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

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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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84 comments on “Hot Onion Dip with Fried Onions

  1. Stephanieposted November 8, 2013 at 6:21 am Reply

    artichoke dip

  2. Kateposted November 8, 2013 at 6:59 am Reply

    I would love to try this onion dip. Yum!

  3. Jeanetteposted November 8, 2013 at 7:21 am Reply

    Great video Sommer and your dip sounds decadently delicious!

  4. jennposted November 8, 2013 at 7:23 am Reply

    I would serve some bread pudding!

  5. Marnely Rodriguez-Murrayposted November 8, 2013 at 7:25 am Reply

    I’d serve mac and cheese!

  6. Mariaposted November 8, 2013 at 7:30 am Reply

    Great party dip!

  7. Julie @ Table for Twoposted November 8, 2013 at 7:40 am Reply

    I ADORED this video! It really does help when you watch someone else do it so you know what you’re doing :) you’re such a natural! Love this dip, perfect for holiday get-togethers!

  8. alice mizerposted November 8, 2013 at 7:41 am Reply

    Any casserole! :)

  9. Aggieposted November 8, 2013 at 7:43 am Reply

    Oh man do I love the looks of this dip! Perfect appetizer!

  10. Lynposted November 8, 2013 at 7:49 am Reply

    I’d serve Mac & cheese

  11. Angie | Big Bears Wifeposted November 8, 2013 at 8:36 am Reply

    My dad would love this! Pinning!

  12. Kimposted November 8, 2013 at 8:45 am Reply

    I’m thinking of a roasted vegetable gratin.

  13. maryannposted November 8, 2013 at 8:55 am Reply

    I would serve chicken and broccoli casserole.

  14. Nora Bposted November 8, 2013 at 8:58 am Reply

    I’d make baked beans in there!

  15. Anna Cposted November 8, 2013 at 9:25 am Reply

    I think I would serve my homemade sausage stuffing in it!

  16. Jessicaposted November 8, 2013 at 9:30 am Reply

    that onion dip looks so [email protected]

  17. Melissaposted November 8, 2013 at 9:33 am Reply

    I would use it for this amazing looking onion dip!

  18. Maryposted November 8, 2013 at 9:38 am Reply

    I would love to serve Mac N Cheese in that beautiful casserole dish!

  19. Lauraposted November 8, 2013 at 10:34 am Reply

    Artichoke dip, buffalo chicken dip, and then this hot onion dip!!! Love dips!!

  20. Christineposted November 8, 2013 at 11:50 am Reply

    Individual Potatoes Au Gratin

  21. marlaposted November 8, 2013 at 11:51 am Reply

    Love this savory dip! Great for Thanksgiving!

  22. [email protected]posted November 8, 2013 at 12:44 pm Reply

    This dip sounds fabulous!

  23. Candiceposted November 8, 2013 at 1:57 pm Reply

    Mmmm….probably a nice apple cobbler! I’m loving apples right now I eat them in everything.

  24. Sandy Headtkeposted November 8, 2013 at 2:01 pm Reply

    I would serve mac and cheese

  25. Brisjaposted November 8, 2013 at 5:30 pm Reply

    Why, you’re Hot Onion Dip with French Fried Onions, of course!

    • Brisjaposted November 8, 2013 at 5:31 pm Reply

      Silly autocorrect! I meant your, not you’re:)

  26. Emily Bposted November 8, 2013 at 7:06 pm Reply

    Macaroni & cheese!!

  27. Sherriposted November 8, 2013 at 9:02 pm Reply

    I would serve this onion dip of course!

  28. Tieghanposted November 8, 2013 at 9:12 pm Reply

    This is such a great party dip! I would love it on my Thanksgiving table!

  29. Diane {Created by Diane}posted November 9, 2013 at 2:00 am Reply

    looks YUMMY!

  30. Jersey Girl Cooksposted November 9, 2013 at 7:53 am Reply

    I would make Mac and cheese. Thanks for the chance!

  31. Courtney @ Neighborfoodposted November 9, 2013 at 10:02 am Reply

    I think my husband could probably sense me looking at this. This is totally his style, and I know he would love it!

  32. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted November 9, 2013 at 10:50 am Reply

    This is what my friends and I call Crack Dip, because you can’t stop eating it. Looks scrumptious!

  33. Barbposted November 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm Reply

    I would do mac and cheese

  34. Judith M.posted November 9, 2013 at 5:20 pm Reply


  35. Linda K.posted November 9, 2013 at 5:37 pm Reply

    I’d try a spinach-artichoke dip!

  36. Marian (Sweetopia)posted November 9, 2013 at 7:23 pm Reply

    I’ve never tried this – can’t wait to, Sommer! It looks and sounds amazing!

  37. Monaposted November 10, 2013 at 8:26 am Reply

    I’d make my famous buffalo chicken dip for football Sunday.

  38. DeniseGposted November 10, 2013 at 2:08 pm Reply

    All things hot and cheesy.

  39. Jessicaposted November 10, 2013 at 3:35 pm Reply

    Mac n cheese! Yum!

  40. Kerryposted November 10, 2013 at 9:50 pm Reply

    Corn casserole!

  41. Annetteposted November 11, 2013 at 7:45 am Reply

    I’d serve spinach and artichoke dip in the dish.

  42. Tereseposted November 11, 2013 at 8:01 am Reply

    Enchilada bake!

  43. Amyposted November 11, 2013 at 8:25 am Reply

    Jalapeño popper dip!

  44. Karenposted November 11, 2013 at 8:28 am Reply

    I’m taking this to Thanksgiving Dinner!!

  45. kateposted November 11, 2013 at 9:20 am Reply

    Mac and cheese. Or dip. Or I’d try to make a dip out of mac and cheese, which just struck me as four types of brilliant.

  46. Julieposted November 11, 2013 at 9:39 am Reply

    I would make some sort of onion dip!

  47. faleen fedolposted November 11, 2013 at 9:56 am Reply

    We always make a variety of kugels as some of the side dishes for the holidays and that would be precisely what this dish would be used for.

  48. shari wickposted November 11, 2013 at 10:01 am Reply

    I would make a spicy crab and artichoke dip for sure……..

  49. Saraposted November 11, 2013 at 10:10 am Reply

    Breakfast Casserole!

  50. Janetposted November 11, 2013 at 10:15 am Reply

    Scalloped potatoes.

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

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

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

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

  53. 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!

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

    I would serve roasted vegetables

  55. 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!

  56. 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!

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

    A artichoke dip or a grain salad.

  58. 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.

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

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

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

    Sweet potato casserole

  61. 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!

  62. 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 :)

  63. 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!

  64. 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.

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

    This dip sounds so good!

  66. 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!

  67. 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.

  68. 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.

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

    I would serve hot and cheesy pepper dip. MMMM.

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

    mac & cheese

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

    I would love to serve your recipe or sweet potato casserole

  72. Susanposted November 14, 2013 at 12:02 am Reply

    Au gratin potatoes!

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

    love onion dip

    Rating: 5
  74. Athena Rposted November 14, 2013 at 8:03 am Reply

    I would love to try this recipe out…yum!

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

    I’d like to make potato & bacon gratin!

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

    I would serve mac and cheese.

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

    Green bean casserole!

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

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

  79. Juli Vposted November 14, 2013 at 8:55 am Reply

    I would serve my buffalo chicken dip in it.

  80. 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
  81. Lisa @ Lisa Living Wellposted November 14, 2013 at 10:20 am Reply

    I would serve artichoke dip!

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

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

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