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Sour Cream and Chive Dip

March 27, 2018 (Last Updated: June 11, 2022) by Chris Collins

Everybody needs an easy go-to dip for entertaining and this is Sour Cream and Chive Dip recipe is the perfect fit. Incredibly versatile and packed with flavour, using minimal ingredients!

Homemade sour cream and chive dip? Yep. SO much better than store bought, I can’t even begin to tell you. Actually yes I can, follow me…

Sour Cream and Chive Dip with Potato Wedges, Pitta Bread and Tortilla Chips

Sour Cream and Chive Dip

Sour cream and chive is a legendary dip, especially here in the UK. No matter what event, gathering, dinner party or movie night, there’s always a bowl of sour cream and chive dip with a large packet of crisps. Standard. Admittedly up until recently I’d always get store bought, because that’s simply what I grew up with. However, in recent times I’ve realised homemade is far too easy (and delicious) not to make. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Sour Cream – The base of the dip, ensure it’s full fat for a fuller flavour.
  • Mayo – Makes up 1/4 of the dip, again, I recommend full fat.
  • Chives – The heart and soul of the dip, ensures they’re fresh and finely diced.
  • Lemon Juice – Fresh lemon juice, stay away from the bottled stuff!
  • Garlic – 1 very small cloves does the trick, don’t go overboard with this.

It always fills me with joy when I can claim a 5 ingredients recipe, and this is no exception! *victory dance*

wooden board with fresh chives and sharp knife


Chives are the most delicate and in my opinion, tastiest member of the onion family. They’ve got a gorgeously fresh aroma to them without being too overpowering. Because of their light texture they lend themselves so neatly to being used in a dip. There’s nothing worse than having chopped up onion in a creamy dip. Salsa and guac yes, sour cream, no.

Plus, by using chives you’re not going to cry a river when chopping them up, which is always a bonus.

When it comes to making the dip it really is as simple as adding the ingredients in a bowl and stirring to combine. I do however highly recommend making this in advance. In doing so you’ll allow for the flavours to marry together and for the chives to infuse into the sour cream. Not a deal breaker, but definitely helps.

What to serve with Sour Cream and Chive Dip?

Healthy options call for carrots, celery and peppers. However my personal favourites are potato wedges, tortilla chips and pita chips. Check out all my finger food for more dunking inspo!

(Cheese and Prosciutto Twists pictured below)

dunking a cheese and prosciutto twist into small pot of dip

So what are you waiting for? Throw away that store bought dip (and by throw away I mean it finish it because food waste is not good) and get cracking on this homemade sour cream and chive dip! Quick, easy and just 5 ingredients, this recipe is sure to be sure go-to dip for just about everything!

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Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for this sour cream and chive dip shall we!?

dunking a potato wedge into dip

How to make Sour Cream and Chive Dip (Full Recipe & Video)

small bowl of dip served with Potato Wedges, Pita Bread and Tortilla Chips

Sour Cream and Chive Dip

Everybody needs an easy go-to dip for entertaining and this is Sour Cream and Chive Dip recipe is the perfect fit. Incredibly versatile and packed with flavour, using minimal ingredients!
5 from 9 votes
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Servings (click & slide): 6
Course: Appetizer / Dip
Cuisine: British
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Calories per serving: 103kcal
Cost per serving: Β£1 / $1


  • Small Mixing Bowl
  • Spatula
  • Fine Grater or Garlic Crusher
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board

Ingredients (check list):

  • 3/4 cup / 180g Sour Cream
  • 1/4 cup / 60g Mayo (full fat)
  • 1 heaped tbsp (approx 10) Fresh Chives, finely diced (see notes)
  • 1 small clove of Garlic, grated/minced (see notes)
  • 1/2 Lemon, juice only
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste


  • In a bowl combine sour cream, mayo, chives, lemon juice and garlic.
  • Stir to combine, then taste test for seasoning.
  • Cover and pop in the fridge until needed (this will help marry the flavours together) or tuck in right away if you're peckish!

