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Her Southern Charm's Caramelized Onion Dip

A sweet and savory dip using fresh onions and dill.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Course Appetizer
Servings 8 servings


  • 2 tbsp butter or oil
  • 2 medium to large yellow onions
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped


  • Heat the butter or oil in a large saute pan on medium heat and add the onions. Stir the onions for two minutes and then reduce the heat to low.
  • Continue stirring the onions every 2-3 minutes, allowing them to slowly caramalize (not burn!) on the bottom before stirring agina. If they start to stick or brown, add a tablespoon of water or white wine to rehydrate the onions and deglaze the pan.
  • Caramalizing onions takes time! Continue cooking the onions on low heat for approximately 45 minutes. Mine took a good 55 minutes. Cooking the onions on low for so long brings out the sweetness of the onion.
  • When there is one minute left on the onions, add the minced garlic and saute for one minute.
  • Once the onions and garlic are caramalized, transfer them to a small bowl and place them in the fridge to cool.
  • Using a large mixing bowl, mix together the sour cream, the mayonnaise, chives, parsely, sauces, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the cooled onions and stir until creamy and fully mixed.
  • Garnish with dill or additional herbs and serve with chips or veggies.


Jennifer's Notes:
  • We are huge garlic and Worcestershire sauce fans, so I use a heavy hand with both.
  • You can also substitute half sour cream and half plain Greek yogurt.
  • Remember to take your time with the onions. The deep caramelization takes time, but it is what makes this dip pack a punch and adds so much depth of flavor.
  • I always make extra onions and save the rest in the fridge to add to pizzas, tacos, or really anything else. 
  • If you want a sweeter dip, try using Vidalia onions, which are in season April through September.
  • I always add a shallot or two because I have them on hand. Not necessary though!
  • The best way to serve this dip is with Ruffles potato chips. The salt of the chips mixed with the sweetness of the onions is fantastic!