Deeply Caramelized Onion Dip

A great recipe doesn’t just help you create delicious food, it teaches you something, too. That’s the case in this seriously addictive onion dip, which employs a classic caramelization method to coax the onions into golden, sweet submission. The low heat and frequent stirring is the key to properly caramelized onions, so resist the urge to crank up the heat. You’ll finish off the onions with a glug of steak sauce, which adds rich, bold flavor. Finished off with sour cream and chives and paired with potato chips, this dip will be on rotation for every party.

Caramelized Onion Dip Recipe
Photo: Jennifer Causey
Hands On Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
8 serves


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 6 cups chopped yellow onions (from 2½ lb. onions)

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ cup steak sauce

  • 1 ¼ cups sour cream

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, plus more for garnish

  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh chives

  • Potato chips


  1. Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-low. Add onions and salt; cook, stirring often, until deeply browned, 40 to 45 minutes. Add steak sauce; cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid evaporates, 4 to 5 minutes. Let cool completely, about 10 minutes. Reserve 2 tablespoons onion mixture. Stir together remaining onion mixture, sour cream, and pepper in a bowl. Top with reserved onion mixture. Sprinkle with chives and several grinds black pepper. Serve with chips.

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