Easy Lemon Basil Sauce: Perfect for Salmon, Scallops and More

Your tastebuds will love this healthy lemon sauce for fish. And it comes together so quickly, you’ll have plenty of time for friends or family.

You want delicious, fast and fancy enough for company.

I’ve got you covered. And as an added bonus, I’m tossing in nutritious and heart-healthy. Because, well, that’s what I do! So here you go: a healthy lemon sauce for fish, and it’s loaded with garlic and basil and all things delicious.

Now and then, I’m in a rush to serve a company meal. That’s when I rely on this bright, light easy lemon basil sauce, which I typically pour over baked salmon. And because it’s so yum, it’s a regular on my family dinner table too.

healthy lemon basil sauce recipe

The lemon basil sauce comes together in about 5 minutes – literally! I love it over salmon, but it’s pretty darn yummy when it dresses nearly any fish fillet that I’ve taken from my freezer and cooked. Whatever fish you have, drizzle it with a bit of lemon juice before baking or broiling. I love it poured over seared scallops.

It’s not just delicious, super easy and wholesome, this is a very low sodium recipe. You can skip the salt. The flavors in the lemon basil sauce are so bright, you won’t miss the salt. That’s the beauty of cooking with citrus and fresh herbs – the stars of my favorite healthy lemon sauce for fish.

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For a quick, no-fuss company meal, I’ll serve this with a salad of seasonal greens, a whole grain like quinoa or brown rice, and a green vegetable such as roasted broccoli or steamed green beans with toasted almonds. The garlicky lemon basil sauce mixes deliciously with everything on the plate.

healthy lemon basil sauce for fish

Easy Lemon Basil Sauce for Salmon, Scallops and More

Be sure to use a good quality olive oil. And sprinkle the fish with a bit of lemon juice before cooking.
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Course: Dinner
Servings: 1 1.5 pound fillet
Calories: 72kcal
Author: Jill Weisenberger MS, RDN, CDE, FAND


  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1/8 cup packed chopped fresh basil leaves


  • Whisk all of the ingredients together. Pour over prepared fish just before serving.


Serving: 3- 3/4 teaspoons | Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0.8mg | Fiber: 0g


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Jill Weisenberger

I'm Jill, and I believe simple changes in your mindset and health habits can bring life-changing rewards. And I don't believe in willpower. It's waaaay overrated. As a food-loving registered dietitian nutritionist, certified diabetes care and education specialist and certified health and wellness coach, I've helped thousands of people solve their food and nutrition problems. If you're looking for a better way to master this whole healthy eating/healthy living thing or if you're trying to prevent or manage diabetes or heart problems, you'll find plenty of resources right here.

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  1. Joyce Smith on August 25, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    I love this lemon sauce for fish. I made it. I needed salt in mind to boost the taste. Thank you for a wonderful sauce. Oh! I poured over baked cod.

    Thank you

    • Jill Weisenberger on August 25, 2020 at 4:21 pm

      Thanks for saying so Joyce! I bet it was wonderful over cod. I recently poured it over haddock, and it was fabulous.

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