Moroccan Salmon with Lemon Dill Yogurt Sauce

This is a variation of our salmon with yogurt sauce base recipe. This Moroccan salmon with lemon dill yogurt sauce is rich in highly aromatic spices and herbs, full of both flavor and nutritional benefit. Try it out and get ready to tantalize your taste buds!

Must-Know Culinary Skills

For recipe success, learn how to:

Mince Garlic
Measure Wet vs. Dry Ingredients

Culinary Tips for the Best Moroccan Salmon

When cooking any type of fish in the oven, a good rule of thumb is to heat your oven to 400° F and roast 10 minutes for every inch of thickness, as described in our Roasted Fish Base Recipe.

Skin on or off? For this recipe, it doesn’t matter. When you roast/bake fish in the oven with the skin side down, the skin doesn’t get crispy, so it’s not very appealing to eat. However, it does separate easily from the fish once cooked. 

Remove small pin bones using fish bone tweezers before cooking; these are no fun to bite into!

A good fishmonger at your local grocery store can help you with the pin bones and skin. Don’t be shy to ask for help!

If you have the time, let the spices sit on the salmon for about 15 minutes before cooking for increased flavor development.

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Salmon: substitute arctic char or steelhead trout.
  • Moroccan Spice Blend: use any store-bought blend or make your own
  • Greek Yogurt: use any fat percentage that fits within your diet. You can substitute regular plain yogurt if not too thin, but note that it might be a little runny. 
  • Fresh Dill: substitute 1 teaspoon dried dill or 2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro. 
  • Garlic: substitute ½ teaspoon garlic flakes, ¼ teaspoon granulated garlic, or ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder.
  • Lemon Juice: substitute bottled lemon juice.

Recipe Variations

Change up this recipe by baking the salmon first then adding the yogurt sauce. This creates a slightly different taste and texture but is still equally delicious!

Try out this other tasty variation!

Dill and Yogurt Salmon

Equipment Recommendations

You just need a few essential kitchen tools for this recipe:

Health Benefits of Moroccan Spiced Salmon

This is a nutrient-packed dinner recipe! This Moroccan spiced salmon not only features fish, but also Greek yogurt and flavorful spices.

Salmon

The American Heart Association recommends eating two, 3.5-ounce servings of fish per week, and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend 8 total ounces per week for the general population. Why? Because fish is a quality source of protein that is rich in vitamins and minerals. Fatty fish, like salmon, is high in EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids, which is good for heart and brain health.

Confused about which salmon to purchase? Wild-caught is known for having a higher omega-3 content, but surprisingly, that’s not always the case! We recommend consulting the Monterrey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch app to help guide your seafood purchasing decisions.

Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is a great source of B vitamins, calcium, protein, and probiotics. Select a fat content that works with your overall diet. If you tend to consume a lot of foods high in saturated fat, a low-fat or fat-free variety is your best choice. If you limit saturated fat in your diet, full-fat varieties are okay.

Spices

Using spices decreases the need for salt, which may help reduce hypertension risk and therefore promote heart health. (1) Additionally, the spices in a Moroccan blend contain powerful antioxidants which may help reduce inflammation in the body. (2)

Serving Suggestions

Serve this Moroccan salmon with couscous (whole grain if available) or another whole grain and roasted vegetables. Since the salmon is heavily spiced, keep the flavors of the sides mild so that you don’t overpower the plate! 

This Moroccan salmon recipe would also pair well with a grain salad, such as our Mediterranean barley salad!

Storage Tips for Leftover Moroccan Salmon

Cool leftover salmon completely, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. Serve leftover salmon on top of a green salad or reheat in the microwave.

Looking for More Salmon Recipes?

Try out these tried and true recipes!

Roasted Fish Base Recipe

Pesto Crusted Salmon

Baked Pesto Salmon

moroccan salmon with lemon dill yogurt sauce and roasted vegetables

Moroccan Salmon with Lemon Dill Yogurt Sauce

This Moroccan salmon with lemon dill yogurt sauce is rich in highly aromatic spices and herbs, full of both flavor and nutritional benefit. Try it out and get ready to tantalize your taste buds!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Moroccan, Seafood
Servings 4 filets

Ingredients
  

Moroccan Salmon

  • 4 salmon filets, with skin (~1-1½ pounds)
  • 2 teaspoons Moroccan spice blend, such as Ras-el-hanout

Lemon Dill Yogurt Sauce

  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh dill (~1 teaspoon dried)
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon zest
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400° F. Prepare a baking sheet by spraying with nonstick spray or lightly brushing with oil.
  • Place salmon skin side down on the baking sheet. Rub spice blend onto the top and sides of the filets.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt, dill, garlic, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Spread sauce over salmon (you might have extra depending on amount of salmon). Bake for ~10 minutes per inch of thickness or until salmon flakes easily when tested with a fork. Enjoy!
Keyword Moroccan Salmon

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