How To Make Homemade Buffalo Sauce

By Rena Awada | Updated On November 15, 2022

Tangy and spicy buffalo sauce is a must if you love elevating your meals. Drizzle this easy, homemade buffalo sauce over chicken, casseroles, salads, and so much more! With just a few simple steps, you’ll have your own hot sauce from scratch ready in minutes!

measuring cup filled with buffalo sauce and spoon


Learning how to make homemade buffalo sauce is quite easy to do! Say goodbye to store-bought hot sauce and make your own buttery garlic sauce at home. We know Frank’s is good, but once you try this recipe, you’ll never want to try another buffalo sauce again.

There are endless ways to enjoy buffalo sauce. Use it as a base for your next marinade, dipping sauce, or dressing–there really are no limits when it comes to buttery and delicious hot sauce!

spoonful of homemade buffalo sauce

Why This Buffalo Sauce Is So Good

  • Rich and flavorful: The robust buttery flavors of butter and garlic powder combined with the hot sauce make this a classic buffalo sauce.
  • So easy to make: In just 5 minutes, you’ll have amazingly tasty buffalo sauce ready to be enjoyed!
  • Great for several recipes: Make your favorite wings, dip, pizza, and more with this homemade buffalo sauce! The options are truly endless.
hot sauce, butter, black pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, white vinegar, worcestershire sauce in small containers

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Butter, ghee, or vegan butter: Butter or any other of these ingredients make the buffalo sauce super creamy and delicious. You can use any one of these ingredients–all of them will work! Use vegan butter to keep things vegan.
  • Hot sauce: We like to use Frank’s because it’s flavorful and has a nice spice to it. Any hot pepper sauce will work, though.
  • White vinegar: Vinegar gives the hot buffalo sauce a mild tangy flavor that is irresistible and key to this recipe.
  • Worcestershire sauce: This universal sauce is good in so many recipes–including this one! If you’re making vegan buffalo hot sauce, be sure to use a vegan Worcestershire sauce.
  • Cayenne pepper: Ground cayenne pepper is used to keep things spicy, warm, and flavorful.
  • Black pepper: Freshly cracked black pepper provides an extra layer of flavor and spice.
  • Garlic powder: You can never go wrong with garlic powder. Ground garlic powder gives this homemade buffalo sauce robust savory elements.

How To Make Buffalo Sauce

First, measure out all of your ingredients with measuring spoons and cups.

Next, melt the butter in a pot or small saucepan.

mixing hot sauce, butter, black pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, white vinegar, worcestershire sauce in small containers in saucepan

Once the butter has melted, whisk in the hot sauce, white vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and garlic powder.

mixing buffalo sauce in saucepan with whisk

Mix all of the ingredients with a wooden spoon or whisk until combined. Enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is buffalo sauce made of?

The general ingredients are hot sauce, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, butter, pepper, and cayenne pepper. These are the general ingredients.

How do you thicken buffalo sauce?

If your buffalo sauce is too thin, you can thicken it up with a bit of cornstarch.

Why is butter added to buffalo sauce?

Butter provides a creamy layer to the hot sauce in addition to making it smooth and less hot!

Do you put buffalo sauce before or after cooking?

Typically, buffalo sauce is added to wings after they have been cooked to ensure they are crisp and well-cooked.

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • If your butter separates from the hot sauce, then it means it hasn’t been mixed well enough. Try mixing your buffalo sauce with a whisk instead of a spoon.
  • To thicken buffalo sauce, create a cornstarch slurry (equal parts cornstarch and water), bring the buffalo sauce to a simmer, then mix in the slurry.
  • Store the leftovers in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator for up to one week.
  • Use this buffalo sauce for all of your favorite buffalo needs and desires.
measuring cup filled with buffalo sauce

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side shot of buffalo sauce in a jar with spoonful of sauce

Homemade Buffalo Sauce

Tangy and spicy buffalo sauce is a must if you love elevating your meals. Drizzle this easy, homemade buffalo sauce over chicken, casseroles, salads, and so much more! With just a few simple steps, you'll have your own hot sauce from scratch ready in minutes!
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Course: ingredient
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 536kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter ghee, or vegan butter
  • ¾ cup hot pepper sauce such as Frank's
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • Melt the butter in a pot or small saucepan.
  • Once the butter has melted, whisk in the hot sauce, white vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Mix until combined.

Notes

  • If your butter separates from the hot sauce, then it means it hasn’t been mixed well enough. Try mixing your buffalo sauce with a whisk instead of a spoon.
  • To thicken buffalo sauce, create a cornstarch slurry (equal parts cornstarch and water), bring the buffalo sauce to a simmer, then mix in the slurry. 
  • Store the leftovers in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator for up to one week.
  • Use this buffalo sauce for all of your favorite buffalo needs and desires.

Nutrition

Calories: 536kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 58g | Saturated Fat: 36g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 151mg | Sodium: 4806mg | Potassium: 342mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2257IU | Vitamin C: 135mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg
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