Lipton Onion Soup Mix Copycat Recipe

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Homemade Lipton onion soup mix is easy to make and has so many uses! Keep a jar of this inexpensive blend in your fridge for up to 1 month. Add this dry mix to any recipe as the secret ingredient. 

lipton onion soup mix in wooden scoop


Create a flavorful dry onion soup mix with simple spices and seasonings that you probably already have in your pantry.

This is a great way to add flavor to a recipe when you’re on a low calorie diet! 

This original recipe has tons of flavor and is perfect for mixing with new recipes. It easily adds flavor to lean ground beef, ground turkey, and even baked red potatoes.

It’s so much better for you than a packet of onion soup mix from the store – and it’s a flavor that the whole family will love. 

overhead: bowls of ingredients for Lipton onion soup mix

Lipton Onion Soup Mix

Not only is my homemade version of Lipton™ onion soup mix lower in sodium, but it’s also free of added preservatives and caramel color.

In fact, I have dozens of copycat recipes to choose from! 

Whether it’s seasonings and sauces, or homemade versions of your favorite restaurant meals, there’s something for everyone.

Once you get in the habit of making your own spice blends at home, you’ll never go back to store bought again. 

It only takes a minute or two, the flavors are so much more intense, and you will save some money in the process as well!

homemade seasoning blend ingredients on white plate

Onion Soup Mix Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Make a larger batch. Easily double or triple the onion soup mix recipe if you find yourself going through each jar quickly.
  • Don’t forget the soy sauce! Sprinkling this over the seasonings may seem a bit unconventional, but it’s a small amount and doesn’t add much more moisture than the bouillon already has.
  • Sugar substitute: I find that this helps balance the stronger flavors of the Lipton soup, but you can easily omit it or use your favorite artificial sweetener.
  • Need a vegetarian version? Simply replace the beef bouillon with vegetable bouillon instead.
  • Add celery seed. This spice isn’t as commonly used, but it really adds an authentic flavor. 

    Include ⅛ teaspoon in this recipe and use the extra in rubs and salad dressings!
overhead; bowl of homemade seasoning mix

How To Use Lipton Soup Mix

For a simple batch of soup, stir ¼ cup of the mixture into 4 cups of water in a saucepan. 

Simmer on the stove for 10 to 15 minutes until warmed through and thickened.

Otherwise, the most popular use is for party onion dip! Mix ¼ of the seasoning into 16-ounces of sour cream. 

Refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours before serving – this allows the larger flakes to soften and gives time for the flavors to combine.

It’s also a great way to add flavor to beef dishes like stew and Mississippi Pot Roast. Add some to your burgers and meatloaf or mashed potatoes and rice!

Lipton Soup Mix FAQ

How much does this onion soup mix recipe make?

Each batch will yield 1 cup total, which is equivalent to 4 packets of Lipton soup mix. To replace one packet in a recipe, use ¼ cup of the homemade mixture.

  Can I freeze dry Lipton onion soup mix?

This homemade blend can be stored in either the refrigerator or freezer for up to 1 month.

How do I store leftovers of this classic recipe? 

Add the leftovers to an airtight container and keep them in the pantry. You then have it on hand to add to your other favorite recipes as called for on the recipe card. 

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onion soup mix, close up on wooden scoop

wooden scoop full of dry onion soup mix

Lipton Onion Soup Mix Copycat Recipe

Donna Elick
Lipton onion soup mix is easy to make, and has so many uses! Keep a jar of this homemade blend to have on hand for seasoning, dips and much more!
4.50 stars from 2 reviews
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Pantry Staple
Cuisine American
Method Mixed
Servings 4


  • 1/2 cup dried onion flakes
  • 1/3 cup beef bouillon granules
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce


  • Combine all dry ingredients in a small dish or bowl.
    Sprinkle the soy sauce over the mixture and then stir well to combine.
  • Store in a tightly sealed jar and keep refrigerated for up to a month.

Donna’s Notes

The amounts in this recipe will make 1 cup of onion soup dry mix – equivalent to four store bought packets. 1/4 cup of this mixture is equivalent to 1 packet of Lipton onion soup.
To prepare onion dip, stir 1/4 cup of seasoning into 16 oz. of sour cream and refrigerate for 2-3 hours to allow the onion flakes to soften and the flavors to incorporate into the dip.
To Make Onion Soup: Simmer 1/4 cup mix with 4 cups of water for 10-15 minutes to make onion soup.
Sprinkling soy sauce over the seasonings may seem a bit unconventional, but it is a small amount and doesn’t add much more moisture than the bouillon already adds.
Store mixture in a sealed jar in the refrigerator or freezer for up to 1 month


Serving: 1 | Calories: 66cal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 5650mg | Sugar: 7g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published February 2022, updated and republished February 2024

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    1. Hi J,
      Soy sauce powder is concentrated soy sauce, which I imagine is very potent. I’m unsure how much you would use for this recipe. I did find a source online that says to reconstitute soy sauce powder, you mix one part powder with 1 1/3 parts water. I hope this helps!

      TSRI Team member,

  1. The sodium content is very high. Is it mainly from the bullion or salt? I could use a salt substitute but is there a good substitute for the bullion. I have low sodium soy sauce.

    1. Hi Susan,
      You can buy no sodium beef bouillon and along with your salt substitute and low sodium soy sauce it should greatly reduce the sodium level.
      TSRI Team Member,

      1. You can also reduce sodium and a lot of additives you can’t pronounce by substituting low sodium powdered bone broth, mushroom powder or nutritional yeast for boullion granules. Adding ground celery seed as you mentioned in the forward but not included in the recipe card would add a savory note that would help disguise the lower sodium in the flavor profile. Adding a pinch of citric acid (in the canning aisle) or powdered lemon product like TruLemon (found in the juice and powdered beverage aisle at the grocery store) also fools the palate to replace salty flavors. Dried thyme would compliment this recipe as well.

  2. 4 stars
    I would just mix up a batch and further process it in my dehydrator and store it in my pantry – my fridge is always jammed full.

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