pan fried salmon

pan fried salmon

I adore salmon, partly because you don’t have to do much to it. Its perfect raw in a tartare or on its own as sashimi. When I cook it, I like to pan fry or grill it briefly, doing very little else.

I do like a sauce, and dill and salmon are a flavour match made in heaven. I made this light and delicious dressing to go with my pan fried salmon. Its packed with flavour and wonderful to serve with hot or cold fish. I love cold grilled salmon on an open sandwich or in a salad. You could also spread this dressing on a variety of canape bases and top with a small shard of fish. A perfect idea for the Christmas party season.

To cook your salmon, simply rub the fillet with olive oil and pan fry on both sides until golden and cooked through to your preference. I’m fond of keeping it a little pink and raw on the inside. I also always leave the skin on and cook that side a bit longer as I love crispy fish skin. Always remember when cooking fish that you cook presentation side down first (opposite to the skin side). Squeeze over fresh lemon juice to serve.

The flavours of this dressing develops with time, so if possible make this before.

lemony dill dressing

lemony dill dressing


  • 250g creme fraiche (about 1 cup)
  • 2 T mayonnaise (about 1 dessert spoon)
  • 2 T finely chopped dill (about 15g)
  • juice of 1/4 of a lemon
  • freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste


  1. Mix all of the above ingredients, and season to taste.

lemony dill creme frache dressaing

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  1. Sam

    Hey Suzie, wish we could meet and share a glass and a meal. We seem to have a lot on common. S x

  2. Maybe we will meet one day. I have an uncle who lives in Zambia. Last time we visited him, we spent some time in South Africa.

  3. Love simply recipes and one can never go wrong with dill and salmon. But your addition of other flavour pals such as creme fraiche, mayo and lemon lifts your recipe a level or two. Absolutely a match made in heaven.

  4. Sam

    Thanks DiDi – I see you are into herbs 🙂

  5. It looks so yummy. It seems that this sauce will go with whitefishes, too.

  6. Sam

    Hi Ryoko, yes this will work with all sorts of fish. I think fabulous with grilled tuna steak too.

  7. I had this for dinner last week and it was so delicious and so simple! I have to admit, I am kind of a fan of your website!

  8. Sam

    Why thank you Anne-Julie, that made my day 🙂

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