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.
5 from 24 votes
Homemade Sour Cream and Onion Dip with potato chips on serving tray
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
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. 
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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
    I know this recipe was posted a few years ago but hope you see this comment. I have been looking for a recipe without the package soup and came across this today. It is a-m-a-z-i-n-g! I just tasted a bit right after I mixed it together and I can only imagine what it will taste like after being in the fridge. Simply delish. Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    Fantastic! I used sour cream and créme fraîche. A shot of lemon juice, too. My first time using soy sauce. Came out perfect.

  3. 5 stars
    Wow, thank you so much for the recipe. The family loved the freshness of this dip. I was worried at first, but once the onions were added!!! Yummy city!!

  4. Sounds really good! I think it would be excellent with chopped or minced green onion!!!!! What would be the right proportion?

    1. Absolutely! You could stir in some sliced scallions right before serving. I’d start with 1 tablespoon then go up from there. Enjoy!

  5. 5 stars
    Maggi onion soup dip and reduced cream is life! I always make a recipe twice before sharing to check its not a fluke and this is 100% legitimate! Half the price for triple the flavour! Thank you so much! I love this SO much!

  6. So, for decades I’ve made onion dip using soup mix. It was good, always a staple at events. Now I’ve entered into a new onion dip world!! This recipe is so delicious and so easy. Only variation I used was coconut amino instead of soy sauce. This will be my go to from now on.

  7. Great easy alt. to the package variety.
    Added the sugar (brown was all I had) later in the caramelizing so didn’t need to be so careful about burning and 2 cloves real garlic minced. Dash of Montreal instead of the salt. Had no soy so added season salt instead and 1/3 cup of minced green olives with pimentos. I tasted it before the olives and it was delicious but wanted some color and more saltiness. Thanks for sharing!!

  8. 5 stars
    Perfect recipe. Much tastier than store bought and no chemicals! Also, tastier than onion soup mix. This is a keeper. Thank you for sharing the simple recipe.

  9. 5 stars
    This is an excellent and very easy recipe to make. I had inadvertently purchased a second tub of sour cream when it was on sale so I went looking for a recipe. I found this one and will look no further. Definitely a keeper. Works great with chips and vegetables.

  10. 5 stars
    5 stars! This is the first time I’ve ever made dip from scratch and it was so easy and delicious.

    1. Hi Jenn! The dip will last about 3 days when stored in an airtight container in the fridge. :)

  11. 5 stars
    Wow. The good news is that it’s so much better than store bought,
    Bad news. I kept eating the onions as they were cooking.

    Love it!!!

  12. 5 stars
    great !!! I love caramelized onions. I told some of my guests that I made the dip from scratch and they were surprised. thumbs up!!!!

  13. 5 stars
    My husband grew up on sour cream onion dip from a store bought pouch. For Christmas eve fun, I made this homemade dip! It is perfect and tastes just like what my husband grew up on…only BEtter…of course! I split the recipe and to half of it I added pickled jalapenos just as an experiment. Wow! This recipe is so good!

  14. Great dip! Added some onion powder and seasoning salt. Really good tho! Used yogurt instead of sour cream and it was perfect!

  15. 5 stars
    Delicious just made to finish some sour cream and watch Michigan game…will continue to make! Thanks a bunch.

  16. This recipe is easy and so delish! Made it for a party and several people requested the recipe. It’s one of my go to dip recipes. Thank you for sharing.


  17. 5 stars
    This onion dip is so good!! I am doing the Keto diet so I substituted lankanto for the sugar and liquid brags amino for the soy sauce, it came out amazing. Thank you for sharing!!

  18. 5 stars
    I was looking for a quick “it’ll do” recipe when I found this one. Since we were out of our usual store bought (Helluvagood onion dip) I gave this a try. This recipe is delicious and easy to make! One taste and I knew I couldn’t buy store bought again!

  19. 5 stars
    This recipe is delicious. I have made three times. Followed the recipe each time. Same great results!

  20. A quick comment on fresh garlic versus powder. America’s Test Kitchen had a recent article for creamy salad dressings. The writer used fresh onion and garlic to great immediate flavor. But as the dressing sat, the flavors continued to build and overpowered the product. Powders are more consistent in their potency and will maintain the flavor profile more readily. This recipe looks great :)

  21. This sound so good and would also go well with your crispy baked onion rings. Onions on onions, yum. Notice I love onions.

  22. I’m a major dip fan. What about using fresh garlic, say, one diced or pressed clove, sauteed along with the onions? Is there a reason you used the powdered version?