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This lemon dill sauce is quick and easy! It takes just 5 minutes to stir together and is perfect on salmon or as a dip for veggies.

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Here’s a rich and creamy sauce that’s perfect for salmon, fish or veggies: lemon dill sauce! The great thing about this sauce is that there’s no cooking required at all. All you need is 5 minutes to stir it together in a bowl.

What we love about this recipe: The amount of flavor you’ll get from a few ingredients will blow you away. We make this one over and over in our house, and it’s perfect for everything from baked salmon to grilled chicken to veggie power bowls. This lemon dill sauce is ready to shine! Here’s how to make it and ways to serve it.

Ingredients in lemon dill sauce

This dill sauce takes only 5 minutes to mix up and is so tasty, you’ll want to use it on just about anything! Many dill sauces are cooked, but this one is just a matter of stirring up the ingredients. Alex and I make this one often when we’re in need of a simple, crowd-pleasing drizzle. To make lemon dill sauce, simply stir together these ingredients (or see the full recipe below):

  • Fresh dill. It’s important to use fresh dill in this recipe. If you’re in a pinch, you can substitute 2 teaspoons dried dill for the 2 tablespoons fresh.
  • Mayonnaise and Greek yogurt. The richness of the sauce is cut with a bit with Greek yogurt. making it creamy and zingy.
  • Lemon. Fresh lemon is key for the zingy flavor.
  • Garlic powder and onion powder. These spices add big flavor.
Key ingredients in lemon dill sauce: lemon and fresh dill

Tips for how to make lemon dill sauce

There are just a few tips about this sauce to know before you mix it up:

  • Make your desired consistency by varying the water. There can be a lot of variation in thickness between Greek yogurt brands. Add just enough water to come to the right consistency, adding a little more as necessary.
  • Double the recipe if desired. This sauce makes just under ¾ cup. If you think you’ll be using it in a recipe that requires more sauce, make 1.5 or 2 times the amount.
Lemon dill salmon
This makes a fantastic lemon dill sauce for salmon!

Ways to serve lemon dill sauce

This lemon dill sauce is perfect with salmon: in fact, the first way we served it was this lemon dill Salmon. But there are so many more uses! Here are a few of our favorites:

Best recipes with fresh dill

When the summer hits, our garden always has an abundance of dill. It’s so easy to grow fresh dill: all you need is a few pots and a sunny ledge: no garden space required! (Go to How to Grow Herbs.) If you’ve got lots of fresh dill, or just love buying copious amounts like we do, here are a few of our best dill recipes to use it:

  1. Pickles: Why not make your own dill pickles? They’re crisp and delicious, full of amazing tangy flavor.
  2. Potato salad: Throw fresh dill into this dill potato salad and you’ll be amazed at the fresh, beautiful herby flavor.
  3. Cucumber salad: Cucumbers and dill are a classic pair. Try classic cucumber salad or creamy cucumber salad.
  4. Dips: Fresh dill is fabulous in dips. Try dill pickle dip or dill sauce.

Dietary notes

This lemon dill sauce recipe is vegetarian and gluten-free.

Frequently asked questions

What is lemon dill sauce made of?

This creamy or mayonnaise-based sauce typically features mayonnaise, lemon juice, fresh dill, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Sometimes, sour cream or Greek yogurt can be used as a base for a lighter option.

What does lemon dill sauce taste like?

The sauce offers a delightful balance of fresh, tangy lemon flavor with the herbaceous aroma and slight pepperyness of dill. The creamy base ties it all together for a smooth and flavorful sauce.

Is lemon dill sauce hot or cold?

Lemon dill sauce is typically served cold or at room temperature.

Can I use dried dill instead of fresh?

Yes, but fresh dill offers a more vibrant flavor. If using dried dill, use ½ teaspoon for every 1 tablespoon of fresh dill called for in the recipe.

What can I add for a richer flavor?

A dollop of Dijon mustard or a sprinkle of freshly grated parmesan cheese can add depth and complexity to the sauce.

What foods does lemon dill sauce pair well with?

This versatile sauce complements a variety of dishes! It’s perfect with seafood (like salmon, cod, or shrimp), roasted vegetables, potato salad, or even as a dip for crudités.

How long does lemon dill sauce last?

Store leftover sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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Lemon dill sauce

Easy Lemon Dill Sauce

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: About ¾ cup 1x
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This lemon dill sauce is quick and easy! It takes just 5 minutes to stir together and is perfect on salmon or as a dip for veggies.


  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped dill
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons water


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the sauce ingredients, adding the water last. Use the water to bring it to a loose, drizzle-able consistency. (You may need a touch more depending on your yogurt brand.) Enjoy immediately or store refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: American
  • 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. Arlene Bernstein says:

    I am a senior citizen .just met the love of my life..we need to learn to cook.i haven’t cooked much since 1980.