A homemade vegan buffalo sauce recipe to spice up your favorite sandwiches, veggies, and more! Done in three minutes or less! Perfect for vegan buffalo cauliflower bites!
When it comes to spice the more the better, as far as I’m concerned! I like my food hot!
Even when I was a kid I loved spicy foods. It must have run in my family because my brother, and mom were exactly the same way.
My kids on the other hand, are not too into extra spice. However, my husband has grown to like a bit of kick. Especially when it involves adding it to a sandwich or veggies!
With the Super Bowl only a few weeks away, I thought it was time to share with all of you my signature buffalo sauce recipe!
It’s so easy to pull together, and you can adjust the spice level to your taste and preference.
What is buffalo sauce?
Buffalo sauce is a combination of hot sauce, with vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and butter. The butter helps to cool the sauce down, and creates a nice creamy texture. It’s most commonly accompanied with wings.
The typical recipe is not vegan. So, how do you make a vegan buffalo sauce recipe? Simple! All you need are a few substitutes.
Best Recipes to Use Vegan Buffalo Sauce
This recipe is great with buffalo cauliflower, which is my favorite substitute for wings, but there are so many other ways to enjoy it!
- Buffalo Chickpea Nachos
- Buffalo Hummus Dip
- Chickpea Lettuce Wraps
- Vegan Sliders
- Buffalo Vegan Mac and Cheese
- Buffalo Veggie Pizza
- Black Bean Tacos
- Spicy Veggie Quinoa Bowls
- Lettuce Wraps
Why you’ll love this vegan buffalo sauce recipe…
- Quick and easy to make
- Goes great with a variety of recipes
- Spices up your typical vegetables to give them tons of flavor
- Smooth and balanced flavors
- Adjust the spice level to your preference
- Done in three minutes or less
- Uses simple pantry ingredients
Recipe Ingredients and Notes
Vegan Hot Sauce: The traditional Frank’s Hot Sauce is vegan, and this is what I use. The ingredients are simple, and unprocessed.
Tamari: Tamari is a gluten-free soy sauce. If you don’t have tamari you can opt for soy sauce. Worcestershire sauce is traditionally used, and you can find vegan Worcestershire sauce, it’s just a bit hard to come by in your typical grocery store. I end up buying it online. That’s why this particular recipe calls for tamari or soy sauce. However, feel free to use vegan Worcestershire sauce if you have it!
Avocado or Olive Oil: Avocado oil is great to use if you’re cooking at high heat. If you plan to make cauliflower bites, then avocado oil is a good option since you will roast them at 425 F. However, you can also use olive oil, or even melted vegan butter.
White Vinegar: Adds a bit of tang to the sauce.
Spices: A combination of paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne give this sauce a smoky, spicy flavor. If you don’t want more spice, leave the cayenne pepper out.
Tools and Equipment
How to Make Vegan Buffalo Sauce – Step by Step
Step 1: Combine the hot sauce, oil, vinegar, tamari, paprika, garlic powder and cayenne pepper in a medium size bowl.
Step 2: Vigorously whisk together until all ingredients are combined and creamy.
Step 3: Use right away with your favorite recipe, or store in a glass container in the refrigerator.
Top Tips for Making the Best Buffalo Sauce
- Use your favorite hot sauce, but be sure to check the ingredient label to be sure it is vegan.
- Tamari can be substituted for vegan Worcestershire or soy sauce. Tamari and Worcestershire sauce are gluten-free, however soy sauce is not, so if you follow a gluten-free diet, be sure to use Tamari or vegan Worcestershire sauce.
- For an even creamier texture, use melted vegan butter.
Frank’s Red Hot Wing sauce uses an ingredient called “natural butter type flavor.” This is vegan, however, I would not recommend using it. Anything with the words “natural flavor” are a bit suspect. So, while it is vegan, it’s unknown what is considered “natural flavor.” This recipe is so easy and quick, it’s just about as easy to buy wing sauce from the store, so give it a try!
No, vegans cannot eat traditional buffalo sauce. Traditional buffalo sauce is made with butter. So if you follow a dairy-free or vegan diet, it is not suitable.
Buffalo sauce is spicy, creamy, and tangy. The spice of the hot sauce, and the natural creaminess of the oil combine to create a rich sauce, with a hint of tang from the vinegar.
No, hot sauce and buffalo sauce are different. Hot sauce is used to make buffalo sauce. It is made with hot peppers, vinegar, and spices. When you combine hot sauce with butter, then you get buffalo sauce.
If you want to tone down the spice of buffalo sauce, don’t add any additional cayenne pepper. You can also add a teaspoon of maple syrup to bring the spice level down a notch. The sweetness of the maple syrup helps to balance out the intense flavors!
How to Store and Keep
Buffalo sauce will keep in the refrigerator for up to one week. When ready to use, transfer to a bowl, and vigorously whisk until ingredients are well combined. Then use in your favorite recipes!
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Vegan Buffalo Sauce
- ⅔ cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce
- ¼ cup avocado oil or olive oil
- 1 tbsp white vinegar
- ¼ tsp tamari
- 1 tsp smoky paprika
- ⅛ tsp garlic powder
- ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
- Combine the hot sauce, oil, vinegar, tamari, paprika, garlic powder and cayenne pepper in a medium size bowl.
- Vigorously whisk together until all ingredients are combined and creamy.
- Use right away with your favorite recipe, or store in a glass container in the refrigerator.
- Store in the refrigerator in a glass container for up to one week.
- When ready to use whisk vigorously.