Onion Dip from Scratch

Onion Dip from Scratch

According to American culinary legend, an unknown Los Angeles chef devised onion dip back in the 50s by mixing Lipton soup mix with sour cream. Maybe … maybe not. What we know is that the folks at Lipton’s picked up the ball and ran with it to the point that more of their dehydrated soup mix was going into the dip bowl than the soup bowl. I have nothing against using manufactured mixes, but look, after the zombie apocalypse strikes, and the megamart shelves are stripped bare … what do we do then? Those of us with this recipe in our go-bags will survive to dip another day. Food for thought people, food for thought.

Onion Dip from Scratch
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  1. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 1 pound onions, diced
  3. 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  4. 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  5. 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  6. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  7. 1/4 teaspoon white pepper, freshly ground
  1. Place the oil, onions and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a 10-inch saute pan over medium heat.
  2. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are golden brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool for 15 minutes.
  3. Place the remaining ingredients and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium mixing bowl, add the cooled onions and stir to combine.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and stir again before serving.
  1. This dip is even better when made a day ahead. Just make sure that you cover it well with plastic wrap because fats (like sour cream) take in flavors and aromas hanging around the refrigerator like crazy old grandmas collect leftover gift wrapping.
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  1. 1

    This is the best onion dip I’ve ever had! I’m 14 and I made this for my family at my dad’s birthday party and they all loved it! Thanks Alton!!

  2. 2
    Jennifer Mayni

    I may have missed this in the older comments, but what mayo to use? I’m from SC so the *only* mayo is Dukes. This is undebatable. But I do know it has a more distinct flavor than others.

  3. 3

    First time I made this I thought it was **way** to sweet… No amount of added pepper fixed it.
    Second time I added a healthy squirt of Dijon mustard to the mayo/sour cream mix and it was perfect! Couldn’t taste the mustard… just enough to cut the sweetness.

  4. 5

    Hi Alton. Love your recipes. My onion dip recipe is one you should try. It’s very simple.
    2-8oz cream cheese, softened, 1 small yellow onion, diced, and enough milk to make it creamy. Mix and enjoy!

  5. 14

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  6. 15

    I have made this recipe time and time again. It’s always a hit wherever I take it, I wouldn’t change a thing about it. It’s delicious, simple, and classic. I like that I know there are no “extra” additives in this dip (msg, preservatives, etc). Don’t rush cooking the onions, the longer they carmalize the better. I thank you and so does my family, friends, coworkers….

  7. 16

    I love this recipe, but I recommend doubling (at least!!) all the spices (no, salt is not a spice) Maybe add onion salt, or replace salt w/onion salt…

  8. 17

    Probably goes against the grain but I just toss in one packet of dry onion soup mix to a batch of sour cream and mayo. Has this all in it.

  9. 20

    Just made this to bring to a birthday party cookout. It already tastes great and it’s sitting in the crude waiting to wow my in laws. Thanks Alton. Your recipes never disappoint.

  10. 22

    I used two medium sized onions. I bought a third just in case. I have a digital scale, so I just diced and weighed my onions until I reached 16 oz. I did weigh the three onions at the store, and their scale said 1.3 lbs.

  11. 25

    I’ve made this at least 6 times over the past few months. First just as written, then using fat free Greek yogurt, light mayo, reduced the oil and salt by half. The only reasons for my changes is to reduce calories, sodium and fat due to changes I’m making in my diet. We love this and it was a huge hit at both parties we took it to over the holidays. Hubby experimented with some and added ranch dressing. It was a great onion-ranch dip!

    • 26

      Light mayonnaise is a lie. They add a lot of sugar or nobody would buy it. Eat what you want but at least know what’s in there, which is lots of sugar, in this case.

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