Caramelized Red Onion Dip

I know what you’re thinking: where was this dip a couple of days ago, when I was planning my Superbowl party?

caramelized red onion dip

Believe me when I say I really wanted to share this with you before now; but I couldn’t, because this month’s Secret Recipe Club reveal was not until today. Don’t wait until next year’s Superbowl to make this caramelized red onion dip, though- it’s much too terrific to put off for that long :)

This dip is just slightly adapted from Melissa over at my SRC blog for this month: A Fit and Spicy Life. Melissa blogs about food, fitness, travel, and wine from her home in Minneapolis, and I had a hard time choosing which of her recipes to try because there were so many tempting options.

As soon as I saw her onion dip, however, I was sold. I’ve never made homemade onion dip before and was curious how it would compare to the kind I used to make with packaged soup mix and sour cream way back when. I have to say that my whole family enjoyed this, and I love that it’s so easy to make and so much healthier than typical onion dip. Thank you Melissa: I’m definitely putting this into my party foods rotation.

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Recipe for Caramelized Red Onion Dip


  • *3 tablespoons olive oil
  • *1 large red onion peeled and chopped
  • *3 cloves of garlic peeled and chopped
  • *1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • *fresh thyme leaves from 3 sprigs
  • *1/2 cup organic Greek yogurt
  • *1/2 cup crème fraîche I make my own "diy" version or organic sour cream


  • 1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over low-medium heat. Add onion, garlic, ginger and thyme, and cook for 12-15 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onions are nicely caramelized. Remove from heat and cool completely.
  • 2. Place onions in blender or food processor and add yogurt and crème fraîche (or sour cream). Process briefly (you want the dip to stay a little chunky), then transfer to a bowl and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight (the dip will thicken up during this time).
  • 3. Serve with raw vegetables (I like to use baby carrots, celery sticks, and endive), crackers, pita wedges, or all natural chips.

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  2. Wow, it is funny how a title can have such an effect on our thinking. I say Onion Dip and I think Lipton and MSG! Yours sounds so good I will have to try it and thanks so much for the backlink to the fabulous instructions for making Creme Fraishe. I’m on it!

  3. Hi Winnie – we met in Atlanta and I see Carol tweeting your posts all the time so I’m finally popping over to say hi. The thought of onion dip brought me back to my childhood so I just had to check it out. Love the idea of it and will definitely try this – of course I can imagine my family expecting potato chips, not vegetables with it but maybe I can slip in those baked salt and pepper ones with the carrots and radishes :-)

    Love the look of your blog and your photos are lovely!

  4. I love caramelized onions, so bet this dip would sound great. I really should make more homemade dips- probably will start with this one!

  5. I love homemade onion dip (although I must admit onion dip made with soup mix is one of my junky weaknesses) and this looks amazing. Much quicker than the recipe I’ve been using! I can’t wait to give it a go :-)

  6. No worries about not posting this in time for Super Bowl parties this year. In this household only my husband watched (no party) while I blogged and tweeted and got a kick out of his reactions to the plays.

    This dip does have me excited to make it when we do have a crowd over next. I’m almost craving for a tray full of fresh veggies for some reason :)

    Thanks for sharing your recipe…I know I can pull this one off :)

  7. Onion dip with ginger – that sounds too good to be true. This is one I’ll definitely be making, football or no football.

  8. Winnie, what a great idea. I read Mellissa’s blog a lot and I really like her healthy take on recipes. This is a great example. I am in favour of any way of getting more vegetables into my mouth!

  9. What a delicious looking dip!! I love freshly home made dips and always favour them to store bought dips full of fake flavours. I cannot wait to try this!

  10. This looks wonderful, Winnie! Oddly enough, I just made a batch of caramelized onion dip with a Greek yogurt base on the weekend… we must have been on the same wavelength or something. :)
    Love the addition of fresh ginger… that sounds delicious!

  11. I have made onion dip before and it was good. But this looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing with the SRC. I will definitely give this a shot soon.

  12. Winnie, this recipe is so much similar to the Mughlai yogurt marinade in Indian cuisine. Thyme is the difference. It looks delicious.

    • Really? That’s so interesting. So is that a marinade you’d use for chicken? Something else? I bet anything marinated in there would be awesome.

  13. This looks great, and I love that it is a healthier version…I could have used this last night! I was tempted by my childhood favorite, onion dip and potato chips, and I felt rotten after I ate it. Maybe the greasy chips, maybe that processed dairy. I am going to try this one out.

  14. Is your SRC accepting more members? What are the guidelines to enter, if one can still do so? Thanks – and such a brilliant dip…I didn’t watch the game anyhow ;)

    • I think there’s a waiting list for the SRC so you should get on it…and didn’t watch the game either ;)

  15. What a fantastic looking recipe! I love that it uses real food ingredients. I am pinning it to make soon. Thanks for the recipe, Winnie!