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Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce Recipe

Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce Recipe

There's nothing like fresh salmon, and my mom bakes it just right so it nearly melts in your mouth. The sour cream sauce is subtly seasoned with dill and horseradish so that it doesn't overpower the delicate salmon flavor. —Susan Emery, Everett, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 salmon fillet (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1 small onion, sliced and separated into rings
  • 6 lemon slices
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 3/4 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • Pepper to taste


  • 1. Line a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with heavy-duty foil; grease lightly. Place salmon skin side down on foil. Sprinkle with lemon-pepper and onion salt. Top with onion and lemon. Dot with butter. Fold foil around salmon; seal tightly,
  • 2. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Open foil carefully, allowing steam to escape. Broil 4-6 in. from the heat for 8-12 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.
  • 3. Combine the sauce ingredients until smooth. Serve with salmon. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

4 ounces cooked salmon with about 2 tablespoons sauce: 418 calories, 33g fat (11g saturated fat), 100mg cholesterol, 643mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 26g protein.

Reviews for Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce

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Debbiechris User ID: 8898463 251702
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2016

"This one is a keeper. The dill sauce can be used as a veggie or chip dip too. I had some fresh dill but I also added dry along with a zest of a lemon. Rely good and easy to."

JennyB3668 User ID: 7434948 249279
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2016

"Quick and fantastic!"

lisahughes User ID: 8721992 247900
Reviewed May. 5, 2016

"This was great! No changes needed. Will make this again."

Ssandy02 User ID: 8824911 246597
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2016

"Loved this mild sauce... Very good"

tjthomas1962 User ID: 8655746 244490
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2016

"This was the best ever salmon recipe I think I have made. The dill sauce was mouthwatering!!! Loved it."

harp10 User ID: 7024803 243919
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2016

"This was so good! To lighten it up I only used a very small amount of butter and substituted fat free Greek yogurt for both the sour cream and mayo in the sauce. It was wonderful- will definitely be making again."

Lobstergirl User ID: 7734767 243798
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2016

"This dill sauce is so delicious, I could sit and eat it with a spoon. Just love it!"

dancingfool User ID: 7427237 225272
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2015

"The salmon was moist and delicious! The dill sauce was incredible! I will definitely be making this again and again!"

Kackster User ID: 7102198 220514
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2015

"There is nothing that compares! Absolutely delicious sauce that can be eaten on anything you can think of! I paired the salmon with fried diced potatoes and cauliflower and my family was dipping everything in the sauce."

BarbKre User ID: 8217646 218119
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2015

"Everyone loved this. A definite keeper!"

lw444 User ID: 8202705 217176
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2015

"I use 4 tablespoons of fresh dill that I chop up. I use a whole cup of the mayo."

Amy the Midwife User ID: 2816815 217130
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"This Creamy Dill Sauce is SO incredible! I had been looking for a recipe that's close to Luby's tartar sauce. If this isn't the exact recipe, it's VERY close."

My2boys79 User ID: 8143966 214261
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2014

"This is the best salmon dish I've ever made and my husband even ate the leftovers. He loved it and is now requesting fish for dinner when he's normally a steak and potatoes kind of guy. The dill sauce made the dish. I went a little heavy on the dill, but it was fantastic. We will be making this a staple."

kckamargo63 User ID: 7981779 77569
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2014

"The salmon turned out moist and and tender and I loved the dill sauce! I will make this many times again in the future."

twylahague User ID: 8036622 144782
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2014

"Most amazing salmon ever!. I cant have dill so i just didn't make the sauce but did the salmon part and oh my goodness my family loved it!"

anniebanan User ID: 7944139 131488
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2014

"i loved this recipe . It was exactly what I was craving."

parksville User ID: 1598935 205870
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2014

"The salmon part of this recipe was good, however, the dill sauce was nothing spectacular. I have a better ToH recipe I'll use next time."

hoover1030 User ID: 7668300 131401
Reviewed May. 16, 2014

"I tried this recipe and it was so good I made it again during the week. The dill sauce is perfection and the salmon was just so yummy. My new go-to recipe for salmon."

