What Sauce To Serve With Salmon Patties?

Making salmon patties for dinner? Wondering what sauce you can pair alongside them? Well, here are some of the best sauces to serve with salmon patties and directions for how to make them! Lucky for you, they’re all pretty easy to make. 

So what sauces go with salmon patties? Salmon patties in Scandinavia (where the salmon is often sourced) are often served with a dill sauce. Creamy garlic and mustard sauces also work beautifully with salmon patties, as does a remoulade sauce (a Danish classic though it originated in France). 

Can you serve salmon patties without a sauce? Yes, but they may be a bit dry.

If in a hurry, use mayo (to which you can add some dill, minced garlic, or chipotle sauce for extra flavor)!

Or you can smash up an avo that you sprinkle with some lemon or lime juice and salt. 

Now, let’s deep dive into these different and recommended sauces and how to make them!

Best Sauces For Salmon Patties (Salmon Patty Sauce Options)

  • Dill sauce – in Scandinavia, where they eat a lot of salmon, it’s often served with a dill sauce or cooked with dill
  • Creamy garlic sauce – if you love aioli, this is a good option for you!
  • Creamy mustard sauce – mustard tends to go well with fish, and this sauce is no exception
  • Remoulade sauce – similar to mayo, remoulade contains a few extra ingredients to flavor it
  • Mayo – if you don’t have time to make a sauce, serve the salmon patties with mayo (which you can flavor with dill, garlic, or chipotle sauce)
  • Avocado – not a sauce, but some mashed avo combined with lemon/lime juice and some salt is a healthy alternative 

Salmon Patties With Dill Sauce

Dill and fish are an ancient combo, and the reason for that is that they work very well together. 

And this sauce happens to be so easy to make that you can whip it up in less than five minutes! 

Ingredients

  • ¼ Cup light sour cream 
  • 1 Tsp dill weed 
  • ¼ Tsp garlic powder 
  • Sea salt to taste

Method

Step One: Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and season to taste with salt. It’s a one-step sauce!

Salmon Patties With Creamy Garlic Sauce

A creamy garlic sauce is rarely wrong, and in this instance, it happens to pair really well with the proposed dish–namely, salmon patties!

Ingredients

  • ¼ Cup mayonnaise
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, shaved on a Microplane, pressed through a garlic press, or very finely minced
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Heavy cream, to thin, if needed
  • Salt, to taste

Method

Step One: Press/shave/mince the garlic and juice a lemon to get 1 tbsp of juice. 

Step Two: Put all the ingredients in a bowl, and stir till combined. Thin with a little bit of cream, if desired. Season with salt. 

Step Three: Let the sauce sit, covered, in the fridge for at least fifteen minutes for the flavors to blend and mellow.

Note: If you like, you can exchange half of the mayo for a thick yogurt, such as Greek yogurt or sour cream, for a bit of a healthier option. And if you find raw garlic a bit too much, boil it for a little while before mincing it and using it for the sauce. It will take some of the sting (and stink!) away. 

Salmon Patties With Creamy Mustard Sauce 

This sauce packs a bit more of a punch.

Like the other sauces on this list so far, this one can be made in advance and put in the fridge. 

Ingredients

  • ¼ Cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ Cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp fresh chives minced
  • ¼ Tsp dried dill
  • ½ Tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tsp hot sauce
  • Salt, to taste, if desired

Method

Step One: Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Season with salt as desired. 

Step Two: Put the sauce in the fridge (covered) and let sit for at least 30 minutes for the flavors to blend. 

Salmon Patties With Creamy Remoulade Sauce

In a fancy restaurant, remoulade sauce is made from scratch, just like mayo.

The base for both sauces is practically the same–only remoulade is then flavored with some other ingredients.

As these sauces contain raw eggs and can take some finagling to get right, most people buy both in a bottle or use mayo as the base for a remoulade sauce. 

In this case, store-bought mayo has been used as the base for this remoulade sauce, but you can always make mayo from scratch if you’re feeling up for the task! (And have eggs you are sure don’t contain any salmonella.)

Ingredients

  • ½ Cup mayo
  • 2 Tsp horseradish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp pickle juice
  • 2 Tsp lemon juice
  • 2 ½ Tsp paprika
  • ¼ Tsp garlic powder
  • ½ Tsp Old Bay seasoning

Method

Step One: Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Stir. Cover and refrigerate for a little while if you want the flavors to blend before serving. 

The No Sauce Option

If you don’t have some of the ingredients needed for the above sauces, serve the salmon patties with some good old mayo! 

You can opt to flavor it with minced garlic, dill, or some chipotle sauce if you feel up for it. 

For a healthier option, smash an avocado and combine with salt and either lime or lemon juice. 

Easy. Healthy. Delicious.

The Side Salad

Salmon patties are great with a nice and simple side salad.

What you put in the salad will depend on how you flavor your patties, but a plain garden salad (lettuce, cucumber, and tomato), or spinach salad, works well with most salmon pattie recipes. 

And most of the sauces for salmon can be used as dressing for the salad, too!

Finally

As you can see, creamy sauces generally work best with Salmon Patties.

And the good news is; that there’s plenty to try.

So take a look at those six recommendations above and see what you like the look of.

And if you have the time (and ingredients) I’d suggest you make them from scratch, yourself!

Looking for other sauce and fish combinations, you may be interested in my following guides: