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Caramelized Onion Dip

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This caramelized onion dip is a total crowd pleaser! Serve with chips, pita or bagel crisps, or on sandwiches and burgers. YUM.

Can you guys learn to love this caramelized onion dip even if it is not a) healthy, or b) particularly beautiful?

Can you look past outward appearances to the soul of the caramelized onion dip which is, above all else, extremely luscious, totally delicious, and wonderful to share with friends? Can you envision a future for this caramelized onion dip that includes appetizers, burgers, sandwich spreads, and maybe even a little something to help you get extra with your eggs?

I knew you could. I knew you had that in you.

Close up onions.

How To Make Caramelized Onion Dip

Step 1: Cut a few onions.

Step 2: Caramelize those onions in a pan.

Step 3: Mix them up with everything else in a bowl and EAT.

The caramelization here is obviously key, and as with most of life, wine helps, but water can also soften things up for you if you’d rather not with the wine. What matters most here is TIME. They just need time. A good nonstick pan, a knob of butter, some gentle heat, and lots of patient time. We are looking for that deep golden brown color – my rule of thumb is that once I think they look pretty good, I give them another ten minutes just to be safe, and I’m always glad I did. We want deep, dark, sweet, soft, and fragrant.

After that, things get pretty basic: cream cheese, sour cream, a dash of this and a sprinkle of that… boom.


Caramelized Onions in a pan with tongs.

Let’s Talk About Caramelizing Onions

Okay, so this is where you’ll spend approximately 90% of your time in this recipe. Caramelized onions take some time but they are WORTH IT. Oh so worth it.

Slow and low is the long game here – we don’t want those onions to burn, but we do want that delicious golden-brown caramelized goodness. Caramelized onions can take up to 30-40 minutes, so please please please be patient here.

And how do you know when your onions are *officially* caramelized? They’ll be golden brown, very soft, and sticky/ jammy.

Caramelized Onion Dip in a bowl with a spoon.

What To Serve with Caramelized Onion Dip

Chips are a good dipping option (says the food blogger obsessed with all kinds of chips). I am partial to sour cream and cheddar ruffle-cut chips here, but plain potato chips are fine as well. I can also vouch for bagel chips, pita chips, pretzel crisps (especially Parmesan Garlic! why dey so good) and if you need to go the veggie route then FINE, yes, snap peas and red peppers and cherry tomatoes are also nice.

If you are making this recipe to eat between two people, I’d suggest cutting it in half. It will give you A LOT of dip. It is ideal for a big holiday party, like 10-15 people.

GOOD NEWS is that it will keep well in the fridge for 3-4 days so you can relive the joy on all your future eats. I have yet to find a savory breakfast, lunch, or dinner that did not benefit from a spoon-plop of caramelized onion dip on top.

Caramelized Onion Dip on a chip.

Caramelized Onion Dip: Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use any type of onions?

Yes! Yellow onions, white onions, red onions, shallots, or a mix of all of them – this is a very, very forgiving recipe. Need inspiration? Check out our guide to everything onion.

How long does this last in the fridge?

This should last for 3-4 days, so you can eat beyond the party or make it a day ahead.

How should I serve this dip?

The most obvious way: with chips and other dippers (potato chips, pita chips, tortilla chips, veggies if you must). BUT it also makes for a delicious burger or sandwich spread if you find that you have some extra to use up.

Are there any shortcuts for caramelizing the onions?

If you don’t want to stand over your stove, you have options. You can caramelize your onions in the oven, or dump them in the Instant Pot for an even more hands-off option.

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A large rustic bowl of onion dip.

Caramelized Onion Dip

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 12+ (perfect amount for a party) 1x


This caramelized onion dip is a total crowd pleaser! Serve with chips, pita or bagel crisps, or on sandwiches and burgers. YUM.


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  • 3 medium size yellow onions
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 teaspoons each salt and sugar
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 12 ounces sour cream
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 clove fresh garlic, grated (optional)
  • fresh flat-leaf parsley, minced, to taste
  • a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce (!!) to taste


  1. Prep: Peel the onions and slice them very thinly. I always use a mandoline. (affiliate link)
  2. Sauté: Heat the butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, sprinkle with salt and sugar, and saute for 10-15 minutes, stirring every few minutes. Pour a little bit of wine in and let it sizzle out. Stir, add wine, sizzle, etc. After about 30 minutes, your onions should be deeply golden brown and fragrant.
  3. Chop the onions: Transfer onions to a cutting board and chop coarsely into small pieces – or just use a kitchen scissors and snip them up right in the pan.
  4. Mix: In a separate bowl, mix the cream cheese and sour cream with a hand mixer or a spoon (depending on how soft the cream cheese is). Stir in the onions and a handful of fresh parsley. Taste and season – if you want just a little sumthin extra, add a small splash (like, a tablespoon or less) of soy sauce and/or Worcestershire, or a clove of freshly grated garlic. YUM. Creamy and so flavorful! You can serve this warm-ish or cold – I love it both ways!


I also like this with a mayo base, so sometimes I’ll swap half of the sour cream or cream cheese for an equal amount of mayo!

