Bright sunchoke soup with lemon, orange and lime

Sunchokes (Topinambur in German) are funny little creatures. They have a mildly sweet, nutty flavor with a hint of artichoke, which is how I think they got their name – actually they are a type of sunflower. When making this soup, make sure to use fresh sunchokes, they keep in the fridge only for a few days. In any case, the pairing with very bright citrus flavors works perfectly for the sunchokes, especially during this endless winter…


Recipe: Bright sunchoke soup with lemon, orange and lime


  • Two teaspoons of vegetable oil
  • One onion
  • Half a teaspoon of brown sugar
  • One pound of sunchokes
  • One orange
  • Two lemons
  • One lime
  • Zest of one lemon
  • One teaspoon of shiro miso, or vegetable broth
  • 125 ml half a cup of oat milk or cream
  • Water
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh herbs


  • Wash and peel the sunchokes (with a potato peeler for example) and chop them into rough pieces. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan.
  • Finely dice the onion and fry until translucent. Deglaze the onion with the brown sugar, keep stirring. Add the sunchokes to the pan and roast for a minute with the onions and the sugar.
  • Squeeze the juice from the orange, the lemons and the lime and add everything to the pot. Lower the heat and let the sunchokes simmer in the citrus juices for five minutes.
  • Then stir in the miso paste, stirring until it dissolves. (If you don't have miso at home, just use vegetable broth instead of water for the next step.)
  • Add about 500 ml (two cups) of water (or vegetable broth to replace the miso) and let the soup simmer for about fifteen minutes. Then add the oatmilk or cream and simmer for another five minutes or until the sunchokes are soft.
  • With an immersion blender or in a mixer, puree the soup. Add some more water if the consistency is too thick. Put the soup back on the stove and season with lemon zest, salt and fresh pepper. Serve with a few fresh herbs.

  1. Beauties! I love the produce shots, and I can just imagine the citrusy notes of this soup. What a perfect winter dish!

  2. Wow, believe it or but I’d never heard of sunchokes until now! I love learning new types of food so not only does it look great but thank you for sharing!

    • luckystaranise

      Happy to hear that my dear, hope you’ll like them – not everyone does (see Darya’s comment below :) but I think you might! xx

  3. never cooked a sunchoke before, will have to try this recipe. Looks beautifully delicious!

  4. bright, indeed! i’ve never had sunchokes, nor have i ever had a citrus-y soup. this looks lovely and sounds happy and refreshing!

    • luckystaranise

      thanks so much dear myriam, yes it’s a nice sunny dish for grey winter days…

  5. I love sunchokes! Unfortunately, my boyfriend hates them, so I hardly ever use them, but I would love this bright and refreshing soup. Your pictures are wonderful.

    • luckystaranise

      Thank you dear Darya, too bad he doesn’t like them! it’s true they can have a strong taste sometimes. I think the citrus flavors help :) xx

  6. Thank you for reminding me that it has been AGES since I have had a sunchoke. What a lovely velvety soup!

    • luckystaranise

      Thank you so much, same here, I almost never make them at home, don’t know why!

  7. Never had this veggie before so I tried tonight your recipe and I can say now: I like sunchokes! Thank you for sharing this recipe Sophie!

  8. Just made this and it is wonderfully fresh tasting. Trying to determine what to pair this with for the evening meal. Any thoughts? I am vegan and my husband is not….

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