Super Easy Garlic Dip Recipe

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It’s all about the dips! This easy garlic dip recipe is made with just 5 simple ingredients. It has a creamy, rich garlic flavor that is irresistible! It’s a versatile recipe that can be served with many different appetizers, like our meatball appetizer, and entrees.

It’s a wonderful dipping sauce for meat, fish, french fries, vegetables, and even pita bread! This is the best creamy garlic dip and an easy make-ahead appetizer.

garlic dip recipe

Trust us when we say this dip won’t last long. We made it and served it with meatballs and it was such a hit! Garlic is one of our favorite ingredients to use when cooking and this dip has the most creamy, savory flavor.

Why We Love This Tasty Dip

There are several reasons why this is the best simple garlic dip, here are a few reasons why we love it:

Super easy recipe to make using simple ingredients from the grocery store.

Enhances appetizers and entrees.

It’s a versatile condiment and perfect for meat dishes, fish, vegetables, or even pita bread.

No blender or food processor is needed. Just a mixing bowl and a spatula. It’s the easiest way to make it.

Continue reading for everything you need to know about making this delicious dip recipe.

What is Garlic?

To many, the official classification of garlic is a bit of a mystery. It doesn’t seem quite a vegetable, but not quite a herb either. So what is garlic exactly?

Technically speaking, garlic is officially classed as a vegetable and belongs to the onion family. It has a sharp and almost herbaceous taste that’s versatile enough to work in dishes across almost every culture you can imagine. Our garlic dip recipe is the perfect way for garlic lovers to enjoy the distinct garlic flavor.

How to Make The Best Garlic Dip Recipe

Supplies

There are a few supplies you’ll need to make this dip:

  • Garlic Press – This is the best way to get minced, garlic. We use fresh garlic in this recipe and using a garlic press gives it a perfect texture.
  • Medium Bowl – A medium mixing bowl to combine and stir the ingredients.
  • Serving Bowl – Small, pretty serving bowl for dipping.
sour cream, lemon juice, chives, garlic, mayonnaise in bowls

Garlic Dip Ingredients

Mayonnaise – An emulsion of oil, egg yolk, and either vinegar or lemon juice. There are many variants of flavorings for mayonnaise too. We used classic mayonnaise for this recipe but you can also use healthier options too.

Sour Cream – This adds even more of a creamy texture and gives the dip a little tangy flavor.

Garlic – Use fresh garlic cloves, minced garlic adds all of the garlic flavorings to this garlic dip.

Mint – Use fresh mint finely chopped. It adds a freshness to the recipe and tastes really good. You can also thyme or green onions as a substitute.

Lemon Juice – Adds more acidity to the recipe.

Kosher Salt + Black Pepper – Enhances and adds flavor to the dip.

ingredients in a medium mixing bowl

Tips for Making Creamy Garlic Dip

  • Use high-quality ingredients. It makes a difference in the overall flavor and quality of the dip.
  • Use fresh garlic and not garlic powder. Fresh garlic gives the dip the perfect garlic flavor.
  • If you want to use less garlic, 1 garlic clove you can. We like a string garlic
  • You can substitute mayonnaise for Greek yogurt or cream cheese, however, it will change the overall flavor of the dip.

Garlic Dip Variations

Garlic dip is an easy-to-make and versatile condiment that can be paired with lots of different types of accouterments. Try it with french fries, potato chips, homemade tortilla chips, or whatever you like. One of the best things about the versatility of garlic is that it’s easy to customize this garlic dip.

  • Substitute the mint with herbs like cilantro, dill, parsley, rosemary, or fresh chives for a more herby version.
  • Include chili flakes and smoked paprika for a slightly spicy twang.
  • Swirl in tomato sauce and balsamic glaze for a Mediterranean twist.
  • For roasted garlic dip, roast a garlic head in the oven, then when it’s hot, smash it in with the other ingredients.

