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13 Cold Dips to Keep Party Prep Chill

Make your own homemade hummus, salsa, and seafood dips to have on hand in the refrigerator.

Justin Walker
Justin Walker

Whether you're hosting a dinner party, game day, or awards season screening, having dips on hand to pair with chips, crackers, or crudités is an essential element of entertaining. Stir, fold, puree, and pulse fresh ingredients to make your own homemade dip that's a step above store-bought. Our craveable cold dip recipes can be chilled ahead of time and popped out of the fridge when guests arrive — just garnish and arrange to get a crowd snacking.

Kamaboko Dip

Victor Protasio
Victor Protasio

A pink-and-white fish cake plays off of crunchy scallions, mayonnaise, cream cheese, and sour cream in this earthy dip that can be chilled overnight before you dunk fresh crudités.

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Salsa Macha

Jen Causey
Jen Causey

The heat in this popular condiment comes from toasted ancho, guajillo, and morita chiles. It can be kept for up to a year when chilled and served with chips, tostadas, quesadillas, and all kinds of snacks.

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Four-Layer Caviar Dip

Justin Walker
Justin Walker

Bring together layers of creamy egg salad, crisp red onion, herbed cream cheese, and salty, briney caviar in this beautiful molded dip that needs to be refrigerated two hours prior to any party starting.

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Smoked Salmon Dip

Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Lydia Pursell
Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Lydia Pursell

This bright, light, scoopable dip can be refrigerated for up to a week before it's served with crackers, toasts, or pita chips.

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Fancy Clam Dip

Justin Walker
Justin Walker

This classic white clam dip is salty, cheesy, and craveable. It can be refrigerated for one to eight hours before being served with potato chips.

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Green Goddess Dip

Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Rishon Hanners / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen
Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Rishon Hanners / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

Make this herby dip an hour before guests arrive and chill covered in the refrigerator. The meatballs can be frozen up to a month in advance.

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Smoked Fish Dip

Greg DuPree
Greg DuPree

Rely on oily fish or your favorite smoked fish at the seafood counter, plus fresh lemon juice, Dijon mustard, horseradish, Old Bay, Worcestershire, and a touch of hot sauce for this dip's incredible flavor. You can chill for up to three days before serving with saltine crackers and hot sauce.

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Crudités and Fermented Soybean Dip

Greg DuPree
Greg DuPree

This dip is the perfect way to show off whatever fresh vegetables you can get your hands on. You'll have to start making it a day ahead to refrigerate the first component overnight, then chill a sour cream mixture for 20 minutes before finishing the cold dip.

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Dill-Tahini Dip

Photo by Antonis Achilleos / Prop Styling by Christina Daley / Food Styling by Emily Nabors Hall
Photo by Antonis Achilleos / Prop Styling by Christina Daley / Food Styling by Emily Nabors Hall

This lightly seasoned, 5-minute dip can be refrigerated for up to two days and served with vegetables.

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Spicy Guacamole

© Todd Porter & Diane Cu
© Todd Porter & Diane Cu

Kick up classic guacamole with a little jalapeño and crushed red chili flakes in this 15-minute dish that can be refrigerated a day ahead.

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Easy Hummus with Tahini

© Tina Rupp
© Tina Rupp

Make this sublime chickpea hummus in 20 minutes with a food processor, refrigerate for up to 5 days, and serve with pita chips or crudités.

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Ginger-Miso Sweet Pea Spread

© David Malosh
© David Malosh

Puree sweet peas for this dairy-free alternative to creamy dips that can be refrigerated for up to 3 days ahead and served with rice crackers or flatbread.

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French Onion Dip

<p>Jordan Provost / Food Styling by Thu Buser</p>

Jordan Provost / Food Styling by Thu Buser

Caramelized onions and a beef bouillon cube are the secrets to making the best-ever version of this classic savory dip.

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