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Yogurt Cucumber Sauce for Salmon: Seasoned with Dill

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Preview: Yogurt Cucumber Sauce for Salmon is a simple no-cook sauce to serve with fresh salmon, salmon loaf, or salmon patties.

This simple cucumber sauce for any fish, but especially good with salmon is most likely a close relative of Greek tzatziki sauce, but we’ve never called it that. Probably because we weren’t sure how to say or spell the word.

This recipe for Yogurt Cucumber Sauce for Salmon was adapted from a rather old book, Best Recipes From the Backs of Boxes, Bottles, Cans, and Jars by Ceil Dyer.  I used to serve it with a salmon loaf made from canned salmon, but since I rarely use canned salmon anymore, it has become one of my favorite accompaniments for grilled salmon.

High recommendations to Once Upon a Chef for her fresh salmon patties. This Greek yogurt sauce is the perfect condiment.

cucumber and yogurt sauce with salmon

Ingredients and substitutions:

  • MAYONNAISE: Olive oil mayonnaise is my favorite, but any kind will work. Low-fat or reduced-fat are also suitable.
  • GREEK YOGURT: I’ve been making this condiment/sauce for years with sour cream. But now that I have homemade Greek yogurt in my fridge at all times, I substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream. Tastes even better. Another option would be Crème Fraîche,

    If you have only regular yogurt on hand, try straining it with a coffee filter inside a small strainer. The longer you let it strain, the thicker it will be.
  • CUCUMBERS: No substitutes that I can think of. Guess you could leave them out, but then it wouldn’t be cucumber sauce.
  • POWDERED ONION: If you don’t mind a strong onion flavor, try grating a small amount of onion.
  • DILL: If substituting dried dill for fresh, only use half as much.

I’ve been making this condiment/sauce for years with sour cream. But now that I have homemade Greek yogurt in my fridge at all times, I substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream. Tastes even better. Another option would be Crème Fraîche,

cucumber sauce in bowl
No cooking required. Chop, stir and serve.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I make this ahead?

No. The cucumbers tend to get watery and will thin the sauce.

Can I freeze this sauce?

No. Freezing will change the texture. When thawed the sauce tends to curdle.

Is this sauce good with any fish besides salmon?

Dill is a rather assertive herb perfect for the personality of salmon or any stronger-flavored fish.



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Yield: 1 cup

Yogurt Cucumber Sauce for Salmon Recipe

Yogurt Cucumber Sauce for Salmon Recipe

This is a mild sauce to serve with fish containing yogurt, cucumbers, and dill. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped, peeled cucumbers
  • 1/4 teaspoon powdered onion
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Garnish with a pinch of dill.
  3. Chill.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 44Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 32mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

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