pan fried salmon with a lemony dill dressing

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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17 Responses to pan fried salmon with a lemony dill dressing

  1. Charlie's Bird December 4, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    Salivating at the very thought of it… looks delicious!

  2. Natasja - December 4, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    Looks great, especially the dressing! 🙂

  3. suzanne Perazzini December 5, 2012 at 1:33 am #

    I love salmon too and it’s so good for us. That sauce looks perfect. I also like a little sauce.

  4. Sam December 5, 2012 at 8:57 am #

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

  5. Sam December 5, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    Thanks you Natasja 🙂

  6. suzanne Perazzini December 5, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    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.

  7. Di-Di December 5, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    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.

  8. Sam December 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    Thanks DiDi – I see you are into herbs 🙂

  9. Di-Di December 6, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    Yes Sam, and anything else that flavours the cooking pot. 🙂

  10. Ryoko December 28, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

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

  11. Sam December 29, 2012 at 11:09 am #

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

  12. Anne-Julie January 27, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

    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!

  13. Sam January 27, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

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

  14. sam April 3, 2013 at 4:47 am #

    Sounds great!


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