Creamy dill sauce is the perfect addition to salmon patties, baked fish, and more. With a sour cream base, a squeeze of lemon juice, and plenty of fresh dill, it gives an instant upgrade to so many dishes!
Sometimes you just need the perfect sauce to bring a dish together, and this creamy dill sauce fits the bill for so many recipes. I love it with homemade salmon patties or smoked salmon, but it’s also a great alternative to tartar sauce for dipping fish sticks.
You can spoon this lemony dill sauce over baked fish fillets, but your options aren’t limited to seafood. It will amp up the flavor in mashed potatoes, or you can spoon it over baked or roasted potatoes. It would make a beautiful sauce for grilled chicken or lamb burgers, too, you can use it as a dip for cucumbers and celery, or try it on oven-roasted carrots.
So many possibilities here!
Lemon Dill Sauce Recipe
Not counting the salt and pepper, you only need 4 ingredients to make this dill sauce, and it’s the perfect way to use up dill you’re growing in the garden—or if you buy dill for another recipe and have leftovers sitting in the fridge. (Doesn’t that always happen with fresh herbs?!)
The dill is definitely the star of the show here, adding that one-of-a-kind fresh flavor to this sauce. This is balanced with the bright citrus flavor of lemon, and the tangy sour cream.
See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.
- Sour cream – You can substitute plain Greek yogurt, if you prefer.
- Lemon juice – Use freshly squeezed lemon juice, not the bottled kind.
- Fresh dill – I wouldn’t use dried dill in this recipe; the flavor just doesn’t compare!
- Kosher salt and black pepper
How to Make Dill Sauce
1. Combine the Ingredients
Place all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk to combine.
2. Season and Serve
Taste the sauce and add salt and pepper.
How to Store Leftover Dill Sauce
Any leftover dill sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Give it a good stir before you serve it.
Dill sauce is typically made with a sour cream or mayo base, and then has fresh dill, lemon juice, and Dijon mustard added to it for flavor. Some recipes also include garlic, while others are made with Greek yogurt.
Yes, you can freeze dill sauce! Just place it in a freezer-safe container and pop it in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let it thaw in the fridge when you’re ready to use it.
Dill goes well with fish, potatoes, chicken, and vegetables. It’s a key ingredient in dill pickles, and a supporting player in many recipes for egg salad, potato salad, or macaroni salad.
Dill sauce has a fresh, lemony flavor with a slight tang from the sour cream. The dill is the star of this recipe, adding a unique flavor that really elevates simple dishes.
More Dips and Sauces
- ½ cup sour cream
- 1 ½ tbsp dijon
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp fresh dill chopped
- kosher salt & black pepper to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Season to taste.