SkitzoidLady User ID: 6606839 91331
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2014

"I love this dill sauce! I leave out the horseradish (Hubby isn't so fond) and add about a tablespoon of pickle juice. For the salmon, I cut it in to smaller pieces, and make individual foil packets. I lay the fillets on a bed of fresh rosemary in the foil packet. I also substitute olive oil for the butter. The cook temp and time is exactly the same. It always comes out perfect and Hubby loves it."

kmonster User ID: 6670431 91330
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2014

"I'd rate this a 10 if I could. It's a wonderful meal!"

TwistedCherry User ID: 7655130 57540
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2014

"I made this and it was great. My cooking skills are limited as I have waited so long to actually start cooking, but this was simple and easy and turned out very well."

kmarqui User ID: 3651843 57512
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2014

"On my favorite recipe list. Easy to prepare and so delicious to eat. If your not a fan of cream sauces the fish is good on its own as well."

Huuneybare User ID: 7542392 138456
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2013

"This Salmon with Dill Sauce is the best and easiest one I have found. My hubby is a Fish eater and loves this recipe. Thanks for sharing"

misslinda73 User ID: 7530037 205869
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2013

"This was so easy to make and incredibly delicious! My husband was in heaven :-) definitely one of my new favorite recipes and I will be making it often!"

mxelias User ID: 7522529 77568
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2013

"Great recipe, quick and delicious."

Jodyville User ID: 7465313 131397
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2013

"So easy and good."

238 User ID: 6408702 107142
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2013

"Reviewing the dill sauce only. It was excellent, and the horseradish added a nice touch. Best one I have found yet."

eblumberg User ID: 7293792 67243
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2013

"EXCELLENT. My first time ever rating a recipe. Made sauce exactly as written and doubled it the next time because it is so good with fish and also for fresh vegetables."

Arctic User ID: 76280 107124
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2013

"Very easy and tasty way to make salmon. The dill sauce was fabulous. I didn't have any horseradish so used horseradish sauce. Goes great on baked potato too. No more bottled sauce for my family."

ColoradoCountryGirl User ID: 7235424 130310
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2013

"Another winner. I have substituted plain fat free Greek Yogurt for the sour cream. It's just as good!"

christycincy User ID: 6445428 144761
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2013

"I made this for dinner for me and boyfriend who claims not to like salmon. He agreed to try it and we both loved it. I've always liked salmon but this is my new favorite way to prepare it because it was so easy and I loved the sauce! My boyfriend even ate the leftovers for lunch the next day."

jajm6 User ID: 1412288 131395
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

"Very easy. Very moist and yummy. The dill sauce is a great touch too!"

lorendajames User ID: 7176778 91329
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2013

"Just made the dill sauce to serve with salmon cakes and asparagus. It was delicious on both! A definite keeper. NO need to adjust the recipe, perfect as is."

dianethorsen User ID: 1577348 56482
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2013

"delicious! added about 1/2 c grated cucumber to dill sauce.. so good. That hint of horseradish in sauce made it."

sirbrando User ID: 4104379 130308
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2013

"This is one of my rotation recipes. I've been making it for years. I always make extra and eat leftovers cold or slightly room temp."

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 51832
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2013

"I loved the dill sauce! Love dill flavor and it was great with the salmon!"

CharlieandIvysMom User ID: 7140065 144760
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2013

"The dill sauce was very good"

violinplayer User ID: 3746755 77567
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2012

"It was fabulous. My family knew they didn't care for salmon until they tried it tonight. The fish was moist, flaky and tender. The sauce was excellent but the fish was just as fabulous without it. It was an extremely easy to make. I will make this again soon!"

ANomdeplume User ID: 1188667 91316
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2012

"I love this recipe! It's very easy to make and has a terrific flavor. Great Combination of flavors."

MLShore User ID: 6792050 77566
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2012

"Substituted Plain Greek Yogurt for Sour Cream and LOVED the Dill Sauce. Will definitely use it again!"

bill_mt User ID: 6772321 91080
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2012

"Not enough stars available. This recipe is fantastic. I put the salmon on a piece of foil, skin side down on top shelf of BBQ w/ salt, pepper and lemon. I make a foil packet of hickory chunks over a burner to get some nice smoke. Cook the salmon until done at about 300F. This gives the fish a nice light, subtle smokey taste.

I did reduce the mayo/sour cream ratio to about 2 mayo to 1 sour cream......not so tart. I added to taste a bit of black and white pepper as well as African Cayenne. Everyone who tried it agreed it was totally world class and begged for more. Truly spectacular recipe and Thank you Taste of Home for such a great offering."

