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Vegan Buffalo Sauce

The PERFECT Vegan Buffalo Sauce is Spicy, Creamy, and Tangy, and this has all of those in spades!

Buffalo Sauce is one of the most popular sauces (at least here in the US) and for good reason. It’s just freaking delicious! You’ve got some vinegary spiciness from the hot sauce, and then some fatty creamy goodness from the butter. It’s a match made in flavor heaven! I used to eat this stuff like nobody’s business, and I’m not ashamed (maybe slightly ashamed) to admit I frequented Buffalo Wild Wings to gorge myself on their (usually boneless) wings.

Of course for this version we are using vegan butter to make it vegan, and as usual, you really cannot tell the difference! My non-vegan neighbors gave it a stamp of approval as well! Naturally, it’s great on (Vegan) Chick’n Wings, Sandwiches, and just in general!

Now, even though the combo of hot sauce and butter is amazing, they don’t always want to stick together. I’ve attempted Buffalo Sauce many times, and I always had a hard time keeping the melted butter from separating from the hot sauce. Fat and vinegar / water tend to not want to mix together.

And there isn’t a unified technique from my experience. Some people start by melting the butter and then adding in the sauce. Others just throw everything in all at the same time. All I know is every single time I’ve tried making Buffalo Sauce, my emulsion would break. I figured it was the vegan butter!

the trick to perfect buffalo sauce

But after doing some Googling I found a reddit thread that finally solved the mystery. I was adding the butter to liquid that was too hot! Turns out you will break your emulsion if the temperature is too high, and that’s exactly what I was doing.

So the key is to mix your hot sauce and seasonings in a saucepan over medium low heat. Once it starts bubbling, kill the heat. Then add in cold vegan butter a tablespoon at a time and whisk to incorporate. Since I’ve been doing this I’ve had perfect Buffalo Sauce each time!

why you should blend your buffalo sauce

However, before finding out this trick, I discovered another trick on my own! Once my emulsion broke, I thought, “what happens if I throw it in the blender?” And not only did I fix my broken emulsion, but the sauce became super silky and thick. So now, even though I know how to make this without breaking the emulsion, I still blend it up as this gets the sauce to be ridiculously creamy and delicious. So I highly recommend you do the same!

Another technique I tried out was throwing everything into a jar and then blending it up with an immersion blender and that worked out perfectly too! The only issue with that is you will have to heat the sauce up (over low heat) to activate the cornstarch slurry to thicken. But that only takes a few minutes.

And I’m not exaggerating when I say this is the BEST BUFFALO SAUCE I’ve ever had, vegan or not! I taste tested it next to the Frank’s Buffalo Sauce, and it wasn’t even a contest. I can’t believe I settled for the store-bought stuff! Never again!


  • Frank’s Hot Sauce – Frank’s is the standard classic sauce for this. If you can’t get any, just use whatever red vinegar based hot sauce you can.
  • Vegan Butter – The other main ingredient. I like using baking sticks as they are easy to portion into tablespoons.
  • Garlic Powder – we don’t need a ton of seasonings for this sauce, but I think Garlic Powder is a must!
  • Vegan Worcestershire – this adds some nice flavor and zip as well. You could also use some white vinegar instead if desired.
  • Cayenne – If you want your Buffalo Sauce spicier, add as much Cayenne as you like. I usually do at least a teaspoon or so.
  • Cornstarch Slurry – to help thicken the sauce.

how long is Buffalo Sauce good for?

I’ve haven’t tested this out, but searching online, it seems like most folks say to use this within 2 weeks to 1 month. But honestly it’s so good, I don’t see how it would last that long. It’s honestly good on everything!

I would recommend storing it in a mason jar. The butter will cause this to solidify in the fridge, so you’ll need to heat it up over low heat for a few minutes to get it back to liquid form.

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Yield: 1 1/2 Cups

Vegan Buffalo Sauce

Vegan Buffalo Sauce

Fool Proof Vegan Buffalo Sauce, perfect for Vegan Wings, Dips, Dressings and More!


  • 1 cup Frank's hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) vegan butter
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2-3 tsp vegan worcestershire
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp cayenne (or to taste)
  • 2 tsp water + 2 tsp cornstarch (slurry)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Stovetop Method

  1. Whisk the 2 tsp of water and cornstarch together to form a slurry.
  2. In a saucepan over medium low heat, add the hot sauce, garlic powder, worcestershire, cayenne, and salt and pepper. Then add in the cornstarch slurry. Whisk to combine.
  3. Once the sauce starts bubbling, turn off the heat. Add 1 Tbsp worth of the vegan butter and whisk until fully melted. Repeat with another Tbsp worth of the vegan butter, and repeat until the entire stick has been whisked in.
  4. At this point, your sauce should be super creamy and delicious. You can use it as is, or you can throw it in a high speed blender for 20 seconds. This will further emulsify the sauce and make it a bit thicker and creamier. I personally like it a lot, but do whatever you feel is best.

Immersion Blender Method

  1. Whisk the 2 tsp of water and cornstarch together to form a slurry.
  2. Melt the vegan butter (I do mine in the microwave until melted), then add everything including the cornstarch slurry into a jar / immersion cup. Blend with an immersion blender, slowly moving up to incorporate all the ingredients. After 30 seconds or so, you'll have a smooth sauce!
  3. Add the sauce to a saucepan over medium low heat, and heat to activate the cornstarch slurry. Once it thickens you're done!

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