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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.


Units Scale
  • 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