Raising Cane’s Sauce: A tangy, creamy, peppery, and addicting dipping sauce for fries, chicken, chips, and burgers. Give any meal some Cajun flare and customize it to fit your dietary needs.*
Having grown up in Louisiana, Raising Cane’s was a staple in Michael’s diet. For anyone who has not ever been to a Raising Cane’s franchise, it is a fast-food chain that serves amazing fried chicken tenders with a secret sauce that people (Michael) will actually lick out of the container. The very first Raising Cane’s was opened in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on the LSU campus. I have heard many stories of late-night studying sessions fueled by Cane’s.
If you follow my personal Instagram, you will see that we make a point to stop at Cane’s whenever we have the opportunity – I don’t think I can count the number of pictures I have from the past three years of Michael eating Cane’s. (He’s going to kill me one day for taking so many pictures of him.)
If we are driving somewhere that has a Cane’s within thirty minutes of our route, we generally go out of our way to get our Raising Cane’s. (I think Michael plans our road trips to intentionally go to Cane’s.)
I have no idea why Charlotte, NC does not yet have a franchise!
Why Make Homemade Raising Cane’s Sauce?
Unfortunately, the nearest Cane’s is three hours away. Eating Cane’s only once every six months is torture for Michael! Getting by with a homemade version of Cane’s dipping sauce is the best way to keep him sane until we can get the real deal.
How Do You Make Raising Cane’s Dipping Sauce?
It’s really simple. You add your mayonnaise, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, pepper, and Tony’s Creole Seasoning to a bowl. Whisk it all together. That’s all you need to do.
What Can You Use Cane’s Sauce For?
Cane’s sauce is, of course, meant for dipping chicken, but you can use it for anything that you like to dip. We use it for french fries, sweet potato fries, and as an “aioli” for sandwiches and burgers.
What Does Cane’s Sauce Taste Like?
Cane’s sauce is similar to a popular sauce in the south called “Comeback Sauce.” It is so good that it keeps your company coming back to the table again and again. It is tangy, peppery, and has a little bit of spice. It has a little bit of tang from mayonnaise, a little bit of the sweet tomato flavor from ketchup, and this is all balanced out by the pepper, Tony’s, and garlic.
Is Raising Cane’s Sauce Paleo?
One of the other perks of making your own Cane’s sauce is that you can make it Paleo, Whole30, gluten-free, dairy-free, and even vegan. (Or not!) You can use Paleo or Vegan mayonnaise, Paleo ketchup (without added sugar for Whole30), and Paleo Worcestershire Sauce (some have added caramel color/sugar/gluten/soy – this recipe is really good.) Or you can use whatever mayonnaise or ketchup that you have in your refrigerator. It is so easy.
Does Raising Cane’s Chicken Sauce Have a Shelf Life?
Yes. Store your Cane’s sauce in the refrigerator. Use it within 10-14 days if using store-bought ingredients. Try to use it in around a week/7 days if using homemade (Paleo) ingredients.
*I am in no means trying to steal or sell the real Raising Cane’s sauce – we can’t get it here and that makes us sad! The real recipe does not have any Tony’s Seasoning in it (a bitter employee released what they claim is “the real recipe” on Twitter.) This is what we have found to be closest to the real deal and it is our favorite. Until Cane’s starts selling their sauce in a jar, we will keep making our own to hold us over until we can visit again 🙂
Sit tight for a Raising Cane’s bread recipe (Texas Toast!) And a recipe for Raising Cane’s fried chicken.
Homemade Raising Cane's Sauce Recipe
- Add all ingredients to a small mixing bowl and whisk until combined.
- Transfer to an airtight container.
- Let your Cane's sauce sit in the refrigerator for 4 - 6 hours before serving, leaving it overnight will give you an amazing flavor.
- Store your Cane's sauce in the refrigerator. Use it within 10-14 days if you are using store-bought ingredients as they do contain some preservatives, but try to use your sauce within 5 - 7 days if you are using homemade and Paleo ingredients.