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. 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. Baked Lemon Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce | Cooking Classy Baked Lemon Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce | Cooking Classy


Baked Lemon Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce

5 from 1 vote

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 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. 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. 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.
  2. For the sauce:
  3. In a bowl, mix together Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, garlic, dill, honey, and enough milk to reach desired consistency. 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).
  4. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
Baked Lemon Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce | Cooking Classy


  • Pam: Is there any dill in the sauce? March 1, 2014 at 4:13pm Reply

  • George: I liked this recipe. Lots.

    I don’t usually comment on savory recipes, being a pastry guy (retired), but I couldn’t help noticing you’d used olive oil in the baking. My question is, did you have any problem with the olive oil smoking out, being that it has such a low smoke point?

    The fish looks good in your pix so I was curious. March 1, 2014 at 4:45pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Hi George, yes that is a good point but I didn’t have any problems with the olive oil smoking. If you are worried about it you could use a regular or light olive oil (no extra virgin). Hope you try the recipe! March 1, 2014 at 11:54pm Reply

  • Shannon O’Donnell: This sounds delicious! Quick little question though, am I missing the dill in the ingredients…? How much do I need? Thanks for this recipe, everything I make from your blog is a HIT in this house and I’m sure this will be on the ‘make it again’ list. March 1, 2014 at 5:17pm Reply

  • Carla: Where is the dill? March 1, 2014 at 5:55pm Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): What a beautiful presentation for salmon, and I love that creamy sauce! March 1, 2014 at 6:43pm Reply

  • Courtney: How much dill goes in the sauce? :) Looks delicious! March 1, 2014 at 8:00pm Reply

  • Nicole Wilson: The recipe doesn’t include dill in the cream sauce. How much do you add? Thanks! March 1, 2014 at 8:13pm Reply

  • Noor: The recipe looks great, and I’m really excited to try it! I was wondering if you had any recommendations for the amount of dill to use, as there was no amount listed under the ingredients. March 1, 2014 at 8:17pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Just added that above how embarrassing I didn’t even notice I didn’t add that! Thanks for pointing it out! March 1, 2014 at 8:18pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Sorry I added that above – hopefully everyone still trusts my recipe. Double checked everything for like the 5th time over now :)! March 1, 2014 at 8:20pm Reply

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen: Gorgeous, Jaclyn! Your styling and photography makes me wish I liked salmon. (I swear, I really want to as I love all other seafood. Crazy, right?) Thanks for sharing. Pinned! March 2, 2014 at 7:08am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Stacy :)! March 2, 2014 at 11:53am Reply

  • Julia @Vikalinka: What gorgeous salmon! I also just posted a salmon recipe with the same dilemma-how to incorporate more of it into our everyday diet. My husband is not the biggest fan either but I am definitely pinning and trying this recipe soon. Thank you for sharing! March 2, 2014 at 7:48am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Julia – and I hope you love it! March 2, 2014 at 11:53am Reply

  • capturing joy with kristen duke: so excited to try this, just pinned! March 2, 2014 at 8:21am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much for sharing Kristen :)! March 2, 2014 at 11:52am Reply

  • Liz @ Virtually Homemade: This salmon is beautiful and just bought a whole bunch at costco! Pinned. March 2, 2014 at 9:33am Reply

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.: This is exactly how to eat my salmon! Put extra sauce on mine! March 2, 2014 at 9:57pm Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: Jason and I are salmon-obsessed so I know he’ll LOVE it if I make this for him. And it’s so easy too, which is always a bonus! March 4, 2014 at 12:10am Reply

  • aodhmar: made this yesterday, gorgeous. lovely simple recipe, i normally use salmon tails as they are less expensive and definitely no bones March 6, 2014 at 2:27pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked this recipe! Thanks for returning to leave a comment! March 7, 2014 at 7:07pm Reply

  • Melinda: Is there something that you could substitute the mayo with… Maybe sour cream or more yogurt? My hubby doesn’t like mayo but this looks SO good!!! March 7, 2014 at 4:04pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes I think sour cream would be a good choice or whatever he likes in place of mayo would probably work – I want to say miracle whip but I don’t like the stuff much :). March 7, 2014 at 7:06pm Reply