I used Sauvignon Blanc for the wine. If you don’t have wine or don’t want to use it, water works fine, too. The goal is to deglaze the pan as you go and keep the onions from getting overly dried and browned. The liquid helps them stay juicy and caramely. If you use water, you might find that you want to add a squeeze of lemon juice at the end to get a little bit of acidity in there.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Category: Dip
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: caramelized onion dip, onion dip, party onion dip

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Ooookay. I’m not normally a cream cheese person – this dip may change my mind! I subbed Greek yogurt for the sour cream because it’s just what I had on hand. We used it as a base for roasted veggie wraps. So delicious!!

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Not sure I’ve ever had onion dip not made from an envelope. Delicious! The onions are so yummy and worth the time.

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I just made this for the first time and the flavor is amazing. The onions take a bit of time to caramelize, but it’s worth it. I’m planning on making it again for a family get together in a couple weeks.

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    Eva v

    A nice elevation from store bought or onion soup mix dip. Thought it was plenty salty/umami without the soy or Worcestershire, so opted to skip it this time. Used my immersion blender to mix up the cc and sour cream – worked like a charm!

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Yummy, rich umami flavor. This is a very forgiving recipe as she says too. I had a bunch of leftover onions already sliced from another recipe and not particularly thin. They worked great! Also, she is spot on about the amounts of Worcestershire and soy sauce-just a bit! I put too much then added some sour cream and it ended up great and didn’t need any salt

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    The absolute best onion dip I have ever had! I love that it’s elevated from the usual Lipton Onion Soup Mix & sour cream I grew up with, and it was a huge hit at my family gathering! Everyone loved it!

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    Holly D

    I made this dip as a part of a charcuterie board for a staff meeting and it was a huge hit! Served with pita chips, crackers and some veggies. Of all 3 dips, this was the first to disappear! I’m already planning to make it again for Christmas! Thanks for another great recipe!

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    Carley P

    Love this recipe! I make this every year on Thanksgiving and my family loves it! We’ve used leftover dip to stuff inside butterflied chicken breasts

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I LOVE this dip. It is so dangerous to have in the fridge—I can’t resist having a chip or so anytime I’m in the kitchen. My husband who hates onions can’t even resist it. It’s a hit every time! I always do a splash of soy sauce.

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This dip was so good! I ended up needing more liquid to keep the onions from burning while caramelizing (almost 1/2 cup). The dip needs quite a bit of salt to contrast the sweetness of the onions, but very good otherwise!

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Absolutely delicious. I did add a tablespoon of toasted garlic and I used the Worcestershire instead soy. My new favorite dip!

  12. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This dip is outrageously delicious!! I’ve made it several times and it’s always a huge hit with everyone. It always takes much longer than 30 minutes for my onions to caramelize but I don’t want to burn them and I know they will eventually get nice and brown. It’s well worth the time and effort.

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This dip has quickly become a new favourite! I had an open bottle of red wine, so I used that instead of white wine and loved the flavour it brought to the dish. I also added two cloves of garlic… because you can never go wrong with garlic. With that said, the recipe would have been wonderful exactly as written too! Served with homemade soft pretzels, which were perfect for dunking – absolutely delicious.

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    It takes quite a while to caramelize the onions….it is worth the time!! I love this recipe and have made it several times to rave reviews. I will never buy the powdered onion dip mix again!

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      Krista @ Pinch of Yum

      We haven’t tried freezing this dip, so it’s hard to say! I think creamy dips are okay to freeze. However, the quality isn’t as good as when it’s fresh!

  15. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This onion dip is amazing! I will never go back to using packets! I ordered a mandoline slicer just for this recipe and I’m so glad I did. I was able to slice the onions paper thin, which caramelized much faster. It was a hit on Thanksgiving (made it the night before). Thanks for sharing this outta-this-world dip!

  16. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Ooohhh this reminds me of a dip I made once. It was very similar to yours but it had parmesan and was shortly broiled to create an extra element of caramelization. I put it on slices of baguette to be polite, but honestly I’d be happy eating it with a spoon as is. Will try this recipe!

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    Beverly K Linkhart

    I LOVE this recipe! it is a frequent guest to parties! Rarely are there leftovers when this is made.

  18. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This recipe was good, a bit too sweet for my liking. I made it for a dinner party and it had mixed reviews. Several people said they really enjoyed it, and others said it was just okay.
    I would make this again for sure, but I would omit the sugar. Onions gain a natural sweetness when being caramelized and I think combined with the sugar it was just too much for me.

  19. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Such a simple and delicious recipe. I never tried caramelized onions in dips or spread. Time to try this one 🙂

  20. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This onion dip is now my favourtie condiment! It was a big brunch and dinner hit with the family. It topped waffles and we dipped homemade pretzels in it. It was awesome on steak sandwiches and as just a spread on crackers. I added crumbled bacon and chives on top to make it a bit prettier.

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    Kendra Gabriel

    This recipe is delicious!! Love the additions of wine, Worcestershire and soy sauce. Be patient with the onions, it’s worth the time.