Is Buffalo Sauce Vegan?


Buffalo sauce is made by mixing hot peppers with vinegar and other spices. It’s often used on pizza, wings, burgers, and fries. Some people believe that buffalo sauce isn’t vegan because it contains anchovies, which come from fish. But there are plenty of brands that use vegetable-based sauces instead of anchovy paste.

The History of Buffalo Sauce

Anchovies were originally used as food preservatives, but they also make an excellent base for sauces. They’re packed full of nutrients, including vitamin B12, calcium, iron, and zinc. In fact, one serving of anchovies has more than half of the recommended daily intake of omega-3 fatty acids.

Hot Peppers Variety

Why Does Buffalo Sauce Contain Soy?

Many people believe that soy products are harmful because they contain phytoestrogens, which mimic estrogen in the body. However, there are two types of soy products: fermented and unfermented. Fermented soy products, such as miso, tempeh, natto, and tofu, are considered beneficial because they contain probiotics, which help maintain gut health. Unfermented soy products, such as soy sauce, tamari, and soy milk, are considered less healthy because they do not contain these beneficial bacteria.

Are There Any Other Ingredients That Might Be Unsafe For Vegans?

While we recommend avoiding soy products altogether, there are other ingredients that might be unsafe for vegans. These include gluten, eggs, dairy, and honey. If you are unsure whether an ingredient is vegan-friendly, check with the manufacturer. You can view my vegan shop for recommendations of hot sauces and spices I love cooking with.

Spicy Vegan Recipes with Buffalo Sauce

You can view some of my favorite spicy vegan recipes that include buffalo sauce as an ingredient below:

Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

Vegan Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Wings
The perfect savoury appetizer for your next game night or party! These spicy, succulent cauliflower wings will leave your guests begging for more!
Check out this recipe

Buffalo Tofu “Wings”

Crispy Air Fryer Buffalo Tofu “Wings”
These veganized buffalo tofu tenders are spicy, and oh-so indulgent!
Being vegetarian for so many years, I always felt like I was missing out on wing night. Although I didn’t want the chicken wings, I often found myself drooling over the sauce – especially spicy buffalo.
This is the perfect vegan snack for game night, or a great addition to wraps and salads. The air-fryer is used in this recipe to make the tofu wings in a flash. But don’t worry if you don’t have any air fryer, they can be baked in the oven instead.
Check out this recipe

Chickpea Buffalo Quesadillas

Easy Vegan Buffalo Chickpea Quesadillas
Delicious, filling, and SO easy to make. These fusion buffalo quesadillas come together in just 12 minutes!
Check out this recipe

View more spicy vegan recipes here. At Spicy Vegan Food, I try to bring you my best of the best spicy dishes. I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I do!

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