Greek Olive Oil and Lemon Sauce Recipe

Fish with lemon olive oil sauce
Nadine Greeff/Stocksy United
Ratings (6)
  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 3/4 cup (1-2 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
596 Calories
55g Fat
28g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3/4 cup (1-2 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 596
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 55g 70%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 163mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Protein 5g
Calcium 139mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Oil and lemon sauce, called ladolemono or λαδολέμονο in Greece and pronounced lah-tho-LEH-mo-no, is a classic topping for grilled fish. The sauce can be used in many ways to enhance the flavors of all kinds of seafood, but you'll find many other uses for it as well.

Don't write it off if your family turns their collective noses up at fish. Use it on vegetables or on anything else that matches well with a light oil and lemon taste combination. It's basically a vinaigrette that can add a little zing to baked chicken, steamed broccoli or a bland salad. It's especially good with salmon. 

Ingredients

  • Juice of 2 lemons (approximately 4 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • Optional: 1 clove of garlic (minced or sliced)

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Blend on high for a few seconds until the sauce becomes thick and creamy.

  2. Add to your favorite fish, vegetable or chicken dish as seasoning. 

Tips

  • If you don't have a blender, you can use a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake it vigorously until the sauce thickens to a cream consistency. Another option is to place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat with a whisk.
  • Serve the sauce on the side so your family or guests can add as little or as much of it as they like to their meals. But be warned, the sauce will separate a little after it sits for a while. You might be best off serving a just small quantity of the sauce on the table, then you can re-whisk in the kitchen when you refill the serving bowl. 
  • You can also brush the sauce onto chicken breasts or fish fillets prior to cooking. 

Recipe Variations

  • A less authentically Greek version of this sauce adds 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard. 
  • Add a pinch of oregano.


A Word About Olive Oil

Don't be tempted to substitute virgin olive oil or "regular" olive oil in a pinch. Virgin oil is produced in a similar process to extra virgin oil. It's "pure," not blended with other oils. The major difference is in the olives that are used to make it. Virgin oil is made from riper olives, resulting in about 2 percent acidity. Extra virgin olive oil has less than 1 percent acidity. What difference does it make? Virgin olive oil is good for cooking, while extra virgin oil is preferred for dressings like this one, or any time you might plan to use it in a recipe where cooking isn't required.