Everything Onion Dip


This onion dip is made with everything onions and is everything you'd ever want in an onion dip. Yellow, red, and green onions join savory shallots, flavorful chives, and the key ingredient, dried onion, which makes it taste like the French onion dip of your childhood. You can serve this dip with anything and everything, but if you have to pick, serve it with some sturdy, top-shelf potato chips for any big game or party. And if you're lucky enough to have leftovers, it makes the best baked potato topping!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs
3 cups

Potato chips are my kryptonite. My love for potato chips is borderline inappropriate. While I'm more than happy to eat them as-is, I much prefer them dipped into something. My favorite "something" would be a classic, sour cream-based onion dip.

I think most potato chip lovers are familiar with the dip from the grocery store, as well as the iconic, homemade version, which features a packet of dry soup mix. So when I decided to make a video for onion dip, I knew I had to use the one ingredient that both of those have in common: dried minced onions.

That's what gives those dips their fundamental flavor profile. But beyond that, I wanted to include every other onion option I could. Thus, "Everything Onion Dip" was born. By using a combination of raw, cooked, and dried onions, we've created a dip so delicious, it will be impossible to stop eating until you run out of potato chips. You've been warned. So, be careful, and enjoy!

Everything Onion Dip
Everything Onion Dip . Chef John

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  • 1 medium yellow onion

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste

  • ½ cup minced shallots

  • ½ cup diced red onions

  • ½ teaspoon granulated garlic

  • 1 tablespoon minced dried onion

  • ¾ cup mayonnaise

  • 2 cups sour cream

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • cup thinly sliced green onions, or more to taste

  • ¼ cup thinly sliced fresh chives, or more to taste


  1. Cut both ends off the yellow onion and cut evenly into 2 halves. Remove and discard skin. Place onion halves on a cutting board with cut-sides down. Make vertical slices against the grain, then turn and slice across the cuts to chop. Chop again if you'd like smaller pieces. You should have about 2 cups chopped onion.

  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Transfer onion and salt into the hot oil. Cook until onions are deep brown in color, 7 to 8 minutes. Add shallots and red onions; stir and saute until they start to soften and sweeten, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in garlic and dried onion. Set aside to cool completely, about 20 minutes.

  3. Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, pepper, cayenne, and cooled onion mixture; mix until thoroughly combined. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 4 to 12 hours, or overnight.

  4. Remove dip from the refrigerator and stir in green onions and chives. Taste and adjust seasoning. Transfer dip into a serving bowl and garnish with more green onions and chives to serve.

    looking down at a bowl of onion dip with sides surrounding it
    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

Chef's Notes:

Try to get the thickest, firmest sour cream you can buy. You can make this with all sour cream (instead of mayonnaise) but I think it's better with mayonnaise and sour cream.

Editor's Note:

Please note differences in ingredient amounts and servings when following the magazine version of this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

107 Calories
11g Fat
3g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 107
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 130mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 28mg 2%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 60mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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