This Creamy Dill Sauce will elevate your salmon to the next level. This easy homemade dressing is made with lemon, fresh dill, garlic, and yogurt or sour cream. Spread this over any of your favorite baked, grilled, or smoked fish.
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Why You Will Love This Sauce
- Enhances Flavor: Dill sauce adds a burst of freshness and flavor to salmon. Its slightly tangy profile complements the richness of the fish without overpowering its natural taste.
- Balances Richness: Salmon’s oily and rich texture is beautifully balanced by the lightness and brightness of dill sauce. The sauce’s herbal notes cut through the fish’s richness, enhancing the overall dining experience.
- Versatility: Dill sauce is incredibly versatile and can be customized with various ingredients like sour cream, yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic, or mustard. This versatility allows for different flavor profiles to suit individual tastes.
- Ease of Preparation: It’s relatively easy to make and requires minimal ingredients, making it a convenient and quick addition to a salmon dish.
- Plain Greek Yogurt or Sour Cream
- Fresh Lemon
- Fresh or Dried Dill
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Salt and Pepper
What Dill Tastes Like
Dill has a really fresh taste along with a tangy flavor. The aftertaste can be slightly bitter with a hint of sweetness. It pairs well with fresh lemon because it adds acidity and citrus flavor.
Fresh or Dried Dill
Dry herbs usually have a more intense flavor compared to fresh herbs because the drying process concentrates the flavor compounds, so you can use much less. The flavor profile of dried herbs can be very different.
I love to use fresh in this recipe because it has a bright flavor, great to use in dishes that aren’t cooked.
Fresh dill is stored in the fridge and has a much shorter shelf life compared to dried dill. The decision of which one to use is a matter of preference and what works best for your situation.
How to Make Creamy Creamy Dill Sauce for Salmon
Full detailed instructions are below in the recipe card.
- Combine mayo, Greek yogurt or sour cream, fresh dill, fresh lemon juice, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper to taste in a bowl.
- Stir and mix well.
How to Substitute Mayo
You can omit the mayo if you want and use an equal part sour cream or plain Greek yogurt.
Why It Pairs Well With Salmon
The sauce pairs wonderfully with fish because the light and fresh flavor complements the rich taste of the seafood. The herbal flavor of the dill helps to balance out the oily taste of the fish.
How Long it Will Last in the Fridge/How to Store
The sauce will last tightly covered and sealed for 3-4 days in the fridge.
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Creamy Dill Sauce for Salmon
- 1/2 cup mayo See notes.
- 1/2 cup Plain Greek Yogurt or sour cream
- 2-3 tablespoons fresh dill (I used 3 sprigs) 2-3 teaspoons if using dried dill.
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice Adjust to suit your taste. Use less for less lemon flavor.
- salt and pepper to taste
- Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir.