Raising Cane’s Dipping Sauce

Raising Cane’s Dipping Sauce is tangy, rich, and packed full of flavor. Putting your finger on exactly what it is to make it so special is a little tough. One thing is for sure, you are going to love this copycat Raising Cane’s sauce recipe for your homemade chicken tenders! It also makes a delicious fry sauce too! It is so close to the real thing, it’s scary! 

A bowl of copycat Raising Cane's sauce.


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What Makes Raising Cane’s Sauce So Good

You may not know what a Raising Cane’s is; well if you haven’t been to one, it is a fast food restaurant specializing in chicken tenders and this fantastic dipping sauce. They also have some of the best lemonade around.

The restaurant opened in 1996 at the North Gates of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

What makes their chicken so unique is that it has never been frozen. So, these folks care about how their food tastes. All of their food is scratch-made in-house. This makes all of their food taste better.

What is Raising Cane’s Sauce?

This sauce is pure heaven. Their signature sauce was developed for chicken tenders. This sauce has the perfect touch of pepper and spices, and it has a bit of acid. This combination made in heaven is perfect for dipping crispy chicken tenders and French fries.

Copycat Raising Cane's sauce and crinkle-cut French fries on a plate.

What does Raising Cane’s sauce taste like?

Raising Cane’s sauce is known for its unique and delicious flavor. It is a tangy, creamy, and savory sauce with some spice. The sauce has a smooth texture, and a slightly sweet taste that complements the chicken fingers that Raising Cane’s is famous for.

Many people describe the sauce as a perfect balance of tangy, creamy, and mildly spicy flavors. Overall, the sauce, with its savory flavors, adds a tasty element to the meal.

What is Cane’s sauce made from?

This sauce is made from common ingredients you already have in your pantry! It is made from mayo, Heinz ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt, and freshly ground black pepper.

Canes Dipping Sauce

Cane’s dipping sauce is unique, and I think it also goes great with French fries, on a hamburger, or even as a sandwich spread. This sauce is so good that you will want to grab some extra sauce there.

But if you don’t live near a Raising Cane’s restaurant or want to make a batch of this yummy sauce to have plenty for your meals, this copycat recipe is for you.

Homemade Sauce That’s Perfect for Chicken and Fries

I don’t know about you, but I am often utterly fascinated by the dipping sauces served when I eat. To me, this is what makes a restaurant dining experience unique.

I don’t always go to the trouble of making a fancy dipping sauce when I cook a meal at home. But this sauce is worth making. It is the perfect sauce for dipping fried chicken fingers, chicken nuggets, French fries, Texas toast, and veggies.

Copycat Raising Cane's sauce in bowls and crinkle-cut fries.

Copycat Raising Cane’s Sauce Recipe Ingredients

Here’s a list of the simple ingredients you need for making copycat Cane’s sauce. The exact measurements are in the recipe card below.

  • Mayonnaise – I suggest that you use Dukes, it has the right flavor, and it has a little more acid in it than other brands. If you can’t get Dukes I suggest that you use Hellman’s.
  • Heinz ketchup – this is what the restaurant had on hand when they created the sauce.
  • Worcestershire sauce – Lea and Perrins is my go-to brand here. It has more flavor than Heinz or less expensive brands.
  • Garlic powder – my tip here is to ensure that your garlic powder is fresh, your spices have been sitting around for too long, and they have lost their pungency.
  • Salt – Kosher salt is my favorite. The flakes of salt tend to pack more of a punch than the regular table salt.
  • Ground black pepper – if you can grind it fresh, your taste buds will thank you!
Copycat Raising Cane's sauce ingredients on a marble surface.

How to Make Canes Sauce

  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Stir or whisk to combine thoroughly.
  3. Refrigerate the sauce for a few hours before serving. This is critical to getting the taste exactly right.
Copycat Raising Cane's sauce ingredients in a bowl.
Stirring ingredients together to make copycat Raising Cane's sauce.
Copycat Raising Cane's sauce in a glass bowl.

How to Store Copycat Cane’s Sauce

Be sure to store the copycat Raising Cane’s sauce in an airtight container in the fridge. Your homemade sauce will last for up to ten days. It is not likely your sauce will last for that long!

Cane’s Sauce Uses

In addition to being a delicious dipping sauce for chicken fingers and fries, there are a few other ways you can use the delicious Cane’s sauce:

  • Burger Sauce
  • Salad Dressing
  • Sandwich Spread
  • Veggie Dip
Overhead view of copycat Raising Cane's sauce and crinkle-cut French fries.

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Copycat Raising Cane's sauce and crinkle-cut French fries on a plate.

