Lemon Dill Sauce

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Our Lemon Dill Sauce is incredibly simple, packed with flavor, and only requires 4 simple ingredients. It’s full of fresh dill and lemon flavors and pairs great with any seafood dish.

Our Creamy Dill Sauce is the perfect condiment for your favorite seafood dishes. It pairs well with Beer Battered CodMahi Mahi Tacos, Simple Salmon Recipe, and even Tilapia Fish Tacos. The possibilities are endless!

Fresh dill in a mayo based sauce.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

This recipe uses a handful of ingredients and comes together in about 5 minutes.

  • Mayonnaise: We use 1 cup of full fat mayo as the base for this creamy seafood sauce.
  • Dill: You’ll need about ¼ cup of finely chopped fresh dill. 
  • Lemon Juice: We use 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice. About the same amount as the juice from 1 lemon.
  • Dijon Mustard: You’ll need 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard.
Ingredients needed for a lemon dill sauce.

How to Make Lemon Dill Sauce:

You’ll find the exact measurements and full instructions in the recipe card near the bottom of the page.

This easy dill sauce recipe isn’t only simple to make, it’s also versatile. Seafood is just one of its many uses.

  1. Place the mayonnaise, dill, lemon juice, and Dijon mustard in a small bowl, and whisk to combine.
  2. Cover, and refrigerate until ready to use.
Ingredients for dill sauce in a mixing bowl.
Lemon dill sauce in a glass mixing bowl.

Dill Sauce Tips and Variations:

  • Use your favorite brand of mayonnaise. We don’t recommend using Miracle Whip since it has extra added ingredients and the flavors don’t mix well.
  • We highly recommend using fresh dill for this recipe. If you need to use dried dill, about 1 tablespoon will do the trick. Of course, feel free to adjust to taste.
  • Fresh lemon juice is the way to go! The bottled stuff doesn’t give the same flavor or acidity as fresh.
  • Add more fresh herbs like chives and fresh parsley for extra flavor and color!


Refrigerator: Store leftover sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Freezer: We do not recommend freezing this sauce.

Top down view of a mayo and lemon sauce in a bowl.

What dishes pair well with lemon dill sauce?

This sauce isn’t just for salmon. It’s a great dipping sauce for Oven Baked Home FriesSweet Potato FriesCrab Cakes, Air Fryer Cabbage Steaks, French fries, or as a spread on fish sandwiches.

Can I adjust the thickness of the sauce? How?

Yes, you can adjust the thickness this lemon dill sauce recipe. To make the sauce thicker try adding a tablespoon or two of additional mayo, sour cream, or plain Greek yogurt to taste. 

To thin it out, you can add in some whole milk, 2% milk, half and half, or heavy cream for a more creamy consistency. 

Are there any alternatives to using mayonnaise in the sauce?

Yes, you can use sour cream, plain Greek yogurt or even a combination of these ingredients to make a delicious sauce instead of using mayonnaise.

Dill and lemon sauce in a small dish.

How can I make the sauce less tangy or more tangy?

To make this sauce less tangy, use a little less dill and lemon juice or add a pinch of granulated sugar for sweetness to balance the flavors.

For a tangier sauce, add more lemon juice, lemon zest, or dill to taste. A pinch of salt will enhances these flavors.

Can I use lemon zest instead of lemon juice in the sauce?

Yes, you can. But to achieve the same amount of lemon flavor, you’ll need quite a bit of zest. You’ll also need to add some liquid to thin out the sauce. Good options are milk (any variety), half and half, or heavy cream.

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Close up view of bowls of dill sauce.

Lemon Dill Sauce

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Author: Kimberly
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 10 Servings


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard


  • Place all the ingredients into a medium bowl. Whisk to combine.
    1 cup mayonnaise
    ¼ cup fresh dill
    2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
    1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Scroll up and see the post for storage options, FAQs, and tips.

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*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 2 tablespoons of dill sauce. Actual calories will vary.
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.4g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 106IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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Side view of a bowl of seafood sauce.

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