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Easy Lemon Dill Cream Sauce Recipe for Seafood

This deliciously tart lemon dill cream sauce is great to serve with any type of seafood, such as salmon patties, crab cakes, fried fish, or even chicken strips. In addition to being easy to make, it adds another layer of flavor to anything you put it on.

dipping bite of crab cake into lemon dill cream sauce

I highly recommend reading this entire post before you begin preparing the recipe. However, if all you want is the list of ingredients with full directions, please either click on the jump-to-recipe button above or scroll to the bottom of this post.

Lemon Dill Cream Sauce

One of the things we love about this sauce is the creamy texture that balances out the tartness. You can use cream, half and half, or milk. Or if you want it even more tart, try substituting plain yogurt.

Ingredients

There are only a few simple ingredients in this sauce. Here is what you’ll need:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Lemon zest
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Cream, half-and-half, milk, or plain Greek yogurt
  • Dill weed (jarred or fresh dill)
mayonnaise, heavy cream, lemon, dill weed, and zester

Most of the time, I use heavy cream in this lemon dill sauce. However, if you don’t have any cream, whatever milk you do have will work.

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.

How to Make Lemon Dill Cream Sauce

This has to be one of the easiest sauces you can make for fish. You’ll need a small bowl and something to cover it with. I used plastic wrap.

When I use lemon zest, I like to always make it fresh. Start by washing the lemon before zesting.

lemon and zester in a bowl

Combine all of the ingredients in the bowl.

lemon dill sauce ingredients in a bowl with a spoon

Stir until everything is well mixed and smooth.

mixed lemon dill sauce ingredients

Cover and refrigerate the sauce for at least an hour before serving. This gives the ingredients time to settle in together.

I love the fact that this lemon dill sauce only takes a few minutes to make. When I plan to cook seafood for dinner, I make the sauce late morning or early afternoon. 

bowl of lemon dill sauce with crab cake and broccoli

Additional Ingredients for the Adventurous Cook

If you enjoy being adventurous in the kitchen, try adding a few more ingredients to the recipe. That’s one of the ways I discover some fabulous dishes.

My recommendation is to test the additions out on a small amount of the basic recipe before adding it to the entire batch. Add one or two things at a time until you get it just right.

Here are some ingredients to try:

  • Ground black pepper
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Minced garlic
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Italian seasoning blend
  • Cumin
  • Soy sauce
  • Tahini
  • Allspice 
  • Salt

This recipe is very tart. So if you prefer something with a hint of sweetness to balance it out, add a small amount of honey. It doesn’t take much to make it sweet, so go lightly on this.

For a lemon butter sauce, add melted butter. I’ve done this a number of times, sometimes omitting the dill and other times leaving it in. I like the dill, so my preference is to leave it in.

Questions About Lemon Dill Cream Sauce

I thought of some questions you might have about this lemon dill sauce. Here are a few things you might wonder with the answers.

What Can You Do with Leftover Lemon Dill Sauce?

Chances are, you won’t have any leftover sauce. However, if you do, cover it and put it in the refrigerator. It should still be good for up to a week.

Can You Freeze Lemon Dill Sauce?

Yes, you can freeze it for a couple of months. Just be sure to put it in an airtight container before putting it in the freezer.

Sometimes the ingredients will separate in the freezing process. Before serving the sauce, stir it really well to mix everything back together.

Can This Lemon Dill Sauce Recipe be Doubled?

Yes. In fact, if you’re serving more than 3 or 4 people, you should have more than what this recipe calls for. All you have to do is double each of the ingredients. 

scooping lemon dill sauce with a spoon, small bowl with lemon dill sauce, and dipping bite of crab cake into lemon dill sauce

More Sauce Recipes

Around our house, we enjoy adding different flavors to foods. Since sauce is fun and normally easy to make, I experiment with a variety of flavors.

Here are some of our favorite sauces:

Balsamic Glaze – Add a touch of sophistication to any food with this delicious glaze. It’s easy to make and tastes wonderful!

pouring balsamic glaze into jar

Homemade Barbecue Sauce – When you make your own barbecue sauce, you can control the amount of each ingredient to suit the taste of the people you’re serving.

bowl and spoon of barbecue sauce
Barbecue Sauce

Homemade Tartar Sauce – We enjoy alternating between the creamy lemon dill sauce and this tartar sauce when we have fish.

Taco Truck Green Sauce – This spicy sauce is delicious on so many foods, from chips and burritos to chicken and pork. You have the option to add even more heat or tone down the spice to make it just right for your taste.

bowl of taco truck green sauce with chips

Copycat Chick Fil A Sauce – If you enjoy this famous sauce as much as we do, you’ll love this recipe.

Red Remoulade Sauce – This amazing sauce from Julia’s Simply Southern adds some wonderful southern flavor to anything you put it on.

Copycat Taco Bell Baja Sauce – Any time you crave south-of-the-border flavor, make this sauce. I like to keep a little bit in the fridge because you never know when you’ll want some. 

bowl of baja sauce
Baja Sauce

More Foods that Go with Lemon Dill Sauce

Don’t limit yourself to just a few dishes to serve this delicious lemon dill sauce with. Here are more to try:

Salmon Casserole – Make this delicious casserole with either fresh cooked salmon or canned salmon. It’s easy, delicious, and a great food for a family meal, dinner party, or potluck.

Baked Pecan Crusted Fish – This has always been one of my favorite ways to eat fish. Add some lemon dill sauce to it, and it takes on even more flavor!

Panko Breaded Chicken – With this dish from Back to My Southern Roots, you’ll get the flavor of fried chicken without having to deal with splatters from the grease popping all over the place. 

Boneless Chicken Breast – I like to pick up boneless skinless chicken breast when it goes on sale and cook it in my air fryer. Then when it comes time to serve it, I made different sauces to satisfy my craving for flavor.

Sauces for Extra Flavor

Any time you feel like something needs a little extra flavor, make either this lemon dill sauce or one of the others listed above. 

Or if you’re serving a crowd, make a couple of sauces. Most people enjoy having choices.

dipping crab cake into lemon dill sauce

Lemon Dill Cream Sauce

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This lemon dill cream sauce adds tart deliciousness to any seafood, chicken or other meat.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cream, half-and-half, milk, or plain yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Stir the ingredients until everything is well mixed.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for an hour before using.

Notes

  • Always start out with a freshly washed lemon.
  • This is a very tart sauce. If you want a hint of sweetness, add 1/2 teaspoon honey.
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 329Total Fat 30gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 23gCholesterol 26mgSodium 313mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 0gSugar 8gProtein 6g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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