Artichokes with Easy Onion Dip

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These Artichokes with Easy Onion Dip are one of my go-to simple recipes for a shareable appetizer or an easy snack.

I LOVE artichokes. All types. I don’t discriminate! Small ones, larger ones, fresh, jarred. You name it. They’re one of my favorite vegetables. There are countless ways to make them, and you can’t go wrong! Here, they’re served with an easy onion dip, which adds unbelievable flavor to compliment the artichoke.

You all need to make this right now. I love it as a snack, a veggie side dish, or an appetizer for multiple people to share. Once the artichokes are cooking, it’s basically a set and forget situation until they’re cooked through.

In this recipe, I simmer the artichokes whole in seasoned water. I add white wine, lemon, garlic, onion, bay leaf, black peppercorns, and red pepper flakes. This gives the final product more flavor, and I highly recommend using all ingredients listed. However, if you don’t have all those items on hand, omitting one or two is totally fine.

Plus, the onion dip couldn’t be easier, hence the title of the recipe. It’s 3 ingredients. Yes, you read that right. THREE. Mayonnaise, crème fraîche, and onion soup mix. I actually love eating this dip with a variety of snacks. Potato chips, carrots, crackers. It’s super quick to whip up and absolutely delicious.

Artichokes with Easy Onion Dip, Sacha Served What

Ingredient Notes:

  • Fresh Bay Leaves – If you can’t find fresh at your local supermarket, dried is fine too! One should be enough.
  • Crème Fraîche – I prefer crème fraîche to sour cream here. It’s more fatty and rich. However, you can definitely substitute with sour cream, if needed.
  • Onion Soup Mix – You should be able to find this at most grocery stores. If you’re not sure what I am talking about, you can take a look here. Good ol’ Lipton works for this recipe!
Artichokes with Easy Onion Dip, Sacha Served What
Artichokes with Easy Onion Dip, Sacha Served What

Artichokes with Easy Onion Dip

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Appetizer, Veggie Side
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 Large Pot
  • Peeler or Pairing Knife
  • 1 Medium Bowl


For the Artichokes:

  • 3 quarts water
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lemon halved
  • 4 garlic cloves smashed
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 4 large artichokes
  • French Onion Dip recipe below

For the French Onion Dip:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup crème fraiche
  • 2 tablespoons onion soup mix


For the Artichokes:

  • In a large pot, combine the water, white wine, olive oil, lemon, garlic, bay leaf, Kosher salt, and black peppercorns. Set over high heat and bring to a boil.
  • Meanwhile, one by one, trim artichoke stems, leaving about an inch at the bottom. Trim a ½ inch of the leaves at the top of the artichokes. Using a peeler or paring knife, peel the tough outer skin off the stems. Pick any of the brown or tough outer leaves off the choke and discard. If prepping the artichokes ahead of time, store in lemon water to prevent browning.
  • When ready to cook, add artichokes to boiling water mixture. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until the artichokes are tender, 30-40 minutes. The tip of a paring knife should easily pierce the base of the artichoke.
  • Drain artichokes well, tipping them upside down so any extra water falls out. Serve in bowls with the French Onion Dip on the side, for dipping.

For the French Onion Dip:

  • Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl until well combined.


Artichokes can be made and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or using a steamer just until warmed through.
French Onion Dip can be made and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. 
If choosing to only make two artichokes, do not halve all components of the recipe. Use the same amount of water and all other ingredients used in the seasoned water mixture. 
Keyword easy, shareable
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