Being from Seattle, you already know that Salmon is a huge favorite of ours! We love to pair baked salmon with this fresh and easy yogurt based dill sauce. Made in about 30 minutes, you will love how simple and flavorful this dill sauce and salmon is.
Ah, salmon. The chicken of the sea. Wait..that’s tuna. Whatever- I have a 3 month old, I’m tired and cranky. Salmon is easy and healthy so here we are. 🙂 I made this for dinner during one of little spatula’s famous 30 minute naps (don’t get me started…) and both my husband and I devoured it. We had it with Mediterranean Couscous Salad and steamed broccoli.
To start, bake salmon filets in the oven with just a little olive oil, salt and pepper. I used to be a chronic over-baker of salmon; salmon jerky was my mantra. UNTIL- my mom, the matriarch of Laughing Spatula Enterprises told me to knock it off. For perfectly baked salmon, bake it for 12-16 minutes at 400 degrees. The best way to guarantee perfect, flakey salmon is take it out when it is about 135 degrees, and it will finish cooking on the counter until it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees farenheit at the thickest portion (the safe temperature of fish).
I like to use the time while the salmon is baking to make the dill sauce. It’s a combination of yogurt, mayonnaise, dill (I use freeze dried but fresh would be great too), granulated garlic, and lemon juice. Mix it well, and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve. This would also be delicious with cucumbers on the side!
Once the salmon has slightly cooled (I let it sit for about 10 minutes after it reaches 145), spoon on the dill sauce. If you are having company or just want it to be pretty, garnish it with a lemon slice and a little extra dill on top.
We served ours with couscous salad, but if you need some other ideas what to serve this with, here’s a few they recommend!
- Caesar Pasta Salad
- Greek Pasta Salad
- Strawberry Spinach Salad
- Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Salad
- Try a green salad with Easy Caesar Dressing!
- Cheese Stuffed Garlic French Bread
If you are a big salmon lover like we are, check out these other recipes featuring our favorite fish!
- Pean Crusted Rosemary Salmon
- Grilled Salmon Burgers with Avocado Salsa
- Baked Garlic Lemon Salmon with Broccoli
- Honey Glazed Salmon with Orange and Ginger
- Honey Glazed Sheet Pan Salmon Dinner
We hope you enjoy this easy and delicious salmon dish!
– Kathi and Rachel
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Easy Baked Salmon with Lemon Dill SaucePrint Pin Rate
- 4 6 oz salmon filets (we like Costco salmon)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- lemon wedges for garnish if desired
Lemon Dill Sauce
- 1/3 cup greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp mayonnaise
- 1.5 tbsp dill (chopped if using fresh) (we use freeze dried but fresh works well too)
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1 tsp granulated garlic
- salt and pepepr to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees farenheit.
- Place salmon on a foil lined baking tray. Drizzle top with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake for 12-16 minutes depending on the thickness of salmon filet. Once internal temperature reaches about 135 degrees, remove from oven and let rest until 145 degrees internally (the safe cooking point of salmon).
- While salmon is baking, mix together dill sauce ingredients. Set aside.
- Once salmon is cooked to your liking, spoon dill sauce on top. Garnish with lemon wedge if desired and serve.
Can I use dairy free sour cream instead of yogurt?
Kathi & Rachel says
I have not tried dairy free sour cream but it certainly sounds like something that would be a good substitute!
This sauce was amazing!!! Thanks for sharing!
So easy and delicious.
We’re making this for dinner tonight. I thought my daughter made too much sauce, but it is AMAZING! Raw cucumber slices dipped in it are incredible@. I’m not a big dill fan, but I will make this sauce often!
Just finished the dinner – baking the salmon had it turn out nice and moist and the sauce on top was really good.
Thanks for this recipe!
We have some fresh caught salmon to use up. I should try this out to change things up.
Denise H says
From the photo, it looks as though you leave the salmon skin on — is that true? Thanks!
Kathi & Rachel says
Chef’s choice! I don’t mind skin on, peels right off of the baking tray usually.
Denise Hakanson says
Good to know! I took the skin off, the salmon was fresh from my fish mongers, and I cooked the whole piece together (instead of individual filets). So juicy! And the sauce was a huge hit. Thanks!
I made it with beautiful fresh salmon, fresh organic dill, and lemon. It was amazing! The salmon filetes were very large so I cooked it for 5 more minutes and it was still very tender. I will be making it again. The sauce was so good I would serve it with veggies, over a baked potato, etc.
Kathi & Rachel says
So glad you liked it! Thank you for the nice comment !
Looks delicious! Cant wait to make it!!
Do you buy the frozen salmon or fresh salmon from Costco?