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Delicious and Easy Salmon Recipe from Finland

The first warm and sunny summer days hit my hometown couple of days ago, and we have been enjoying every ray of the sun. Our pale vampire skin has been glazed with sunscreen, of course. Barbecue and summer food has been the theme of the weekend.

For the next couple of weeks, we have to rely on Swedish new potatoes and Dutch strawberries, but they are good enough substitutes for us too impatient to wait for the real things. The annual arrival of Finnish new potatoes and strawberries is serious business. That joyous occasion is announced in news and newspapers.

Easy salmon recipe from Finland

Here is a classic; a delicious and easy recipe that everybody can make! The salmon needs to be fresh and good quality. How to check that? If you can, ask to smell the fish. A fresh fish always smells neutral with an ocean breeze. An old fish smells, you guessed it, really fishy. If you can see eyes or gills, check them. A fresh fish has clear eyes and red gills. An old fish has blurry eyes and grey gills.

Okay, but now, the recipe itself! The dish is pan-fried salmon with new potatoes and dill sauce. Yummy! It’s one of my favorite dishes. It consists of three elements:

New potatoes

Brush the dirt and excess skin of the potatoes. Boil z. 25 minutes until ready. Pour the water away, add a slice of butter, salt, and dill on top. Notion! You eat new potatoes with their skin. You do not need to peel.


Put some butter in the pan. Wait until it has turned brown and made bubbles. That’s how you know that the pan is hot enough. Panfry salmon fillets. Depending on thickness, this takes z. 10 minutes. Garnish with dill.

I think you have realized by now, how much I love dill. Maybe I should rephrase this dish as “Dill with salmon, potatoes, and sauce.” Anyhow, the cold dill sauce is the heart of this recipe. It complements both the potatoes and salmon.

Dill sauce

This sauce recipe is an heirloom from my mother’s side. The secret of the sauce is mustard. Without mustard, the white sauce tastes bland.

one pack of natural yogurt or sour cream (z. 2 dl or 1,5 cups)

one big tablespoon of mustard

a pinch of salt, sugar and freshly ground black pepper

small bundle of dill

Mix everything, except dill. Then add dill. I often scissor the dill into small pieces on top of the sauce and then mix. This basic mix is very versatile and works with all different herbs. You can also add garlic or a tablespoon of squeezed lemon juice.

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About Varpu
I’m the founder of Her Finland. I love cultural tidbits, aha moments, Finnish folklore, and cinnamon buns. My newest interest is learning bird songs. Read more about me..

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Friday 22nd of September 2023

I made karjalan pasti for supper first time from your recipe. It was amazing.


Friday 22nd of September 2023

Learning about my finnish heritage. What king of mustard for the salmon?

albert tipon

Monday 16th of August 2021

its additional to my menu list thank you


Sunday 22nd of August 2021

Thank you Albert!

Rich Mattson

Tuesday 5th of June 2018

Hei Varpu, I just tried your recipe last night with older king salmon from my freezer and new potatoes and it was great. Fresh salmon, of course, is even better, but they haven't started showing up yet for me to fish, but well-packaged frozen salmon works well too. I really like your dill sauce and I actually had some Turun Sinappi for the mustard - really great sauce - thanks for sharing!

Varpu Pöyry

Wednesday 6th of June 2018

Heippa Rich! I'm so happy to hear that you liked the recipe! The dill sauce is amazing, isn't it?! So easy and delicious.

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