Sweetpea.001 User ID: 4284579 138454
Reviewed May. 10, 2012

"I made this last night for a birthday dinner. It was absolutely delicious! Salmon is a favorite of mine and this just melted in my mouth and I loved the combined flavors. I thought it was better than what you could have gotten in a restaurant. I will definitely be making this again. Side Note: My side dishes were steamed asparagus and tri-colored potatoes"

Tornelllm User ID: 6441830 135092
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2012

"This was so easy and so good! I used limes instead of lemons and the fish and sauce was just wonderful."

iteach5 User ID: 6124838 135085
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2012

"The fish was moist and delicious. My husband didn't like the onions on it, but I did! I didn't make the dill sauce, but it sounds awesome. The salmon was still great without it."

tlbdlb4evr User ID: 4229718 60829
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2012

"This is a dish I have made again and again. My Dad loves it and uses left over sauce on other foods. The sauce, in my opinion, does not taste good on its own, but is absolutely delicious on the fish. I have to continue to give it a SIX star rating on this 1 to 5 scale. :-)"

navywife01 User ID: 6121110 53513
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2012

"salmon cooked to perfection with outstanding dill sauce a real winning recipe"

karynp6 User ID: 867957 67240
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2012

"This was very good, but why does my kitchen always fill with smoke when I broil things? Am I supposed to leave the oven door shut? The food was not burning or anything, but I think next time I will broil it for less time because I don't like it when the smoke alarm goes off and I have to open the doors in spite of it being winter :)"

slbros User ID: 6183881 144753
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2011

"My family absolutely loved this recipe! I will definitely make it often, very delicious."

Mulberry227 User ID: 4533203 107055
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2011

"Very good. Will make this again. Probably often."

WyMom123 User ID: 6113553 138452
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2011

"We have fresh dill in our garden, so I was looking for a recipe to use it in. This was great. I used more dill than the recipe calls for."

10sChick User ID: 4943196 138451
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2011

"I've been looking for a good salmon and dill recipe for quite a while and this is it. The fist is moist and delicious since it's steamed in a foil pouch. The sauce is just right! A keeper."

melodious88 User ID: 4245799 138450
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2010

"Delicious! I've made this more than once, and there are never any leftovers!"

IzzyBoos_Mommy2010 User ID: 5253148 205868
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2010

"love it love it LOVE IT!!! you just can't go wrong with salmon here in the northwest but made with localy grown herbs and onions, and send hubby off to fish is the BEST!!!"

sfprincess User ID: 2695305 205867
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2010

"This recipe is easily halved for two people. My husband loved it! My oven has a broil setting of Hi or Lo and I chose Lo. It worked out just fine when left for about 10-12 minutes. This is definitely a keeper recipe. :)"

alisha103 User ID: 4407484 205866
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2010


bikepath User ID: 1296842 91078
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2010

"Wow! So easy and quick... and a superb presentation. Made this for my husband for a Valentine's day dinner. Great flavors... the dill and horseradish in the sauce are fairly subtle but give the sauce a wonderful flavor, but aren't overpowering so you can taste every bit of the succulent salmon. We didn't have regular prepared horseradish on hand, so I used prepared wasabi horseradish instead. We'll be sure to try this again... maybe on the grill (Big Green Egg) brushed with butter and cooked on a fish grill with a tent of foil over it (instead of foil-wrapped, but I think still important to steam the lemon and onion a little) with alder chips for a little smoke flavor next time!"

kpioch User ID: 1575245 131394
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2010

"very moist and flavorable. I used fresh dill and was delicious."

Niki222 User ID: 4630309 91077
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2009

"Love love love it! Great recipe easy and delicious!"

LaDawn Marie User ID: 697327 135084
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2009

"I meant this to be a 5 star!"

LaDawn Marie User ID: 697327 106948
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2009

"Always a hit. A tried and true winner."

schweitzerca User ID: 1064748 77542
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2009

"I love salmon and am always looking for a really good salmon recipe. This was it. Easy to prepare, healthy, and full of flavor. The sauce is a delicious addition."

Finch48 User ID: 1619004 130260
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2008

"Incredibly good."

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.