Homemade Buffalo Sauce is so easy to make at home using simple pantry ingredients. Tangy, spicy, and so much better than store-bought buffalo wing sauce, this recipe takes just 5 minutes to make and tastes delicious with everything from wings to sliders to vegetables – and everything in between!
Buffalo Wing Sauce
Homemade buffalo sauce is one of the easiest things you can make at home. Tangy, spicy, and super flavorful, it makes eating just about anything (including veggies) way more exciting!
Made with simple ingredients like hot sauce and butter, some of my favorite (and most popular) buffalo recipes include my buffalo chicken dip, buffalo cauliflower, buffalo turkey meatballs, and baked buffalo chicken.
Why is it called “Buffalo Sauce”?
The name, “Buffalo sauce” was named after the location where it was invented – a small family-owned restaurant called Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York. Invented by Teressa Bellissimo, the owner of the Anchor Bar, this “secret sauce” was originally made with butter, hot sauce, and cayenne pepper.
What’s in Buffalo Sauce?
Buffalo wing sauce can be made with a simple combination of just two ingredients: hot sauce and butter. The only hot sauce I recommend for homemade buffalo sauce is Frank’s RedHot Original Cayenne Hot Sauce.
Usually made with a ratio of 2 parts hot sauce to 1 part butter, some recipes (like this one) are made with additional ingredients including garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, white vinegar, cayenne pepper, and paprika.
For a sweeter wing sauce, try adding a little honey or maple syrup.
How to Make Buffalo Sauce
To make homemade buffalo wing sauce, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once melted, reduce heat to low and stir in the hot sauce, white vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Mix well to combine. Heat just until the sauce is heated through – avoid boiling.
Alternatively, you can avoid the stovetop altogether and combine the hot sauce, white vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper in a medium bowl, whisking well to combine. Then melt the butter in the microwave and stir it into the hot sauce mixture.
The only hot sauce I recommend when making homemade buffalo sauce is Frank’s RedHot Original Cayenne Hot Sauce.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, absolutely. This recipe contains just 1 gram of carbohydrates and 1 gram of sugar per (1/2 cup) serving.
Buffalo sauce can be very spicy or very mild. How spicy it will be depends the butter to hot sauce ratio (more butter will make it less spicy), or if any additional spices (like cayenne pepper) were added.
To thicken your buffalo sauce you can make a cornstarch slurry with equal parts cornstarch and water or a roux by gently heating and combining equal parts fat (in this case butter) with flour.
Many buffalo sauce recipes are gluten-free. For this particular recipe be sure to check that your Worcestershire sauce is gluten-free before adding to your sauce.
Traditionally buffalo sauce is made with butter, so it would not be considered vegan or dairy-free. To make yours vegan, swap regular butter for a plant-based butter alternative and use a vegan Worcestershire sauce (or leave out the Worcestershire sauce).
Fortunately, buffalo sauce is fantastic leftover.
The last time I made homemade buffalo sauce my husband mixed the leftover sauce with leftover angel hair pasta, dumped some blue cheese on top, warmed it in the microwave, and called it lunch.
Keep it stored in an airtight jar or container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. It thickens quite a bit after cooling due to the butter, but it will thin-out after reheating. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.
Have you tried making this Buffalo Wing Sauce?
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Homemade Buffalo Sauce Recipe
- Melt the butter to a medium saucepan set over medium heat. Once the butter is nearly melted, stir in the hot sauce, white vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper (optional). Bring to a gentle simmer (do not boil), stirring often.
- Remove from heat and season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.
- Gently stir before serving over wings.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.)