If you’re on the search for an easy Buffalo sauce recipe, you’ve found it! This buttery hot sauce is perfect for Buffalo chicken wings — and so much more.
A good Buffalo sauce can be so versatile — we love to use this for anything from chicken wings on game day to topping salads. It’s also a great dipping sauce to go with your savory late-night snack.
What I love about this recipe is that you can adjust the level of heat. Make it mild for those with sensitive palates, or turn it up for spice-lovers.
Keep this recipe handy for the next time you’re in the mood to make a classic Buffalo sauce — it may become your new favorite sauce.
Common Questions about Buffalo Sauce
What is buffalo sauce?
Buffalo sauce is a spicy sauce made with cayenne pepper, butter, and various other ingredients depending on the recipe. It’s a popular choice for coating or dipping chicken wings, but it can also be used on other foods.
Where did buffalo sauce come from?
The original Buffalo sauce was invented in Buffalo, New York, in the 1960s. It’s said to have been created by Teressa Bellissimo, the owner of the Anchor Bar, when she ran out of ranch dressing and decided to use hot sauce instead.
How spicy is buffalo sauce?
The spiciness of buffalo sauce can vary depending on the brand or recipe and the amount of cayenne pepper used. Some buffalo sauces are very mild, while others can be tongue-numbing.
Buffalo sauce lasts a couple of weeks which makes it great for meal prep and planning ahead for gatherings.
Refrigerator – Store in an airtight container (like a mason jar) in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Freezer – Freeze the sauce for up to 3 months in a freezer-safe container.
It’s easy to make this simple sauce just the way you like it.
- Make sure the butter is fully melted so that all of the ingredients can be incorporated evenly.
- Taste as you go so that you get just the right amount of heat in the sauce.
If you don’t already have them, you can grab these simple ingredients quickly and easily at the grocery store.
- Hot Sauce
- Melted Butter
- Garlic Powder
- Cayenne Pepper (Optional)
Kitchen Supplies You’ll Need
All you need is a bowl and a spoon or whisk.
How to Make Buffalo Sauce
Only a few steps are necessary to make this tasty sauce.
- Pour the hot sauce, melted butter, and spices into a medium-sized bowl.
- Stir together until silky smooth.
- Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
What to Serve With Buffalo Sauce
There are a multitude of options for serving this sauce outside of the traditional Buffalo wings.
- Dip – Dunk pizza crusts, french fries, onion rings, and more into the sauce.
- Vegetables – Drizzle over top steamed or roasted veggies or dip vegetables into it.
- Pizza – Use it in place of sauce for a BBQ chicken pizza.
- Salad – Use it in place of, or in addition to, your favorite salad dressing.
- Dip – Make a delicious Buffalo chicken dip or add it to other creamy sauces or dressings to create a new dip.
It can also be used on pizza, fries, and vegetables. Buffalo sauce can also be used as a marinade or glaze for meat.
Why You Should Make Buffalo Sauce
If you like spicy sauces, then you’ll love this classic.
- Convenient – Most of the ingredients are already in your pantry or fridge.
- Customizable – Adjust the heat level to make it as spicy (or not) as you want.
- Easy – With just a few ingredients and one bowl, this is a quick and easy recipe.
Variations and Add-ins
There are so many ways to adjust the sauce.
- Spices – Add garlic powder, paprika, or black pepper for more flavor.
- Hot sauce – Use Sriracha or habanero sauce for a different flavor profile and a spicy kick of heat.
- Sweetness – Add honey or brown sugar.
- Creaminess – Mix it with yogurt, sour cream, Greek yogurt, ranch, or blue cheese dressing for a creamy sauce.
- Worcestershire Sauce – Add some depth to the sauce with Worcestershire.
- Acidity – Splash a little bit of white vinegar in the sauce for more acidic flavor. Taste as you go to add just the right amount of vinegar.
- Stovetop – If you prefer, you can prepare the sauce in a small saucepan on the stove.
- Cayenne – Instead of cayenne powder, use cayenne pepper sauce.
- Oil – Use olive oil or coconut oil instead of butter.
- Citrus – Add some lemon juice for brightness and to bring out the other flavors.
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- 1 cup hot sauce
- ½ cup butter melted (1 stick) unsalted
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper optional, add more if you like it hot
- Melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl and let it cool to room temperature.
- Add the hot sauce, melted butter, and seasonings to a medium bowl.
- Whisk together until smooth.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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