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Buffalo Sauce is one of the easiest condiments to make at home.  Butter, hot sauce and garlic are all you need for a quick, delicious homemade buffalo sauce.

Make the best homemade buffalo sauce with just 3 ingredients! This quick and easy recipe can be adjust to make mild, medium or hot sauce.

I have a serious love of anything and everything “buffalo” flavored.  Last winter my mom and I decided to break out the deep fryer make our own buffalo wings.  We needed a buffalo sauce that wasn’t too spicy because we have some serious wimps in the family so I set out to create a basic buffalo sauce we could use as a base.  The fun thing is that you can make the sauce as spicy – or not – as you want.

Buffalo wings

What I love most about this sauce, other than the flavor, is that it takes about 5 minutes total to make.  You can whip it up at a moments notice.  The recipe is a great base to create your own unique buffalo sauce!

I would say this is a mild buffalo sauce. If you want it spicier, I’d add a little Tabasco or more Frank’s to it, a little at a time until you get the right amount of heat.  More garlic? No problem – just add it in!  A little honey to sweeten it or ginger to add an Asian twist.

Buffalo sauce

Other than the obvious use on chicken wings, I love to use homemade buffalo sauce on a buffalo shrimp salad, in buffalo popcorn and even in the slow cooker for buffalo chicken sliders! The possibilities are endless.

Quick and Easy Homemade Buffalo Sauce

shrimp recipe

Homemade buffalo sauce is quick and easy to make with a few pantry ingredients! Add your favorite flavors to create a personalized buffalo sauce.

Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup Frank's Hot sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder (more to taste)


  1. Melt butter in a small sauce pan over low heat.
  2. Once melted, remove from heat.
  3. Add rest of ingredients and whisk to combine.
  4. Coat chicken wings, shrimp in sauce or use as a dipping sauce.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 23Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 140mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g



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  • Michael
    March 27, 2019

    If I don’t have white vinegar can I use malt vinegar?

    • Camille
      March 29, 2019

      It will give it a different flavor. But you can try it.

  • Maria Deloach
    July 16, 2018

    delicious sauce, I cooled it down just a bit by adding just little tomato sauce.

  • tay
    June 1, 2017

    thats not home made unless yopu made franks at your house

    • Ole
      November 12, 2017

      Or the Butter, White Vinegar and Garlic Powder, are you really that far out!? Franks Cayenne Sauce is easy to make though, like Tabasco, simple ingredients, simple formula, it’s not rocket science!

  • priscilla
    November 20, 2016

    great recipe! I love it! I made it with pulled chicken for sandwiches.

  • Laura
    August 24, 2016

    I just made this sauce tonight. Thank you sooooo much for the recipe.It was super yummy 🙂

    • Camille
      August 30, 2016

      Still one of my favorites! Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Michelle
    March 29, 2016

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I made your sauce tonight to use in buffalo chicken calzones for dinner-YUM!

    • Camille
      March 29, 2016

      That sounds delicious!! And you’re so welcome.

  • Frugal Hausfrau
    January 19, 2016

    I love this idea! When my brother was here visiting I bought him “wing sauce” because he uses it on a lot of food – I could have made him this!!

    Thanks for linking up with us on Throwback Thursday – we appreciate it, and are always looking forward to next week’s posts, too!! 🙂 I’ll be pinning to our board, too, so be sure to follow us there.


  • Gina
    March 30, 2015

    This sounds super easy to make and super yummy. I’ve been trying to find ways to make more things homemade! Thanks for the share!

  • Jessica
    January 31, 2015

    Yum! This looks great!

    • Camille
      February 3, 2015

      I’m always trying to find a reason to make it and add it to something! My husband thinks I’m nuts….

  • Elizabeth
    January 30, 2015

    This is fantastic! I was just wondering yesterday what was in “buffalo sauce” as I made buffalo chicken sliders. Thank you! Pinning. And, thank you for linking up at Snickerdoodle Sunday! I hope to see you again tomorrow!!

    • Camille
      February 3, 2015

      Super easy, right?! Someone’s making a lot of money on that stuff!

  • Katherines Corner
    January 25, 2015

    Oh my goodness , yum, I think I need to get some wings from the market. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. xo

  • Rose
    January 24, 2015

    I had no idea buffalo sauce was so easy to make! I’m definitely going to try this with some grass-fed butter!

    • Camille
      January 26, 2015

      I know! And you can add to it, too – or use grass-fed butter!

  • Pam
    January 22, 2015

    Sounds really good….thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

  • Sami
    January 21, 2015

    Yum! I love buffalo sauce! I add it to my hamburgers, grilled chicken, even roasted cauliflower. Thanks for helping me out with this recipe!

    • Camille
      January 22, 2015

      Cauliflower!! Good idea! I’ll have to try that.

  • Gail Akeman
    January 20, 2015

    I always have hot sauce in the house. Hmm. good idea

    • Camille
      January 20, 2015

      It’s super easy to whip up!

  • Lori
    August 28, 2013

    Sounds amazing Camille, I’ve never made homemade Buffalo sauce before…gonna start NOW 🙂 Found my way over from Melt in Your Mouth Monday! Pinning 🙂

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  • Miz Helen
    August 24, 2013

    Hi Camille,
    I just love your sauce and will sure be trying it very soon. Hope you have a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Kimberly Amici
    August 21, 2013

    Yummy, my son loves buffalo sauce on his chicken wings, tenders, etc. This will come in handy. Stopping over from WFMW.

    • Camille
      August 21, 2013

      It’s always nice to have a back up! Thanks for stopping by.

    • Coralie
      March 31, 2017

      Hi Todd,I bought the Grouper when it came out — it was LP only and ridiculously limited, unrotfunately. I’d keep checking the MP3 blogs, though. I was able to find MP3s for the album shortly after it came out on one of those.Brian B.

  • Hezzi-D
    August 13, 2013

    We make our own buffalo sauce too and make it the same way except we don’t add vinegar. Now I need to try it with the vinegar because that sounds like a yummy addition!

  • Renee
    August 13, 2013

    So nice to see how easy it is to make Buffalo sauce. Now I know why I like it so much. Hot sauce + butter + garlic = yummy!

  • Amy Kim (
    August 12, 2013

    So easy! And I love Frank’s Red Hot! Thanks for sharing!

  • Sarah Reid, RHNC (
    August 11, 2013

    My stepbrother does this all the time when we have “plain” chicken for dinner. I’m amazed the butter doesn’t show on his frame!

  • Liz
    August 11, 2013

    Looks just perfect, Camille!!! Happy Sunday~

  • Jen
    August 11, 2013

    LOVE that you went homemade! Always makes me feel like I’ve done something fabulous! 😀

  • Paula
    August 11, 2013

    This is a great recipe, love the idea of making it! Now, if I could just know how to substitute that famous Frank´s sauce..

    • Camille
      August 11, 2013

      You can make your own! Well, you can make your own Tabasco so there has to be a way to make the Frank’s too. I pinned the idea a few years ago. 🙂

  • Helene D'souza
    August 11, 2013

    Love from scratch sauces! Unfortunately we don’t get these sauces here. Thank you for sharing, it’s a keeper. =)

  • Nichole C
    August 11, 2013

    Yummy! Growing up, my mom almost always made homemade buffalo sauce, and its been years since I remembered this…you just reminded me AND made my mouth water 😉

  • The Ninja Baker
    August 11, 2013

    Thank you for this recipe, Camille. It’s very nice indeed to have a milder Buffalo sauce in my files. P.s. I may be one of those heat wimps