Copycat Buffalo Wild Wings Garlic Parmesan Sauce

Garlic Parmesan sauce in a jar with basil, Parmesan, and lemon.
Diana Rattray
  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings

Roasted garlic, Parmesan cheese, and herbs team up to make this fabulous dipping sauce inspired by the one that everyone loves at Buffalo Wild Wings. The tangy, spicy mixture of mayonnaise with Italian seasonings and garlic is kicked up with a generous amount of spicy crushed red pepper and a bit of Parmesan cheese. Roasting the garlic cloves is the key to the fantastic flavor of the sauce.

A small hot red chili pepper gives the sauce a pop of color along with extra heat, but feel free to use a tablespoon or two of sweet red bell pepper and cut back on the crushed red pepper flakes for a milder sauce. This dip is effortless to alter to suit your tastes and tolerance for heat.

The sauce is ideal for dipping chicken wings or tenders, but it's also excellent with fried fish or shrimp, and deep-fried vegetables. It's easy to turn this tasty dip into a delicious creamy salad dressing, too. Just whisk in a few tablespoons of olive oil or thin it with a bit of water or cream. Drizzle the dressing over a wedge of lettuce or spring greens.

Ingredients

  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup full-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (or a sugar replacement)
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Optional: 1 red Fresno chili pepper (1 to 2 teaspoons, minced)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for garlic Parmesan sauce.
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  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Peel the garlic cloves and put them in a small baking dish or ramekin. Pour the olive oil over the garlic and cover the baking dish tightly with foil. Bake the garlic for 25 minutes.

    Roast the garlic cloves.
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  3. Let the garlic cool slightly and mash until it is smooth.

    Mash the roasted garlic.
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  4. Combine the ingredients in a bowl.

    Combine the ingredients in a bowl.
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  5. Whisk the ingredients until the mixture is smooth and well blended.

    Mixing garlic Parmesan sauce.
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  6. Transfer the dipping sauce to a jar and refrigerate it for at least a few hours or overnight.

    Garlic Parmesan dipping sauce in a jar.
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  7. Serve the sauce with chicken wings, fried tenders or chicken strips, fried fish, or crudités.

    Garlic Parmesan dipping sauce with chicken wings.
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Tips

  • For the best flavor, make the sauce early in the day or a day in advance so the ingredients can meld.
  • Roasted garlic adds flavor to many dishes, such as mashed potatoes, pasta sauces, dressings, and marinades. When you roast garlic for a recipe, double or triple the amount and freeze the extra roasted garlic cloves.
  • Refrigerate homemade dips or dressings and use within 1 week.