Pan-fried Salmon with Wasabi Dill Sauce

Pan-fried Salmon with Wasabi Dill Sauce | Sprig and Flours My family, whose home base is in California, is taking a little vacation this summer to visit me and the East Coast! I cannot wait to see them and also, I cannot wait for them to see the culture-rich beauty that is the East Coast. I have been working endlessly to book their flights and lodging, and put together an itinerary for their 8-day excursion. As you probably already know, I am a planning and organizing fiend, so really, I have been enjoying every single moment of this. 

Although we’ve traveled internationally, none of the four in my family have been to the East Coast! They are in for such a treat.

We haven’t been on a big family vacation together – just the five of us – since I was in high school. This trip is long overdue. I couldn’t help but wonder if this would be the last trip we would ever take together…I mean, just the five of us. We’re all older now, with our own lives, and soon, we’ll go on our own family vacations.  

This pretty much sums it up for me.

The irony of family vacations, especially when multiple young kids are involved, is that they can be stressful! Someone will probably cry, or throw a tantrum about not getting the overpriced toy at the gift shop. At least, that was the case in my family. But no matter how stressful some moments of the vacation may have been or how upset we might have gotten at one point, we loved spending that time together as a family. We always brought the best memories and inside jokes (that still crack us up today) home with us – the best souvenirs I could ever ask for. I must admit that adolescent Connie would not have said the same thing. She probably would have gone for the 3-foot Minnie Mouse plush doll at Disneyland instead. 

Pan-fried Salmon with Wasabi Dill Sauce | Sprig and Flours I rarely get to cook for my family. Whenever I’m around, I just want to eat my mom’s amazing dishes, so I never have any interest in cooking!

Since they’ll be on my turf, I figured I should capitalize on the situation and make them dinner for a change. I don’t want to spend a lot of our valuable time together preparing a meal, so I came up with a dish that is quick, easy, and incredibly delicious.

Every one in my family loves salmon, so for this recipe, I pan-fried some filets. What makes this dish special is the sauce. The sauce is a spicy wasabi dill sauce made with prepared horseradish, sour cream, yogurt, and lemon juice. This cool, creamy sauce with a kick goes so well with the crispy, fried salmon. It’s so perfect for a weeknight meal, especially when time is scarce, or in my case, when time should be spent hanging out with family. 

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Pan-fried Salmon with Wasabi Dill Sauce
 
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Ingredients
For the salmon:
  • 1½ pounds (about 2 filets) salmon
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
For the sauce:
  • 4 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 4 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1½ teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • 1½ teaspoons wasabi paste
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 to 1½ teaspoons fresh dill, chopped
Instructions
For the salmon:
  1. Season both sides of the salmon with some salt and pepper. Line a plate with a paper towel.
  2. In a large skilled, heat up the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  3. When the oil is hot, place the salmon in the skillet, skin side up. Cook until crispy and brown, about 4 minutes. Cook the other side until the skin is crispy, about 3 to 4 minutes. Plate over the paper towel to soak up the oil.
For the sauce:
  1. In a small bowl, mix together all the ingredients until incorporated. Serve on top or on the side of the salmon.

 

11 comments

  1. Rebecca @ DisplacedHousewife says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! YUM. I love everything about this. It’s a classic, with a twist. I bet that wasabi adds some fun flavor. And I love sauces made with Greek yogurt. I’m definitely putting this one on the short list!! xx

    • Connie says:

      I love the wasabi in the sauce! It really is a nice touch (: I made a test batch with mayo, but Greek yogurt was so much better. Please let me know what you think!!!

  2. Anna N Uhlig says:

    Looks wonderful! and thanks for the reminder to buy salmon again soon.I love it too and I know your sauce would be delicious. Can’t wait to try it.

    So glad your family is coming for a visit!

  3. cynthia says:

    Oh my goodness, yes! This looks so so good! I love salmon with creamy dill sauce so very much — adding wasabi is genius. And yay for family time! Hope it’s wonderful, Connie!

  4. ellie | fit for the soul says:

    Ooooh Connie, have such a blessed and delicious time with them! You’re right–sometimes you just want to kick back especially if you’re short on time with your loved ones, so this is really clever and fancy enough. Wasabi, salmon, horseradish…?? all my favorites!!

  5. Sarah @ Savoring Spoon says:

    This looks delicious! Yum! I love that you’re planning on making dinner for your family while they are visiting – that is so sweet! The wasabi dill sauce looks especially good.

    Hope they have a great trip. With your excellent planning skills, I’m sure it’ll be amazing 🙂

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