Baked Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce

by Eat Well with Lex

Baked salmon filets are cooked to crispy perfection and then topped with creamy dill sauce and Greek salsa. This dish is full of fresh, herby Mediterranean flavor and is ready in less than 30 minutes.

For more delicious salmon recipes, try Blackened Salmon Tacos with Pineapple Salsa and Thai Salmon Curry next.

baked salmon with dill sauce and greek salsa

Elevate simple baked salmon. You start with perfectly seasoned filets and bake them until they are tender and flaky. And then you slather the salmon with luscious garlic dill sauce and a healthy serving of Greek salsa. This dish is vibrant in both color and taste.

Why This is the Best Baked Salmon Recipe

  • Easy to Prepare: With just 10 minutes of prep, you can whip up both toppings in no time as the seasoned filets bake in the oven.
  • Healthy Protein: Salmon is packed with omega-3s and the yogurt dill sauce adds extra protein.
  • Perfect Summer Entree: The refreshing mixture of vegetables in the Greek salad and the light, creamy texture of the dill sauce, makes this a delicious meal for hot weather. The toppings are tasty but not overpowering.
three baked salmon filets topped with greek salsa

Baked Salmon with Dill Sauce Ingredients

  • Salmon Filets: You can use either fresh or frozen salmon. If using frozen salmon, just defrost it before cooking.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: This helps the filets crisp up as they bake in the oven.
  • Seasoning: I use a medley of oregano, sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder, cumin, dried thyme, and paprika.
seasoning for baked salmon

Greek Salsa

  • Cherry Tomatoes: These are juicy and sweet.
  • Cucumber: Add diced cucumbers for a refreshing quality.
  • Red Onion: Diced onions add a delectable crunch.
  • Crumbled Feta Cheese: This rich, salty cheese is great.
  • Fresh Parsley: This has a bright herby flavor.
  • Seasoning: Season simply with salt, oregano, and black pepper.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: This helps to hold the ingredients together.
  • Red Wine Vinegar: Add this for depth of flavor. It adds a tangy quality that works well with the tomatoes.
  • Organic Honey: This sweetness helps to balance the savory flavors of the other ingredients.
  • Dijon Mustard: For a sweet, spicy contrast, use this.
  • Lemon Juice: This brightens the overall flavor with a touch of acidity.

Yogurt Dill Sauce

  • Plain Greek Yogurt: This is the creamy base of the sauce. It also adds a delightful tangy flavor. Feel free to use nonfat Greek yogurt.
  • Dijon Mustard: This adds a bold, zesty flavor.
  • Mayonnaise: This enriches the flavor and consistency.
  • Organic Honey: For a touch of sweetness.
  • Fresh Dill: You can use dried dill in a pinch but fresh really maximizes the flavor.
  • Parsley: Finely chopped.
  • Garlic Clove: Grated fresh garlic really complements the dill.
  • Lemon Juice: This adds a fresh pop of citrus flavor.
  • Seasoning: I use oregano, salt, and black pepper.
ingredients for greek salsa in a bowl

How to Make Baked Salmon with Dill Sauce & Greek Salsa

Marinate Salmon

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Then grease or line a baking dish with parchment paper. In a small bowl, mix together the spices for the salmon, oregano, salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin, thyme and paprika.

Brush the salmon filets with olive oil then sprinkle the seasoning blend over each piece, making sure to coat them well. Then place the salmon in the baking dish and cover to marinate while you prepare the dill sauce and Greek salsa.

side by side images of unseasoned raw salmon filets and seasoned raw salmon filets

Prepare Greek Salsa

For the Greek salsa, combine the cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red onion and parsley. In a separate bowl or jar, mix together the dressing with olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, dijon mustard, lemon juice, oregano, salt and pepper. Mix it well then pour the dressing over the vegetables.

Sprinkle with feta cheese and gently stir to bring the salsa together. Set aside in the fridge.

4 images showing how to make greek salsa for baked salmon

Bake Salmon Filets

Now place the marinated salmon into the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. Switch the setting to broil for the last two minutes. Once the salmon is cooked, let it sit for 5 minutes before adding the sauce and salsa.