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Chives - Firstly make sure they are fresh chives. Secondly make sure they're finely diced. You can adjust the quantity (I recommend up to 1/4 cup).
b) Garlic - Make sure it's a really small clove. Raw garlic is fairly pungent and if it's too large, it'll overpower the chives. For preference I'd start off with half a clove and adjust accordingly.
c) Calories - based on the whole dip divided by 6 people.

Your Private Notes:


Nutrition Facts
Sour Cream and Chive Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 103 Calories from Fat 89
% Daily Value*
Fat 9.92g15%
Saturated Fat 2.973g15%
Trans Fat 0.017g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.477g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.436g
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 82mg3%
Potassium 70mg2%
Carbohydrates 2.56g1%
Sugar 0.23g0%
Protein 1.16g2%
Vitamin A 250IU5%
Vitamin C 2.5mg3%
Calcium 40mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    June 6, 2020 at 5:18 am

    5 stars
    great recipe…I use greek yogurt instead of sour cream and use 1/2 the amount of mayo but with Japanese mayo…fresh chives are key, grating the garlic works better than mince! Thanks for this recipe!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 6, 2020 at 9:49 am

      I love Japanese mayo so much, will have to try this myself. Glad it went down well! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    September 7, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    5 stars
    So good! Had it with your crispy jalapeΓ±o poppers!

    • Reply
      September 8, 2018 at 12:53 pm

      That’s awesome to hear! Thanks for coming back to let me know πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Food Lover
    August 7, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    5 stars
    delicioussssss!! plus the food photography is just awesome πŸ™‚

    Keep it up

    • Reply
      August 7, 2018 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    May 21, 2018 at 11:17 am

    5 stars
    Sooo excited to find this recipe! We moved from the UK to Australia 4 months ago and haven’t found anything even close to replacing this kind of dip in the shops… and my family of 5 miss it … with everything! Thankyou πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      May 21, 2018 at 11:28 am

      Sam! It’s so funny you should say that, I spent 2 years in Australia, got back to the UK not too long a go. You’re so right, sour cream and chive dip is pretty scarce over there! SO jealous of you right now, can I ask where you moved to πŸ™‚ ?

  • Reply
    March 31, 2018 at 12:25 am

    This sounds amazing! And it will be a great way to use the chives that grow in our garden this summer πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      March 31, 2018 at 10:11 am

      YES! Thanks for the reminder, I need to start growing chives!! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    March 28, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Delicious! Will definitely be making homemade dip from now on!

    • Reply
      March 31, 2018 at 10:17 am

      Homemade for the win!!

  • Reply
    Albert Bevia
    March 28, 2018 at 11:24 am

    yeah homemade is always much better than store-bought, plus I love fresh chives, this dip is a must try and so easy to put together

    • Reply
      March 28, 2018 at 11:25 am

      So glad you agree! Aren’t fresh chives just the best!?

  • Reply
    March 27, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    5 stars
    My favourite kind of dip! I am now thinking of all the amazing things I want to dip in it. Like a big spoon!

    • Reply
      March 27, 2018 at 8:55 pm

      YES all about getting a big spoon!!

  • Reply
    March 27, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    5 stars
    Omg this dip is my weakness (all dips pretty much are ha) it’s just so addictive!

    • Reply
      March 27, 2018 at 8:52 pm

      Haha yeah I’m all about the dip life! It’s dangerous!

  • Reply
    Marie -
    March 27, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    5 stars
    I’m salivating just thinking about this dip – it SO delicious and I’m sure even more when it’s homemade. But can we talk about these potato wedges?! They look insane too!!

    • Reply
      March 27, 2018 at 8:52 pm

      Haha YES! I do make some okay wedges (if I do say so myself..) πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    March 27, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    5 stars
    Love a good dip and agree that it’s always best to wait and let the flavors meld together. πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      March 27, 2018 at 8:51 pm

      Yes! So glad you agree Lisa πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Matt @ Plating Pixels
    March 27, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    5 stars
    Yum. Looks super simple and has all the classic flavors!

    • Reply
      March 27, 2018 at 6:05 pm

      Super simple indeed πŸ™‚