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23 Easy Sauces for Grilled Salmon That Will Wow Your Guests

These sauces for grilled salmon are sure to be a hit with your guests!

Perfect for any special occasion, each one can be easily prepared in under 20 minutes.

Whether you’re looking for something sweet, tangy, or spicy, there’s a sauce here that’s sure to please.

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So fire up the grill and get ready to wow your guests with these delicious sauces.

1. Lemon Butter Sauce

When I want to take my grilled salmon up a notch, I always turn to this easy lemon butter sauce.

It only takes five minutes or less to prepare, but the flavor packs a punch!

The combination of salty, tart, and creamy complement any grilled dish perfectly.

The key is in using fresh lemon juice for the best flavor.

Trust me—it’s worth it!

—Samuel Buss, San Diego California

2. Honey Garlic Sauce

This delicious honey garlic sauce is a great way to spice up your grilled fish.

This recipe only has six ingredients, but it packs a flavorful punch.

It’s also incredibly easy to make – combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan and stir until it thickens!

This dish can be served warm or cold over any type of grilled fish you like, so you can make it ahead and keep it stored in the refrigerator for when you’re ready to serve.

Plus, leftovers taste even better than freshly made!

—Ivan Reed, Abilene, Texas

3. Dill Sauce

When it comes to spices, I love the intense flavor of dill.

So many meals call for this herb, but my favorite way to use it is in sauces.

This dill sauce really packs a punch with sour cream or Greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic salt, and pepper – perfect for elevating grilled fish.

I’m sure your dinner guests will be asking for an extra scoop!

—Sean Laughlin, Watertown, Massachusetts

4. Béarnaise Sauce

When it comes to dressing up your grilled fish, Béarnaise Sauce is a must!

It takes time to make because of all the stirring and whisking but it’s well worth the effort.

The white wine vinegar, egg yolks, and melted butter combine for a flavor sensation like no other.

Try adding some fresh tarragon, shallot, and lemon juice for an extra zing of flavor.

You’ll want this incredible sauce with every meal!

—Arthur Nolan, Chattanooga, Tennessee

5. Horseradish Dill Sauce

When it comes to flavoring fish, I always turn to this sauce.

The combination of creamy sour cream, dill, horseradish, and lemon is the perfect balance of flavors.

It adds that special zip to your favorite grilled fish dishes!

Plus, it’s super easy to whip up – just mix all the ingredients together and you’re done.

My friends can’t get enough of this zesty sauce! Serve it as an appetizer with some crackers or as a topping for your entrée.

—Caroline Whitehurst, Tulsa Oklahoma

6. Creamy Cilantro Lime Sauce

This creamy cilantro lime sauce has become a summertime favorite in our home.

The perfect accompaniment to grilled fish or vegetables, this recipe combines the bright flavors of fresh cilantro and lime juice with tangy sour cream to create an irresistible topping.

A healthy dose of garlic and onion adds complexity to the flavor profile.

—Kathryn White, Augusta, Georgia

7. Tangy Leek and Olive Gremolata Sauce

This tangy leek and olive gremolata sauce is a great way to add flavor to grilled fish.

It has an amazing blend of tartness from the lemon, sweetness from the olives, and depth from the garlic which all pair really well with that smoky char flavor of any grilled item.

I like making this sauce with either freshly caught fish or some store-bought fillets.

Either way, it’s sure to impress your dinner guests!

—Michael Obrien, Eagle River, Alaska

8. Beurre Blanc Sauce

This delicious homemade beurre blanc sauce is a wonderful addition to grilled fish.

It’s surprisingly easy to make and the delicate blend of white wine, lemon juice, shallots, butter, and spices makes it absolutely irresistible.

The cayenne pepper gives it just the right kick that’ll have everyone coming back for more!

This creamy sauce is perfect as a topping or dip – enjoy!

