The Best Thick Buffalo Sauce

A super thick buffalo sauce recipe made with Frank’s hot sauce and cashews. Blend and enjoy as-is, or thin with water to your perfect consistency.

  • Prep Time:
    5 minutes
  • Total Time:
    35 minutes
  • Makes:
    2 1/2 cups 1x
  • Prep Time:
    5 minutes
  • Total Time:
    35 minutes
  • Makes:
    2 1/2 cups 1x
  • Ingredients

    • 1 ½ cups (12 fluid ounces) Frank’s Original RedHot Sauce (not the ready-made wing sauce)
    • ½ cup plain, unsalted cashews 
    • 1 ½ tablespoons rice vinegar or white vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon paprika
    • 46 tablespoons filtered water for thinning if desired
    • Cayenne pepper for additional spice, if desired


    1. Combine all ingredients in a blender, except for the water. In a high-speed blender, combine Frank’s RedHot, cashews, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and paprika. If you have a few hours to spare, give everything a quick stir, cover, and set aside. Though this is not necessary, soaking will allow the flavors to meld and the cashews to soften a bit.
    2. When you’re ready to make your sauce, blend on high until you have a thick and creamy Buffalo sauce with no cashew pieces remaining, about 1-2 minutes.
    3. Keep your sauce super thick or stir in filtered water 1-2 tablespoons at a time until you achieve your desired consistency. For a spicier sauce, stir in ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper, adding more as needed to achieve desired spice level.
    4. Store extra Buffalo sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks, or freeze for up to 3 months. You can find detailed freezing instructions in the blog post.


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    Ingredient Notes

    • Frank’s Original RedHot Sauce: This sauce is what gives Buffalo sauce its authentic flavor. If you cannot find it, Texas Pete would be the best substitute in my opinion.
    • Worcestershire sauce: If you don’t have Worcestershire or want to make a vegan Buffalo sauce, simply substitute an equal amount of soy sauce for Worcestershire.


    • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
    • Calories: 23
    • Sugar: 0 g
    • Sodium: 676 mg
    • Fat: 1 g
    • Saturated Fat: 0 g
    • Unsaturated Fat: 1 g
    • Trans Fat: 0 g
    • Carbohydrates: 2 g
    • Fiber: 0.5 g
    • Protein: 1 g
    • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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