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The Best Pan-Seared Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce

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The best Pan-Seared Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce is delicious and easy to make. The luscious dill sauce has creamy mayonnaise, sour cream or yogurt, fresh dill, capers, shallots, and mustard. This salmon recipe is perfect for a quick mid-week supper or special occasion. The dill sauce is irresistible and makes the dish!

Add Sauce to Salmon Filets

Salmon is a delicious fish, and there are many ways to prepare it. This recipe features a creamy, tangy sauce with fresh dill, shallots, lemon, capers, mayonnaise, and sour cream (or yogurt). Guests will love spooning the rich sauce over the pan-seared fish. If you love salmon, you might also enjoy our Blackened Salmon Bites Recipe or Garlic Butter Salmon Scampi.

Seafood recipes and salmon are often used in Mediterranean diet-style recipes for the heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory fat. This is also an excellent recipe for a gluten-free diet anti-inflammatory diet.

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • EASY SALMON DINNER IN UNDER 30 MINUTES
  • FAMILY-FRIENDLY WEEKNIGHT DINNER
  • CREAMY, LEMONY DILL SAUCE IS ADDICTINGLY DELICIOUS!
  • GREAT RECIPE FOR ENTERTAINING

Recipe Ingredients

You’ll need the following simple ingredients to make this Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce

  • 3/4 cup low-fat Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • Juice from ½ a lemon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped capers
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 Salmon Filets
  • Olive Oil

Ingredient Notes

  • You can also use low-fat or full-fat Greek Yogurt instead of sour cream for the Salmon Dill Sauce and make Yogurt Dill Sauce.
  • If you don’t have fresh dill, you can substitute dried dill.
  • Vegan Mayonnaise and Vegan Yogurt can also be substituted.

How To Make Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce – Step by Step

  1. Using a paper towel, pat the salmon dry. Season with salt and pepper
  2. Heat a skillet with olive oil over high heat until the oil is hot but not smoking.
  3. Add the salmon to the pan skin side up. Let it cook for about 4 minutes, then flip. If the
    salmon sticks to the pan, it may not be ready to flip. Once it’s flipped, reduce the
    heat to medium and cook for 4-5 minutes or until the internal temperature of the salmon with a meat thermometer reaches 145 degrees. Once you remove the salmon from the oven, it will continue cooking.
  4. Remove from heat and serve immediately. Top the salmon with a delicious dill sauce.

Creamy Dill Sauce for Salmon

  1. While the fish cooks add the sour cream or yogurt, mayonnaise, finely minced shallots, chopped capers, lemon, dijon mustard, salt, pepper, and fresh dill to a small bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined. Garnish the serving bowl with a little extra dill.
  2. Enjoy this creamy dill sauce over salmon or your favorite seafood.


Pro Tips

  • You can make the creamy dill sauce a few hours ahead of time and keep in the refrigerator before serving at the table.
  • I recommend doubling the creamy dill sauce recipe so guests can add extra.
  • You can also bake the salmon in the oven.
  • Garnish the finished plate with a few sprigs of dill and lemon wedges.

Storage and Reheating

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Additions and Substitutions for Dill Sauce

You can use low-fat yogurt or creme fraiche instead of the sour cream.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve with your favorite veggies, such as sauteed green beans
  • Serve with mashed potatoes or roasted potatoes
  • Serve the salmon at the table with extra dill sauce and lemon edges.
  • Salmon pairs well with a dry white wine or a crisp rose wine.

Frequently Asked Questions for Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce

How do you know your salmon is done?

You can test the internal temperature of your salmon by placing a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the filet. Once the temperature reaches 145 degrees F, remove the salmon from the pan and let it rest for a few minutes to absorb the juices.

Can you prepare baked salmon with creamy dill sauce?

You can place the seasoned salmon filets on a greased sheet pan in a 350-degree oven for approximately 12-15 minutes or until the internal temperature of the salmon reaches 145 degrees F.

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The best Pan-Seared Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce is delicious and easy to make. The luscious dill sauce has creamy mayonnaise, sour cream or yogurt, fresh dill, capers, shallots, and mustard. This salmon recipe is perfect for a quick mid-week supper or special occasion.

  • Author: Sherie Friedlander
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 15 Minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean Diet
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

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  • 2 Salmon Filets
  • 3/4 cup low-fat Sour Cream
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped capers
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • You can also use low-fat or full-fat Greek Yogurt in place of the sour cream.

Instructions

How To Make Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce 

  1. Using a paper towel, pat the salmon dry. Season with salt and pepper
  2. Heat a skillet with olive oil over high heat until the oil is hot but not smoking.
  3. Add the salmon to the pan skin side up. Let it cook for about 4 minutes, then flip. If the salmon sticks to the pan, it may not be ready to flip. Once it’s flipped, reduce the heat to medium and cook for 4-5 minutes or until the internal temperature of the salmon with a meat thermometer reaches 145 degrees. Once you remove the salmon from the oven, it will continue cooking.
  4. Remove from heat and serve immediately. Top the salmon with a delicious dill sauce.

Creamy Dill Sauce for Salmon

  1. Add all sour cream or yogurt, mayonnaise, finely chopped shallots, capers, lemon, dijon mustard, salt, pepper, and fresh dill to a small bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined.
  2. Enjoy this creamy dill sauce over salmon or your favorite seafood.

Notes

  • You can make the creamy dill sauce a few hours ahead of time and keep in the refrigerator before serving at the table.
  • I recommend doubling the creamy dill sauce recipe so guests can add extra.
  • You can also bake the salmon in the oven.
  • Garnish the finished plate with a few sprigs of dill.

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