Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce

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It’s already June and I still don’t feel the heat in this part of the world. It gets sunny for few days and then, it starts raining. The water in the ocean still feels very cold and walking on the beach is not that much fun. Another three months and then, it will be Fall again!! Is it only me or the year is really flying by too fast..

It was one of those bright warm mornings and I knew exactly what to make for lunch. Well, I actually woke up with the idea of this meal.. sign of being a foodie, I guess 🙂

Arvind’s office is very close to our home and he gets enough time to drive home for a quick lunch. That makes me a very happy wife 🙂 I never enjoyed eating alone.

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He is not much of a fish lover and prefers it only as deep fried or crispy pan fried with lot of spice rub on it. So, whenever I try to make something different with fish, I prefer to ask him and give him an idea of what to expect. As I was cooking this meal, I had a feeling that it will be delicious and even though, I was not using any spice rub on the fish, it will still make his tummy very happy 🙂

Dill is one of my favorite fresh herbs and I love to use it on seafood, either as a garnish or as a sauce. I think dill marries perfectly well with salmon. The sauce was super quick and easy to make. It was so yummy that I made it again the next day to eat with some deep fried fritters. You can make this sauce in advance and save it for a couple of days in the refrigerator.

I wanted to keep the meal simple and yet flavorful. So, I made some rice with roasted cumin and frozen pea. It turned out to be a delightful combo. You can definitely use any other sides to go with the fish, but if you enjoy rice, this is an amazing combination to try.

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Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce


Ingredients for the sauce

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup fresh dill
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried parley
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper

Rest of the Ingredients

  • 2 salmon fillet
  • 1 cup frozen pea
  • 1 tbs cumin seed
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 thin slice of lemon
  • salt
  • pepper
  • oil


  1. Using a food processor, all the ingredients under the sauce to form a nice smooth puree and your sauce is ready.
  2. Season the salmon fillet with some salt and pepper. Keep one slice of lemon on top of each fillet.
  3. Bake it for 30 minutes at 350 F.
  4. After the salmon is baked, fry it in a hot pan for about 3 minutes on each side to get a nice crisp color.
  5. Cover it with the aluminium foil and keep it in the oven. This will keep it warm while you make the rice.
  6. In a deep pan, heat 1 tbs oil.
  7. Add the cumin seeds and once it starts sizzling, add rice and frozen pea.
  8. Saute for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  9. Add 2 and 1/2 cups of water and bring it to boil.
  10. When it starts to boil, lower the heat to medium and cover the pan.
  11. It should take about 10 or a little more minutes for the rice to cook.
  12. Drizzle the sauce on the salmon and enjoy it with the rice . It was a perfect happy meal for warm spring afternoon!

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  • Maria @ Scandifoodie
    Maria @ Scandifoodie
    June 4, 2011 at 12:49 AM

    Yum, what a great dish! That sauce sounds truly delicious!

  • nisha
    June 4, 2011 at 3:56 AM

    not a fish fan..but the rice and sauce recipe is definitely a keeper:)

  • Kirstin
    June 4, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a nice comment. I am going to try this recipe. We LOVE salmon and I make it fairly often. I especially love it on the grill. I typically make a “teriyaki” type marinade that also uses dill, lemon pepper and garlic powder as the herbs to run on top. Yummy. Then I top it with lemon and onion slices while it grills….YUM.

    My hubby isn’t a seafood fan, but loves salmon, so I’m going to try this for something new and “fresh” tasting!!

    [email protected]
    June 4, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    That is a beautiful sauce, Kankana! Thanks for sharing… I’m definitely making that!

  • ShopCookMake
    June 4, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    mmmmmmmmm, Salmon screams summer BBQ to me.

  • Tanvi
    June 4, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    You Know- I love the color of salmon but dont like the taste much-its slightly bitter for me- more used to eating white fish.That dip sounds amazing. My hubby- doesnt touch seafood any which are luckier than me!

  • Tina (PinayInTexas)
    Tina (PinayInTexas)
    June 4, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    My family is a big fan of salmon…and we really love it in any way it’s cooked.
    This looks like a nice light summer meal, Kankana! And the sauce looks really good.

  • sally
    June 4, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Your creamy dill sauce sounds wonderful! Dill is one of my favorite herbs too!

  • Ameena
    June 4, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    My favorite fish ever is salmon. Too bad my hubby doesn’t like it, but that means there will be more for me!

