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Want to dress up your fish? This lusciously creamy dill sauce for salmon transforms it into a restaurant quality meal.

Dill sauce for salmon
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Looking to dress up your fish? Try this Dill Sauce for Salmon! This lusciously creamy sauce adds a burst of tangy, herbaceous flavor to everything it touches. It’s fantastic on anything, of course: like carrot sticks, fries, or as a sandwich spread. But it’s most at home with a piece of savory, perfectly seasoned fish: it compliments the rich, buttery notes of salmon perfectly. This one takes dinner from blah to magnificent in just 5 minutes!

Ingredients in this dill sauce for salmon

Dill sauce is a natural pairing with salmon: this delicate herb is often paired with fish in Scandinavian cuisine. Its citrusy, subtle licorice flavor is infused throughout this creamy sauce, which has a simple mix of lemon and herbs. This dill sauce has a bit of richness for drizzling on fish: you’ll only need a small amount for big impact. (Contrast that to our Greek yogurt-based Dill Sauce, which is better used as a vegetable dip or on a falafel sandwich.) Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Sour cream
  • Mayonnaise
  • Finely chopped fresh dill
  • Lemon juice
  • Garlic powder
  • Dried dill
  • Sugar
  • Kosher salt

Ready to make it? Jump down to the recipe below.

Dill sauce for salmon

Fresh vs dried dill

The flavor of this dill sauce for salmon is best with both fresh dill and dried dill! Fresh dill has a unique flavor that’s hard to replicate with only the dried version. However, buying fresh herbs can be expensive and it’s not always possible to access fresh dill. If you can’t find it, use 2 teaspoons dried dill instead (then skip the added dried dill in the recipe).

Why does this dill sauce use fresh dill and dried dill? They’re both essential to the flavor. Fresh dill infuses a light, citrusy, herby flavor whereas dried dill gives a darker complexity. Don’t leave out the dried dill either! The flavor is lacking without it.

Ways to serve this dill sauce for salmon

This dill sauce for salmon works with just about any way you want to cook this fish! Here are a few of our top methods for how to cook salmon, which pair excellently with this sauce recipe:

Dill sauce for salmon

More salmon sauces

Want more ideas for sauces for salmon? There are loads of ways to accessorize this popular fish. Here are some of our top sauces for salmon:

This dill sauce for salmon recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free.

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Dill sauce for salmon

Dill Sauce for Salmon

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2/3 cup 1x
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Want to dress up your fish? This lusciously creamy dill sauce for salmon transforms it into a restaurant quality meal.


  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill (or 2 teaspoons dried*)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried dill
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl. If you’d like the sauce consistency thinner, add water ½ teaspoon at a time. Drizzle over Baked Salmon, Grilled Salmon, or Pan Seared Salmon.


*The flavor with fresh dill is best here, but use 2 teaspoons dried desired (you can then omit the extra ¼ teaspoon dried dill).

  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Essentials
  • Cuisine: Sauce
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Steve says:

    While the internet is still in its infancy (and the useless recipes and comments that seem to prevail) This is simply a keeper. I have tried it out on several people and found it to be well-balanced and proportioned. This is not just me, but other people with taste buds I respect. I’m so happy I found something that works and most importantly, glowing reviews from everyone who wants the recipe! One important fact—it (just like going out for breakfast and using jam) should be at room temperature to enjoy its full flavor.

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Thank you for the comment! We love it as well :)

  2. Isabelle Rosenblum says:

    Made this sauce tonight, and it was the perfect accompaniment to my salmon!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Just made it with dried dill from last years crop. It was great on our baked salmon.
    I will definitely make it again.

  4. matthew says:

    thank you very much for this Dill sauce recipe
    its not just for salmon, its also great on cod its loved by all in my family love it love it love it

  5. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!

    1. Pat Greenway says:

      I would like to know if this sauce should be served hot please