Oil-Free Buffalo Sauce Dressing #oil-free #gluten-free #nut-free #spicyOil-Free Buffalo Sauce Dressing is spicy, savory, tangy, delicious and wonderfully free of added oils.  Many dressings are laden with added fats to serve as a carrier for the peppery heat and other flavors; but not THIS sauce! It’s made using three wholesome ingredients, and it’s ready in five minutes!

My most memorable cooking experience ever is the one that ultimately led to the creation of Oil-Free Buffalo Sauce Dressing!

The first time I ever had buffalo wings was many moons ago when I was a college freshman. My new suitemate was from Buffalo, New York.  Some students arrive on campus toting hair dryers and mini-fridges; Deb brought a mini fryer and borrowed my dryer. We became fast friends.

After Deb shared a batch of buffalo wings, I completely understood her reasoning for prioritizing a fryer as a necessity for her first year at college. But while we joyfully filled the entire dorm with the aroma of Buffalo wings and hot sauce with our first ever batch,  we also landed ourselves in a bit of trouble. As it turned out, it was a big no-no to use a deep fryer in our dorm room – who knew?  But the consequence was well worth it.  For in the company of a new friend in good old Ohio Hall during my first few weeks at Judson University, my passion for spicy hot Buffalo sauce ignited.

I recall putting about a stick of butter in a bowl and mixing it with Frank’s Redhot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce. But that was then.

What’s the TASTY Secret Behind Oil-Free Buffalo Sauce Dressing?

In this recipe, I’ve lightened things up quite a bit.  I’ve let go of the butter altogether but gave up NONE of the magic of the creamy spicy sauce.

The secret to the creaminess is in the hemp seeds.  Hemp seeds are my favorite!  And you’ll love them too once you discover how they deliver creaminess along with nutrients rather than empty, useless fat.

And you’re bound to love the ingredient ratio of my Oil-Free Buffalo Sauce Dressing as it is one to one to one.  That’s one part Frank’s Redhot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce, one part hemp seeds, and one part vegetable broth.  How easy is that to remember? If you need more, bump it up to a cup or so of each. You get the idea!

Anyhow, this is an Oil-Free Buffalo Sauce Dressing that I know you’ll use in more clever ways than I can even imagine. Use it as a gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free salad dressing or a sauce for sandwiches and wraps. Drizzle it on your Buddha Bowls.  Oh, and you’ll love how it tastes in our incredibly satisfying recipe for a Vegan Tempeh Blue Cheese Buffalo Bowl.  Seriously, this dressing will surely ROCK YOUR WORLD! And if you’re wondering about a plant-based blue cheese dressing to go with this creamy hot sauce dressing, boy, do we have the recipe for you!

As always, I’m beyond thrilled to be sharing this recipe with you! Pin it for safe keeping and to keep it handy to share with your friends.

Once you’ve tried this Oil-Free Buffalo Sauce Dressing recipe for yourself, leave a kind comment and share your experience. I’d love to hear how it goes.  By the way,  I’m all ears if there’s a sauce or dressing from your wild and crazy past that you’d like me to makeover.

Happy eating!

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Oil-Free Buffalo Sauce Dressing

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  • Yield: 6 Servings

The incredible simplicity of this Oil-Free Buffalo Sauce Dressing is also its beauty.   The 1 to 1 to 1 ratio makes it a dream to prepare for two servings or twenty – need more, just up the measurement!  It’s tangy, peppery, hot, but not too hot and downright addictive.  This recipe makes enough for six, generous, quarter cup servings.   And you’ll want to be sure to try this sauce in our recipe for a Buffalo Tortilla Tofu Bowl or drizzled all over our Buffalo Tempeh Salad with Vegan Blue Cheese Dressing!  



  1. Oil-Free Buffalo Sauce Dressing is a one-step wonder!  Place the three ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until it's smooth and creamy!  Enjoy as a dressing or sauce on all of your favorites.  And be sure to try it as a dressing for our Vegan Tempeh Blue Cheese Buffalo Bowl - it will make an impression that will last a lifetime.


  • While I am a huge fan of Frank's Redhot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce, feel free to substitute your favorite hot sauce in place of Frank's.


% DV

Calories Per Serving: 112
  • Total Fat 8.3 g 13 %
  • Saturated Fat 1 g 5 %
  • Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
  • Sodium 646 mg 27 %
  • Carbohydrates 2.8 g 1 %
  • Fiber 2.2 g 9 %
  • Sugar 0.4 g ---
  • Protein 6.4 g 13 %
  • Vitamin A 8 %
  • Vitamin C 1 %
  • Iron 13 %
  • Calcium 2 %

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  • I certainly mean no disrespect and appreciate the endeavor to present more nutritious Vegan sauce options. That said, this recipe has quite a bit of sodium 650mg per serving which in a single serving is close to half the percentage of the recommended daily amount. In addition, the recipe includes processed oil which has been shown to harden the lining of blood vessels (arteries), promoting coronary artery disease.

    Perhaps you can suggest a healthier alternative to Franks pepper sauce, like a do-it-yourself option for example.

    1. Though the “Original Frank’s Redhot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce” suggested in our recipe does not contain oil, we thank you for your suggestion of using a homemade hot sauce as an alternative – that’s a splendid idea for those inclined to do so.

  • Wow! My new buffalo sauce! Delicious and simple! The hemp seeds do make it very creamy. I read John’s comment and then read the ingredients in my bottle of Frank’s. No oil, it does have sodium, 190mg per serving (which is 1 tsp) and a serving is 8% of the daily value. I am definitely having more than 1 teaspoon with my tofu salad tonight. Guess I’ll have to start making my own hot sauce after I finish the 6 25 ounce bottles of Franks in my pantry! Subscribed to the newsletter for more delicious, simple recipes!

    1. Creamy is right, Dana – gotta appreciate and give a shout out to those hemp seeds! We made this sauce tonight as a seasoning for tempeh in our Buffalo Bowl recipe – so yum!

      Sounds like you’re well stocked on hot sauce – so you’ll have to make another batch and try that bowl sometime.

      Thanks for trying the sauce and signing up for the newsletter to stay in touch with what’s new – we’ll keep the recipes coming!

      Here’s the recipe using tempeh and another one with corn tortilla strips – both feature that sauce.


  • This recipe is fantastic! It’s so versatile…I put it on everything. And the best part is how easy it is to make. Thank you so much for creating it!

    1. Thank you for your glowing feedback, Naomi – this recipe is a pleasure, start to finish, thanks to those naturally creamy hemp seeds!

  • I commented in March of 2020 on how good this sauce is. I am currently making my version of buffalo jackfruit to go on homemade pizza, store bought crust though 🙁 I used 1/2 cup of each ingredient and then added 1/8 cup of veggie broth to thin it (still tasted delicious). I drained a can of jackfruit & pulsed it in the food processor (next time I will pull apart or cut with a knife so it is not so mushy). I added about 1/3 of my thinned sauce and the jackfruit in my instant pot & pressure cooked on high for 2 minutes. It came out mushy but tasted fantastic! I put it in kind of spread out plops on my pizza. It was yummy! Husband thought so too!

  • Absolutely delicious!! I have some hemp seeds that needed to be used up and I figured this would be good but boy, oh, boy it’s better than ‘good’.

    1. Thanks for letting us know that you’re enjoying this recipe, Laura. Including a few hemp seeds in sauces and smoothies adds a nice bit of creaminess and boosts nutrients; it’s a win-win.