    Great recipe!

  • Treat and Trick
    Treat and Trick
    June 5, 2011 at 1:54 AM

    What an inviting meal! I love that creamy sauce…

  • purabi naha
    purabi naha
    June 5, 2011 at 2:20 AM

    Kankana, a really light sauce and it would really match with the flavour of salmon very well. I loved the sight of the peas pulao too!!

  • daksha
    June 5, 2011 at 5:07 AM

    Lovely platter, i like ur peas pulao and sauce ahhhh…….just yummmmm…

  • Swathi
    June 5, 2011 at 8:13 AM

    This salmon and dill yogurt sauce looks dleicious with that simple rice. Absolute comfort meal. My hubby comes to lunch, so that he can see the little one.

  • gloria
    June 5, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    Love salmon and this look delicious, amazing pictures!! gloria

  • SinFoodie
    June 5, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    This looks absolutely amazing. The creamy sauce is very tempting.

  • Roxana GreenGirl
    Roxana GreenGirl
    June 5, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    oh my goodness, if that doesn’t meal great dinner than nothing does. Oh, and the perfect cooked salmon… I’m so hungry

  • torviewtoronto
    June 5, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    love the combination must be aromatic with the dill looks wonderful

  • aarthi
    June 5, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    This looks yummy….you have a lovely blog…I am having a giveaway in my blog..Y dont you check and join that

  • Manu
    June 6, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    What a lovely way to cook salmon! I love dill too and I really think you got the perfect combination of flavors in that sauce! I too am not a huge fun of seafood, but I always enjoy salmon! 🙂

  • Richard Haber
    Richard Haber
    June 6, 2011 at 7:29 AM

    This is a timely recipe. We are getting a lot of fresh salmon locally and are looking for ways to prepare it healthily and still vary the flavors. Various sauces and toppings work for us and we will take inspiration from yours (finding a substitute for the cream ;->) the next time we serve salmon.

  • Sarah Naveen
    Sarah Naveen
    June 6, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    That looks awesome..a complete lunch..nice clicks too
    having husband at home for lunch makes us so happy right …

  • tigerfish
    June 6, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    I do hope we get 3 months of sunshine. It is like, they say it is Spring but I don’t even see much of that. Then Summer but it is still raining occasionally! So unpredictable!

    You have a lovely one-dish meal here. Love that.

  • Juliana
    June 6, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Kankana, your creamy dill sauce is just a perfect combination with salmon…beautiful dish and great with the rice/peas. What a lovely and healthy meal.
    Have a great week ahead 🙂

  • pity
    June 6, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    a wonderful combination of flavours, love it! cheers from london

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking
    Sandra's Easy Cooking
    June 6, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    What a tempting photos…yummy! I love the nice salmon and dill sauce..fantastic combination!!! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!

  • Christine
    June 6, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    Great recipe! Thanks for sharing.

  • Suman Singh
    Suman Singh
    June 8, 2011 at 3:31 AM

    Love the creamy sauce..I haven’t cooked anything like this so far..looks so YUM!

  • Ananda Rajashekar
    Ananda Rajashekar
    June 8, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    This is a divine meal, in dill sauce i add few dried mushroom it gives a special kick, love it any time when it come with salmon! Gorgeous pic!

  • Nami @ Just One Cookbook
    Nami @ Just One Cookbook
    June 9, 2011 at 12:13 AM

    Oh my goodness Kankana… this is a BEAUTIFUL dish! It’s unfortunate that I cannot eat this dish unless I cook it. Haha. I love the 2nd picture. Just lovely. 🙂

  • Kankana Saxena
    Kankana Saxena
    June 9, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Thanks friends for the lovely comments 🙂

  • Krithi
    June 15, 2011 at 6:35 AM

    Dear, the year is indeed flying super-fast, atleast for me… already june now..
    Your salmon looks super cool with dill sauce.. on my what a lovely color… you have paired it well with the peas pulao.. so elegantly presented…
    Event: Healing Foods – Banana

  • CarringtonATL
    March 25, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Thanks for the inspiration for my latest post! It was AMAZING!

  • Debbie
    June 27, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    I love salmon and I love this recipe! I am definitely going to try making this meal soon. Thank you for sharing.

  • Jullee
    June 28, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    I tried this recipe and it turned out so well. That sauce was off the charts tasty. I made a couple of small changes and blogged about it.