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    Homemade Lemon-Dill Sauce Recipe

    Published March 3, 2022. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

    This lemon-dill sauce recipe is incredibly easy to make, goes great with any seafood dish, and is bursting with fresh dill and citrus flavors. You will be using this sauce on all your recipes once you try it.  

    Sauces can greatly enhance your recipes, like when you use this lemon-dill sauce on salmon patties. If you are looking to try out a few new sauces, then be sure to check out my Homemade Tzatziki or Cocktail Sauce.  

    lemon dill sauce in a ramekin

    Lemon-Dill sauce is a simple creamy sauce consisting of few ingredients and is commonly used with fresh seafood and fish recipes. It’s very easy to make and even has a few variations to help customize it to your liking, see the notes below for those.  

    This sauce is served chilled or slightly at room temperature to ensure freshness. The consistency of the lemon-dill sauce is slightly thick but should still be able to easily pour when saucing up a recipe.     

    Ingredients for a Lemon-Dill Sauce  

    ingredients to make a lemon dill sauce
    • Crème Fraiche – I prefer to use crème fraiche, but you can use sour cream.
    • Mayonnaise – Use a full fat mayonnaise in this recipe.
    • Lemon – Fresh lemon juice is best.
    • Dill – Use fresh dill, but you can substitute with dry. See notes on quantities.
    • Chives – I like the addition of thinly sliced chives to provide some onion flavors.
    • Garlic – Finely minced garlic really adds a lot of flavors to this.

    How to Make Lemon-Dill Sauce from Scratch  

    Use these step-by-step procedures and images to make this delicious lemon-dill sauce from scratch:  

    Add all the ingredients to a medium-size bowl.  

    seasoning a sauce in a bowl

    Whisk together until completely combined and refrigerator until ready to use.  

    whisking together a lemon dill sauce

    Make-Ahead and Storage  

    Make-Ahead: You can make this recipe up to two days ahead of time. Pull straight from the refrigerator and serve.  

    How to Store: Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. This sauce will not freeze.    

    Chef Billy Parisi

    chef notes + tips

    • This sauce would go phenomenal on any fish, seafood, chicken, or pork recipe.
    • You can also add in ½ peeled small-diced shallot if you’d like more onion flavor.
    • Substitute the 2 tablespoons of fresh dill with 1 ½ tablespoons of dry dill.
    • Another great addition would be 1 tablespoon of prepared horseradish.
    • Use 1 ½ teaspoons of garlic granules in place of fresh garlic.
    • If the sauce is too thick, then thin with 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk. When the sauce is too thin, add in 1 to 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise.
    fresh dill and chives in a sauce

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    Homemade Lemon-Dill Sauce Recipe

    This lemon-dill sauce recipe is easy to make, goes great with any seafood dish, and is bursting with fresh dill and citrus flavors.
    Servings: 8
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 0 minutes

    Ingredients 

    • ½ cup crème fraiche
    • ½ cup mayonnaise
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
    • 1 tablespoon sliced fresh chives
    • 1 finely minced garlic clove
    • juice of ½ lemon
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Instructions

    • Add all the ingredients to a medium-size bowl.
    • Whisk together until combined and chill covered in the refrigerator until ready to use.

    Notes

    Make-Ahead: You can make this recipe up to two days ahead of time. Pull straight from the refrigerator and serve.
    How to Store: Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. This sauce will not freeze.
    This sauce would go phenomenal on any fish, seafood, chicken, or pork recipe.
    You can also add in ½ peeled small-diced shallot if you’d like more onion flavor.
    Substitute the 2 tablespoons of fresh dill with 1 ½ tablespoons of dry dill.
    Another great addition would be 1 tablespoon of prepared horseradish.
    Use 1 ½ teaspoons of garlic granules in place of fresh garlic.
    If the sauce is too thick, then thin with 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk. When the sauce is too thin, add in 1 to 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 124kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 101mgPotassium: 26mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 123IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg
    Course: sauce, Side Dish
    Cuisine: American, French