Best-Ever Dill Dip

published Dec 11, 2021
Dill Dip Recipe

It only takes five minutes to whip up this fresh dill dip.

Serves6

Makes1 1/4 cups

Prep5 minutes

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a bowl of creamy dill dip, on a plate with sliced carrots, celery and potato chips
Credit: Laura Rege

Similar in flavor to a tasty French onion dip, this dip adds the fresh, citrus-like taste of dill to the creaminess of sour cream and mayonnaise. All the ingredients called for are easily stocked in your pantry or refrigerator, making it perfect for whipping up last minute as a quick snack or party app. Plus, the flavors meld as the dip chills, so it’s even better prepared ahead. Although it’s technically a dip, this recipe is great used as a sauce too.

This recipe calls for dried dill, aka dill weed in the spice aisle. Fresh dill amps up the flavor a bit, but it’s optional. With or without it, it’s great either way!

What Is the Difference Between Dried and Fresh Dill?

Dried dill comes from fresh dill, but the flavor concentrates and changes as the herb dries. Fresh dill is brighter and more citrusy, whereas dried dill is more intense with a slightly grassy undertone. 

What Tastes Good with Dill Dip?

Think beyond crudité, crackers, and chips (although they are perfect pairings — here are other ways to use this decadent dip.

  • Spooned over cooked salmon, steak, or chicken.
  • Schmeared onto a plate then topped with roasted vegetables.
  • Dolloped into soup as a garnish (try it on borscht or as an unexpected finish on minestrone!).
  • Thinned out with buttermilk to make a salad dressing.
Credit: Laura Rege

What Is Dill Dip Made Of?

First and foremost, dried dill, sour cream, and mayonnaise are essential ingredients in a classic dill dip. From there you can customize it to create a symphony of all the flavors that make food irresistible: Add spice (hot sauce), more citrus notes (lemon zest), umami (Worcestershire), an allium bite (onion powder and garlic powder), and a delicate herbal contrast (dried parsley). And of course, don’t forget salt and pepper to bring all the flavors to the forefront.

Dill Dip Recipe

It only takes five minutes to whip up this fresh dill dip.

Prep time 5 minutes

Makes 1 1/4 cups

Serves 6

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1

    small lemon

  • 1 small bunch

    fresh dill (optional)

  • 1 cup

    sour cream

  • 1/4 cup

    mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons

    dried dill

  • 1 tablespoon

    dried parsley

  • 1 teaspoon

    onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon

    kosher salt, plus more as needed

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    Tabasco hot sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed

Instructions

  1. Finely grate from the zest from 1 small lemon until you have 1 teaspoon. If using, finely chop 1 small bunch fresh dill until you have 2 tablespoons.

  2. Place the lemon zest, fresh dill, 1 cup sour cream, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons dried dill, 1 tablespoon dried parsley, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce, 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper in a medium bowl and stir to combine. Taste and season with more salt and pepper as needed. Serve immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.