Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce

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Salmon with creamy dill sauce with rice or quinoa and may be some grilled veggies on the side! This is a perfect lazy day meal, and great during summertime. The yogurt dill sauce is the star of this dish which goes so well with grilled food. Be it vegetables, seafood or meat.

This salmon with creamy dill sauce was one of the first popular dishes from my blog. I had first shared it in 2011 when my blog was called ‘Sunshine and Smile’. I republished it with better photo and content.

Summer grilled seafood and veggies

Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce

Salmon fillet is seasoned with salt and pepper and then grilled just until it’s cooked to creamy flaky texture. Doesn’t take more than 3 minutes on each side on a hot grill pan. You can use outdoor grill too.

The Creamy dill sauce is a simple yogurt-based sauce. You can add any spice you like. I kept it very minimal with salt, sugar, little bit of cumin powder and lots of fresh dill leaves. The flavor comes out so refreshing.

I paired the Salmon with Creamy dill sauce with pearl couscous, and some grilled zucchini from the garden. I also had some green onion, that I sliced in half and grilled it along size the salmon.

Salmon with creamy dill sauce

Cooking the Salmon:

Cooking salmon is simple but tricky, and I can get very picky about the texture. It has to be flaky and cooked to perfection where the salmon just melts in your mouth. That’s very important for me.

So the timing is crucial.

You can bake the salmon fillet in the oven at 375 F for 15 minutes. The timing will change depending on the size of the fillet.

For this particular dish, I grilled the salmon on a hot grill pan for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side. I like the grill marks.

Summer grilled seafood and veggies

The creamy dill sauce:

I have used this creamy dill sauce in lots of grilled meat or kebab like dishes. It’s just a quick blend of yogurt, fresh dill leaves, cumin powder, salt and pinch of sugar.

Variations you can add to the sauce:

  • Add some avocado if you like
  • Fresh cilantro and mint could be used instead
  • Pinch of wasabi for the kick
  • Green chili or jalapeno for heat
Creamy Dill Sauce

Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce is a quick easy meal that I like to prepare fresh and serve right away.

Here are more salmon dishes to try!

Salmon with creamy dill sauce

Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce

Yield: Serves 3
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Salmon with creamy dill sauce with rice or quinoa and may be some grilled veggies on the side! This is a perfect lazy day meal, and great during summertime. The yogurt dill sauce is the star of this dish which goes so well with grilled food. Be it vegetables, seafood or meat.

Ingredients

  • Two salmon fillet ( 7.5 oz each)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ¼ cup fresh dill leaves
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly cracked pepper

for the pearl couscous

  • 1 cup pearl couscous
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 cups vegetable stock or hot water

other ingredients (optional)

  • 2 green onion
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced

Instructions

  1. Rub little salt and pepper on both the side of the salmon fillet and leave it aside for 15 minutes.
  2. If you are using zucchini and green onion, then rub little salt and pepper on zucchini slices. As the green onion, I sliced it in half the lower white part to grill and finely chopped the green area to cook with the pearl couscous.
  3. To prepare the couscous, melt the butter and add the garlic. Stir for a minute the add the couscous. Stir the couscous in the butter until the color changes to mild golden color. Then add the finely chopped green onion and the vegetable stock or water. The vegetable stock I used had saltin it. You will have to add salt to taste accordingly.
  4. Bring it to boil and then let it simmer in medium heat until the water is absorbed, and the couscous is cooked. Layer the cooked couscous on a serving platter.
  5. While the couscous cools down a little, heat the grill pan and brush the oil on it. Then layer the salmon fillets carefully and let it cook for 3 minutes on each side. Also grill the zucchini and sliced green onion along with the salmon.
  6. Once done, layer the salmon and the grilled veggies on the couscous.
  7. To prepare the creamy dill sauce, just blend the yogurt, dill, salt, sugar and cumin powder.
  8. Drizzle the creamy dill sauce on top of salmon and serve right away!

Notes

Cooking the Salmon:


Cooking salmon is simple but tricky, and I can get very picky about the texture. It has to be flaky and cooked to perfection where the salmon just melts in your mouth. That’s very important for me.

So the timing is crucial.

You can bake the salmon fillet in the oven at 375 F for 15 minutes. The timing will change depending on the size of the fillet.

For this particular dish, I grilled the salmon on a hot grill pan for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side. I like the grill marks.

Salmon with creamy dill sauce
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35 Comments

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

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

  • nisha
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    nisha
    June 4, 2011 at 3:56 AM

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

  • Kirstin
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    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!!

  • Kate@Diethood.com
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    June 4, 2011 at 11:11 AM

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

  • ShopCookMake
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    ShopCookMake
    June 4, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    mmmmmmmmm, Salmon screams summer BBQ to me.

  • Tanvi
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    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 way..you are luckier than me!

  • Tina (PinayInTexas)
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    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
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    sally
    June 4, 2011 at 4:18 PM

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

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

    What an inviting meal! I love that creamy sauce…

  • purabi naha
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    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
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    daksha
    June 5, 2011 at 5:07 AM

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

  • Swathi
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    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
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    gloria
    June 5, 2011 at 8:53 AM

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

  • SinFoodie
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    SinFoodie
    June 5, 2011 at 10:21 AM

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

  • Roxana GreenGirl
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    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
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    torviewtoronto
    June 5, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    love the combination must be aromatic with the dill looks wonderful

  • aarthi
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    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
    https://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/2011/05/chocolate-recipe-and-chocolate.html

  • Manu
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    pity
    June 6, 2011 at 3:34 PM

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

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking
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    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
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    Christine
    June 6, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    Great recipe! Thanks for sharing.

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

    Thanks friends for the lovely comments 🙂

  • Krithi
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    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…

    http://krithiskitchen.blogspot.com
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  • CarringtonATL
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    CarringtonATL
    March 25, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Thanks for the inspiration for my latest post! It was AMAZING!
    http://damesdining.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/home-cook-shoutout/

  • Debbie
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    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
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    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. http://thegrubery.blogspot.com/2012/06/salmon-with-creamy-dill-sauce-recipe.html

  • Nancy
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    Nancy
    August 26, 2020 at 5:54 AM

    Your Dishes is so amazing.