Homemade Sour Cream and Onion Dip

from 41 votes

Swap the store-bought spice packets in place of this fast and oh-so-fresh recipe for Homemade Sour Cream and Onion Dip.

Homemade Sour Cream and Onion Dip with potato chips on serving tray

Few things are more satisfying to me in the kitchen than recreating a store-bought classic from scratch. While some things are inevitably just better when bought versus made (hello, puff pastry!), sour cream and onion dip belongs on the other side of the spectrum. Homemade is absolutely, undeniably, totally worth the (minimal) effort.

Caramelized onions in a large nonstick sauté pan

I’ve recreated the classic soup mix-turned-dip with just six simple ingredients, and it all begins with slowly caramelized onions that make up the majority of the fresh flavor of this recipe.

This wasn’t one of the recipes that I nailed on attempt #1. I knew it had to be identical, if not better, than the packet alternative, so I took on the laborious task of eating seasoned sour cream by the spoonful until this recipe was perfect.

Sour cream, caramelized onions and garlic powder in clear bowl

An ingredient in the list below might surprise you…

Did you catch it? Soy sauce! It adds the perfect amount of salty, rich flavor to balance out the sweetness of the onions. Best of all, this homemade sour cream and onion dip can be whipped up a day in the advance and stashed in the fridge to give the flavors even more time to mingle before you commence your dipping and dunking with chips (homemade are are insane indulgence), crudité or perhaps just a spoon!

Homemade Sour Cream and Onion Dip in small bowl surrounded by potato chips in serving tray

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Homemade Sour Cream and Onion Dip

All you need is six simple ingredients for the best Homemade Sour Cream and Onion Dip.
Author: Kelly Senyei
4.98 from 41 votes
Homemade Sour Cream and Onion Dip with potato chips on serving tray
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups minced onions (white or yellow)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Add the oil to a large nonstick sauté pan set over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the onions, sugar, and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring, until the onions are caramelized, about 10 minutes.
  • Set the caramelized onions aside to cool.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the sour cream, soy sauce, garlic powder, ½ teaspoon pepper and the cooled caramelized onions. 
  • Cover the dip with plastic wrap and refrigerate it until ready to serve.

Kelly's Note:

  • For the best flavor, prepare the dip one day in advance and keep it refrigerated, covered with plastic wrap. 
  • ★ Did you make this recipe? Don't forget to give it a star rating below!


Calories: 176kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 29mg, Sodium: 117mg, Potassium: 158mg, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 360IU, Vitamin C: 4.5mg, Calcium: 76mg, Iron: 0.3mg


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  1. 5 stars
    Easy Peasy! I am a low-effort cook. We’ve got some elderly vegetables around the house, so I decided easiest way to get rid of them was crudité with a dip. Normally (in line with my low effort cook status), I mix a pint of sour cream with a package of instant french onions soup mix for the fastest french onion dip in the west – however I am all out of soup mix! Whipped this up, and it is pretty darn good – however I have grown accustomed to the turbo high sodium soup mix, so I threw a bit more soy sauce in to taste – which is still probably healthier than what I’d been making before. I may also add some onion powder for some added stank once it’s had a sit for a while, depending on how the flavour is post-rest.

  2. 5 stars
    I halved the recipe. (Only because I would eat it all and can’t have that!) I will remember the next time that “medium” heat differs on stovetops and will cook on a bit lower of a flame but I will definitely make it again for guests. It’s so much better than the package mix and the pre-made. Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    Very impressed. I didn’t have any onion dip and was craving it, so I decided to look up a recipe and stumbled upon this one. So glad I did! This is so much better than store bought and everyone I’ve shared it with has agreed. Thank you for sharing!

    1. 4 stars
      Great recipe. My store was out of the onion dip mix I normally buy so decided to Google a recipe. I used Kite Hill dairy free sour cream and added about 1 tbspn onion powder. I should have used the full amount of diced onion, but only used a half of one. Came out great!

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