oil and keep stirring. 
  • Before serving, sprinkle the soup with freshly chopped dill. 


In many original recipes, romaine lettuce is used. I did not want to include it because of the recent bacteria outbreak in northern America that I've been reading about. However, if you are located in Europe, you can add some chopped romaine lettuce to the soup in the last 15 minutes of cooking. 
You can also add finely chopped collard greens or even wild greens.
This soup is a nutritional bomb and every Ketonian should give it a try. If you are Greek, this should be your Easter Keto soup! Nobody will notice it's Keto!
Keyword Magiritsa