Bursting full of creamy garlic flavor, our thick and delicious garlic dip is just begging for chips, pizza or veggie sticks to be dipped in it. Made with store cupboard ingredients in just 5 minutes, if you love garlic, this is the perfect quick dip that everyone will enjoy!
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Why you’ll love this easy garlic dip recipe
- Our garlic dipping sauce is so easy to make, it’ll be ready in just 5 minutes
- This is much better and fresher than store-bought dips and a fraction of the price.
- It’s a perfect dip for game day, pizza night, or a party.
- Kids love homemade garlic dip, it’s like the garlic dip you get with your pizza delivery!
- It’s 100% vegetarian.
What ingredients do I need?
This easy dip needs the ingredients shown in the photograph below.
What is creamy garlic dip made of?
There are a few different recipes to make a garlic dip recipe, but we’ve opted for the super-fast, super-simple option.
In our recipe, we use garlic (naturally), butter, dried thyme, dried basil, mayonnaise, and just a tiny pinch of kosher salt.
All the ingredients are likely to be already in your store cupboard and you can rustle it up in no time at all!
Quick, tasty, and simple – what more could you want in a dip? Our garlic dipping sauce is a great fix when you want to go easy on yourself and choose an easy option.
What to serve garlic dipping sauce with
Our easy garlic dip has so much flavor it’s flexible and goes perfectly with all different types of food.
Homemade garlic sauce for pizza is insanely good!
Try it with mushroom pizza, Margherita pizza, or cheese pizza.
It’s delicious when you smother it onto a seitan burger!
Nothing beats garlic dipping sauce for fries and they are insanely good – if you haven’t dipped pizza in garlic sauce before, then trust us, you HAVE to try it!
We dip our sweetcorn fritters, mashed potato fritters, and zucchini fritters in it.
Air fryer zucchini fries are divine dunked into garlic dip.
Dip tortillas or potato chips in it or go a little healthier, it’s delicious when you dip sliced veggies in it.
And we’ve even been known to dip our awesome air fryer cheesy carrots in it!
Garlic dip is great when you are having guests for a buffet, serve it alongside sour cream and chives, blue cheese dressing, chipotle aioli, or sriracha aioli.
Do I need to use fresh garlic?
Yes, you do.
The whole focus of this dip recipe is the garlic flavor, fresh garlic cloves are essential, you just don’t get the same flavor from garlic powder.
Jarred garlic is better than garlic powder, but the flavor still isn’t as good.
It’s fresh all the way with us!
How to choose a garlic bulb
Choosing the perfect garlic bulb is crucial for this dip.
First, take a look at the garlic bulb, if you can see green sprouts emerging from the top of the bulb, then don’t buy it, this means it’s old.
Second, give the bulb a squeeze, if it’s nice and firm, then it’s good to buy, but if it’s soft, it’s not at its best.
How to peel a garlic clove
There are many ways to peel garlic cloves, all with varying success.
I top and tail the clove and then use the flat of a kitchen knife, place it on top of the flat side of the garlic and then press firmly down on it, this loosens the skin and makes it easier to peel.
The easiest way to mince the garlic is to use a garlic press.
Make it vegan
If you are making this garlic sauce for a vegan, then you can easily adapt it.
Use vegan butter and vegan mayonnaise and you’ll be all set.
Some recipes use cream cheese and sour cream instead of mayonnaise.
If you want to make it this way, then mix the sour cream and the cream cheese together, along with a little lemon juice, basil, thyme, ground black pepper, and fresh minced garlic.
If you’re using sour cream, then you may want to make it into roasted garlic dip, simply slice the head of a garlic bulb and roast in a hot oven.
Greek yogurt can also be used along with canola oil and some people even like to use a splash of Worcestershire sauce!
You may also garnish the dip with chopped parsley.
There’s also Lebanese garlic sauce which simply uses garlic, good olive oil, lemon juice, and kosher salt – so there are plenty of opportunities to experiment with garlic!
Remember, we’ve kept our garlic dip deliberately simple, for those times when you just want something tasty, and you want it quickly!
How to store garlic dip
Our garlic dip can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight container.
Recipe notes and expert tips
- Out of butter?
You can use olive oil; it’ll change the flavor but still be really good.
- Make it vegan
Replace the butter and mayonnaise with vegan-friendly options.
- Got more time?
Try roasted garlic dip instead, roasting garlic brings out a sweeter flavor and is delicious.
- Store it
Your easy garlic dip will store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- Add some citrus zest
A little fresh lemon juice can lighten your dip.
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How to make delicious garlic dip with step-by-step instructions
It’s easy to make a tasty garlic dip recipe if you follow our simple instructions.
A full printable recipe and the measurements in both US customary and metric are available in the recipe card below.
In a small saucepan, melt the butter, then add in your finely minced garlic, and cook for approximately 45 seconds until you smell the fragrance of the garlic.
Next, add dried basil and thyme, stir to combine, remove the pan from the heat, and let the buttery, garlic mixture cool down.
Place your mayonnaise in a medium bowl, add in the butter, garlic and herbs and stir thoroughly to combine.
Serve and enjoy!
We hope you enjoy making and eating our easy garlic dip and would love to hear how you got on making it.
Please leave a comment and feel free to ask any questions you may have.
- 2 tbsp Butter
- 4 Cloves Garlic minced
- ½ tsp Dried basil
- ½ tsp Dried thyme
- 6 tbsp Mayonnaise
- 1 pinch Kosher salt
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter, then add in your finely minced garlic, cook for approximately 45 seconds until you smell the fragrance of the garlic2 tbsp Butter, 4 Cloves Garlic
- Next, add dried basil and thyme, stir to combine, remove the pan from the heat, and let the buttery, garlic mixture cool down. Place your mayonnaise in a medium bowl, add in the butter, garlic and herbs and stir thoroughly to combine. Serve and enjoy!½ tsp Dried basil, ½ tsp Dried thyme, 6 tbsp Mayonnaise, 1 pinch Kosher salt
- Out of butter?
You can use olive oil; it’ll change the flavor but still be really good
- Make it vegan
Replace the butter and mayonnaise with vegan-friendly options
- Got more time?
Try roasted garlic dip instead, roasting garlic brings out a sweeter flavor and is delicious
- Store it
Your easy garlic dip will store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days
Please note that nutrient values are estimates only. Variations can occur due to product availability and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of origin, preparation, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.
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