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A side shot of a glass jar full of homemade buffalo sauce with a spoon in it sitting atop a white marbled surface in front of a white background. Carrot and celery sticks sit alongside the jar, and a bottle of Frank's Red Hot and a pepper grinder sit in the background.

Easy 5-Minute Homemade Buffalo Sauce (5 Ingredients)

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  • Author: Jess Larson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: ½ cup 1x
  • Category: Sauces & Condiments
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

An easy recipe created by and for buffalo sauce fanatics!

This quick sauce is my go-to whenever I make buffalo-anything. It tastes just as good as the OG (pinky swear!) and only requires 5 ingredients: Frank’s RedHot, butter, garlic powder, paprika, and a little honey for the perfect touch of sweetness.

It’s an all-purpose homemade buffalo sauce you can use for grilling, game day, weeknight dinners, and everything in between – check out the blog post, above, for plenty of serving ideas to get you started. ♡ Happy cooking! 


Ingredients

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  • ⅓ cup Frank’s RedHot or hot sauce of choice (see Recipe Notes)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • kosher salt and ground black pepper, to season

Instructions

  1. Mix the buffalo sauce: To a small bowl, add the hot sauce, melted butter, honey, garlic powder, and paprika. Whisk to combine well; the mixture should come together as a smooth and creamy sauce. Taste and season with kosher salt and ground black pepper as desired.An overhead shot of homemade buffalo sauce being held up with a spoon in a white stoneware bowl atop a white marbled surface. Small dishes of melted butter, honey, salt, pepper and paprika sit alongside the bowl of sauce.
  2. Serve: Enjoy your homemade buffalo sauce immediately as desired. Of course, it’s fantastic for tossing into a batch of buffalo wings – my Best-Ever Grilled Chicken Wings are our favorite. You can also use it to create an endless variety of buffalo-inspired snacks and treats, from cheesy Buffalo Chicken Sliders to homemade Buffalo Chicken CrunchWraps to Grilled Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches, and so much more. Get creative and have fun with it. Enjoy!A side shot of a glass jar full of homemade buffalo sauce with a spoon in it sitting atop a white marbled surface in front of a white background. Carrot and celery sticks sit alongside the jar, and a bottle of Frank's Red Hot and a pepper grinder sit in the background.


Notes

Jess’ Tips and Tricks:

  • Hot sauce: It’s not buffalo sauce without Frank’s RedHot, the tangy-spicy hot sauce (made with aged cayenne peppers, garlic, & vinegar) used in the original buffalo chicken wings recipe from Anchor Bar & Grill in Buffalo, New York. Frank’s RedHot is readily available in the condiments aisle at most conventional grocery stores; you can also order it online.
  • Dietary restrictions: This homemade buffalo sauce recipe is naturally gluten-free and vegetarian. For a dairy-free buffalo sauce, simply swap butter for plant butter or your favorite dairy-free alternative. To take it a step further and make a vegan buffalo sauce, swap honey for agave nectar or pure maple syrup.

Storage: Homemade buffalo sauce will keep, stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, for up to 1 week. If the sauce separates and solidifies in the refrigerator, simply warm it slightly in the microwave or on the stovetop until it’s liquid again, then whisk to combine well.