This recipe for homemade buffalo sauce is a total game-changer!

Why buy it when it’s so quick and easy to make from scratch in less than 5 minutes in the microwave? This copycat recipe delivers the same spicy, tangy, and cayenne-peppery flavor as the store brand. But you can make it mild, hot, or out of this world!

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Homemade Buffalo Sauce

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Easy 3 Ingredient Recipe

  • Buffalo sauce is so versatile, that you’ll never run out of ways to use it! Use it as a marinade, a glaze, or a dip, or stir it into mayonnaise for a spicy aioli spread!
  • Get that spicy and tangy restaurant-quality sauce with only 3 ingredients that are likely already in the refrigerator!
  • So many ways to use it! Make spicy wings, add it to buffalo chicken dip, or top burgers. Or brush it onto air fryer corn on the cob!

Microwave Buffalo Sauce Ingredients

Ingredients & Variations

HOT SAUCE Frank’s Red Hot Sauce is a simple combo of tomatoes, vinegar, and some seasonings, so technically any brand of hot sauce will do. Tabasco, Cholula, Marie’s, and Tapatio brands are all great in this recipe!

BUTTER Real butter works best for bringing out the rich and creamy flavors of Buffalo sauce. Most store brands use oil which aids in preservation but detracts from the flavor.

Leftover bacon grease is a great switch for the butter and will definitely level up the flavor!

SEASONINGS True Buffalo sauce is only accented with a little garlic powder. However, whisk in any spice blend and create your own signature sauce! Try Cajun seasoning or a savory adobo seasoning mix.

Make it sweet and spicy by whisking in a little honey or maple syrup!

Hot sauce being poured into melted butter

How to Make Buffalo Sauce in the Microwave

What could be easier than three simple steps and a microwave?

  1. Melt butter in the microwave and then stir in hot sauce.
  2. Heat in the microwave for another 30 to 40 seconds.
  3. Remove from the microwave and whisk in garlic powder or any desired seasonings.

PRO TIP: For a thicker Buffalo sauce, add a slurry (1:1 ratio of cornstarch mixed in cold water) at the end of Step 2 until desired thickness then heat for another 30 – 40 seconds.

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Tips for a Smooth Sauce

  • Thoroughly whisk the Buffalo sauce in Step 2 ensuring that the butter is emulsified into the sauce.
  • Store Buffalo sauce in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake thoroughly before using or reheating.
  • Freeze buffalo sauce in ice cube trays and pop out a cube or two to add some heat to dishes like a roasted pepper soup, a cheesy dip, or a hearty pasta salad!

What to Cook with Buffalo Sauce

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Microwave Buffalo Sauce

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Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 8

Equipment

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup franks hot sauce
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions 

  • Place butter in a microwave-proof bowl and cook for 40-60 seconds or until melted.
  • Add hot sauce and cook for 30-40 seconds or until hot.
  • Remove from the microwave and add garlic powder whisking until all ingredients are evenly mixed.

Notes

  • Thoroughly whisk the Buffalo sauce in Step 2 ensuring that the butter is emulsified into the sauce.
  • For a thicker Buffalo sauce, add a slurry (1:1 ratio of cornstarch mixed in cold water) at the end of Step 2 until desired thickness then heat for another 30 - 40 seconds.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 1011mg | Potassium: 5mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Sauces
Cuisine American

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