If you’re looking for a delicious and easy keto buffalo sauce recipe, you’ve come to the right place! This sauce is perfect for chicken wings, Buffalo chicken dip, and so much more. Low carb Buffalo sauce is easy to make in just a few minutes and is great for a keto diet.
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My husband loves buffalo wings, but I have to admit they are usually too spicy for me. However, I decided to try making my own buffalo sauce, and let me tell you, it was a hit! My husband loved the flavor and heat of the sauce, and I loved how easy it was to make with ingredients and spice level that could vary.
I even put extra spice in his and less for me and the kids!
This keto friendly sauce is a great base for so many recipes. I’m super excited to start sharing them with you. But, we have to start with the basics so let’s give keto Buffalo sauce a try!
🦬 What is Buffalo sauce?
“So if it’s called Buffalo sauce, does it have anything to do with the buffalo or the American bison?”
This is the question my 9-year-old son immediately asked me.
No, the sauce is not made from buffalo, although you could probably put it on buffalo meat with a pretty tasty result.
Buffalo sauce is a type of sauce made from hot sauce and butter. Supposedly, the cofounder of a restaurant, the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, created Buffalo wing sauce as a treat for her son and his friends one night.
They loved them, and the spicy chicken wings soon made an appearance on the restaurant menu.
As the story goes, not only did the family adore them but customers did as well, especially when served with celery sticks and bleu cheese dressing or sauce.
Is Buffalo sauce keto friendly?
Oh yes, it can definitely be made keto friendly.
Low carb Buffalo sauce is a key component in many keto foods. It can be used as an ingredient for wings, cauliflower, chicken casserole, or even by itself as a dip!
Let’s take a look at the macros. In this recipe for sugar free Buffalo sauce, one serving is two tablespoons. A serving has 103 calories, 0 grams of protein, 12 grams of fat, and 0 grams net carbs. What? Yes, zero carbs.
These macros for keto Buffalo sauce are figured with MyFitnessPal, with the ingredients I use in the recipe. I always recommend figuring your own with the exact items/brands you use. It’s especially important to determine your own if you’re keeping close track and want to be accurate.
🍽 Equipment needed to make keto Buffalo sauce
All you need to make keto Buffalo sauce is a small saucepan and a whisk. That’s pretty much it! Well, that and a jar to store it in.
🥘 Ingredients in low carb buffalo sauce
The ingredients in keto Buffalo sauce are simple and few. You likely already have most, if not all, of what you need on hand! With just a few ingredients and just a few minutes, you’ll have the base for all sorts of keto recipes in no time.
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 2 tsp garlic granules (or garlic powder)
- 1 cup hot sauce – I use Frank’s hot sauce (RedHot Original).
- 1/4 tsp salt
🫑 Optional ingredients
- 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce – optional for flavor
- 1/4-1/2 tsp red cayenne pepper – optional – This is how you can adjust for your preferred spice level, or that of others in the family. Without the extra cayenne, the sauce still packs a punch, but it’s one both my daughter and I can handle. If you want the spice kicked up a notch, add more cayenne and/or hot sauce.
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika – Some people like to add a smoked paprika to Buffalo sauce. While it is not in the traditional recipe, it does add a nice flavor. If you want to try it, start with 1/4 teaspoon of smoked paprika, whisk it in and add more from there until you get the flavor you desire.
🌶 Kinds of hot sauces
Personally, I use Frank’s RedHot Original hot sauce, which is widely available in stores and is what my recipe calls for. It’s my husband’s favorite as well, for both the cayenne pepper taste and the heat.
Frank’s RedHot Original
Frank’s is a vinegar-based hot sauce, made with aged cayenne peppers. If you can’t find it or would prefer not to use it, most hot sauces will work just as well, such as Texas Pete Hot Sauce.
Tabasco is a good option but with a slightly different flavor result. It’s made with tabasco peppers, distilled vinegar, and salt. I’ve used it in a pinch and it was just fine with more of a vinegar flavor and hotter spice.
🔪 Instructions: how to make homemade Buffalo sauce
First of all, let me just say that this keto Buffalo sauce is seriously easy to make.
Like 10 minutes max easy.
You’re going to love it!
⏲ Cook time
To start, place a small saucepan over medium high heat.
Then, add in the unsalted butter, hot sauce, garlic granules (or garlic powder), salt, and Worcestershire sauce (if using).
Continuously stir the ingredients all gently until the butter melts, the cook time about 5 minutes or so. Once the butter is melted and the sauce just begins to bubble, remove it from the heat.
Taste test for spice
Now’s the time to taste the sauce. If you want it a bit spicier, add cayenne pepper to taste.
After that, if the melted butter separates at all, it just means you need to whisk until everything is blended together well. Whisk well.
And tada! That is it!
Use the hot buffalo sauce immediately for low carb chicken wings, or pour it into a glass jar and store it in the refrigerator until ready to reheat and use.
How to store the best keto Buffalo sauce
Buffalo sauce can last in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. You should store it in an airtight container so that it doesn’t absorb any smells from the fridge.
When you’re ready to use it again, put the keto Buffalo sauce in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir it gently until it is heated through and smooth.
You can also freeze keto Buffalo sauce in a freezer safe container for up to about 3 months. Then just thaw it out in the fridge overnight before reheating.
🥣 How to use it in low carb recipes
This keto Buffalo sauce is perfect for so many keto recipes as well as paleo recipes! Here are some of my favorites:
- as a dip for veggies or sour cream and onion keto chips
- on Buffalo chicken wings or on chicken tenders (keto friendly of course!)
- in a Buffalo chicken casserole
- pour it over shredded chicken
- eat Buffalo sauce on top of a salad
The possibilities are endless! Just get creative and enjoy.
🕰 When to make Buffalo sauce, keto style?
Buffalo wing sauce is classic party food. It’s always a hit, and it’s so easy to make your own at home. This keto buffalo sauce recipe is simple, delicious, and perfect to add great flavor to meats and dips.
Whether you’re eating wings or making a buffalo chicken dip, this sauce will definitely hit the spot. Make some today and enjoy!
👩🍳 Related keto recipes
- Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thighs
- Keto Blue Cheese Dressing
- Best Easy Keto Enchilada Sauce
- Keto Sweet Chili Sauce
- Easy Keto Teriyaki Sauce
- Instant Pot Keto Butter Chicken
Pin the easy keto sauce recipe here:
Printable recipe card with nutrition information:
- Place a saucepan over medium high heat.
- Add in the butter, hot sauce, garlic granules, salt, Worcestershire sauce (if using), and cayenne (if using).
- Continuously stir gently until the butter melts. Once the butter is melted and the sauce just begins to bubble remove it from the heat.
- If the butter separates at all, whisk until everything is blended together well.
- Use immediately or pour into a glass jar and store in the refrigerator until ready to reheat and use.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 103Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gCarbohydrates: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
*Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For the most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.
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I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels.
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