Hot Onion Dip with Fried Onions

Creamy cheesy hot onion dip with crispy french fried onion piled on top! This retro cocktail party snack is making a stylishly enticing comeback.

Hot Onion Dip with French Fried Onions #holidays #appetizer #oniondip #party

The holiday season means, Thanksgiving dinners, office parties, cocktail parties, tree-trimming parties, dirty santa parties, family gatherings, New Year soirees, and everything in between.

Are you ready?

It’s a good idea to have a few sure-thing party dishes in your bag of tricks this year.

When I’m hosting a gathering, I plan to serve a minimum of three appetizers, to make sure there is something for everyone. This generally consists of something hot, something cold, something healthy, something meaty, and something cheesy… with at least 2 of these having more than one qualifying attribute.

Today I’m serving up something hot and cheesy, a spin on the old classic hot onion dip.

Easy Hot Onion Dip with French Fried Onions #holidays #appetizer #oniondip #party

This is one of my favorite retro dishes, hot gooey onion dip with just hint of spice. Then topped with crispy decedent french fried onions, so when you dip your chip into it, you get hot oozy cheese and a little extra crunch to boot!

I think my grandmother used to make this onion dip… I think your grandmother used to make this onion dip. But the french fried onions are my spin on the classic and make it so hard to resist.

Hot Cheesy Onion Dip with French Fried Onions #holidays #appetizer #oniondip #party

Pretty sweet, right?

Cheesy Onion Dip with French Fried Onions #holidays #appetizer #oniondip #party

Hot Onion Dip with French Fried Onions

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time:15 minutes

Cook Time:25 minutes

5 / 5 (2 Reviews)
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For the Onion Dip:

  • 24 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 large onion, diced (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin

For the French Fried Onion:

  • 1 small onion, quartered and sliced thin (3/4 cup)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup Gold Medal Flour
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups veggie oil for frying


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Mix all the ingredients for the onion dip in a large bowl. Then scoop into a round baking dish and smooth the dip evenly in the dish. Place in the oven for 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile heat the oil in a large sauce pot, to 375 degrees F. Slice the onions into thin strips and place in the buttermilk to soak.  In a shallow dish, mix the flour, salt and pepper. Once the oil is hot, drain the onions and toss in the flour mixture to coat. Shake of the excess four and carefully dunk all the onions into the hot oil.
  3. Fry the onions for 1-2 minutes, until golden brown, Then scoop out with a skimmer and place them on a paper-towel lined plate. Sprinkle with additional salt.
  4. Remove the hot onion dip from the oven and sprinkle the french fried onions over the top. Place bake in the oven for 5 more minutes until bubbly and cooked through. Serve warm with veggies, chips, pita chips, crackers, or bread.
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85 comments on “Hot Onion Dip with Fried Onions

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  3. Nutmeg Nannyposted November 16, 2013 at 1:27 pm Reply

    OMG! This looks so freakin delicious :) I can’t wait to make it!!

  4. Lisa @ Lisa Living Wellposted November 14, 2013 at 10:20 am Reply

    I would serve artichoke dip!

  5. Bethposted November 14, 2013 at 10:23 am Reply

    I’d serve your Onion Dip recipe…would also be the perfect bowl for my homemade cranberry sauce.

    Rating: 5
  6. Juli Vposted November 14, 2013 at 8:55 am Reply

    I would serve my buffalo chicken dip in it.

  7. Katherine Cposted November 14, 2013 at 8:55 am Reply

    I would love t try this delicious onion dip in the serving tray (yum!)

  8. Shellyposted November 14, 2013 at 8:55 am Reply

    Green bean casserole!

  9. Elizabeth Gonzalezposted November 14, 2013 at 8:48 am Reply

    I would serve mac and cheese.

  10. Yukiposted November 14, 2013 at 8:06 am Reply

    I’d like to make potato & bacon gratin!

  11. Athena Rposted November 14, 2013 at 8:03 am Reply

    I would love to try this recipe out…yum!

  12. Christopher Sorelposted November 14, 2013 at 7:09 am Reply

    love onion dip

    Rating: 5
  13. Susanposted November 14, 2013 at 12:02 am Reply

    Au gratin potatoes!

  14. Robin Wilsonposted November 13, 2013 at 9:34 pm Reply

    I would love to serve your recipe or sweet potato casserole

  15. Casey @ Salted Platesposted November 13, 2013 at 8:30 pm Reply

    mac & cheese

  16. Sarahposted November 12, 2013 at 5:35 pm Reply

    I would serve hot and cheesy pepper dip. MMMM.

  17. Beverlyposted November 12, 2013 at 3:58 pm Reply

    Dips of all varieties. Perfect serving dish to use when traveling to other homes for parties.

  18. Carmenposted November 12, 2013 at 1:04 pm Reply

    I would love to try your onion dip – sounds yummy! Otherwise I just recently saw a recipe for a hot pizza dip I’d love to try.

  19. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted November 12, 2013 at 11:20 am Reply

    I’m pretty sure I could finish off this entire bowl of dip. YUM!

  20. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted November 12, 2013 at 7:32 am Reply

    This dip sounds so good!

  21. Shari | Tickled Redposted November 12, 2013 at 6:13 am Reply

    That sounds like the bomb of dips! I would serve Surferboy his Feta Sausage dip that we have during thanksgiving because he won’t eat it like the rest of us as stuffed mushrooms. Goofy man.

  22. Kelli Bposted November 12, 2013 at 4:35 am Reply

    Sweet potato casserole. Hubby and I are the only ones who like it, so this dish is the perfect size!

  23. Christine Pposted November 11, 2013 at 9:09 pm Reply

    Classic green bean casserole would be served up in this pretty dish first – a definite comfort food for me :)

  24. Maureen | Orgasmic Chefposted November 11, 2013 at 8:49 pm Reply

    I just received an order with french fried onions in the box so this dip is MINE for the holidays!

  25. Theresa Jposted November 11, 2013 at 8:22 pm Reply

    Sweet potato casserole

  26. Elizabethposted November 11, 2013 at 5:09 pm Reply

    I’d serve either a warm pizza style dip or a cold hummus dip!

  27. Jalynposted November 11, 2013 at 3:15 pm Reply

    I’d love to try this onion dip, definitely. But I also think a green bean casserole would go great in it. And so would Mom’s chicken and rice bake. It’s such a beautiful dish, I’d probably use it for everything.

  28. Karen Lynchposted November 11, 2013 at 2:50 pm Reply

    A artichoke dip or a grain salad.

  29. Pamela Gurganusposted November 11, 2013 at 2:23 pm Reply

    This would be perfect for hot dips and one of my favorites is Buffalo Chicken Dip so I’d make that!

  30. Lizzposted November 11, 2013 at 12:07 pm Reply

    I’d serve my lighter version of buffalo chicken dip or parsnip potato mash for Thanksgiving!

  31. Kaitlin Sickleposted November 11, 2013 at 11:36 am Reply

    I would serve roasted vegetables

  32. Coco in the Kitchenposted November 11, 2013 at 11:20 am Reply

    Never made an onion dip before.
    Now I have a recipe worth trying!

  33. Cindyposted November 11, 2013 at 10:45 am Reply

    I’d do a small casserole of some sort in this dish, just for two. :)

  34. MaryBposted November 11, 2013 at 10:32 am Reply

    I would love to try this onion dip as well as artichoke dip.