How to Store Garlic Dip

It’s important to store your garlic dip properly so it doesn’t spoil. You should be keeping your dip in an airtight container in your fridge. This could be Tupperware, a glass jar, a small bowl with plastic wrap, or anything else you have to hand.

the best garlic dip on a spoon

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Freeze Garlic Dip?

If you want to save your garlic for a little bit later you might be wondering if you can freeze it. The good news is the answer is yes, you can. Most types of garlic dip will last for up to 6 months in your freezer.

Can You Make a Garlic Dip Recipe Ahead of Time?

Garlic dip is a perfect make-ahead dish. This is because the longer you let it sit, the more the flavors will infuse and become more pronounced. You want to strike the right balance between making it too far ahead and not far ahead enough.

How Long Does Garlic Dip With Mayo Last?

When you make your garlic dip, using perishable ingredients like mayo, sour cream, or yogurt, it can be tricky to tell how long it will keep. When you store your dip in an airtight container it should keep in the fridge for between 3 and 5 days. Always examine your dip before dishing it up if you think it’s coming toward the end of its use-by date.

What is garlic dip made out of?

Garlic dip is made from 5 simple ingredients. It’s a mixture of mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic, mint, and lemon juice. It’s easy to make and pairs nicely with many dishes.

Can You Use Sour Cream in Place of the Mayo?

In short, yes you can use more sour cream in place of mayo for this dip. If you have an egg allergy this would be a great substitution. If you’re vegan, you could try plant-based yogurt.

garlic dip in a small bowl with mint

Garlic Dip Uses

A dip is a condiment for many types of foods and is used to add more flavor to food. We use dips when serving appetizers, finger foods, or as a sauce for main dishes. Here are some ideas of how you can use this dipping sauce:

Steak Dishes – A seared flank steak or filet.

Grilled Fish – Try it with our salmon skewers.

French Fries – Sweet potato or regular fries.

Chicken – Try it with our roasted chicken recipe, chicken wings, or chicken shawarma.

Pita Bread – Add it to our Greek Mezze platter.

Sandwich Spread – Use this garlic sauce as a spread for sandwiches.

Vegetable Dip – This dip is perfect for crispy veggies such as cucumbers, celery, and carrots.

dipping a mini meatball into garlic dipping sauce

More Simple Dips You’ll Love

If you love this garlicky dip, then you must try these dip recipes:

Best Yogurt Fruit Dip

Three Ingredient Blue Cheese Dip

The Best Beet Dip

Our Favorite Yogurt Tahini Dip

Easy Queso Blanco Dip

Easy Homemade Caramel Sauce

When to Serve Garlic Dip

This recipe is perfect for parties. If you’re serving appetizers, this is when you would make a creamy dipping sauce to go with the appetizers. Here are some parties and celebrations you can serve this dip:

Happy Hour Appetizer Party

Brunch

Pool Party 

Birthday Party it’s also perfect for a last-minute birthday party!

Garden Party 

Wine and Cheese Party

When Dining Alfresco

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garlic dip recipe

Garlic Dip Recipe

It's all about the dips! This easy garlic dip recipe is made with just 5 simple ingredients. It's a versatile recipe that can be served with many different appetizers, like our meatball appetizer, and entrees.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 ounces
Calories: 142kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 tbsp mint, fresh, chopped
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  • Add all of the ingredints into a medium bowl.
    ingredients in a medium mixing bowl
  • Using a spatula, mix the ingredients together until combined.
    mixing ingredients in a bowl to make a diipping sauce
  • Pour into a serving bowl and garnish with mint
    garlic dip in a small bowl with mint

Notes

Tips for Making Creamy Garlic Dip

  • Use high-quality ingredients. It makes a difference in the overall flavor and quality of the dip.
  • Use fresh garlic and not garlic powder. Fresh garlic gives the dip the perfect garlic flavor.
  • If you want to use less garlic, 1 garlic clove you can. We like a string garlic
  • You can substitute mayonnaise for Greek yogurt or cream cheese, however, it will change the overall flavor of the dip.

Nutrition

Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 239mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 153IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
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