Dill Sauce Recipe

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Dill and lightly-flavoured fish are a perfect combination, so it’s hardly surprising that this sauce is often found in the finest restaurants to go with freshly-grilled fillets.

This one is a little bit fancy, so you’ll need to give yourself an hour for it – but we’ve kept our recipe as simple to follow as possible. There’s only one way to find out how your own homemade dill sauce will taste!

Make a creamy dill sauce for salmon, serve up with new potatoes and some steamed vegetables, and you’ll have a dinner that feels sinfully indulgent but isn’t (as long as you share the sauce…).

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  • 500 ml Full Fat Milk
  • 1 Small White Onion, cut into quarters
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 50 g Butter (Salted or Unsalted)
  • 50 g Plain Flour
  • 1 Small Bunch of Diil
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice


  1. Separate the dill leaves from the stalks, and chop up the leaves (hold on to the stalks!).

  2. Put the milk, onion, bay leaf and dill stalks into a medium-sized saucepan, and heat until it’s just about boiling.

  3. Take off the heat and leave the mixture to infuse for 25 minutes, then strain it through a sieve (or take the bits out with a slotted spoon). Make sure the strained milk is nearby, as you add it in later.

  4. Melt the butter in a non-stick pan, and stir in the flour – this will turn into a paste (known as a roux).

  5. Cook this gently over a low heat for 3-4 minutes – and don’t stop stirring!

  6. Now add in some of the strained milk and keep stirring until smooth. Continue to add in more milk until the sauce has thickened.

  7. Simmer the sauce very gently for 10-15 minutes.

  8. Add the chopped dill leaves and the lemon juice. Try a little bit (mind the heat), then add some ground black pepper to season it.

Serving tip

Top each dish with a bit of fresh dill to make it look extra-professional.

Preparation Method

  • Deep Fryer
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Pan