  • Dorianne: Love your blog! This was the first time I made salmon, and your amazing pictures are the reason why I had to try. It came out amazing. Absolutely loved the flavors and how simple and quick it was to put together. Thank you sharing such wonderful things on your blogs:) March 13, 2014 at 3:53pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re very welcome Dorianne! Thank you such much for your nice comment :)! March 23, 2014 at 5:15pm Reply

  • Ann: Hi Jaclyn,
    We tried your recipe tonight. It was truly delicious! Thank you. I’ll be making this again for sure : ) August 12, 2014 at 5:40pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear you liked this recipe Ann! Thanks for your feedback! August 13, 2014 at 8:53pm Reply

  • Kristy: This was so yummy! My boys husband & I loved it. It was so quick light & fresh. August 20, 2014 at 4:20pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for your feedback Kristy! I’m happy to hear your family loved it! August 30, 2014 at 5:06pm Reply

  • Michelle: Your photos are beautiful! I will be trying this recipe soon! August 30, 2014 at 8:50am Reply

  • Michelle: This was dinner tonight – delicious! Thanks for the recipe! I LOVE Salmon and dill together! September 9, 2014 at 7:15pm Reply

  • Lauren: Saw your recipe on Pinterest recently, and tried it today. It was very good! I loved the lemon and olive oil mixture, and the contrast of the lemon against the creamy sauce. Great job! September 21, 2014 at 12:07pm Reply

  • Pushpa: Great recipe, thanks for posting! :-) Liked the combination of flavors!

    I used full fat greek yoghurt and less milk to achieve a creamy consistency. I imagine that mayo would taste good but personally not a fan due to the preservatives and soybean oil. I also recommend covering the baking dish with foil and cooking until done, at least with thick fillets, to lock in the moisture. October 1, 2014 at 6:56pm Reply

  • Natalia: Oh my God this looks WONDERFUL!!! Normally I don’t like dill but I feel like it could actually be very nice with salmon. Definitely going to have to try to make this for my Greek food blog. What would you pair this dish with? I feel like rice might be too heavy so maybe a salad? October 9, 2014 at 11:41pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes a salad is perfect! I hope you love it! November 4, 2014 at 10:37pm Reply

  • Angie: I am posting as I eat this right now and I have to say that it is awesome. It was very lemony and I loved that. My favorite part of this recipe was the dill sauce. Yum! I love that it is made with mostly yogurt and just a little bit of mayonnaise to make it somewhat healthier! This was my first time eating/making salmon with dill sauce and I loved it! Thank you! October 15, 2014 at 7:51pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear you liked it Angie! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review! October 15, 2014 at 10:51pm Reply

  • Joy: Delicious and so easy! Thank you for sharing. I can add this to our weekly salmon repertoire! October 26, 2014 at 4:32pm Reply

  • Melissa: Trying this tonight! I’ll let you know how it is! Already made the cream sauce! Very tastey on it’s own! November 10, 2014 at 8:15pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love it Melissa! November 10, 2014 at 8:27pm Reply

  • Meaghan: OH MY GOODNESS, THIS IS AMAZING. I have NEVER been able to pull off salmon at home, and now this recipe is my first great dish! The sauce is absolutely perfect and the fish itself was fresh and delicious. Thank you! You should have your own cooking show, I would watch it EVERY DAY!!! November 25, 2014 at 5:42pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the compliment Meaghan :)! I’m so glad you liked this salmon! November 26, 2014 at 9:58am Reply

  • Derrick: Very good sauce. I cooked the salmon 14 minutes and definitely overdid it. Should have listened to the wife and cooked it to the minimum time, then checked it. Even overcooked and dry it was a good recipe. February 9, 2015 at 11:18pm Reply

  • Antonia: Did this salmon with the sauce and everyone in my party liked it thanks doing it again tomorrow February 12, 2015 at 1:54pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad it was enjoyed Antonia! Thanks for your comment! February 12, 2015 at 5:46pm Reply

