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:

81 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Sugar Conscious, Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 6g 9%
  • Carbs 6g 2%
  • Saturated 3g 13%
  • Fiber 1g 2%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 2g
  • Monounsaturated 2g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 2g 3%
  • Cholesterol 13mg 4%
  • Sodium 142mg 6%
  • Calcium 46mg 5%
  • Magnesium 7mg 2%
  • Potassium 112mg 3%
  • Iron 0mg 1%
  • Zinc 0mg 1%
  • Phosphorus 32mg 5%
  • Vitamin A 37µg 4%
  • Vitamin C 3mg 5%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 2%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 3%
  • Niacin (B3) 0mg 0%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 2%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 10µg 2%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 2%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 0mg 2%
  • Vitamin K 2µg 2%
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