Top Baked Salmon with Dill Sauce and Greek Salsa

To serve, spoon some dill sauce over the salmon then top with a generous amount of Greek salsa.

creamy dill sauce for baked salmon

Garnish with extra fresh dill or parsley if desired. Serve the baked salmon with the dill sauce and Greek salsa immediately.

plated baked salmon with creamy dill sauce

Pro Tips for the Best Baked Salmon

  • Do not marinate salmon for more than 30 minutes or you risk it becoming mushy. 15 minutes is more than enough time to let the flavors meld.
  • Ensure the yogurt for your dill sauce is plain flavor and not vanilla.
  • The exact cooking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of the filet.
  • Prevent dry salmon by baking at a temperature that is not too high or too low. 400 degrees F seems to be the sweet spot.
  • I recommend keeping the skin on as the filets bake so they can retain their moisture.

Recipe Variations

  • Fresh Herbs: For the sauce, you can swap dill for rosemary or parsley.
  • Salmon: Although I use Atlantic salmon for this baked salmon recipe, you can sockeye salmon or king salmon if you prefer,

Can Baked Salmon Be Made Ahead?

Absolutely! Salmon lasts up to 4 days when properly stored. However, I recommend making the toppings no more than 24 hours in advance.

Storing Leftovers

Store leftover salmon, dill sauce, and Greek salsa in three separate airtight containers in the fridge. The baked salmon will last up to 4 days, the dill sauce 3 days, and the Greek salsa, no more than 2.

Reheat the filets in the microwave or in the air fryer to maintain the crispy texture. Then add the sauce and salsa.

Common Questions

How long to cook salmon at 400?

Baked salmon cooked at 400 degrees F takes about 10-12 minutes to cook.

Is it better to bake salmon covered?

Salmon cooks quickly so I recommend baking it uncovered, without aluminum foil.

At what temperature is oven-baked salmon done?

Salmon is cooked when the thickest part of the filet reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.

baked salmon

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Pan Seared Cod Fish with White Wine Sauce

Air Fryer Cod Fish Sandwich

Jamaican Saltfish Fritters

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plated baked salmon with dill sauce

Baked Salmon with Dill Sauce

Baked salmon filets are cooked to crispy perfection and then topped with creamy dill sauce and Greek salsa. This dish is full of fresh, herby Mediterranean flavor and is ready in less than 30 minutes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 3 Salmon Filets
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ½ tsp Oregano
  • ¾ tsp Sea Salt
  • ¼ tsp Black Pepper
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Cumin
  • ½ tsp Dried Thyme
  • ½ tsp Paprika

Greek Salsa

  • ½ cup Cherry Tomatoes
  • ½ cup Cucumber diced
  • ¼ cup Red Onion diced
  • 2 tbsp Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Parsley
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Oregano
  • ¼ tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Organic Honey
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice

Dill Sauce

  • ½ cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • tsp Organic Honey
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Dill
  • 1 tsp Parsley finely chopped
  • 2 Garlic Clove grated
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • ½ tsp Oregano
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Grease or line a baking dish with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the spices for the salmon, oregano, salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin, thyme and paprika.
  • Brush the salmon filets with olive oil then sprinkle the seasoning blend over each piece, making sure to coat them well.
  • Place the salmon in the baking dish and cover to marinate while you prepare the dill sauce and Greek salsa.
  • For the Greek salsa, combine the cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red onion and parsley. In a separate bowl or jar, mix together the dressing with olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, dijon mustard, lemon juice, oregano, salt and pepper. Mix it well then pour the dressing over the vegetables.
  • Sprinkle with feta cheese and gently stir to bring the salsa together. Set aside in the fridge.
  • Now place the marinated salmon into the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. Switch the setting to broil for the last two minutes. Once the salmon is cooked, let it sit for 5 minutes before adding the sauce and salsa.
  • To serve, spoon some dill sauce over the salmon then top with a generous amount of Greek salsa. Garnish with extra fresh dill or parsley if desired. Serve the baked salmon with the dill sauce and Greek salsa immediately.
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Gretchen Bagwell February 21, 2024 - 3:13 am

5 stars
A new and refreshing way to make salmon, and another HIT with my family! I planned for leftovers, but I have no salmon left! But the salmon wasn’t the only delicious part of this dish. The Greek salsa and dill sauce were equally amazing. I DO have leftovers of both of them, so I’ll be adding some garbanzo beans to the salsa, a bit more feta, stuffing them into pitas, topping them with the dill sauce, and VOILA… tomorrow night’s dinner!

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