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

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

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Comments

  1. alyssa

    I made this recipe twice now and the first time came out much better. the second time I made it I followed recipe to the T.

    here’s the difference I’ve learned;
    use kraft mayo, NOT HELMZ Mayo (it has a way stronger tease and alters the flavor)
    only use 1/4 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce (add more if needed)
    1/2 cup of spicy ketchup & 1/2 of regular ketchup. (optional or 1/4 for spicy ketchup)

  2. Wayne

    5 stars
    I made this recipe and it was very good. My second making, I added to the recipe 1/4 cup chili sauce and 3 tablespoons of habernera hot sauce to give it a kick. Love it even more now

  3. Kynon

    Hey! What Worcestershire sauce did you use? I happen to have Heinz… but I feel like it tastes very different compared to others.

  4. Kiana White

    Hi I haven’t made this yet but I have a question, would using Miracle Whip be problematic to the recipe?

  5. Gabby

    5 stars
    Halted the recipe and took others advice to add pickle juice. Didn’t wait too long to try the sauce and it was still good!

  6. Stephanie

    5 stars
    Well, it turned out great. I was following the recipe to a T, except for having cut it in half. Then I went to put the garlic in and accidentally used onion powder by mistake. I have to say it was delicious, I couldn’t imagine it being any better. So, I may stick with my mistaken version. Or replace it with garlic next time and compare.

  7. Rashell

    4 stars
    I would give 5 stars if tweaked a little. We did a side by side comparison tonight. Very close when we added more ketchup so 3/4 cup instead of 1/2 it was exact as far as we could tell.

  8. Ian

    Stephanie,
    Add a tiny amount of distilled white vinegar to this recipe, and let it sit for 24 hours, and prepare to be blown away.

  9. Ambre

    5 stars
    I’m so happy I tried this recipe! I made it, and asked my daughter to try it without telling her what it was. She said, “it tastes just like Cane’s sauce!” She actually ate all of her chicken using this sauce, and she doesn’t like chicken!

  10. Rachel

    5 stars
    I just used this recipe and it was so good! I had some fresh ground pepper, but not much, so I ended up having to use so much more, but still, it’s really good!

    • Leigh

      It seems like i can taste dill pickle juice in the canes sauce so i was going to add pickle juice too!! Also i wondered if A1 or Heinz 57 might be added in the sauce instead of Worcestershire sauce. I made the sauce and compared mine to Canes and it seems like 1 thing is missing which might be pickle juice or the steak sauce. I tried lemon juice and a little white vinegar but still there is a tad of something missing that is a tad more tangy & salty! I think pickle juice might do the trick!!

  11. Rufus

    Cane’s just opened a restaurant in my neighborhood last week, so I made my first visit yesterday. Was looking for recipes to dupe it

    Haven’t tried this yet, but I think it could be improving by replacing the ketchup with H***z Chili Sauce and adding a TBSP of brown mustard. The sauce tasted a lot like a knockoff of cajun remoulade (makes sense, the founder is from Louisiana), and the quick version is usually made with mayonnaise, chili sauce (pretty similar to ketchup– made with Tomato paste , Vinegar, Sugar, Salt, Dehydrated Onions, Garlic Powder and spices) and mustard.

    Maybe what you’ve got is about the same, but my first impression was chili sauce and wanted to pass it on. Thanks for the starting point.

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