Greek Yogurt and Cucumber Sauce for Fish

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Dress up everyday grilled salmon with this simple cucumber sauce.

The average American eats only 3.5 ounces of the recommended 8 ounces of fish every week.

Some weeks, I’m not even average.

I love fish but it’s a bit expensive in my landlocked city. It also stinks up the house when I cook it and furthermore, I don’t have a large repertoire of simple and healthy fish recipes.

But my number one excuse for not eating more fish? . . .  (weak, I know);  fish isn’t comfort food for me.  I have almost no childhood memories of eating fish save the occasional fish fry at the Lion’s Club in Lucerne.

When I do cook fish at home, I have 3 favorite recipes:  Almond Salmon, Pizza Fish, and this sauce served with almost any grilled or sauteed fish.

This recipe was originally published in Best Recipes From the Backs of Boxes, Bottles, Cans and Jars by Ceil Dyer. I used to serve it with salmon loaf made from canned salmon but since I rarely make that anymore, it’s one of my favorite accompaniments for grilled salmon. Incidentally, this is the only way I will eat cucumbers, one of my least favorite vegetables.  But they work in this sauce.

cucumber sauce in bowl

No cooking required. Chop, stir and serve.

I’ve been making this condiment/sauce  for years with sour cream but now that I have homemade Greek yogurt in the fridge at all times, I substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream and it tastes even better.

Other changes I made include replacing fresh onions with onion powder (I don’t do raw onions) and using fresh dill instead of dried although dill out of a bottle works fine too–just cut the amount in half.

In case you’re wondering, this is a close relative of tzatziki sauce, but we’ve never called it that– probably because we weren’t sure how to say the word or spell the word.


Greek Yogurt and Cucumber Sauce for Fish
A mild sauce to eat with simply prepared fish
  • ½ cup mayonnaise (I like olive oil or reduced fat)
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt (I use nonfat)
  • ½ cup finely chopped, peeled cucumbers
  • ¼ teaspoon powdered onion
  • 1 teaspoons chopped fresh dill (or ½ teaspoon dried)
  1. Combine all ingredients and serve with fish. Reserve a pinch of dill for garnish.



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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Diane January 17, 2016 at 11:46 am

Great recipe have made it several times great on wraps


Lori January 23, 2013 at 11:53 am

what are the calories for this yogurt cucumber dip?


Paula January 24, 2013 at 5:48 am

Hi Lori,
If you get 4 servings per recipe, it’s about 90 calories per serving, although that can vary depending on the brand of mayonnaise and yogurt you use. I also noticed the recipe was not quite right (all ingredients listed twice) as the result of a recent site-wide recipe conversion process. Glad you indirectly brought my attention to it.


Kelly August 21, 2011 at 7:43 pm

So simple and delicious – love this kind of preparation.


Rebecca August 18, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I’m making my menu for next week and I’m planning salmon patties – I think this sauce will breathe some new life into my recipe! Thanks Paula


Megan's Cookin' August 13, 2011 at 11:21 am

I love cucumbers and this sauce makes me want to make salmon tonight. The hubby hates cucumbers but he’s gone this evening. Sounds like the perfect dinner! 😉


TheKitchenWitch August 13, 2011 at 8:52 am

I love, love cucumbers but I dislike dill. Can we still be friends? Do you think I could use chives or something and it would still be acceptable?


Paula August 13, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Sometimes you make me cry, sometimes you make me cringe, but most of the time you just make me laugh, like today. You are so talented my friend. Have you started on your autobiography?

Can’t imagine why chives wouldn’t work. Honestly, I’m not huge on dill and I really dislike cucumbers but for some reason, I like this stuff. Go figure.


Paula August 11, 2011 at 11:51 pm

My husband loves fish, can’t get enough of it. He’d very much enjoy this yogurt & cucumber sauce I’m sure.


Susie August 11, 2011 at 5:12 pm

ok, nevermind….it appears that you already have a “dips & dressings” category.


Susie August 11, 2011 at 5:11 pm

yep, looks like a good condiment for the “condiment” family! maybe you need a post on your favorite condiments? or possibly a whole food category just called “condiments.” there would definitely be a lot!


Mimi August 11, 2011 at 12:57 pm

We eat a lot of fresh fish. My daughter’s boyfriend owns a sports fishing boat and I’m always willing to take any extra the catch of the day. Having sauces to dress up fish is a great way to liven things up.


Deborah August 11, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Sounds delicious! I will try that this week!


Suzanne August 11, 2011 at 11:06 am

I have to agree with you on fish consumption for myself, just didn’t get brought up eating it much. As kids I loved fishing but never ate what we caught because it was rainbow trout and it was super fishy tasting. Mom burned me out on canned tuna so don’t really ever want canned tuna. The yogurt sauce sound great I still need to get the courage to make your Greek yogurt.


Judith M Helie August 11, 2011 at 10:06 am

Sounds delish! I love fresh cukes from the garden. I just made yogurt yesterday and brought in cukes from garden so I’ll try it. Sounds like it would be good on anthing..


Ann Baker August 11, 2011 at 7:20 am

I love seafood but unfortunately here in Chicago, it can be expensive and our choices are often limited. This sauce would also work with lamb burgers!


Gary August 11, 2011 at 6:39 am

Sounds fresh and clean. Since I eat a lot of salmon, (I work in a grocery store, so I have easy access) I’ll certainly give this a try!


Lorraine August 10, 2011 at 9:32 pm

I can do cucumbers far easier than I can do fish. I just don’t seem to have a taste for it. But, the cucumber sauce sounds light, bright and flavorful and a great accompaniment for salmon. I like the idea of the dill.


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