These sauce for salmon ideas are the best ways to dress up your fish! Try dill sauce, chimichurri, miso sauce and more.
Need a little something to dress up your fish? Baked salmon and grilled salmon are go-to’s in this house. Here’s a trick for how to take them to the next level: simply add a sauce! Glistening green chimichurri covers the salmon in a garlicky, herbaceous blanket, or lemon caper sauce makes a tangy, bright pop. Try miso sauce for loads of umami, or creamy dill sauce for a classic spin. Each of these sauces brings something new to the table: and you can mix them up while the fish bakes.
Here’s a rich and creamy sauce for salmon that's a hit every time: lemon dill sauce! The great thing about this sauce recipe is that there’s no cooking required at all. All you need is 5 minutes to stir it together in a bowl! The amount of flavor you’ll get from the humble ingredients will blow you away.
Chimichurri sauce is a great way to take salmon from meh to stunning! This Argentinian classic is simple to whip up and adds bright, garlicky flavor to grilled meats, chicken, fish or vegetables. There’s nothing this sparkling green sauce can’t do, and it takes salmon to new heights. It's perfect with grilled salmon.
Try this lemon caper sauce for salmon! This magical meld is so full of savory, salty, buttery goodness, you’ll want to swim in it. Drape it over a piece of grilled or baked salmon, and you won’t want each bite to end. Just a small drizzle packs a huge punch!
Here’s an impressive dinner idea that’s packed with umami and fantastically irresistible: Miso Salmon! This miso glaze that’s so full of flavor, you’ll want to brush a glossy swipe onto just about everything. One of the ultimate ways to use it? On a tender fillet of salmon. Brush it on before and after broiling, and it’s absolutely stunning.
Ready for the perfect zingy sauce for salmon? Try pesto salmon! Bright green pesto goes hand in hand with tender baked fish to make a stunning dinner. Because really: what isn’t better with a little pesto on top?
Need an easy sauce for salmon for weeknights? Try this Maple Glazed Salmon! The fish comes out perfectly tender and flaky, the best part? It’s liberally spread with a sweet and tangy maple balsamic glaze. It's so tasty and takes just a few minutes to cook in the broiler.
Want a tasty sauce for salmon? Try this Lemon Garlic Salmon! The tender, flaky fish is draped in a lemon butter sauce that tastes like pure gold. It’s rich and zingy, bringing a pop of flavor to each bite. Adding a sauce makes this salmon so much more flavorful than just spritzing it with juice.
Here’s a creamy sauce for salmon you need in your repertoire: a great remoulade sauce! This zingy mayo-based condiment is eaten all over the world, often with seafood. It’s typical to Cajun and Creole cuisine, but it’s actually French in origin. The way the rich mayo and briny capers meld with the seafood is out of this world. Serve with Salmon Burgers, Pan Seared Salmon or Grilled Salmon.
Here’s a genius kitchen move: 5-minute pesto cream sauce! Did you know you can simmer pesto and cream and it thickens into a sauce? Just throw these two ingredients into a pan and voila! You’ve got a beautiful, bright green sauce that’s perfect for salmon. Try with Easy Grilled Salmon or Oven Baked Salmon.
Last up: this easy sour cream sauce? This one takes just 5 minutes to put together: and it tastes incredible! This cooling sauce uses garlic, onion and chives to make a quick sauce that’s bursting with savory flavor. It’s great with Grilled Salmon or Broiled Salmon.
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The best ways to cook salmon? Here are a few basic ways to cook salmon that are ideal for adding sauces:
Generously sprinkle the salmon with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper. Place it on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake the salmon for about 10 minutes until flaky and just cooked; test it with a fork to assess doneness. Watch the salmon to make sure not to overcook; the timing can vary based on the thickness of the salmon and variations between ovens.
While the salmon bakes, 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.)
Serve the salmon and garnish each fillet with 2 tablespoons of the lemon dill sauce. Save leftover sauce refrigerated.