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Homemade Buffalo Sauce

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My husband grew up in Buffalo, so it’s no wonder a homemade Buffalo Sauce recipe has made it onto the site.

One interesting fact I’ve recently learned is most of the country will eat buffalo sauce with ranch, but up here in the Northeast, we pair it with blue cheese. It’s the best way, honestly.

Mason jar of buffalo sauce on a cutting board with a white plate full of chicken tenders in the background

Try it next time you eat air fryer chicken wings, homemade chicken tenders, buffalo chicken wraps, or anything else with buffalo sauce. I promise it will change the way you eat!

This easy buffalo sauce recipe is made from scratch with just 7 ingredients and takes only 5 minutes to make.

Each serving is just 105 calories and it contains zero carbs, making it healthy on the keto diet!

Title and Shown: The Easiest Homemade Buffalo Sauce (in a mason jar with chicken tenders in the background)

How to Make This Homemade Buffalo Sauce Recipe

Combine the Frank’s Red Hot sauce, butter, white vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder into a small saucepan on medium-low heat. Whisk frequently.

To make a vegetarian version of this sauce, you can swap out normal Worcestershire sauce (it contains anchovies) for either a vegan Worcestershire sauce or substitute the amount needed with half lemon juice, half soy sauce, and a small pinch of granulated sugar.

You can use another kind of hot sauce if you prefer something to Frank’s, but I personally recommend Frank’s Red Hot to get the best desired taste.

Allow mixture to come to a simmer. The butter should be completely melted. This takes about 5 minutes. Taste the sauce and add salt as needed.

Take off the heat and allow to cool. The sauce will start to thicken as it cools.

You can enjoy immediately as a thinner sauce or refrigerate it for up to a month.

To use refrigerated buffalo sauce, remove from the fridge, stir sauce, and let it sit for 5 minutes. This will allow the sauce to thin up to the right consistency perfect for chicken wings.

Buffalo sauce in a mason jar with a spoon on the side. Chicken tenders on a plate in background.

What’s the Best Way to Adjust the Spice Level in this Dipping Sauce?

Heat tolerance can vary per person, so it’s important to tailor this recipe to exactly what you want. To make the sauce spicier, simply double the cayenne pepper included.

If you prefer a milder version of this recipe, you can half the amount of cayenne pepper used. You can even omit it if you prefer. This will minimally affect the taste of the sauce and help you lower that spice level.

How Can I Use This Sauce?

This recipe can be used as an easy dipping sauce for chicken tenders, cauliflower, and more. The sauce is also great as a chicken wing sauce.


Try using it with these recipes:

Yield: 8

Homemade Buffalo Sauce

Buffalo sauce in a mason jar with a spoon on the side. Chicken tenders on a plate in background.

A quick and easy homemade Buffalo sauce that can be made up to one month ahead of time. It's spicy and awesome with chicken wings.

Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup Frank's Red Hot sauce
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine the Frank's Red Hot, butter, white vinegar, Worcestershire sauce*, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder to a small sauce pan on medium-low heat.
  2. Whisk frequently until sauce comes to a simmer and butter is completely melted.
  3. Taste and add salt as needed.
  4. Let cool and refrigerate up to a month. Sauce will thicken as it cools.

Notes

* to make vegetarian, substitute Worcestershire sauce out for a vegan Worcestershire or use half lemon juice, half soy sauce, and a small pinch of granulated sugar.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 105Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 583mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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14 thoughts on “Homemade Buffalo Sauce”

  1. I made this tweet it a little because I didn’t have all the ingredients. But the basic recipe and it is wonderful!! Thank you, supper was wonderful!

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  2. Can I substitute with with white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar? Of course I have those and not White vinegar (after coming home shopping for ingredients ready to go)

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    • Hi Susan, I personally prefer to use Frank’s Red Hot because of the flavor, but you can also use any other kind of hot sauce like Cholula, Texas Pete, etc.

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    • Hi Judi, the sauce can be made and kept in the refrigerator for up to 30 days, so feel free to do that the day before or even earlier if you would like!

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    • Hi Shelley, I fully recommend using butter to make this buffalo sauce recipe, but you could try olive oil and a little lemon juice instead. I have never tried this substitute, but since butter gives it a bit of a more creamy taste and feel, it will not turn out exactly as the recipe was tested.

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      • I noticed that it says that you can switch the regular worcestshire for other type for vegan sauce. It’s not going to be vegan with butter in it anyway.

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        • Hi Juliette, you are correct the recipe would never be vegan. As stated in the post, the recipe would be vegetarian, not vegan with the switch. Most regular Worcestershire sauces include anchovies, which is not a vegetarian ingredient. It’s a lot easier, in my experience, to find a vegan Worcestershire sauce than one labeled vegetarian. I hope that clears it up!

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