Pan Seared Salmon With Cucumber Dill Sauce

Have you ever wondered what to do with the leftover cream cheese sitting in your fridge after you have consumed all the bagels? This happens quite often to a lot of people. I recently got a container of Bruegger’s Bagels cucumber dill cream cheese and decided I was going to have fun with the leftover cream cheese. My first thought was to make sandwiches then I thought how about taking it further by making a sauce with the cream cheese. This pan seared salmon with cucumber dill sauce meal turned out delicious and was fairly easy to make.

Pan Seared Salmon With Cucumber Dill Sauce

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Pan Seared Salmon With Cucumber Dill Sauce

Cream cheese is very versatile and the possibilities are endless with this ingredient. In addition to using it for the cucumber dill sauce, there are so many other ways to use leftover cucumber dill cream cheese.  Below are some of my favorite ways to use it.

5 Fun ways to use up cucumber dill cream cheese

1.  Spread the cream cheese over crackers and top with fresh dill for a quick and easy snack.

2.  Use it for smoked salmon tea sandwiches. Thin slices of smoked salmon, red onion and cucumber dill cream cheese make the perfect sandwich filling. Remove the crust for a fun presentation.

3. Add the cream cheese to scrambled eggs for a delicious twist to your regular scrambled egg recipe.

4. A generous amount of cucumber dill cream cheese in a chicken wrap with lettuce, cucumber and tomato is a great lunch meal.

5. Use it in your pasta salad dressing. Add a little milk to adjust the consistency.

Let me know if you try this Pan Seared Salmon With Cucumber Dill Sauce recipe, you can shoot me direct message or tag me on Instagram. I am always looking forward to hearing from you. If you are in need for another seafood recipe inspiration, you may also check out my Pan Seared Tilapia with lemon and herb zucchini. 

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Pan Seared Salmon With Cucumber Dill Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 4 oz Brueggers cucumber dill cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 2 6 oz skinless and boneless salmon filets
  • 1 1/2 cups orzo pasta
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 2 cups diced english cucumber
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 4 tsp minced fresh garlic
  • 1/4 cup sliced scallions, both green and white parts
  • 4 tbsp fresh dill chopped
  • 1/4 cup diced red onions
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp melted butter without whey
  • kosher salt and pepper
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 4 oz Brueggers cucumber dill cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 2 6 oz skinless and boneless salmon filets
  • 1 1/2 cups orzo pasta
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 2 cups diced english cucumber
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 4 tsp minced fresh garlic
  • 1/4 cup sliced scallions, both green and white parts
  • 4 tbsp fresh dill chopped
  • 1/4 cup diced red onions
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp melted butter without whey
  • kosher salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, cook orzo pasta per package directions, about 10 minutes.
  2. Mix cooked orzo with parsley, 1 tbsp dill, half the cucumber, cherry tomatoes, half the garlic, scallions, red onion, garlic, lemon juice and a tablespoon of olive oil in a large bowl. Add 1 tsp kosher salt and 1/2 pepper to taste. Set aside.
  3. Next, heat a cast iron or non stick skillet over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil and butter. Season salmon with salt and pepper on both sides and cook for about 4 minutes on each side till both sides are brown and crispy.
  4. While salmon is cooking mix half and half with the Bruegger’s cucumber dill cream cheese in a small saucepan under medium heat. When cream cheese has melted and combined with half and half, add the remaining cucumber, dill, garlic and mix.
    Pan seared salmon with cucumber dill sauce
  5. Taste the sauce and add 1/2 tsp kosher salt 1/4 tsp black pepper and salt to taste. If you need more zing add a little lemon juice about 1 tsp.
  6. To plate, start with the orzo pasta salad, then salmon and finishing off with the sauce on top.
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Comments

  1. Salmon is my favorite food, and this would be a great way to mix things up. I put dill and lemon on my salmon a lot, but I’ve never tried a cucumber dill sauce.

  2. My girls and I eat salmon regularly and love it! This cucumber dill sauce is the perfect addition so we will definitely be trying this!

  3. Cucumber and dill is a great flavor combination. I have never had it with salmon but it sounds great.

  4. We’ve been eating more and more fish at our house and this looks like a recipe I need to try! Salmon is one of my husband’s favorite foods. Plus the sauce! It reminds me of tzataiki sauce. Light and healthy. What a great recipe for spring!

  5. The sauce sounds amazing. And maybe I will do it with salmon in some other way. I am just not a fan of pan searing salmon. It dries it out too much for my taste. But it looks yummy.

  6. This salmon with cucumber dill sauce looks delicious. I will have to make this for the family for sure. The salmon looks amazing and thanks for sharing the recipe.

  7. Thank you for the meal recipe. I was trying to find a good recipe for a healthy, delicious and filling meal for the weekend. Now I found it. I’m going to get some salmon at the store tomorrow.

  8. I’ve never thought about using cucumber dill sauce with scrambled eggs and smoked salmon but it sounds delicious. Must give it a try. Thanks

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