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Pan-Seared Salmon with Dill Sauce

This is one of my husband's favorite recipes. Salmon is a go-to for busy nights because it cooks so quickly and goes with so many different flavors. The creamy dill sauce with cucumber tastes light and fresh. —Angela Spengler, Tampa, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 salmon fillets (6 ounces each)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon snipped fresh dill


  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Sprinkle salmon with Italian seasoning and salt. Place in skillet, skin side down. Reduce heat to medium. Cook until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork, about 5 minutes on each side.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine yogurt, mayonnaise, cucumber and dill. Serve with salmon.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Try the sauce with roasted or baked potatoes.
  • Keep an eye on the salmon. If the skillet gets too hot, the outside of the salmon will get too dark before it's cooked through.
  • Health tip: This nutritious salmon dish provides about 2 grams of omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon is one of the best sources for this healthy fat.
    Nutrition Facts
    1 salmon fillet with 1/4 cup sauce: 366 calories, 25g fat (4g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 349mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 31g protein. Diabetic exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2-1/2 fat.

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    • shannondobos
      Sep 28, 2018

      This fish was very simple to make and delicious. The yogurt mixture made way too much for the quantity of salmon, but it was sooooo good. We kept ours and used it as a dip with some pork souvlaki I made later in the week because it resembles a tzatziki sauce. In fact, I'll probably use just the sauce recipe in the future for that purpose.

    • annrms
      Jul 20, 2018

      We enjoyed this dish along with some whole grain medley and fresh peas. Instead of using mayo and fresh dill, I used some dill pesto with the yogurt because I had some in the freezer. Saved on buying a bunch of fresh dill that I couldn't finish up. We had some leftover fish, and it made a terrific salmon salad the next day! This recipe is definitely on the keeper list!

    • dublinlab
      Jul 17, 2018

      Excellent ! Fast, tasty and so easy to make any number of servings. I will make this again. The sauce would be excellent with any fish. Janet. VFE

    • KristineChayes
      Jul 13, 2018

      I often order salmon prepared similarly in a favorite restaurant and this recipe comes close to that. I used my garden cucumbers and was very pleased with the results. An easy and tasty dish! I will definitely be making this again!