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

  • 2
    vegetable oil
  • 2
    minced onions (white or yellow)
  • 1/2
  • 1 1/2
    sour cream
  • 2 1/2
    low sodium soy sauce
  • 3/4
    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, 1/2 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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Nutrition Facts

Homemade Sour Cream and Onion Dip

Amount Per Serving

Calories 176
Calories from Fat 144

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 16g

Saturated Fat 10g

Cholesterol 29mg

Sodium 117mg

Potassium 158mg

Total Carbohydrates 7g

Sugars 4g

Protein 1g

Vitamin A

Vitamin C



* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.