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Creamy Lemon Dill Sauce

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This 5-minute Creamy Lemon Dill Sauce is one of my all-time favorite sauces because you can use it on anything, and it instantly makes it delicious. I say anything, but it’s especially amazing with fish. Especially my Garlic Parmesan Crusted Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce. It’s a light and not overly rich citrusy sauce that’s packed with lots of dill and has a perfect balance of tang and creaminess.

Lemon Dill Sauce - sauce in a bowl
This creamy sauce comes together in minutes!

In today’s post I want to share this amazing sauce. It uses simple ingredients and there’s no fluffing around with saucepans or cooking anything. It uses fridge ready ingredients and all you have to do is some quick chopping and mixing. The results are honestly impressive. A creamy, tangy deep flavored dill sauce that has a burst of citrus goodness.

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Dill is the star of the show here! Dry will work, but you get the best flavor results from fresh!

I have a couple favorite sauces on the blog already like my Tartar Sauce which pair perfectly with fish recipes like my Oven Baked Fish Fingers. Another fave sauce recipe of mine is my Special Burger Sauce Recipe which is great in burgers. The funny thing is, this recipe goes really well with fish but it’s versatile enough to be used as a dipping sauce, use it in wraps or even burgers as well!

How to use this Creamy Dill Sauce

Lemon Dill Sauce - sauce on top of salmon
Recipe coming soon for this ultra-delicious Garlic Parmesan Crusted Salmon

My favorite thing about this sauce is just how versatile it is!

7 Simple Ingredients You Need To Make this Dill Sauce

  • Sour cream – I used full fat sour cream. It’s not an ingredient I use very often because it can be very rich but the lemon breaks through that. Sour cream is the base that gives this sauce it’s smooth velvety texture. A great alternative to this would be mayonnaise.
  • Dijon mustard – helps give this an extra boost of tang. You could use pretty much mustard you like.
  • Garlic – freshly minced will give your sauce a nice little bit, but you could use 1/2 tsp dried garlic powder.
  • Dill – make sure you wash your dill under some running water and just shake it before chopping it. The recipe says 3 tbsp, but you can use more than that if you really love the flavor.
  • Lemon – this recipe get’s it’s fresh tang from the lemon. The lemon zest give it a burst of citrus goodness too!
  • Salt & Sugar – help balance the flavors of the tang. I used fine salt and granulated sugar. If you’re using table or kosher salt, use 1 1/2 tsp.

A healthier alternative

This sauce is pretty similar to my tzatziki recipe in flavor except it’s not as thick. If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to the sour cream, use Greek yogurt. It tastes almost identical.

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Creamy Lemon Dill Sauce

This Creamy Lemon Dill Sauce makes a great dipping sauce for chicken and fish and is also a great drizzle sauce for meat and vegetables.

Serves 4 people

4.5 from 2 votes
Author: Nick Makrides
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Prep: 2 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Calories: 101kcal


Creamy Dill Sauce

  • 3/4 cup / 175 g sour cream, mayonnaise, or Greek yogurt (see notes)
  • 3 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 tbsp dill, freshly chopped
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar, optional


Creamy Dill Sauce

  • Add all ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix until well combined. Drizzle on top of the salmon before serving.


Storage – This sauce can be stored in an airtight container, in the fridge for up to three days.
Nutrition – is based on per serving which makes about 1 cup of sauce. It will be enough as a dipping sauce or drizzle sauce for 6 people.
Sour Cream/Mayo or Greek Yogurt – This recipe works with sour cream, mayonnaise, or Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is the healthiest option but will also be the sourest. The mayonnaise or sour cream option is the creamiest.
A note on measurements – this recipe is offered in weight and cup measurements. This is in an effort to offer the most accurate way to get the best results. Cup measurements simply aren’t accurate enough for a recipe that needs precision and cup sizes differ depending on where you are in the world. To learn more about how to measure ingredients using digital kitchen scales, click here!


Calories : 101kcal
Carbonhydrates: 6g
Protein: 2g
Fat: 9g
Saturated Fat: 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat : 2g
Cholesterol: 25mg
Sodium: 637mg
Potassium : 102mg
Fiber: 1g
Sugar : 3g
Vitamin A: 300IU
Vitamin C: 15mg
Calcium: 55mg
Iron: 0.3mg
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Emma March 10, 2024 - 5:19 pm

5 stars
We love this sauce on pitas with chicken

Nick Makrides March 11, 2024 - 2:26 am

Isn’t it so delicious! N x

Kaya May 9, 2024 - 5:16 pm

4 stars
The lemon was far too overpowering and it’s all we could taste. We used Greek yogurt. Will try it next time just with the zest and see if that balances the flavour better. Each to their own 🙂 quick and easy sauce to make

Nick Makrides May 14, 2024 - 1:52 am

Glad you mostly liked it! ALthough lemon is in the title of the sauce haha. Btw, I have an amazing Salmon recipe coming to the blog today that this would be amazing with! N x

Robbie June 24, 2024 - 3:21 pm

Am confused about the lemon. Says zest and juice. The Zest goes into the sauce too?

Nick Makrides June 25, 2024 - 3:42 am

Correct! N x

4.50 from 2 votes

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