15 Sauces for Salmon (Easy, Flavorful + Delicious)

Wondering what the best sauces to serve with salmon are? I’ve got you covered with this handy guide.

These sauces pair with all your favorite salmon recipes.

The BEST Sauces for Salmon

These are some of my favorite sauces to serve with salmon. I’ll usually pick one based on the type of salmon that I’m preparing.

Here are some examples:

Keep reading to discover a sauce that you love. Then pair it with a couple salmon side dishes, a perfect salmon wine pairing, and you’re guaranteed an amazing dinner!

Note: These sauces are also delicious on trout. Learn all about trout vs. salmon here.

More Salmon Pairings:

Creamy Sauces for Salmon

Lemon Butter Sauce for Salmon

This lemon butter sauce, made with dry white wine and fresh dill, is the upgrade your salmon dinner craves!

Spoon stirring lemon butter sauce in small white bowl

Yogurt Dill Sauce

This delicious Yogurt Dill Sauce is a creamy yet light all-purpose sauce you’ll want to use on everything. Easy to make with Greek yogurt, lemon, garlic, and dill, just a scoop adds bright and vibrant flavors to salmon.


Bearnaise Sauce

This yummy Bearnaise sauce recipe is rich, fluffy, and tangy.

Bearnaise sauce in small black bowl.

Honey Mustard Sauce

This easy homemade Honey Mustard Dressing recipe is made with just 4-ingredients!

Overhead shot of honey mustard in glass jar with gold spoon

Cilantro Lime Crema

This quick and tangy Cilantro Lime Crema is ready in just 5 minutes. Better than sour cream, this Mexican condiment is flavored with fresh cilantro and lime juice to create a creamy and vibrant sauce.

Small jar of green goddess dressing with spoon

Tangy Sauces for Salmon

Mojo Sauce for Salmon

This Green Mojo Sauce is loaded with fresh herbs, garlic & spicy peppers. It’s the perfect, zesty topping for seafood.

Hand dipping spoon into bowl of mojo sauce.

Chimichurri Sauce

This Chimichurri Sauce recipe is packed with flavor and easy to make with simple ingredients & your blender or food processor.

Chimichurri sauce in small jar with spoon.

Zesty Sauces for Salmon

Homemade BBQ Sauce

This Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe is so easy!  Made in just 15-minutes with simple ingredients you probably already have on hand. Perfect for grilled salmon or cedar plank salmon.

Overhead close up of spoon in bbq sauce


Gremolata is a zesty Italian condiment that always adds fresh, vibrant flavor to seafood. All you need is fresh parsley, lemon zest, and garlic. Bonus: customize it with more add-ins or use olive oil to transform it into a marinade!


Chipotle Crema Sauce

Add some smoke and spice to your favorite recipes with this Chipotle Crema. A Mexican-inspired sauce, this creamy mix is made with chipotles in adobo to give a boost to your favorite salmon dish.

Jar of chipotle crema with spoon on small plate next to lime wedges and small bowl of chipotles.

Italian Dressing

This easy homemade Italian Dressing recipe is made with a tangy and zesty mix of pantry staple ingredients and dried herbs. Use it as a zesty marinade for salmon or drizzle it on your cooked dish.

Italian dressing in small cruet on metal tray next to lettuce.

Green Goddess Dressing

This healthy Green Goddess Dressing takes less than five minutes to make and is loaded with fresh herbs, garlic and tangy lime juice. 

Salsas for Salmon

Mango Salsa

This sweet Mango Salsa has tons of flavor and flair! The bursts of acidity and brightness from the juicy fresh mangos, jalapeno, lime juice, and red onion are delicious on fish tacos.


Pineapple Salsa

This Easy Pineapple Salsa is light and fresh with just a hint of heat. Delicious with grilled fish!

Overhead shot close up of bowl of pineapple salsa with lime wedges.

Jalapeno Sesame Salsa

This jalapeno sesame salsa recipe is totally unique and so addictive! It’s the perfect topping for a simple sous vide salmon filet!

Small bowl of jalapeno sesame salsa with spoon.

Pesto Sauces for Salmon

Pesto Genovese

Pesto Genovese, or classic Italian basil pesto, is an irresistibly herbaceous 5-ingredient sauce. Use it to elevate a bowl of pasta, drizzle it on a pizza, or spread it on a sandwich. The serving options are endless!

Overhead close up of bowl of pesto genovese with spoon.

Arugula Pesto

Arugula Pesto has peppery kick from the arugula and is flavored with parmesan cheese, garlic, lemon zest & pine nuts.

Arugula pesto in small white bowl with spoon.

Kale Pesto

This easy Kale Pesto recipe is totally vegan and delicious! Made with fresh kale, walnuts, and Italian seasonings.


More Seafood Sauce Recipes

Did you Make Any of These Sauces for Salmon?

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Note: These sauces are also delicious with trout or steelhead. Learn more about trout vs. salmon and steelhead vs. salmon here.

Collage of best sauces for salmon.

15 Sauces for Salmon

Over 15+ best sauces for salmon for a quick, easy, and healthy lunch or dinner. One of my favorite recipes is this lemon butter sauce.
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Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8


  • ¾ cup dry white wine (or dry vermouth)
  • 3 Tablespoons shallot (minced)
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (cut into 6 pieces)
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons fresh dill (chopped)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)


  • Boil wine, shallot and lemon juice in a small saucepan over high heat until reduced to ¼ cup, about 6 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low and add butter, one piece at a time, whisking until melted before adding more.
  • Remove pan from heat. Stir in dill.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.


  • If you don’t have dill, you can still use this delicious recipe, just swap the dill ingredient out for parsley, basil or tarragon.
  • If your sauce is too thin, you can continue cooking it over low-medium heat and whisk in a few tablespoons of cornstarch and cold water to thicken it up a bit. Always start with a little and add as needed.
  • If you over season the sauce, Like I said before, less is more! When making sauces especially, it’s super easy to season, taste, and season some more. To take down too much seasoning, you’ll have to add in more bone broth and water to balance the flavors — then likely more cornstarch to thinking the mixture again. You’ll then end up with LOTS of sauce.
  • If your sauce is too sour, then you probably just have a bit too much lemon juice in comparison to your other ingredients. Even that out by adding in a little more garlic, shallots, and white wine, then whisk together. Don’t be afraid to taste your sauce while you cook to ensure you’re getting the perfect flavors.
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Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 361IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

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