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posted: 01/30/23

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This Buffalo Sauce is a very easy 10 minute recipe that is perfect for wings, and so many other great Buffalo flavored recipes.

spoon dripping buffalo sauce into a mason jar full of it

Buffalo is one of my favorite flavors to play with in different recipes. It is a little spicy, deliciously rich, and has a hint of garlic. Just describing it brings it’s delicious smell and taste to mind.

Often when I share recipes using Buffalo wing sauce on social media, my friends overseas will ask me what it is. This distinctly American ingredient is very easy to make at home with a few simple items.

What is Buffalo Sauce

Buffalo Sauce is a sauce that is made with vinegar, a cayenne pepper based hot sauce, and butter. It is primarily used on chicken wings that have been fried with no breading. It’s origins are disputed, but the name comes from Buffalo, New York – home to the best chicken wings.

overhead of a mason jar with buffalo sauce with a basket of wings next to it

How to Make Buffalo Sauce

This is a brief overview to show you how simple this sauce is to make. For the full recipe with all of the measurements see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  1. Melt a stick of butter. In a small skillet melt 8 tablespoons of unsalted butter.
  2. Add in garlic. Let it cook for about 30 seconds until it is fragrant.
  3. Add the remainder of the ingredients. Now add in the hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, salt, and cayenne pepper.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil. Now turn it down to a simmer and let it cook for five minutes, stirring regularly.

Sauce that Separates

You will notice that while this cooks, and often afterwards, the sauce will separate. With just a little bit of whisking the sauce will go back together and stay together as you use it in your recipes.

What Hot Sauce to Use

I used Frank’s Redhot sauce in this recipe. But really any hot sauce that has a base of cayenne pepper will work here.

mason jar with buffalo sauce recipe with wings in the background

Is Homemade Buffalo Sauce Spicy?

Yes, this sauce is spicy. I am kind of a big baby when it comes to spice and this sauce isn’t too spicy for me. But it is too spicy for my kids. One way to control the heat is to leave out the dash of cayenne pepper. You can also make it more spicy by adding more.

Storing Buffalo Sauce

This recipe can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to three days. You will notice that when you put it in the fridge it will solidify. That is because of the butter, and totally normal. To bring it back to it’s sauce state, heat it over low heat on the stove top, stirring often.


What is Buffalo Sauce made of?

It is primarily made of a cayenne pepper based hot sauce and butter. Garlic and vinegar are two other signature flavors to this sauce.

What is the difference between Buffalo Sauce and Hot Sauce?

Hot sauce is the foundation of Buffalo Sauce, but then there are several other flavors added in such as garlic, butter, and vinegar.

Is Buffalo Sauce gluten free?

Yes it is. But like all other recipes, make sure to check all the ingredients you are using if you are cooking for someone with a gluten intolerance.

Is Buffalo Sauce vegetarian?

If you use a substitute for Worcestershire sauce, it is vegetarian. This would be a great recipe to use to make vegetarian wings out of cauliflower.

overhead view of air fryer chicken wings that have been tossed in sauce and are in a basket for serving

Baked Chicken Wings

Making crispy Baked Chicken Wings isn’t hard, in fact it’s much easier than frying them. You just need the right combination of ingredients and oven temperature.
overhead of a basket of crispy baked chicken wings

What to Use Buffalo Sauce on

This sauce is traditionally used for buffalo wings and would be great to toss my Air Fryer Chicken Wings in. But it can also be used in several other great recipes.

If you make this Buffalo Sauce recipe or any of my other recipes, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

spoon dripping buffalo sauce into a mason jar full of it
5 from 5 votes

Buffalo Sauce

Serves: 14 servings
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
This Buffalo Sauce is a very easy 10 minute recipe that is perfect for wings, and so many other great Buffalo flavored recipes.


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2/3 cup hot sauce such as Frank's Hot Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (if using table salt, start with half)
  • dash cayanne pepper


  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add in the garlic and sauté until the garlic is soft and fragrant, about 30 seconds.
    1/2 cup unsalted butter, 2 garlic cloves
  • Whisk in the hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, salt, and cayanne pepper. Bring to a boil and turn down to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. The sauce will seperate. Once it is off the heat, and completely whisked together, it will stay together.
    2/3 cup hot sauce, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 tablespoon white vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, dash cayanne pepper
  • Use the sauce right away. If you choose to store it in the refrigerator, leftovers will solidify. To bring it back to sauce state, reheat over low heat, stirring regularly.
Serving: 1tablespoon Calories: 61kcal (3%) Carbohydrates: 1g Protein: 1g (2%) Fat: 7g (11%) Saturated Fat: 4g (25%) Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 17mg (6%) Sodium: 398mg (17%) Potassium: 30mg (1%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 1g (1%) Vitamin A: 222IU (4%) Vitamin C: 9mg (11%) Calcium: 5mg (1%) Iron: 1mg (6%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
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  1. Cheri Singleton says

    What can I use instead of a hot sauce? Is Frank’s really hot? I’ve never used it. We don’t like anything really hot. Can stand a little.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hot is such a subjective thing. I don’t think it is spicy, but my kids do. I have a guess that this might not be a great recipe for you and you might like wings coated in my BBQ sauce better.

  2. Janet says

    5 stars
    Haven’t tried yet, but both the wing recipe and the recipe for wing sauce will be tried in the near future. Thank you and I have many of your recipes that have tried and very happy.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy to hear that you’ve enjoyed what you’ve tried so far!

  3. Cheryl A. McClary says

    Make sure you explain to vegetarians they must get the vegetarian version of Worcestershire sauce. Basic Worcestershire sauce has anchovies in it which are not vegetarian.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you for catching that!

  4. Alaina says

    Would red wine or apple cider vinegar give a different taste if white vinegar is not available?

    • Lisa Longley says

      It would for sure. I personally wouldn’t enjoy that change, but personal tastes vary for sure.

  5. Giny Strengehagen says

    5 stars
    Hi Lisa!!
    I made this tonight for my husband and I as I didn’t have what I needed for my standard Buffalo sauce. I had even prepared dipping ramekins with my homemade blue cheese dressing. I generally remove my wings from the oven when they are ‘almost’ ready, toss them in the Buffalo Sauce and then back in the hot oven for another 6-10 minutes. This sauce was SO delicious baked onto the wings, I never touched my blue cheese dressing and I could eat that dressing with a spoon! Your recipe was a fabulous surprise!! SO glad I found it earlier today!! It will be created & enjoyed regularly!! Greetings from Norway!! ~Giny

    • Lisa Longley says

      This comment made my day, Giny! Thank you for taking the time to come back and let me know!

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