Vegan Buffalo Sauce

Easy vegan buffalo sauce made in less than 10 minutes.

vegan buffalo sauce in a jar.

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Vegan buffalo sauce is super easy to make, thanks to vegan butter. Just grab your favorite hot sauce!

Recipes to use buffalo sauce in:


You only need 4 simple ingredients to make vegan buffalo sauce. See the recipe card below for the full recipe.

  • Hot sauce: I use Frank’s Red Hot (did you know Frank’s was the original hot sauce used in the original chicken wings made in Buffalo, NY?!)
  • Vegan butter: Use your favorite! I like Earth Balance. You could also use coconut oil if you prefer, but note that the coconut flavor does come through. For an oil-free version, see the section on substitutions.
  • Vinegar: White vinegar or apple cider vinegar will work.
  • Sugar: I like adding a touch of sweetness to my buffalo sauce – it adds some balance and depth. You can also use agave or maple syrup.

Adaptations & Substitutions

  • Oil-free version: Omit the vegan butter. Along with the remaining ingredients, blend 1/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup of soaked and drained cashews. There is no need to heat this version.
  • Garlic: Add a teaspoon or two of garlic if you’re a garlic-lover like me.
  • Vegan Worcestershire sauce: Most classic buffalo sauce recipes call for Worcestershire sauce. I left it out of this recipe because not all grocery stores carry a vegan version. But Worcestershire sauce does add a lovely flavor depth. You can add 2 teaspoons.
  • Less spicy: Love buffalo sauce, but don’t want your mouth to be on fire? Reduce the amount of hot sauce to 1/3 or 1/4 cup.
  • More spice: Add 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper for an extra kick.

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Vegan Buffalo Sauce

Karissa Besaw
Easy vegan buffalo sauce made in less than 10 minutes.
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Condiment
Cuisine American, Vegan
Servings 16 tablespoons
Calories 44 kcal


  • ½ cup hot sauce like Frank's Red Hot
  • ½ cup vegan butter
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar white or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar


  • All ingredients to a saucepan.
  • Bring to a simmer on medium-low heat, then remove from heat.
  • Let the sauce cool. Pour into a container or jar and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.


Serving: 1tablespoonCalories: 44kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 244mgPotassium: 13mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 282IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 1mg
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