A creamy French onion dip recipe is a must for game days or any gathering!

This homemade version is packed with flavor and made with real caramelized onions in a rich, creamy base.

Serve it with your favorite crunchy dippers like potato chips or vegetables.

French Onion Dip in a bowl

An Easy Homemade Dip

  • Skip the onion soup mix; this this from scratch French onion dip recipe is easy to make.
  • Slowly caramelizing onions brings out a rich deep flavor.
  • Homemade means preservative and filler-free!
  • French onion dip is perfect for gluten-free and keto snacking when served on a veggie platter with celery and bell pepper sticks or broccoli and cauliflower florets.

Ingredients for French Onion Dip

  • Onions – Use sweet onions such as Vidalia or Walla Walla for a sweeter dip. Yellow or white onions will work just fine in this recipe too.
  • Sour Cream – Full-fat sour cream is nice and thick and adds richness. It can be replaced with plain Greek yogurt.
  • Mayonnaise – I prefer full fat mayonnaise or dressing in this recipe as the reduced fat versions are sweeter in flavor.
  • Seasonings – Add some garlic powder or fresh herbs like parsley or chives.

Variation: For a thicker dip, substitute 4 ounces of softened, whipped cream cheese for ¼ cup of sour cream.

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How to Make French Onion Dip

This homemade French onion dip recipe has so much fresh flavor compared to store-bought!

  1. Cook the onion until golden per the recipe below.
  2. While onions are cooking, mix sour cream, mayo, and seasonings.
  3. Allow onions to cool thoroughly, then mix with the cream base.
  4. Garnish and serve with chips or your favorite dippers!

Go Low and Slow!

The onions should cook very low and slow, stirring frequently – it may take about 20 to 30 minutes to caramelize them.

bowl of ingredients to make French Onion Dip

Delicious Dippers

  • Make it the centerpiece on a tray of colorful veggies, like carrot sticks or celery.
  • Serve it with potato chips, crostini or your favorite crackers.
  • Try it with golden brown soft pretzels or pretzel bites.
plated French Onion Dip with plate of chips

Storing French Onion Dip

  • French onion dip can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
  • Do not freeze, as the cream and mayonnaise base will not thaw well. Just make a new batch every time!

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French Onion Dip

A creamy homemade dip with sweet caramelized onions served with your favorite dippers!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Chill 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients  

  • 1 ½ cups sweet onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions 

  • In a 6-inch skillet, combine the onion and butter. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until the onion is golden brown. This should take about 20 to 30 minutes. Cool completely.
  • While the onion is cooking, in a medium bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder.
  • Stir in the cooled onion. Taste and season with salt and black pepper.
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Notes

Onions for French Onion Dip – Much like French onion soup, I like to use a sweet onion such as Walla walla or Vidalia onions. However, this recipe will work with almost any variety of onions. 
Cream Cheese Variation – If you’d like a thicker creamy texture, soften 4 oz of cream cheese and beat with a hand mixer until fluffy. Reduce the sour cream by 1/4 cup and proceed with the recipe as written.
Fresh herbs can be added. Parsley, fresh chives, and thyme are great options. Sprinkle in a little bit onion powder for more onion flavor if you’d like!
French Onion Dip can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days. Stir before serving. 
5 from 34 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 222 | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 161mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Dip
Cuisine American
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    1. You are very welcome, Paul! We love this recipe, can’t wait to hear what you think about it.

    1. That is definitely the danger when it comes to yummy dips! They seem to “disappear” quickly

  1. A delicious and easy to make french onion dip recipe i have ever tried so far. Thanks for sharing this recipe with all of us. Also do check out my special french onion dip recipe as well. 5 stars

  2. My dip didn’t turn out so good. I don’t think it’s the recipe (my husband has commented that dinners have been over-the-top delicious lately – the change? I’ve been using your site, so thank you!!), I really think it was my fault. I’m not intuitive in the kitchen. I was afraid of overcooking the onions so I sautéed them on low (on my electric flattop stove) and it took about 45-50 minutes. I think cooking them that long brought out way too much sweetness in the onions because the dip was super sweet, not savory like I expected onion dip to be. What do you think?

    1. It sounds like your onions were caramelized perfectly, they do take very long to become golden without browning but will get sweeter the longer they cook. It could also be the variety of onion you used (I used a regular white onion with the yellow-ish papery skin).

      I hope that helps!

    1. Apologies for the confusion Jackie! We used butter (we tested both but found butter had better flavor). Enjoy!

    1. Apologies for the confusion Norah! We used butter (we tested both but found butter had better flavor). Enjoy!