Water Chestnut Dip The Southern Lady Cooks

Water Chestnut Dip has been in our family for quite some time.  Mom has been making this recipe since the eighties.  She submitted it to Southern Living, and it is printed in their 1986 Annual Recipes Cookbook. Our entire family loves this dip. We’ve made it for several gatherings, and someone always asks for the recipe.  You can double the recipe for a large group.  It keeps well in the refrigerator for several days and is wonderful with crackers, chips, vegetables, or just about anything you like with a dip.  I promise it will become a family favorite.

Ingredients Needed for Water Chestnut Dip:

Can of sliced, drained water chestnuts, diced

Sour cream


Dried parsley flakes

Onion chopped

Soy sauce

Garlic clove minced

Ground ginger

Recipe Notes: We enjoy this dip with Wheat Thins but feel free to use any crackers or chips that you’re family enjoys. It’s also great with carrot sticks or celery. This recipe can easily be doubled or even tripled for a large group.

If you like this recipe, you may want to try our Kentucky Benedictine Spread. It is a wonderful appetizer!

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Water Chestnut Dip The Southern Lady Cooks
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Water Chestnut Dip

The Southern Lady Cooks
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Chill 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 8 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 3 Cups


  • 1 8 ounce can sliced drained water chestnuts, diced
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tbsp. onion chopped
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 small garlic clove minced
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger


  • Mix well, chill thoroughly before serving.
Keyword Water Chestnut Dip
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  1. Penni Berrie says:

    I’m assuming you chop the water chestnuts too? Sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try it.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Hi Penni! Yes, the water chestnuts should be chopped or diced up. Thank you for bringing that to my attention. I’ve updated the recipe. We hope you enjoy it!