Baked Lemon Salmon with Creamy Greek Yogurt Dill Sauce

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Baked Lemon Salmon with Creamy Greek Yogurt Dill Sauce

This Oven Baked Lemon Salmon with Creamy Greek Yogurt Dill Sauce is the perfect healthy meal that comes together in only 30 minutes. The salmon is topped with a simple, yet flavorful Greek yogurt dill sauce for salmon that everyone is sure to love.

Baked Lemon Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce on a green plate.

The Hubs and I eat salmon about once a week.  It is super tasty, healthy and it makes my meat-eating hubby happy.  There is a limit to the number of times a week I can cook him chickpeas for dinner before he starts to grumble a bit. ๐Ÿ™‚  He’s such a good sport, but I know my limits.  Mixing in fish once a week is good for all of us.

Since we do eat salmon so much, I am always in search of new ways to enjoy it.  After some experimenting, I came up with this amazing Greek yogurt dill sauce for salmon.  It’s super flavorful with light flavors that pair perfectly with the fish like lemon and dill.

Baked Lemon Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce on a green plate.

Here’s why I love this Baked Lemon Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce…

This simple dill sauce really brings out the flavor of the fish and makes it seem even more indulgent, but it is actually super healthy.  Don’t you love it when food kind of tricks you like that!?  The best part is a lot of the ingredients are ones I keep in my fridge on a weekly basis like lemon, garlic and dill.

Salmon is a perfect base for this sauce because it is simple to cook and really good for you.  It’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids, a wonderful source of lean protein, selenium, high in vitamins A AND D, and may even reduce the risk of heart disease.

If you’ve shied away from making salmon at home, this is a perfect dish to start because it bakes simply in the oven!  It’s just as simple as roasting veggies or another type of meat.

Baked Lemon Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce on a green plate.

Baked Lemon Salmon with Creamy Greek Yogurt Dill Sauce Ingredients

  • Plain Greek yogurt: Any type of plain yogurt will work, but I love the thicker consistency (and the extra protein!) of Greek yogurt.
  • Shallot: I love the sweet, subtle flavor shallots add to the sauce.
  • Lemon: Lemon adds a light, fresh flavor to the salmon and the sauce.
  • Horseradish: Adds a nice bite to the sauce.
  • Garlic powder: I love using garlic powder on fish to evenly spread the garlic flavor without charging actual garlic in the oven.
  • Dill: You could technically use fresh or dried dill, but I love using fresh for garnish.
  • Salmon: Fresh or frozen salmon can be used. If using fresh, salmon should be fully cooked in 12-14 minutes.
  • Olive oil: Use a high-quality extra-virgin olive oil for the best flavor.
  • Salt and pepper

How do you make the salmon and greek yogurt sauce?

  1. Mix all the sauce ingredients together and put them in the fridge.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Slice 4 very thin lemon rounds from the center of the lemon. Use the rest of the lemon to squeeze lemon juice on the fish.
  4. Spread the olive oil on top of the fish and sprinkle the garlic powder, salt, and pepper on top.
  5. Top each piece of salmon with a thin lemon slice.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the salmon is flaky.
  7. Remove from oven and serve with the Greek yogurt dill sauce.

Baked Lemon Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce on a green plate.

Tips and tricks for baking salmon

  • The maximum internal temperature you want to cook salmon to is 145F, any more than that and the salmon will turn out dry. I try to cook mine to 130-135F.
  • To prevent sticking, make sure the salmon skin is completely dry before laying on the baking sheet.
  • You can bake the salmon with the skin on or off. You can easily remove the skin after baking if you prefer.

I love the pairing of fresh buttery salmon with creamy yogurt.  It is absolute perfection and the perfect weeknight meal OR it’s even nice enough for company.

I hope you will give it a try.  As always I’d love to hear what you think in the comments.

 

What should I serve with salmon?

Here are some of my favorite simple side dishes to serve with salmon.

The salmon would also be great on top of any salad dish.

 

More Salmon Recipes to Try…

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Baked Lemon Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce on a green plate.

Baked Lemon Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce

This Oven Baked Lemon Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce is the perfect healthy meal that comes together in only 30 minutes. The salmon is topped with a simple, yet flavorful Greek yogurt dill sauce that everyone is sure to love.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner, Pescatarian
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Servings 4
Calories 312 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the sauce

  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, plus additional for garnish
  • salt to taste

For the salmon

  • 1.5 pounds salmon, about an inch thick, cut into four pieces
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions
 

  • Mix all the sauce ingredients together and put in the fridge. You can also do this ahead of time.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Slice 4 very thin lemon rounds from the center of the lemon. Use the rest of the lemon to squeeze lemon juice on the fish.
  • Place the salmon fillets on the foil lined baking sheet. Spread the olive oil on top of the fish and sprinkle the garlic powder, salt and pepper on top.
  • Top each piece of salmon with a thin lemon slice.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the salmon is flaky, and has reached an internal temperature of 135-145F.
  • Remove from oven and serve with the Greek yogurt dill sauce for salmon.

Notes

The baking time used is with about a 1 inch thick piece of salmon. If your salmon is thinner, cook for less time. If your salmon is thicker, you may have to leave it in longer. When it flakes it is done.
The sauce can store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 312kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 40gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 391mgPotassium: 991mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 68IUVitamin C: 29mgCalcium: 100mgIron: 2mg
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By | 2020-06-20T07:01:49-04:00 June 20th, 2020|Fish & Seafood, Food, Grilling, Lunch, Pescatarian Meals|50 Comments

50 Comments

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  3. Farrah June 19, 2020 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    Ooo, I’ve been craving salmon lately and this looks amazing! *-* Will hopefully be able to try it soon! :]

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  8. Laura August 22, 2018 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    This is the best salmon recipe I’ve tried !The sauce is fabulous! I usually think it is a very bland fish.This had so much flavor. I pan fried it instead of baked.(oven broke lol.. ) My husband loved it.

