Instant Pot Caramelized Onion Dip Recipe

Instant Pot Caramelized Onion Dip Recipe

December 07 , 2017 by: Jessica Pinney Appetizers & Snacks, Instant Pot

Last month, I told you about my new prized appliance, the Instant Pot, and shared the twice baked potato casserole I made with it.

This month, I am bringing you my second Instant Pot recipe and let me tell you, it gives the first one a run for its money!

Instant Pot Caramelized Onion Dip - Instant Pot Recipes

I first started making homemade caramelized onion dip to pack in a picnic we were taking to a concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

French Onion Dip had always been a comfort of mine, so I knew the homemade version would be good, but I did not know just how good!

We were scraping the bottom of the container desperately trying to get every last iota of this amazingly delicious dip!

Make caramelized onion dip in the Instant Pot with this easy recipe!

Since the holiday season is upon us, I am in need of easy to make appetizers for all these parties. Unfortunately, caramelizing onions on the stovetop can take an hour or more. Even worse, you have to babysit and stir them the whole time.

I found a way less hands-on approach to caramelize onions using the Instant Pot and baking soda.

Same delicious dip, much less hassle!

Instant Pot Caramelized Onion Dip - Instant Pot Recipes



Instant Pot Caramelized Onion Dip Recipe

This Caramelized Onion Dip is made hassle-free in the Instant Pot. Makes for a great party appetizer!

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  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 45 minutes


3 lbs Yellow Onions (This was 3 large onions for me), cut into 1/2″ slices

6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter

1/2 Tsp Baking Soda

1 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Pepper

12 oz Sour Cream

8 oz Cream Cheese

1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce


Melt the butter in your Instant Pot using the sauté function. Add sliced onions, baking soda, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. Continue cooking and stirring occasionally for another 5 minutes.

Put the lid on your Instant Pot, make sure the vent is set to “Sealing”, and cook on high pressure for 16 minutes. When finished, quick release the pressure.

Remove lid and press the sauté button again. Stir constantly for 5 – 10 minutes until most of the liquid has evaporated. The onions will probably not be large discernable slices at this point, and the mixture should be dark brown.

At this point, I dump mine into a fine mesh sieve to strain the excess butter/liquid that is leftover. You *can* add it to the dip, but if there is a lot leftover your dip is going to be noticeably buttery.

Next, add the onions, sour cream, cream cheese, and soy sauce to a bowl. Mix well, then add salt & pepper to taste.

Refrigerate at least a few hours before serving. I like to make the day before and refrigerate overnight. This gives all the flavors a chance to meld together.

Instant Pot Recipe for Caramelized Onion Dip


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