  • Janet: The Salmon w/ Lemon Dill Sauce looks great…but this site has too many sweets with empty calories…and that I want to avoid!Cutesy cupcakes and swirls don’t add anything nutritionally and in my mind shouldn’t be encouraged in an already obese society/culture…I’d greatly reduce the number of those items you display here…they benefit no one. May 24, 2015 at 3:34am Reply

  • Karen: My husband and I love your Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce. We have it every Friday for dinner. Thanks for sharing! August 15, 2015 at 3:21pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear you and your husband have been enjoying this recipe! Thanks for letting me know :)! August 16, 2015 at 12:06pm Reply

  • Amberly: I tried this recipe, I have had a similar dish with salmon and a dill sauce, this was nothing like the other recipe, didn’t care for it at all. Thanks for the recipe though, and glad so many other’s liked it. September 28, 2015 at 4:09pm Reply

  • Nik: made this tonight! It was amazing! October 22, 2015 at 8:19pm Reply

  • Cat: Would you happen to know the nutritional facts on this? October 27, 2015 at 10:08pm Reply

  • irma: Awesome recipe! Thanks :) January 7, 2016 at 6:48pm Reply

  • Sarah K.: Both me and my husband loved it!! So simple and easy but so tasty! I added a little cayenne to my sauce because I like a kick. 5 stars! February 22, 2016 at 5:49pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you loved it Sarah! February 22, 2016 at 7:07pm Reply

  • Amy: Jaclyn this was so delicious!! And so easy for a busy hectic day. Surfed Pinterest in the supermarket for a salmon recipe & your picture looked the prettiest 😊. Thank you for posting it. This one will definitely be made again & again!! March 15, 2016 at 4:15pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the compliment Amy! I’m so glad you liked it! March 16, 2016 at 8:28pm Reply

  • Shauna: Do you slice the skin off your salmon BEFORE putting it into the pan? Or do you just cool it skin side down and scrape it off after its done cooking?? I always feel like I hack the fish when I slice the skin off, but I’d like to know what method you use! I love your recipes!! July 1, 2016 at 2:45pm Reply

    • Amy: Hi Shauna, I’m not Jaclyn who originally posted the recipe, but I wanted to tell you I buy skinless boneless salmon fillets. So much easier! You don’t lose any fish from skinning. This is such a great recipe, I’ve made it a number of times!
      Amy August 5, 2016 at 6:44pm Reply

  • Veronica: This was so yummy! And this was the best dill sauce I’ve ever tasted. I’m going to make it again and again. Thanks so much! August 3, 2016 at 10:32am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So happy to hear Veronica! August 5, 2016 at 4:56pm Reply

  • Madeline: Hi , does this taste fishy? I know salmon is common for that just wanted to know. Either way still making it tonight for dinner! March 23, 2017 at 3:02pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think the lemon and creamy sauce helps cut through any fishy taste :). I hope you love it! March 23, 2017 at 6:07pm Reply

      • Amy E.: Just make sure your salmon is fresh. I cook it usually the same day I buy it or the next day. The 3x’s I made this recipe it was delicious!! Hope you enjoyed it!! March 23, 2017 at 8:09pm Reply

  • Kelly: This is hands down our FAVORITE recipe for salmon! The first week we made it on a Monday. By that Friday my husband was requesting it again! Sometimes we make salmon salads and double the sauce recipe as the dressing. Thank you for posting!! June 5, 2017 at 4:00pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you both love it! June 13, 2017 at 12:19pm Reply

  • AJ: How much dill do you use for this receipt, it is NOT included August 28, 2017 at 9:41am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It’s 1 Tbsp, it’s listed there with the dill sauce ingredients :). August 28, 2017 at 10:43am Reply

  • Carla: So delicious! I didn’t even need to make my own adjustments to the recipe it was so good! December 6, 2017 at 1:21pm Reply

  • Wendy: This was so good! Made twice baked cauliflower casserole with it! Super good supper! Thanks! March 10, 2018 at 12:22am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you enjoyed it – thanks for your reveiw! March 12, 2018 at 10:22am Reply

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