Salmon Pops With Piquant Dill Sauce

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These Salmon Pops With Piquant Dill Sauce make for delicious healthy low-carb appetizers. Or, for the nights when you are craving something flavourful and light but want to keep things quick and simple with healthiness in mind.

The salmon is flavoured with sesame oil and sesame seeds and baked on skewers with lemon slices and then drizzled with a flavourful piquant dill sauce.


salmon with lemon slices on skewers


This fish recipe is baked on a baking sheet using either bamboo or stainless steel skewers, keeping this recipe easy with minimal clean-up.

When you are purchasing the salmon filet, look for a thick slice. The reason for this is, the fish is cut into 1-inch cubes and then threaded on the skewers.

salmon pops – the details

first, flavour the salmon,

The salmon cubes are coated with olive oil, sesame oil, sesame seeds and seasoned with salt.


sliced lemon on a cutting board



the seasoned cubes are threaded on an appetizer skewer alternately with folded lemon slices. The lemon adds a tangy flavour to the salmon, making the fish taste so good! Let’s agree fish and lemon are two best friends.

Why are the skewers are soaked in water?

If you are using bamboo skewers, you should first soak them in water for twenty minutes. Dampening the skewers in water will stop them from burning when cooking the salmon.

I used bamboo skewers in this salmon appetizer recipe. However, you can use 5″ stainless steel skewers and skip the soaking.



slicing wild salmon


the piquant dill sauce for salmon

The piquant dill sauce is made with chopped red onions, fresh dill, lemon juice, olive oil, a tablespoon of mayonnaise, salt and pepper. The ingredients are whisked together, and the sauce is ready to go.

The fresh-tasting sauce adds that tangy lemon flavour. Add red onion to the mix, and you know this salmon dish will not be short of deliciousness—a delicious way to serve fish. The sauce is simple, and it compliments the salmon beautifully.

The best part? This salmon recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes!


sprig of dill


Is dill healthy?

This may surprise you. Dill leaves are packed with healthy nutrients such as vitamins A, C and D. In addition, this tiny pungent leaf has folate, iron, copper, potassium, zinc and more.

What does dill taste like?

Dill is one of those herbs that you either love or it is not for you. The tiny leaves taste slightly grassy, with an anise flavour with a light citrusy undertone. This herb goes exceptionally well with fish or in potato salads such as the Potato Salad with Yogurt Dill Dressing or Sweet Potato Salad with Herb Vinaigrette.

salmon pops for entertaining

The salmon pops are a big hit at any dinner party, especially for the diet savvy. The best part is that this salmon dish is easy and delicious, but it’s also low carb, low calorie, high protein and naturally gluten-free. And, very popular for those watching their waistline.


salmon cubes on a skewer


Do you need to feed big appetites?

No problem, serve each salmon skewer over simple rice with parsley topped with the piquant dill sauce, or with gluten-free Mediterranean pasta salad. YUM!

If you are looking for a light lunch idea, serve the salmon pops with this zesty cabbage and fennel citrus salad. You will love it!

Are you looking for cooking ideas for fresh salmon? Check out our popular gluten-free salmon recipes. They are simple to make, healthy and delicious! Enjoy!

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Many thanks!

Kristina xx


  • 1 ½ pound thick sliced skinless salmon fillet, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • 1 large lemon, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh dill
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped red onion
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. GF mayonnaise
  • Sea salt and freshly ground GF black pepper to taste
  • 16 appetizer bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 20 minutes or 5” stainless steel skewers
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  • Preheat oven to 400 F
  • Place salmon cubes into a bowl with olive oil, sesame oil, sesame seeds and salt. Gently toss to coat
  • Thread salmon cubes onto a skewer alternately with folded lemon slices. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Continue until you use up all the salmon
  • Place in the oven and bake for 8 minutes, turning halfway through. For barbecue option, place skewers onto hot grills and grill 4 minutes per side, or until salmon is fully cooked.
  • For the piquant dill sauce; Using a medium bowl whisk everything together
  • Pour piquant dill sauce evenly over the salmon just before serving and garnish with fresh dill and lemon slices.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature
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    7 Responses to Salmon Pops With Piquant Dill Sauce

    • Hala September 9, 2021

      I like your dishes, its very simple and delicious..

      • Kristina September 9, 2021

        thank you Hala, it’s always nice to hear

    • Teresa November 4, 2021

      my dinner party was a big hit with these salmon pops, thank you a great appetizer!!

      • Kristina November 4, 2021

        thank you Teresa, I am so happy to hear that.

    • Lori Donald December 11, 2021

      I made this salmon recipe over and over, thank you for this recipe so much! Everyone loves it!

      • Kristina December 11, 2021

        thank you Lori for sharing!

    • Anita July 28, 2022

      So incredibly good! No changes necessary, they are perfect

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