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pan fried onion dip in a bowl with carrots and celery surrounding

Pan Fried Onion Dip

Pan Fried Onion Dip is a homemade onion dip that is worth the extra effort. The perfect party dip to serve with veggies, chips, or crackers!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Cool Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups


  • 2 large yellow onions
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise


  • Cut the onions in half and then slice them into 1/8-inch thick half-rounds. (You will have about 3 cups of onions.)
  • Heat the butter and oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the onions, cayenne, salt, and pepper and saute for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 more minutes until the onions are browned and caramelized. Allow the onions to cool. *I did this the night before and stored the onions in a covered dish in the fridge. As I transferred the onions to the dish, I made sure to leave the excess grease in the pan.
  • Place the cream cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat until smooth. Add the onions and mix well. Taste for seasonings. Serve at room temperature.


Source: Adapted from the Barefoot Contessa Cookbook via FoodNetwork.com
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Keyword appetizer, gluten free, snack, vegetarian