Raising Cane’s Sauce

Make Raising Canes dipping sauce at home with this easy copycat recipe.
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Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Canes Sauce, Raising Cane – Dipping Sauce, Raising Canes Recipes, Raising Canes Sauce
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 18
Calories: 93kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise Hellman's or Dukes recommended
  • ½ cup Heinz ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce plus 1 teaspoon
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper fresh ground is best

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Stir all the ingredients until well blended.
  • Refrigerate the sauce in an air-tight container for a few hours before serving.

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Notes

The sauce will stay good refrigerated in a container for up to 2 weeks.
Recipe Yield: 1 1/2 cups

Nutrition

Calories: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 181mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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Comments

  1. Tina

    5 stars
    My son and I love this recipe! It taste almost like Cane’s except, for me, it was lacking the vinegar and mild spice that Cane’s has so I added some “Fish & Chip Vinegar”, by Crosse & Blackwell, to the recipe. So yummy! To the original recipe, add 3 teaspoons, if you prefer more, increase by 1 teaspoon to your liking. I just need to find a mild spice for that extra kick!

  2. Saved me a drive

    5 stars
    We ordered Cane’s chicken today, but realized we didn’t have the sauce after getting home.
    I’m so glad I found your recipe!
    I didn’t have Worcestershire sauce, so I made my own- 1/2 teaspoon of Soy sauce & 1/2 teaspoon of Hosin sauce. I mixed the two together and ended up only using 1/2 of that mixture as a sub.

    It turned out PERFECT. My teenagers actually said the sauce was better than cane’s. Ha!

    Thank you!

  3. mark

    the raising canes buy me has a line wrapped around the building twice every freakin day!! tells you how good that shi…. is!

  4. Reese

    5 stars
    This is literally the best sauce ever I’m addicted to Canes and this tastes almost exactly like the sauce!!!

  5. Spongebob

    5 stars
    Taste pretty dang close! (I would know because I’ve had canes sauce a lot more than I probably should)

  6. Linda

    Hi, I’ve been trying to find a peach cobbler recipe that is like City Barbecue restaurant. I’ve been making some and tweaking the recipes but I need help. Anybody have a recipe that is similar to City Barbecue’s peach cobbler with me?

  7. Ralph Gizzip

    There’s another chicken place called Guthrie’s (pre-dates Cane’s by 14 years) and their dipping sauce is identical to Cane’s which is identical to BW3’s onion ring sauce which is just like Outback’s Bloomin’ Onion sauce.

  8. Justin

    Pickle juice is what I taste. As a professional chef and certified chef de cuisine. The rest of this recipe is spot on.

    • Leigh

      I believe the secret ingredient is pickle juice because i taste it too!! At first i thought they had used A1 steak sauce or even Heinz 57 but im adding pickle juice because i taste it in their sauce!

  9. Roy

    5 stars
    I like how the people that work at Caine’s know the recipe is not correct but they obviously do not know the recipe themselves. Get a clue, nobody cares where you work.

  10. ANON

    Hiya! So I made your recipe and its rather close but I think I used to work at cane’s and I modified the recipe so that its not the same as original but still brings it VERY close to the proper flavor.

    3/4 Cup Mayonnaise
    3/4 Cup Heinz Ketchup
    1/4 Cup Worcestershire sauce
    1 Tbsp Fresh ground black pepper
    1 Tbsp Garlic Salt
    1/3 Tbsp Minced Garlic(from the jar is fine/preferred)

    Whisked ingredients together with a fork in a medium bowl. Makes about 1 3/4 to 2 cups of sauce.

      • Laura

        Tablespoons seems like a lot but I used that much and it came out delicious. I added more salt & pepper too

    • Marylin

      Don’t think this is anywhere close!!! My grandson is an expert on this sauce and always wants too drink it straight up (age 8). He tried this and chocked and spit out. Was so disappointed!

      • easteatsforstudents

        5 stars
        are you kidding me. My teens love canes and this is super close. hope you can create a better version.

      • Michelle

        5 stars
        Wow Marlyn. That was VERY unnecessarily rude. Quit being a Karen. I was thinking about rating this and then when I saw your rude comment, I had to, just to call you out. If you didn’t like it, you could have just left your rating and kept your rude, and obnoxious comment to yourself.

        I’ve never had canes in my life and I want to SOO bad. There’s not one near me at all, I made this sauce to see how I’d like it because everyone raves about it! It was sooo good.

  11. cindy3539

    5 stars
    O my goodness is this sauce good! I’ve never been to Raising Canes so I don’t know how it compares but, it’s definately worth making! TFS.

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