  9. Erinn March 8, 2018 at 11:17 am - Reply

    I love all seafood, but especially salmon! We’re having lobster this weekend to celebrate my husband’s birthday and I can’t wait!

  10. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real March 8, 2018 at 7:25 am - Reply

    Alex is a big fan of seafood but I’m not. I may have to surprise him one day by making this for him to enjoy. Looks foolproof which is perfect for me!

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  13. Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life February 4, 2016 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    We love salmon too and I am always up for trying a new recipe! This looks delicious! I’m sending lots of foodie love your way (scheduling a share on Facebook this weekend…got a little behind this week!).

  14. Miz Helen January 31, 2016 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    We will just love your Salmon with Greek Yogurt Dill Sauce. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

  15. Laura @ This Runner's Recipes January 29, 2016 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    I love salmon, and I need to make it a priority to eat it more often! The dill sauce sounds fantastic and just the right addition to addd some healthy flavor to the meal.

    • JulieWunder February 6, 2016 at 9:33 am - Reply

      Thanks Laura. I hope you have the chance to try it.

  16. Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes January 28, 2016 at 7:36 am - Reply

    This looks amazing, such a great combo of flavors. I love when I can use greek yogurt to make a sauce!

  17. Kate January 27, 2016 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    This sounds delicious. Love the little kick that the horseradish is going to offer…. Going to buy some salmon tomorrow!

  18. Mandi Korn January 27, 2016 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Did you get a new camera? I feel like your food images have changed, I like them<3 I love Dill and Dill Sauces, and I am lucky that my daughter does too. I usually use sour cream and mayonnaise (not healthy) and have never tried Greek yogurt before. Maybe I will do it the next time that I make our sauce again. Thanks for sharing.

    • JulieWunder February 6, 2016 at 9:31 am - Reply

      Oh cool!! I did not get a new camera. I’ve been playing around with the lower aperture setting on my 50 prime. I think I just keep learning new things with photography.
      I’m looking to upgrade some of my lenses soon. Any suggestions?

  19. Autumn @AutumnPTW January 27, 2016 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    We love salmon! Great recipe, pinning for later! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Leslie @ flora foodie January 27, 2016 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    Oh yummmmm. This is actually so much like a typical dinner for me since going pescetarian. I bake a simple piece of salmon and cover it with a quickie dill dijonaise a lot – just mix together mayo, dijon, and some dried dill. I love it. Definitely going to bring this into the rotation ๐Ÿ™‚

    • JulieWunder February 6, 2016 at 9:29 am - Reply

      Thanks Leslie! The sauce makes it feel a little different than the standard baked salmon.

  21. Rachel @ RachelMcMichael.com January 27, 2016 at 11:50 am - Reply

    This looks so delicious! I love salmon and Iโ€™m definitely trying this one soon. Thanks for the recipe!

  22. Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweet January 26, 2016 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I wish I could get my hubby to eat salmon. I can barely cook it in the house without him turning his face up to the smell! This looks fantastic!!

    • JulieWunder February 6, 2016 at 9:28 am - Reply

      Oh no!!! I’m so glad I don’t have that problem. My hubby loves fish.

  23. Runaway Bridal Planner January 26, 2016 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    I don’t eat fish. I’ll catch em, but not eat them LOL But my parents love Salmon, and mydad won’t eat it without dipping sauce. I’ll pass this onto my mom for next time she cooks.

    • JulieWunder February 6, 2016 at 9:27 am - Reply

      Haha!! Yes– thanks for passing it along ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. [email protected] January 26, 2016 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    Salmon and fill are a match made in heaven! Adding Greek yogurt to it takes it to a whole other level!

  25. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy January 26, 2016 at 10:42 am - Reply

    5 stars
    We don’t eat fish any more, but we love making this sauce to put on roasted potatoes. So good!

    • JulieWunder February 6, 2016 at 9:27 am - Reply

      Ohhhh!!! That would be delish! Thanks for the suggestion.

  26. Jess @hellotofit January 26, 2016 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Go-to dinners lately have been some sort of chicken dish. I need to make it priority to eat salmon more often!

  27. Jessica @ Nutritioulicious January 26, 2016 at 9:31 am - Reply

    I love yogurt sauces on salmon, although usually use them when I serve cold poached salmon, which is my husband’s favorite preparation. I never thought to add horseradish before – definitely trying that!

  28. Andrea on Vacation January 26, 2016 at 9:00 am - Reply

    I try to eat fish once a week but I’m not as good about it as I should be. This recipe looks easy and yummy! I had salmon burgers from Trader Joes last week- that counts right?!

    • JulieWunder February 6, 2016 at 9:26 am - Reply

      haha! Totally ๐Ÿ™‚ Sounds really good too.

  29. Susie @ SuzLyfe January 26, 2016 at 7:15 am - Reply

    Lemon, dill, garlic, yogurt, salmon = perfection. Salmon is so easy, once you figure out your timings and such. And the fat content keeps you from messing it up so easily. Definitely a great fish for people scared of cooking fish to try!

    • JulieWunder February 6, 2016 at 9:25 am - Reply

      I totally agree! It is so simple, yet tastes so fancy ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Jenny January 26, 2016 at 6:04 am - Reply

    We love salmon! And your sauce looks so good–why have I never thought to add horseradish to salmon before? That’s genius!

  31. Blane Sherer January 26, 2016 at 5:16 am - Reply

    I eat salmon once a week or I should
    say 2 meals of it one day per week.
    I enjoy leftovers of good meals.

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