Three Ingredient Buffalo Wing Sauce

How to make homemade buffalo wing sauce with only three ingredients. Swap the store-bought bottles for homemade. You can even store for month in the fridge. Jump to the Three Ingredient Buffalo Wing Sauce Recipe

How to make homemade buffalo wing sauce with only three ingredients. Swap the store-bought bottles for homemade. You can even keep up to a month in the fridge.

How to Make Buffalo Sauce at Home

It’s no secret that we’re buffalo chicken fans — we’ve added it to pizza, dips, stuffed shells, baked wings and chicken rice bowls. We’ve been making homemade buffalo sauce for ages. It’s simple, tastes amazing and doesn’t have any unnecessary ingredients added. Recently, we figured out that you can make a big batch of sauce and store it in the fridge for weeks. The sauce thickens in the fridge, but 10 seconds in the microwave and a good stir gets it back into shape.

How to make homemade buffalo wing sauce with only three ingredients. Swap the store-bought bottles for homemade. You can even keep up to a month in the fridge.

Thanks to Buffalo, NY, we have buffalo sauce (hooray). There’s lots of play when making it at home, but you’re going to start with two main ingredients — butter and hot sauce. No wonder it tastes so good, right?

Melt butter over low heat — I like low since it keeps the butter creamy and there isn’t any risk of it browning. Not that brown butter is a bad thing, it’s delicious. It simply isn’t what we are looking for in our sauce.

How to make homemade buffalo wing sauce with only three ingredients. Swap the store-bought bottles for homemade.

When the butter has melted take the pan off of the heat.

Finally, whisk in hot sauce and garlic powder. Whisk until the sauce is smooth and red. We use Frank’s hot sauce, it’s got everything we’re looking for when a craving for buffalo wing sauce hits. That said, it would be fun to play around with other hot sauces (Crystal is popular and I’ve been wanting to try Cholula for a while, too).

We’ve also kicked around making our own hot sauce, but haven’t gotten there yet. I’ll keep you updated!

How to make homemade buffalo wing sauce with only three ingredients. Swap the store-bought bottles for homemade.

Spoon this homemade buffalo sauce over things like our Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash, Perfectly Soft and Creamy Scrambled Eggs, our Seriously Good Turkey Burger and our Tender and Flavorful Shredded Chicken (so good).

For more from scratch recipes, check out our Fail-Proof Homemade Mayonnaise, Ketchup From Scratch and Homemade Roasted Red Pepper Hummus that has so many reviews we can’t keep up.

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, review it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #inspiredtaste on Instagram. Happy cooking!

Three Ingredient Buffalo Wing Sauce

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With three ingredients and 10 minutes, this homemade buffalo sauce is simple to make. Check the notes section below for inspiration on adapting and storing it. The recipe below makes a medium-hot sauce. For a spicier version, add some cayenne pepper — start with 1/4 teaspoon, taste and go from there. For a milder version, reduce the hot sauce by 1/3 to 1/2 cup.

Makes about 2 cups

Watch Us Make the Recipe

You Will Need

16 tablespoons (1 cup or 8 ounces) unsalted butter

2 teaspoons garlic powder

1 1/3 cups hot sauce, like Frank’s or Crystal


    Melt butter in a medium pan over medium-low heat until melted. Remove pan from the heat to prevent the sauce from breaking.

    Whisk in the garlic powder and hot sauce until a cohesive sauce forms, about 1 minute.

    Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 month — mason jars are great for this.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Using chilled sauce: Since there is butter in the sauce, it will thicken when refrigerated. To use, give the thickened sauce a good stir then spoon out what you need into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 10 to 15 seconds then stir or whisk until the sauce comes back together.
  • Use fresh garlic: Instead of garlic powder, add a few smashed garlic cloves to the butter and cook over medium-low heat until soft. Remove the pan from the heat then add the hot sauce. Blend until smooth.
  • Dairy-free / vegan-friendly recipe: Replacing butter with a vegan butter substitute should work. (We have not tried this). We have tried olive oil and did not like the taste. It tasted too much like olive oil and brought out a peppery taste that the butter seemed to soften.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.

