Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Recipe for Market Street Grill Creamy Cucumber-Dill Sauce for Fish

Salmon with Dill SauceIt seems like every summer I get fixated on one particular herb, and this year it's definitely dill. As soon as my dill plants sprout out a few feathery leaves, I snip them and make another dill-flavored recipe. The latest thing I made with dill is this creamy cucumber-dill sauce that's served at the best seafood restaurants in Utah. People who've eaten at the Gastronomy Inc. trio of Market Street Grill, Market Street Broiler, or The Oyster Bar know that this perfect sauce is one thing that keeps customers coming back. When I visited Market Street Grill recently and saw they were giving out this sauce recipe, I knew I had to put it on the blog.

Dill is commonly used with yogurt in sauces and salad dressing, but this recipe pairs the dill with equal parts of sour cream and mayo for a creamier sauce. I actually used light sour cream and light mayo when I tried it out on my dad, step-mother, and sister, and they thought it was great. I've made the sauce with fresh dill as well as with the dried variety, which is called dillweed. The other usable part of the dill plant is the dried seeds which are a spice called dill seed. Dill is fairly easy to grow, and can be planted in the fall for early dill next spring. If you neglect your dill plant a little at the end of the garden season each year, it will happily drop enough seeds to guarantee a good supply of dill the following summer. This delicious and simple sauce with dill is my entry for Weekend Herb Blogging, hosted this week by Divya from Dil Se. If you'd like to enter, check the new rules for Weekend Herb Blogging, and how to send your entry.

Market Street Cucumber Dill Sauce for Fish
(Makes about 1 1/4 cups sauce, recipe courtesy Market Street Grill Restaurant.)

3 medium cucumbers
1 cup mayo (I used light mayo)
1 cup sour cream (I used light sour cream)
2 T chopped fresh dill or 2 tsp. dried dillweed
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
juice of 1 lemon (3 T fresh lemon juice)

Peel cucumbers and scrape out seeds with a sharp spoon. Cut into chunks, then place in food processor and puree. Drain cucumbers in a fine-mesh colander, then use your hands to squeeze out as much water as you can.

In a plastic bowl with a tight-fitting lid, mix together sour cream and mayonnaise. Stir in cucumbers, dill, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Chill for at least 4 hours before serving.

At the restaurant this sauce is served with salmon, halibut, scallops, and fish and chips. It would be good with most any type of seafood. (Edit - Since I posted this I've discovered this sauce is also delicous on grilled zucchini or eggplant.)

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South Beach Suggestions:
Served with grilled fish, like the salmon in the photo, and made with light mayo and light sour cream, this is a great condiment for any phase of the South Beach Diet or any other low-glycemic eating plan. (I wouldn't personally use fat free mayo or fat free sour cream to make this because they nearly always contain more sugar than the light varieties. With full fat sour cream and mayo, this should be used much more sparingly.)

More Delicious Things I've Made With Dill:
Double-Dill South Beach Diet friendly Tartar Sauce
Leftover Salmon Salad with Yogurt and Dill
Mashed Cauliflower With Cheese and Dill
Cucumber and Yogurt Salad with Feta and Dill
World's Best Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Dill Recipes from Other Blogs:
I compiled a big collection of recipes using dill for my series on Cooking with Fresh Herbs at
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  1. I love dill with creamy sauce!! it goes well with smoke salmon too! I like it when my salmon has lotsa dill cream sauce. now i know how to make it...heheh..

  2. Dill is under used as a herb, it's a terrificly versatile ingredient. I use it in pickles and dips but also add it to soya dishes to make it a bit more exciting.

  3. I just love creamy dill sauce -- on fish, on pasta, with tortillas....
    I just made one last week similar to yours, only I used soy mayo and fat-free plain yogurt.

  4. Count me as one of those who goes to Market Street because of this tarter sauce. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. oooo I love dill! This one looks great! Thanks so much for sharing.


  6. The creamy sauce looks great Kalyn..I have been planning to grow more herbs at home.And the link would be of great help..Perfect pairing of the sauce with fish!And once again thanks for giving me the oppurtunity to host this week.

  7. Hi Kalyn, the sauce looks very good, I was looking for fish recipes I think that I found the right place.
    I also like your blog design.

  8. Delicious! It's got my mouth watering already!
    Great Site!

  9. Thanks for sharing this herb.

    I've learnt something today!

    Glad that I found your site.

  10. What a goregous fresh sounding sauce Kalyn. I share your love of dill. This looks perfect for the hot weather, nice and cooling.

  11. Lovely sauce and thankfully, lower fat than the restaurant versions! I will give this a try.

  12. Well that is just a beautiful photo, Kalyn, to go with a yummy recipe!

  13. This looks really good. Unfortunately, my dill went to seed after just a few weeks. Maybe I'll have some come up next spring!

  14. Thanks everyone for the nice comments.

    Pam, this is just as good with dried dill, I promise. (Well, maybe *almost* as good, but it's pretty darn good even with the dried dillweed. Try it!)

  15. Mmmm, I love salmon and I love dill. You can't go wrong with this one! Great for summer.
    ps, have you made anything with fennel yet this summer?

  16. Natashya, I feel like a failure at growing fennel. My fennel still has really thin stems, not a bulb-like shape like I'm expecting. Maybe I'll have to break down and just buy some fennel!

  17. That cucumber and dill sauce sounds really good.

  18. I love when restaurants serve dill sauce with seafood. I definitely have to try this. Surely cucumber adds a refreshing taste. Thanks for sharing! =)

  19. This looks wonderful. Can't wait to try it. Is the light mayo and light sour cream ok on phase 1? I thought we had to use full fat due to increased sugar. Thanks. Love your blog!

  20. I wish South Beach would start recommending full fat dairy products, but I haven't heard that. I know they recommend no fat-free due to increased sugar, but personally I think full-fat or low-fat are both okay.


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