English Cream of Sorrel Herb Soup

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 35 mins

Sorrel is a very old herb that has been used throughout the centuries in England, as well as the rest of Britain and Europe - especially France. I have called this an English soup, as it does not contain any egg yolks, as French Sorrel soup often does. It can be served chilled or hot, and is also delicious made with a combination of sorrel, watercress and other green herbs. You must try to use the small round tipped sorrel leaves, as the large pointed leaves are very bitter! Sorrel is a purgative and an excellent detoxification herb, so you can enjoy your soup as well as cleansing yourself!! Garnish with croutons and finely chopped sorrel leaves.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cubed
  • 300 g fresh sorrel leaves
  • 12 liter vegetable stock
  • 12 liter milk
  • 1 tablespoon creme fraiche or 1 tablespoon double cream
  • salt and pepper


  1. Heat the oil and add the onion and potatoes, stirring all the time, cook them until they start to soften.
  2. Add the stock & milk, season well with salt and black pepper and bring to the boil.
  3. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
  4. 2 minutes before the end of cooking, add the sorrel & the creme fraiche or cream.
  5. Liquidise the soup.
  6. Serve it chilled OR hot, with croutons and finely chopped sorrel leaves.
  7. To serve it chilled:.
  8. Allow it to cool and store in a cool place such as the fridge. Just before serving, add an ice cube to each bowl and pour the soup into the bowl. Garnish as before.
Most Helpful

Quite tasty! I didn't have enough sorrel, so I filled it out with baby Swiss chard. I topped with some maple bacon.

Spectatrix March 27, 2010

I found French Sorrel at the market yesterday and fell in love with the taste as I nibbled on a leaf. I tried this recipe today and absolutely love this soup. I added 4 cloves of fresh garlic along with the onion and potato. I will make this soup again, thank you.

Cattz July 25, 2009

We had a lot of sorrel in the garden just made courgette and sorrel fritters so I was looking for another recipe for sorrel to use it up. We love soup in our house, my DH says you can't make bad soup and he really liked this one. I think my sorrel must have been a bit big as it's not as green as your's but I am glad I made it and hope to make it again before the season ends. thank you FT for a very unusual soup.

Tea Jenny August 09, 2008