—Natalie Pierce, Big Rapids, Michigan

9. Enchilada Sauce

If you’re looking for a unique way to flavor your seafood dish, look no further than this enchilada sauce!

A blend of spices like chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and oregano add warmth and complexity.

Tomato paste provides savoriness while vegetable broth adds a touch of umami. A pinch of cinnamon brings out all the other flavors in the sauce.

It’s great on grilled fish but can be used as a topping or dip with just about anything.

—Patrick Gordon, Durham, North Carolina

10. Chipotle Tahini Sauce

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to add exciting flavor to your next grilled fish dish, look no further.

This Chipotle Tahini Sauce packs a punch with its combination of salty, creamy tahini sauce and zesty chipotle peppers in adobo.

Orange juice helps balance out the heat from the peppers for an addictively tangy taste that’s ready in minutes.

—Diana White, Charleston, South Carolina

11. Pesto

This flavorful pesto sauce quickly turns the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Whether it’s grilled fish, roasted vegetables, or a salad – this pesto will give your dish an exciting boost!

I always make a large batch of this and store it in my refrigerator for whenever I need to level up my cooking game.

And if you don’t like pine nuts, no worries!

Walnuts work just as well.

—Wendy Smithson, Auburn Hills, Michigan

12. Peanut Sauce

If you’re looking for a flavorful way to liven up grilled fish, this easy-to-make sauce is it!

It’s made with simple ingredients that most of us have in our pantries and takes just a few minutes to prepare.

The combination of creamy peanut butter, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and chili garlic sauce gives it a delicious kick.

Feel free to adjust the ingredients according to your taste.

I’m sure it will become one of your favorite sauces too!

—Vincent Smiths, Norristown, Pennsylvania

13. Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

My husband loves to grill fish and this roasted red pepper sauce is always a hit!

It’s easy to make, even for a weeknight dinner.

Just roast the peppers on the grill or in your oven, then blend everything together in a food processor. Delicious!

You can use it as a marinade too – just put some of the sauce into an airtight container and add your fish fillets – they’ll be nicely flavored by dinnertime.

This flavourful sauce can also be served with chicken, roasts, or vegetables.

—Helen Smith, Alexandria, Virginia

14. 5-Minute Coconut Curry Sauce

This 5-minute coconut curry sauce is the perfect way to add some spice to your grilled fish.

In just a few minutes, you can transform plain seafood into something extraordinary!

The fragrant combination of coconut oil, curry powder, and turmeric pair perfectly with the creamy texture of coconut milk.

It’s finished off with a subtle hint of sweet and salty from the fish sauce and lime juice – simply delicious!

—Samantha Robinson, Denton, Texas

15. Basic Garlic Butter Tomato Sauce

If you are looking for a simple and delicious way to add extra flavor to your grilled fish, try my garlic butter tomato sauce.

This sauce uses only a few ingredients like cherry tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and butter, so it’s super easy to make.

Plus, the balsamic vinegar adds a rich flavor that pairs perfectly with whatever type of fish you’re grilling up.

—Samuel Anderson, Phoenix, Arizona

16. Romesco Sauce

This traditional Spanish sauce is the perfect accompaniment to grilled fish, chicken, or vegetables.

The combination of roasted red peppers, almonds, oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, and spices makes this sauce wonderfully robust and flavorful.

I like to serve it alongside a selection of sautéed vegetables for an easy meal.

It’s also great as a dip with flatbreads or drizzled over salads.


—Susana Martinez, San Diego California

17. Cilantro Vinaigrette

This zesty vinaigrette goes great with grilled salmon, steak, and vegetables.

The magic ingredient in this recipe is cilantro which adds a unique flavor that will tantalize your taste buds.

It’s easy to make and you can adjust the amount of water depending on how thick you want it.

To make it even tastier, add freshly squeezed lemon juice or lime juice for a tangy twist!

You will love this simple yet flavorful sauce and it will become your go-to dressing for any summer barbeque!

