Dill Pickle Dip Recipe

Dill Pickle Dip Recipe

Dill Pickle Dip Recipe
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nutritional information
Servings: 8
amount per serving
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 5g23%
23 mg8th %
554 mg24%
2g1 %
dietary fiber 0g1 %
total sugar 1g
Vitamin C 1 mg3%
Calcium 42 mg3%
iron 0 mg1 %
Potassium 57 mg1 %
*The % Daily Value (DV) indicates how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories per day is used for general nutritional advice.

(Nutritional information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Dill pickles are uniquely delicious. There's the crunch (preferably a crunch), the jaw-dropping vinegar taste, the delicious scent of garlic, and the unmistakable… well, Dillness from the dill.

My great-grandmother was an incredible cook and our entire family would gather around her table every Sunday for decades. She served a changing menu of dishes, but there were a few constants, including a jar of her signature dills. These dills had a strong vinegar flavor and almost contained too much dill. Nearly. That's what I would think as I ate them one by one.

This is how you turn great cucumbers into a great dip

When I came up with this recipe, I wanted to get all the snack flavor of a great dill pickle in a dip. A really great snack resembles a great dill pickle—almost too much flavor. Nearly. I rely heavily on the concentrated dill pickle flavor of Trader Joe's Seasoning In A Pickle spice mix to make the most of it (see the variations below the recipe for a version without this special spice). Vinegar powder is a key ingredient in this spice blend. It brings out the frizz without the need to add extra liquid.

But to really achieve the dill pickle flavor of my dreams, I stirred in an extra dash of vinegar and some dill pickle brine to make the dip nice and tart. Then I chopped up some dill pickles and fresh dill to give it some texture, freshness, and believability (can you even call it a dill pickle dip if there's no real pickle in it?).

What to serve with dill cucumber dip

Serve this creamy, savory, tart dip with potato chips. I prefer salt and vinegar or dill pickle chips for even more flavor, but plain chips will do just fine. You can also use this dip as a dip for fried pickles or even hush puppies, or put some on a fried chicken sandwich. I also think it would make a good dressing for a classic potato salad. Just add extra vinegar to give the dip more dressing consistency.

“I find that making these dips at home (especially if you know what's in them) is a lot tastier than relying on the store-bought chemically flavored varieties to relieve the itch. It's easy to make and packed with flavor for all the pickle lovers out there.” –Noah Vellush-Rogers

  • 1 cup (245 grams) sour cream

  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) mayonnaise

  • 1/2 Cup finely diced dill picklesmore to taste

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dillor to taste

  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoon Trader Joe's In A Pickle Sloosening mix (or make your own, see below)

  • 1 tablespoon dill pickle brine

  • 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Potato chips for serving

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    The spruce eats / Bahareh Niati

  2. In a medium bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, dill pickles, fresh dill, dill pickle spice, brine, and vinegar until well combined. Taste and add more dill, cucumber spice, vinegar or diced cucumbers if you like.

    The spruce eats / Bahareh Niati

  3. Serve with potato chips or let the dip sit for up to 1 day before serving.

    The spruce eats / Bahareh Niati

recipe tips

Use your favorite dill pickles in this recipe. I recommend chilled dills over preserved pickles as they tend to be crunchier and have a fresher flavor.

recipe variations

For a thicker dip, use 8 ounces of softened cream cheese and 1/2 cup of sour cream instead of sour cream and mayonnaise.

If you can't find Trader Joe's Dill Pickle Spice (or prefer not to use it), increase the apple cider vinegar to 1 tablespoon and add the following ingredients to the dip in place of the dill pickle spice:

  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine salt

How to store it

This dip can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. When inserting, some liquid may separate. Just stir before serving.

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