Caramelized French Onion Dip


Caramelized French Onion Dip

French onion dip, or F.O.D as Ryan calls it, is very popular in our home. Whenever I buy some at the grocery store it is usually gone in a couple of days. I have yet to catch him eating it out of the carton with a spoon, but I have my suspicions. As a result I am constantly picking up a carton while I’m at the store but a recent look at the ingredients got me wondering if I could possibly make it at home. It didn’t seem like it would be that hard but I had no idea how easy it would actually be. Now when Ryan finishes the last bite I just whip up some more.

I love onions as much as the next girl but I am not a huge fan of raw onion flavor. To me its the kind of flavor that just sticks with you all day. In an effort to avoid that I decided to caramelize the onions in this dip, which adds a slightly sweet onion flavor that tastes great while eating it but doesn’t linger too long.

  • Makes 1 cup
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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper


  1. Heat olive oil in a small pan over medium-low heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until they turn brown in color, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. Take care not to burn the onions. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. In a bowl combine cooled onion, mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Chill 30 minutes.

You can serve this with some raw veggies or my personal favorite homemade potato chips. Enjoy!

  • Katie

    This looks amazing!!! Thanks for posting the recipe, it will be perfect for our Independence day spread!

  • GrilledShane

    I just made a grilled cheese with caramelized onions and have since fallen in love with them. They are so awesome and yummy. I can only imagine how great they would be in a dip!

  • Deborah

    I love caramelized onions – what a great idea to put them in the dip instead of raw onions!

  • Sydney

    If you have 16 oz. of sour cream and lipton onion soup mix you can also make it in less time…but probably not as healthy.

  • Sara

    I can totally relate to eating French onion dip out of the carton with a spoon, not that I have ever done that ;)

  • Risa

    Whenever I have a get together I have my friend make this for me. I really need to give it a go since I know I love it!

  • Theresa

    I’ve always wondered if I could make this kind of dip at home, because the unpronounceable ingredients in the store version scare me! I will definitely have to try this.

  • deborah

    Oooh, this looks so tasty. Definitely adding this to my to-do list for the 4th!

  • Kevin

    Making your own caramelized onion dip sounds so good!

  • dawn

    I’ve made this with clams, so good. My hubby just sits at the bowl and grazes, no one can get in on the action.

  • Madeline

    I love to make my own onion dip as well. It is so much better than store bought. This is pretty much the same recipe as I follow but I am onion crazy so I double the onions. Interesting comment above about using clams. That sounds great! I have to agree, this stuff is dangerous in our house too ;)

  • emily

    My mum just uses french onion soup powder mix and sour cream. It’s delicious and even easier, as you just mix the two together.

  • DesignChick

    Thanks so much for this recipe- the only other ones I could find all used french onion soup mix- yuck! This is just YUM!!!

  • Jimbo

    French Onion dip……dice onions , saute onions in a little olive oil , add 2 tsps powdered beef base to onions in pan ….deglaze pan with a little cooking sherry ……reduce till onions are almost dry ….set aside to cool..when cooled add to equal amounts of mayo and sour cream ….tasty tasty

  • Sheila

    This sounds great. I grew up eating the Lipton soup version. I am planning on making a double recipe of this for the 4th. One is just for me!

  • Stephen

    Sounds great, my wife is going to try it

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  • Bryan

    I am not familiar with this recipe. This is not common in asian countries, especially in a third world country. It looks simple and I’ll give it a try.

  • Carolyn

    I made this, the pizza bites, and the jalapenos stuffed w/ bacon and cream cheese yesterday for the Super Bowl. They were all a huge hit! The dip turned out wonderful, a really nice, almost sweet onion taste that didn’t linger too long at all! The pizza bites were delicious, and the jalapenos were perhaps the most popular appetizer! Thanks again for sharing all your delicious recipes. I’m going to be making the spicy buffalo wings and the garlic pepper wings this week for my boyfriend!

  • Deseree

    Carolyn- Wow I’m flattered that you included so many of my recipes in your Super Bowl celebration. I am happy to hear that everyone loved them! I hope you enjoy the wings too :)

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  • Kimberley

    I always just make onion dip out of a 16 oz carton of sour cream and a packet of onion soup mix. My favorite thing ever. However, I have been wanting to try making my own, and this recipe looks awesome. I’m thinking I might try it tomorrow, but sans mayonnaise. Can’t stand the stuff.

  • Kimberley

    I always make my onion dip from a 16 oz carton of sour cream and a package of onion soup mix. It’s seriously one of my favorite things ever. But I’ve been meaning to try making it from scratch and your recipe sounds awesome! I think I’ll make it sans mayo though. Can’t stand the stuff.

  • Kimberley

    Erm… sorry about the double post. Internet went all funky and I didn’t realize the first one worked.

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  • Green Global Travel

    this sounds like a great recipe! can’t wait to try it for the superbowl this weekend

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