This creamy lemon dill sauce is the perfect companion for baked salmon, chicken, and other seafood dishes. Tangy, fresh and only takes a few minutes to put together.
Salmon is one of my personal favorite proteins to make for so many different reasons. Not only is fresh salmon good for you it's super easy to prepare and requires very little prep time or ingredients. There are many delicious ways to prepare salmon. The options are endless.
Really, all good salmon fillets need are some fresh herbs, olive oil or butter, and bright citrus. They take very little time to bake and can be the perfect weeknight meal or dressed up for a fancy occasion.
Salmon can be baked, grilled, steamed, smoked or even air fried. Some of our favorite ways to make salmon are grilled with some herbs, butter, and garlic or baked then topped with some fresh pesto. These are just a few quick ways to prepare a complete salmon dinner.
However you like to prepare your salmon don't forget to serve it with this creamy dill sauce recipe. It's very simple to make and can add so much flavor to your next salmon dinner. It also goes great with any veggies you prepare with your salmon. Green beans, asparagus, and tomatoes are all great options.
My go-to simple salmon recipe is a butter and herb spread, topped with some lemon slices and then baked (or grilled) until tender, juicy and flaky. I then serve it on a bed of rice and this easy dill sauce. It's a complete meal I can have on the dinner table in less than 30 minutes.
This sauce calls for simple ingredients and takes only about 5 minutes to put together. Here is what you will need:
- Greek Yogurt or Sour Cream: Greek Yogurt will give it more of a tangy taste and sour cream is much more subtle.
- Fresh Lemon juice
- Fresh Dill Sprigs
- Sea Salt
- Black Pepper
- Granulated Sugar
See full quantities in the recipe card.
Just a few easy steps to make a sauce that will complete your salmon dish:
Take the dill sprigs and pull off all the fresh dill. Roughly chop it up.
In a small mixing bowl add the mayo, yogurt (or sour cream) salt, pepper and lemon.
Add in the fresh dill and mix everything with a spoon until creamy and smooth.
Serve right away or chill for a couple of hours. While it certainly can be used right away the longer it chills the better it is.
Chilling the sauce gives it time for all the flavors to come together. I recommend at least 2 hours. This sauce is always better the next day.
Drizzle sauce on top of the salmon and enjoy!
Parsley - Fresh parsley can be used along with the dill or in place of it. Sometimes dill can be hard to find so in this case fresh parsley can be used.
While a food processor or blender can certainly be used, it isn't necessary. Just roughly chop up the dill and mix with a spoon in a small bowl.
Small Jar: I love using these small Weck jars for sauces.
This sauce will keep up to a week in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Do not leave this sauce out at room temperature for more than 30 minutes. When mayo is left out for long periods of time, it can go bad.
This creamy sauce will not hold up well to freezing so use it within the week. When mayonnaise is thawed it can cause the ingredients to separate which will alter the texture and the overall taste of this sauce.
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Lemon Dill Sauce for Salmon
- ½ Cup Mayonnaise
- ¼ Cup Greek Yogurt or Sour Cream
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice About Half a Lemon
- 2 Tablespoons Fresh Dill Chopped
- ¼ teaspoon Sea Salt
- ⅛ teaspoon Black Pepper
- Pinch Granulated Sugar
- Remove dill leaves and roughly chop up.
- In a small mixing bowl mix all the ingredients until creamy smooth.
- Serve right away or chill for a few hours. The longer it chills the better it gets.
- Store in an airtight container for up to a week.