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Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size 1 tablespoon / Calories 52 / Protein 0 g / Carbohydrate 0 g / Dietary Fiber 0 g / Total Sugars 0 g / Total Fat 6 g / Saturated Fat 4 g / Cholesterol 15 mg / Sodium 61 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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45 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Mark W February 18, 2021, 2:52 pm

    It was so easy to make and delicious, too! I heated butter in a pan to sizzle out the liquid then tossed it into a blender bowl I’d preheated with hot water. Then tossed in minced garlic and Valentinas as there was no Franks. Put it back in the pan on loosest heat for a few minutes. It is gorgeous and perfectly tasty!

  • Chris February 7, 2021, 5:36 pm

    This is shocking! It’s not to spicy, but tastes great!

  • Tony February 5, 2021, 8:07 pm

    Fantastic! I followed this recipe exactly except: Added 1 table spoon of maple syrup, 1 table spoon of honey, and used Crystal hot sauce. All in a cast iron skillet.The wings were already made at Publix- hot & spicy with no breading. Then placed skillet in oven at 350 for 30 minutes. Chunky blue cheese dressing of course. Thank you!

  • Victoria January 1, 2021, 2:05 pm

    WOW. This sauce is super easy and SO GOOD!! I didn’t know it would be so easy to make… We used Frank’s. We’re putting it on everything from seitan wings to scrambled eggs. Next time I’ll try vegan butter. Thank you from me and my husband!

  • Rype777 December 14, 2020, 8:33 pm

    I used Crystals, and when I tell you that sauce there was crack, I almost overdosed, I made so much of it 😂😂

  • Ashlee August 22, 2020, 5:34 pm

    This came out so good! My husband loved it!

  • Lee Toy February 24, 2020, 1:44 am

    Had NO idea it was this easy! Ordered from our favorite wing spot but they shorted us on the sauce. Thanks, this is going in our recipe book!

  • Clayton February 21, 2020, 3:02 pm

    Buffalonian here. Yepp! But if you want genuine Buffalo wing sauce, you can just skip the garlic and mix your preferred ratio of it with melted butter, as Frank’s Red Hot hot sauce already has the garlic in it! For the total Buffalo experience, pair your wings with a vinegar-based bleu cheese!

  • Jordan Smith February 15, 2020, 7:55 pm

    I made this but I cut the butter in half (1 stick). I used texas Pete hot sauce and 1/8 tsp cayenne it was very good if it was just for me i would have tripled the cayenne but i was sharing with my 13y old son he loved them will make again. Cooked wings in air fryer that’s the way to go thanks for the recipe.

  • Chief Ron February 6, 2020, 4:33 am

    I made chicken wungs. I use half cup franks red hot aauce orginal favorite (2.83 at walmart. I use half cup of texas pete hot sauce.i use stick miss fiber margine. I let margine melt competley. I add the two sauces in one cup measuring cup
    I pour in pan. I wisk for couple minutes. It came out declious.

  • Stan Snopek January 24, 2020, 7:52 pm

    I tried your recipe as written with same cayenne for added heat. I used them on baking powder coated, oven baked chicken wing. Far better than the commercial buffalo chicken wing sauces I tried and very simple to make. Thank you for the recipe. Will use it again.

  • Michael Walsh December 21, 2019, 12:25 pm

    If I wanted to make the sauce a bit thicker – more the consistency of a BW3 sauce, what could I add to the recipe? Or, would I just let it render more on the stove? Thx!

    • Joanne January 18, 2020, 4:13 pm

      I’m not sure simmering it down some is your best bet. For a thicker sauce, you could try using a bit of cornstarch mixed with water.

      • Pretty March 19, 2020, 12:33 pm

        Made my buffalo sauce very nice will enjoy our wings today

  • Chefdiddy112 October 8, 2019, 2:30 pm

    I Don’t Know Yet, But I’m going to try it out tonight!

  • Indianapolis Jones May 17, 2019, 7:25 pm

    I only have powder cayenne or bottled sriracha sauce. Can I use one of those instead of hot sauce? Thanks:)

    • Joanne January 18, 2020, 4:12 pm

      Hi there, you can use Sriracha, although keep in mind that the flavor of the wings sauce will be different than if you were to use a more traditional hot sauce like Franks or Crystal.

  • Jean Lall April 22, 2019, 10:46 am

    Great sauce.


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