Creme Fraiche (or Sour Cream) Dried Onion Dip

Homemade Dried Onion Dip Recipe with Sour Cream or Creme Fraiche | @whiteonrice

Gosh, I still vividly remember my love of packaged onion soup mix sour cream dip. Back in high school (circa late 80’s) I was at a friends birthday party and her mom made a platter of veggies with what she claimed was “the easiest onion dip” ever. After one bite of the flavorful dip I was smitten and was making her 2-ingredient dip for every occasion I could think of. I was so obsessed with this dip, it started to land on my baked potatoes, sandwiches, tacos and what ever excuse I could use to eat this white tub of magic. Who would of thought a tub of sour cream and a package of lipton onion soup mix could change a girl’s life?

Fast forward over 25 years later, I still re-call the flavor of this dip that occupied so much of my high school eating years. It left me with onion breath for days and my belly filled with sour cream joy. Give me a bag of Ruffle potato chips and I was in snacking heaven. It’s been at least 20 years since I’ve made this dip because I started to cook wholesome meals and have grown past my 11th grade years of snacking and munching for dinner.

A few months ago I had a hankering for this dip. I don’t know exactly what it was because I pretty much erased it from my list of favorite foods. Maybe it was walking down the potato chip aisle and seeing all the bags of Ruffles that made my stomach stir with memories and a desire to eat bad empty calories for a day.

Instead of reaching for the generic onion soup mix, I wanted to see if I could reach into my spice drawers and re-create this same memory from our spice collection. My first attempt was pretty close as I randomly grabbed what I was hoping to be close to my beloved paper bag of onion mix. Not bad. Not bad at all was my surprise response. After two more attempts, I finally landed on my favorite ratio of dried spices that made my taste buds dance in high school memories.

This is the dip that can be what ever you like. Adjust what spices you want and make it your own. Best of all, make it creamier by using creme fraiche for a extra treat, which is what we love. But of course, sour cream works just as well if that suits your fancy.



Watch the quick video making the Dried Onion Dip Recipe:

Dried Onion Dip Recipe

Yield: about 2 cups

Total Time: 15 minutes + Chill Time

This is the dip that can be what ever you like. Adjust what spices you want and make it your own. Best of all, make it creamier by using creme fraiche for a extra treat, which is what we love. But of course, sour cream works just as well if that suits your fancy.


  • 3 Tablespoons (45ml) dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3ml)  celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3ml) dried dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3ml) onion salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1ml) garlic salt (or granulated garlic)
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1ml) mustard powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1ml) black pepper
  • 1 (16oz-455g) creme fraiche or sour cream
  • Serve with vegetables, chips or what ever crunchies you love


  1. In a medium bowl, combine all the dried spices together (dried minced onion, celery salt, dill, onion salt, garlic salt, mustard powder, and black pepper). Add the creme friache or sour cream to the bowl and stir until all the spices are combined well.
  2. Refrigerate overnight for best flavor and for spices to marinade into the dip. The dried onion needs at least 8 hours in the creme to become soft.
  3. Serve as a dip or as a topping on baked potatoes, chili or tacos.
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  1. laurencaris

    How delicious. I love foods that bring back memories. There’s something really special and distinctive about recognisable smells. Great recipe as always!

  2. Dana

    I started following you after Patrick and Rachel’s wedding and am enjoying your posts! Patrick’s mother Patty makes an awesome onion dip as well. Totally different and easy as can be: 1 container sour cream (I use reduced fat and sometimes cut with plain greek yogurt), a bunch (use a fair amount–like 8 or 10 sprigs) of green onions/ scallions chopped fine, and a dash of S&P. Leave it sit in fridge for a couple of hours so flavors blend. It’s surprising how good this really is!

  3. The Urban Baker

    You too are always an inspiration. As my career has exploded and taken off in a somewhat different direction, you, your writing, and your visuals are still something I look forward to receiving in my inbox each week. Your creativity and your authentic voice is a treat! Happy New Year xxx

  4. Tracy | Pale Yellow

    Onion dip is my go-to rainy day snack food! This recipe looks easy and simple. Do you think Greek yogurt would work well in place of sour cream or creme fraiche?

    1. Todd & Diane

      Hi Tracy! Yes, looks like it would work based on Dana’s comment. That sounds like a great alternative.

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