Dips are the ultimate simple snack, perfect dinner-party starter and ideal last-minute party food. You can dip most things, from seafood to sausages and the popularity of the dip has emerged from a rich tradition of cuisine around the world, from Mexican to Middle Eastern cuisine.
Many of Britain’s favourite dips have their foundations in the mezze. This is a key element of the diet throughout the Middle East and through parts of the Mediterranean including Greece. It is traditionally a communal family-oriented way of eating, served as a starter – ideal party food.
Flatbreads and pitta bread are the perfect partner for scooping up delicious mezze dishes and we have lovely recipe for flatbread with dukkah – an Egyptian-inspired blend of nuts and spices that is well worth a try. Other dishes on our site include hot houmous dip, artichoke and garlic dip and smokey aubergine – all perfectly complemented by crudités or toasted pitta.
Mexican food also has lots of delicious dipping options, from salsa to guacamole – an excellent recipe to quickly and easily try out is our speedy guacamole, traditionally and moreishly paired with tortilla chips.
Other dipping options ideal for a soirée or just for one include spicy tomato dip with chunky chips, or for a Japanese-infused option how about trying edamame, pea and wasabi dip with tortillas.
Barbecues are always enhanced by a few dips, as meat always tastes more delicious with some relish. We have a great recipe for barbecue sauce, or our tomato and red onion relish makes a great dip for burgers or sausages.
Seafood is also perfectly matched with a great dip and our lemon mayo is delicious with griddled prawns. Or if you want a great starter for a dinner party then why not try out our retro-inspired Kirsh cheese fondue, just dip in chunks of bread.
Delicious Dip recipes
A must have topping for burgers, this sweetcorn and red pepper relish also works remarkably well with roast chicken or grilled prawns
A pot of tzatziki – yoghurt, cucumber and mint dip – makes a lovely light dressing for pasta and roasted vegetables
These lightly spiced kofta are delicious with the cooling tzatziki dip and flatbreads
This cheese and onion dip recipe is an English version of the Mexican queso blanco. Be warned, it's highly addictive!
An all-American combination that’s great served with a bitter leaf and celery salad
These lightly spiced lamb kofta are great to share and delicious enjoyed hot alongside a cooling tzatziki dip with soft flatbreads
This zingy white bean and garlic dip is so moreish and easy to whizz up in the food processor – perfect for those last-minute guests!
The thick sweet-mustard dressing on this salad recipe really sits on the leaves – it's also great for a dip
A really fresh-tasting dip with a kick of fiery Japanese horseradish and a vibrant green colour from the edamame (soya beans)
Delicious with crudités or toasted pittas, this aubergine dip recipe works really well with grilled chicken
A fabulous avocado hummus recipe that tastes great with pitta bread
An easy vegetarian recipe to use as a dip, sauce or marinade. Liven up a barbecue or buffet with this red pepper dip