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This salmon sandwich recipe is bursting with flavor! Top the savory fish with feta crumbles and creamy dill sauce.

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Want an interesting way to serve salmon? Try a salmon sandwich with creamy dill sauce! There’s something so satisfying about a good fish sandwich, and why not swap in salmon for the traditional breaded fish? Add a fillet of seasoned pan seared salmon onto a bun, then top with feta crumbles, red onion and creamy, lemony dill sauce. Our entire family loves this one. Here’s how to make it!

Ingredients for this salmon sandwich

You can build a salmon sandwich with many different ingredients. This one highlights as fresh fillet of salmon, pan seared until tender, with a creamy dill sauce. If you prefer smoked or canned salmon, go to this Smoked Salmon Sandwich or Salmon Salad Sandwich: both incredibly delicious options. But if you’re looking for a sandwich with fresh salmon or a leftover cooked fillet, this recipe is your best bet! Here are the ingredients you’ll need for thsi recipe:

  • Salmon fillets, skin on (wild caught if possible)
  • Old Bay seasoning
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Dill Sauce
  • Buns or focaccia bread
  • Baby arugula
  • Red onion slices
  • Feta cheese crumbles
Salmon Sandwich

How to cook the salmon: pan fry or grill

This salmon sandwich recipe works with any type of cooking method for salmon. In the recipe below, you’ll see instructions on how to pan fry the salmon. But if it’s grill season, grilled salmon is the way to go. You can also use any of the following options for how to cook salmon, adjusting the flavor to align with the Old Bay seasoning in this recipe.

  • Pan seared: It’s fast and easy, and cooks in about 10 minutes. Go to the recipe below!
  • Grilled: If it’s the season, pull out the grill for this one. Go to Easy Grilled Salmon.
  • Broiled: This cooking method is very quick and totally hands off. Go to Quick Broiled Salmon.
  • Baked: This oven baked salmon is a stand-by easy cooking method.

How to buy a great piece of salmon

This salmon sandwich is dependent on one thing: the quality of the salmon! Unfortunately there’s no way to “fix” poor quality salmon: even drowning it with a sauce. Keep in mind: lower quality salmon can taste fishy and have a mushy texture. You can use frozen salmon, but we’ve found that fresh salmon tends to taste better and be higher quality. Here are a few tips:

  • Buy wild caught salmon. Fish that is wild caught in your country is usually a sustainable choice. There are also quality options in well-regulated farms; see Seafood Watch Consumer Guide. Buy it fresh from the fish counter if you can; frozen works too.
  • Look for US caught (if you’re in the US). 90% of the seafood we eat in the US is imported. Imported seafood runs the risk of being overfished, caught under unfair labor practices, or farmed in environmentally harmful ways.
  • Coho is a good choice for great flavor. Coho salmon has a mild flavor and is a great mid-priced option for a sandwich. Atlantic salmon is cheaper but typically farmed salmon, so we tend to avoid it. However, we have found some good quality Atlantic salmon fillets at the fish counter so the quality depends on your specific grocer.
Dill sauce for salmon

For the dill sauce

This salmon sandwich owes everything to the creamy dill sauce, which drapes everything in a luxuriously silky, herbaceous drizzle. You can also use the sauce simply for serving with plain grilled, broiled or pan seared salmon for a simple meal: it adds a bright pop of flavor and looks lovely too.

The sauce requires simple ingredients and comes together quickly. You’ll need sour cream, mayonnaise, fresh dill, lemon juice, garlic powder, dried dill, sugar and salt.

Alternative sauce ideas

Not a big dill person? Just make sure to serve this sandwich with a creamy sauce, otherwise it’s much too dry. Here are a few alternative salmon sandwich sauce ideas:

This tasty salmon sandwich is perfect as a healthy dinner recipe: we love it especially as a summer dinner on the patio. But of course, it works in any season! Let us know if you try it in the comments below.

Salmon Sandwich

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Salmon Sandwich

Salmon Sandwich with Dill Sauce

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This salmon sandwich recipe is bursting with flavor! Top the savory fish with feta crumbles and creamy dill sauce.


  • 1 pound salmon fillets, skin on (wild caught if possible)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for brining
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 recipe Dill Sauce
  • 4 buns, focaccia bread, or other buns 
  • Baby arugula
  • Red onion slices
  • Feta cheese crumbles


  1. Brine the salmon* (optional): In a large shallow dish, whisk together 4 cups room temperature water and 3 tablespoons kosher salt until dissolved. Place the salmon in the water and wait for 15 minutes. Otherwise, allow the salmon to come to room temperature. 
  2. Pan sear the salmon (or grill the salmon): Pat the salmon dry with a clean towel. Sprinkle it with the kosher salt, Old Bay seasoning, and generous grinds of fresh ground pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the salmon skin side up and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until cooked about halfway to the center of the thick part of salmon.
  3. Flip the salmon (a fish spatula makes easy work of it). Tilt the pan down slightly and quickly spoon the pan juices over the top of the fish a few times. Spoon the pan juices a few times again. Cook for 2 to 5 minutes, depending on the thickness, until just tender and pink at the center (the internal temperature should be between 125 to 130 Fahrenheit in the center when removed). If the pieces are very thick, you can place them in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven to finish cooking. Remove from the heat.
  4. Prepare the toppings: Make the Dill Sauce. Toss the arugula with a bit of olive oil and a few pinches kosher salt. Thinly slice the red onion.
  5. Serve: To serve, place the cooked salmon on the buns. Top with arugula, red onion slices, feta cheese crumbles, and the dill sauce. Serve immediately.


*This is most important for salmon that is lower quality; it helps to reduce the white stuff that comes out when cooking fish (albumin).

  • Category: Salmon
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Seafood

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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