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Caramelized Onion Dip: the mouthwatering recipe for a savory party dip

Total time: 55 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 12 people
By Cookist
yellow onions, peeled and thinly sliced
Salted butter
2 tbsp
2 tsp
2 tsp
White wine
1/4 cup
Sour cream
12 ounces
cream cheese, softened
8 ounces
fresh parsley to taste
Worcestershire Sauce to taste

Caramelized onion dip is the perfect party dip to serve anytime you're hosting a get-together with friends and family. This simple dip recipe is made with mouthwatering caramelized onions, sour cream, cream cheese, and wine, and is a million times tastier than anything you'll buy from a store – including Trader Joe's!

With its rich, creamy texture and savory, tangy, and lightly sweet taste, this is without a doubt, the best dip with caramelized onions.

How to Make Caramelized Onion Dip From Scratch

You'll love how easy it is to make this mouthwatering dip with caramelized onions. It's not labor-intensive, but you will need to keep an eye on the onions while you're caramelizing them. Ready to get started? Here's how to make the best caramelized onion dip. Sauté the onions in a skillet with butter. Season the onions with salt and sugar and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Pour a bit of the wine in, let it burn off, and repeat until the wine has been used and the onions are a deep golden brown. Take the onions out of the skillet and chop them up. Put them into a bowl with sour cream and cream cheese, and stir to combine. Add a splash of Worcestershire sauce, stir, then garnish with parsley and serve with a variety of snacks for dipping!


Can You Make Caramelized Onion Dip Ahead?

If you're planning a large party, you can definitely make your caramelized onion dip in advance. Make it up to 1 day ahead of time.

Tips for the Best Dip with Caramelized Onions

Any type of onion works in this recipe – red, white, or yellow. You could even do a mix of all three!

For a delicious twist on caramelized onion dip, swap out Worcestershire sauce for soy sauce. Soy sauce adds a savory, salty layer of flavor to this dip that's hard to resist.

Use a dry white wine like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. If you don't want to use wine, you can use grape juice or even water as a substitute.

For a lighter but equally creamy dip, substitute half the sour cream or cream cheese for mayonnaise or Greek yogurt.

To streamline the caramelization process and cut down on your cooking time, you can cook your onions in an Instant Pot.

To make vegan caramelized onion dip, use vegan sour cream and vegan mayonnaise instead of regular sour cream and cream cheese.

What to Serve with Caramelized Onion Dip

Serve your homemade caramelized onion dip with potato chips, pita chips, crostini, breadsticks, chopped fresh veggies like celery and carrots, pretzels, crackers, or tortilla chips.

It even makes a great topping for sandwiches and burgers!

How to Store Caramelized Onion Dip

Keep your onion dip in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.


Melt the butter in a skillet. Add the onions to the skillet and season with salt and sugar. Sauté for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Pour in about 1 tablespoon of the wine, then let it cook off. Repeat until you've used all the wine. After 30 minutes of cooking, the onions should be caramelized.

Once the onions have caramelized, remove them from the skillet and put them on a cutting board. Chop them into small pieces, then put the pieces into a bowl.

Add in the sour cream and cream cheese, stir to combine. Add a splash of Worcestershire sauce, stir, then garnish with parsley and serve.


You can use unsalted butter. If you do, be sure to add an extra pinch of salt to the dip.

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