Homemade French Onion Dip

  • Serves

    makes About 3 1/2 Cups


Our favorite recipe for this classic dip showcases onions three ways: fried, roasted, and fresh. This recipe first appeared in our November 2011 issue along with Dana Bowen's story Roots of Flavor.


  • 4 medium yellow onions (2 quartered lengthwise, 2 finely chopped)
  • 1 cup olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 12 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 12 cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • Hot sauce, such as Tabasco, to taste
  • 4 scallions, minced
  • Cut raw vegetables, such as cucumber, carrot, and cauliflower, for serving


Step 1

Heat oven to 425°. Toss quartered onions with 2 tbsp. oil on a foil-lined baking sheet, and season with salt and pepper. Roast, turning occasionally, until soft and slightly caramelized, about 45 minutes; set roasted onions aside to cool.

Step 2

Place roasted onions in a food processor and puree until smooth; add mayonnaise, cream cheese, sour cream, juice, Worcestershire, hot sauce, and salt and pepper, and puree until smooth. Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until set, at least 4 hours or overnight.

Step 3

Heat remaining oil in a 10″ skillet over medium-high heat; add finely chopped onions, and cook, stirring, until beginning to brown, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until deep golden brown, about 16 minutes more. Transfer onions to a strainer set over a bowl to drain; discard oil or reserve for another use. Transfer fried onions to paper towels to drain; set aside.

Step 4

To serve, stir 2⁄3 of the fried onions and the scallions into dip, and transfer to a serving bowl; top with remaining fried onions and serve with fresh vegetables.

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