—Heather Brown, Sacramento, California

18. 5-Minute Cashew Cheese Sauce

This 5-minute cashew cheese sauce is a perfect accompaniment for grilled fish or just about any other light dish.

It’s creamy, nutty, and bursting with flavor thanks to the lemon juice, garlic, and nutritional yeast.

This vegan cheese sauce is also incredibly versatile – use it as a dip for veggies or as a topping on your favorite tacos!

Best of all, it takes only 5 minutes to make.

—Lauren Waller, Los Angeles, California

19. Chimichurri

This is a simple, classic Argentinian condiment that goes perfectly with grilled salmon.

The combination of olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, and herbs has a bright, flavorful taste that adds zing to any dish.

It’s also great as a dipping sauce for chips or vegetables.

Chimichurri takes only minutes to make and can be used immediately or kept in the fridge for up to one week (although it will likely get eaten much faster than that!).

This condiment is always popular at parties and outdoor barbecues – try it out tonight and see why!

20. Honey Mustard Sauce

This honey mustard sauce is great for grilled salmon or as a dip for your favorite fried foods.

It’s also super easy to make!

Simply mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl until everything is evenly combined.

Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

The sauce will keep for about 5 days, so it’s perfect for making ahead of time or prepping for meal prep!

21. 5-Minute Yum Yum Sauce

This five-minute yum yum sauce is a great way to add a bit of zing to your grilled salmon.

It’s super easy and you only need a few basic ingredients – mayonnaise, butter, tomato paste, sugar or agave, an all-purpose spice mix, and some salt for seasoning.

Just mix everything together in a bowl until it forms a smooth sauce and then brush it onto your salmon before grilling or baking.

You’ll get an amazing flavor that will make everyone at the dinner table happy!

22. Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce

This mouthwatering BBQ sauce is the perfect complement to grilled salmon.

It’s also great on steak, chicken, or pork!

It has a delightful combination of tangy mustard and sweetness from the honey and brown sugar, while the Worcestershire adds a hint of smokiness.

The hot sauce gives it just a little kick that will keep you coming back for more!

This homemade Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce is so easy to make and tastes even better than the store-bought kind.

—Samantha Bowers, Charlotte, North Carolina

23. Sweet and Sour Sauce

This Sweet and Sour Sauce is a classic, popular condiment served with many Chinese dishes.

This version is made from pantry staples and creates the perfect balance of sweet and sour for your favorite dishes.

It’s easy to make and can be used as a marinade or glaze for chicken, pork or fish –or spooned over your favorite fried rice recipes.

This sauce will become an integral part of any Asian-style meal you prepare!

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23 Easy Sauces for Grilled Salmon That Will Wow Your Guests

I love fish, and grilled salmon is one of my favorites. But if you want to take your grilled salmon to the next level, there's nothing like a delicious sauce or marinade to really bring out the flavor. Here are 23 easy sauces for grilled salmon that will wow your guests.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 451 kcal


  • Lemon Butter Sauce
  • Honey Garlic Sauce
  • Dill Sauce
  • Béarnaise Sauce
  • Horseradish Dill Sauce
  • Creamy Cilantro Lime Sauce
  • Tangy Leek and Olive Gremolata Sauce
  • Beurre Blanc Sauce
  • Enchilada Sauce
  • Chipotle Tahini Sauce
  • Pesto
  • Peanut Sauce
  • Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
  • 5-Minute Coconut Curry Sauce
  • Basic Garlic Butter Tomato Sauce
  • Romesco Sauce
  • Cilantro Vinaigrette
  • 5-Minute Cashew Cheese Sauce
  • Chimichurri
  • Honey Mustard Sauce
  • 5-Minute Yum Yum Sauce
  • Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce
  • Sweet and Sour Sauce


  • Pick your favorite sauce from this list to pour over your salmon.
  • Prepare all of the required ingredients.
  • Make your sauce in 15 minutes or less.