These three herb sauces can be lightly spooned over the fish, or served on the side or as a thin base on which to rest the fish.
5-minute basil, lemon balm and lemon sauce
Whisk together 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of good-quality olive oil, 4 crushed garlic cloves and finely chopped fresh basil leaves (packed into an 1/8 of a cup). For a variation, reduce the lemon juice to 2 tablespoons and add finely chopped lemon balm leaves or use lemon balm as a garnish. Make the sauce in advance so that the flavours can fuse. Pour over grilled fish just before serving.
Dill and basil mayonnaise
In a bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise, a clove of chopped garlic, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard and the zest of one lemon. Whisk in 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and lemon juice to taste. Add 1 tablespoon each of chopped fresh dill and basil. Season with salt and pepper if necessary and adjust the lemon to taste. This cold sauce can be kept in a sealed bottle for up to a week. It is delicious with sautéed or grilled fish. Garnish with extra herbs.
Creamy dill sauce for salmon
Salmon has a stronger flavour that can stand up to a richer sauce, and this one is rich! In a small pot, combine ¼ cup sour cream, 2 tablespoons heavy cream, ¼ cup Dijon mustard and one or two tablespoons honey (according to taste). Warm gently while stirring. Add 3 tablespoons finely chopped dill and slowly stir in the juice of one lemon, and add 2 tablespoons of capers. Keep stirring over a low heat until all the ingredients are blended and warm. Spoon the sauce over the salmon when serving.
Tips about Dill
Dill has a few additional benefits, each one another reason why you should grow it in your garden. Chew on a piece of dill to eliminate bad breath. It’s also excellent to help eliminate flatulence and aerophagy (swallowing air). Make a tea and give a few teaspoons to infants for colic. Dill also helps to increase breast milk production in nursing mothers
Dill has a slightly lemony, sweet flavour with a hint of bitterness.
To grow: This summer annual needs full sun, fertile soil that drains well, and shelter from wind. It grows 1m high. Don’t let the plant dry out on very hot days as it will run to seed very quickly. Fresh leaves have far more flavour than dried leaves. For people on a salt-free diet, dill can act as a salt substitute because it is rich in mineral salts.