Pan-Fried Onion Dip

Pan-Fried Onion Dip
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Pan-Fried Onion Dip

Steve Legato

Pan-Fried Onion Dip

Kiss those soup mix packets and deli case tubs goodbye — here's your new go-to onion dip for entertaining. Adapted from Food Network star Ina Garten's Pan-Fried Onion Dip recipe, this makeover saves tons of calories — with even more layers of flavor. Caramelized onions deliver a sweet richness, while my add-ins of dried minced onion and soy sauce give the dip an extra layer of texture and flavor. Be sure to have lots of cool crunchy dippers, like baby carrots, red bell pepper slices, and celery stalks, on hand.

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Heat the oil in a medium-sized, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in the onions, reduce the heat to medium, cover, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. (To quick-start your onions, cook them in the microwave for 5 minutes first.)

Stir in the brown sugar and continue to cook for 7-10 more minutes, stirring periodically, until the onions are deep golden brown. Remove from the heat.

In a medium-sized bowl, mix the cream cheese and mayonnaise. Add the sour cream and then the remaining ingredients, including the warm caramelized onions.

Serve immediately, or place the dip into a serving dish, cover, and put in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to meld flavors and serve as a cool dip.


Calories per serving:

90 kcal

Daily value:



  • Carbohydrate, by difference 6 g
  • Protein 2 g
  • Total lipid (fat) 7 g
  • Vitamin A, IU 760 IU
  • Vitamin A, RAE 74 µg
  • Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 12 mg
  • Vitamin D 11 IU
  • Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 1 mg
  • Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 128 µg
  • Ash 1 g
  • Calcium, Ca 68 mg
  • Carotene, beta 368 µg
  • Cholesterol 16 mg
  • Choline, total 8 mg
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 2 g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 1 g
  • Fatty acids, total saturated 3 g
  • Fiber, total dietary 2 g
  • Fluoride, F 1 µg
  • Folate, DFE 39 µg
  • Folate, food 39 µg
  • Folate, total 39 µg
  • Iron, Fe 1 mg
  • Kaempferol 1 mg
  • Lactose 1 g
  • Lutein + zeaxanthin 683 µg
  • Lycopene 1 µg
  • Magnesium, Mg 15 mg
  • Phosphorus, P 48 mg
  • Potassium, K 207 mg
  • Quercetin 6 mg
  • Retinol 44 µg
  • Selenium, Se 2 µg
  • Sodium, Na 76 mg
  • Sugars, total 3 g
  • Tocopherol, gamma 1 mg
  • Water 75 g
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