Baked Lemon Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce


Baked Lemon Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce | Cooking Classy

I can still remember the first time I started to like salmon. I always hated it as a kid and things did change one day. My grandparents lived with us for a few years when I was little and my grandpa was a big fisherman.

So, of course he had to do the dream fisherman vacation and go to Alaska on a fishing trip. Let’s just say his fishing trip was successful and he brought home at least a years supply of salmon.

I was never excited when I’d hear it was salmon for dinner, until one day my grandma breaded it and deep fried it into these little chicken nugget type salmon bites. That was when I first started liking salmon. Wonder why :)?

Now salmon is one of my favorite foods. I don’t make it as often as I’d like because my husband doesn’t like salmon – so it creates a challenge for me.

I have to make the salmon especially good and extra flavorful so he’ll like it. It can’t taste all fishy or he’d totally snub it. This salmon recipe was a big success with my family. My husband loved it as did my 5 year old, and I even got my super picky 3 year old to eat it. Baked Lemon Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce | Cooking Classy

My daughter kept asking for more of the sauce. I love adding a sauce to salmon because it just gives something more and adds a little pizazz.

The flavor of this sauce is similar to a Greek tzatziki sauce yet it’s a little creamier thanks to the small amount of mayonnaise (and it’s less chunkier of course since there’s no cucumber, like you find in a traditional tzatziki sauce).

You’ll love all the vibrant flavors of this salmon with it’s abundance of fresh herb and citrus. If you are going to spend the money for a slightly higher priced dinner you better make it good right?

This super simple salmon recipe definitely should not disappoint! Enjoy! Also, if you love salmon be sure to check out my favorite salmon recipe EVER, click here for the recipe. This one is a very close second but I think the other will forever be my favorite salmon.

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Baked Lemon Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce

5 from 5 votes

Such a tasty easy to make salmon recipe the whole family will love!

Servings: 4 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 4 6- oz salmon fillets
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Creamy Dill Sauce

  • 1/3 cup fat free plain Greek Yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp mayonnaise (full fat)
  • 1 clove garlic , finely minced
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 2 - 3 tsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon zest and lemon juice. Grease a 13 by 9-inch baking dish and place salmon fillets in baking dish.
  2. Season tops of salmon with salt and pepper then rotate to opposite side. Drizzle tops evenly with lemon mixture and gently rub over salmon, then season tops with salt and pepper.
  3. Let rest at room temperature 10 minutes, then bake in preheated oven 12 - 16 minutes, or until salmon has cooked through (cook time will vary based on thickness of fillets and how well done you liked them). Serve warm topped with Creamy Dill Sauce.
  4. For the sauce:
  5. In a bowl, mix together Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, garlic, dill, honey, and enough milk to reach desired consistency.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Store in refrigerator, allow to rest at room temperature 20 minutes before serving (just so it's not ice cold over warm salmon).
  7. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
Nutrition Facts
Baked Lemon Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 390 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 98mg 33%
Sodium 148mg 6%
Potassium 856mg 24%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 35g 70%
Vitamin A 1.4%
Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 4.2%
Iron 7.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked salmon, salmom with dill sauce
Calories: 390 kcal
Author: Jaclyn
Baked Lemon Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce | Cooking Classy


  • Paula Donald: My review is for the dill sauce. Yum. Works on trout, salmon, pickerel and if you have extra sauce….. just drizzled over some roasted vegetables.
    Simple, easy and healthy.
    P February 26, 2019 at 4:23pm Reply

  • Jody: I make this all the time it’s my favorite!!!!! October 23, 2018 at 3:04pm Reply

  • Amy: Made this twice. The second time I added a bit more dill and cut out the yogurt in the sauce. Delicious and easy! October 1, 2018 at 7:11pm Reply

  • Chibiko: Boyfriend and I tried the recipe and it was amazing ❤️ August 3, 2018 at 9:45am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you both liked it! Thanks for the great review! August 3, 2018 at 3:49pm Reply

  • Krista Burke: How can I cut this down to 2 servings? Do I do the obvious and cut everything in half? Also, we hate mayo. Can I omit? June 20, 2018 at 4:02pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes I would cut everything in half, then yes you could omit the mayo then I’d maybe add in 1 Tbsp olive oil for richness. Hope you enjoy! June 21, 2018 at 9:14am Reply

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