Raising Cane’s Dipping Sauce is a tangy, creamy, peppery, and addicting dipping sauce that goes with literally everything. We love it with french fries, chicken tenders, and burgers.

This recipe was one of the first recipes on my site back in 2019, and it continues to grow in popularity because it is so good! It is one of our favorite recipes, so I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

My husband and I brought home a huge container of Cane’s Sauce from a trip to visit his parents in Louisiana back in the Spring of 2019, and we experimented for days – trying different combinations of spices, ingredients, and timing to get the flavor just right. We think this Cane’s Sauce recipe is nearly perfect, and I hope you like it.

A jar of light orange Raising Cane's dipping sauce with a metal spoon on a gray wooden background.

👩🏻‍🍳 What is Raising Cane’s Sauce?

Cane’s Sauce is the signature sauce from Raising Cane’s Restaurants. Raising Cane’s is a fast-food restaurant franchise that serves amazing fried chicken tenders with quite possibly the very best chicken dipping sauce that you will ever try. At our house, Cane’s Sauce is a food group, and we always order extra sauce, so we knew we had to make our own copycat version.

The very first Raising Cane’s Restaurant was opened in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on the Louisiana State University campus. My husband went to college at L.S.U., so we have a special connection with Cane’s. (We go out of our way to get Cane’s on every road trip.)

Table of Contents
  1. 👩🏻‍🍳 What is Raising Cane’s Sauce?
  2. 🥘 Cane’s Sauce Ingredients
    1. So what’s in this Cane’s Sauce?
  3. 🥣 How to Make Cane’s Sauce
  4. 🍳 Raising Cane’s Sauce Uses
  5. 🐓 What Does Raising Cane’s Sauce Taste Like?
  6. Where Can You Buy Raising Cane’s Sauce?
  7. ✏️ Helpful Tips
  8. 🥦 Can You Make this Paleo or Vegan?
  9. 🥫 How to Store Cane’s Sauce
  10. More Copycat Raising Cane’s Recipes
  11. Other Delicious Homemade Sauces
  12. Raising Cane’s Sauce Recipe
  13. 🌶️ Other Great Cajun & Creole Recipes

🥘 Cane’s Sauce Ingredients

A picture of the ingredients in Raising Cane's sauce in small bowls, labeled.

So what’s in this Cane’s Sauce?

  • Ketchup – You can use any kind of ketchup – we usually use Simply Heinz because it does not have high fructose corn syrup in it and has more of a tomato taste, but you can use what you have.
  • Mayonnaise – Our favorite mayonnaise for Cane’s Sauce is Blue Plate – it is from Louisiana, and we think it has the best flavor. My father-in-law will go to battle over that mayonnaise. (Here’s a fun history about Blue Plate – https://blueplatemayo.com/about/.) Our second choice would be Duke’s. Don’t use Miracle Whip – it will be too sweet.
  • Black Pepper – I like to use coarse ground black pepper – there isn’t always a noticeable difference in dishes when using different size grinds of pepper, but I think one of the best things about Cane’s Sauce is its pepperiness, so the coarser grind gives you that big, bold pepper flavor. If your pepper container says “table grind or coarse grind,” – that is perfect. That being said, there is nothing wrong with the “pure grind” you just might find that you need to add a little more pepper to get the right amount of pepperiness. 
  • Garlic Powder – We just use plain old garlic powder/granulated garlic – not dehydrated garlic. I have used several different brands, and they all work fine. Just don’t use garlic salt.
  • Worcestershire Sauce – I like to use the Lea and Perrins brand, but have also used the cheaper versions like the Heinz brand and the Publix store brand. 
  • Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning – Tony Chachere’s Seasoning is the little bit of lagniappe (something extra) that I like to add to this recipe to make it as good as it is. It is not officially in the original recipe, but the addition of Tony’s Seasoning really takes this recipe over the top, and it’s what we think makes this recipe so good. It used to be my “secret ingredient” that made this recipe unique, but now everyone is using it!

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🥣 How to Make Cane’s Sauce

Making your own Cane’s Sauce is really simple. It uses simple ingredients, and somehow, you end up with the most amazing sauce. Someone leaked what they claimed to be the “official” Cane’s sauce recipe on Reddit a while ago, and this recipe is a little different than that recipe, but we love it. Ugh, seriously… why is Cane’s sauce so good?

Ok, so here’s how to make it. First, gather up all of your ingredients – mayonnaise, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, pepper, and Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning.

The ingredients in Raising Cane's sauce in small bowls.

Then, you literally just put it all in a bowl and whisk it together.

An unmixed bowl of Raising Cane's dipping sauce on a wood background with a whisk and container of Tony's Creole Seasoning next to it.

Put the sauce in an airtight container or mason jar and refrigerate for at least 6 hours – the longer, the better – then enjoy it. That’s all you need to do.

A jar of light orange Raising Cane's dipping sauce with a metal spoon and a jar of Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning on a gray wooden background.

I will probably say this ten times in this post, but the best way to get the real Cane’s flavor is to let the sauce sit in the fridge for as long as you can resist before serving it.

A minimum of 6 hours will give you the best flavor (I KNOW – who wants to wait 6 hours for Cane’s?!)

Seriously though, the longer, the better for this sauce. 

If you eat it right away, it will taste like ketchup – we learned this from a lot of trial and error. We either make it the night before if we want it for lunch or in the morning if we are planning to have it for dinner. It is worth the wait.

🍳 Raising Cane’s Sauce Uses

Cane’s Sauce is, of course, meant for dipping crispy chicken tenders (we love to serve it with homemade chicken tenders) but you can use it for almost anything that you can think of that is best served dipped in or drenched in a sauce.

We use it for:

  • French Fries – I love to use canes sauce as a fry sauce for dipping homemade fries – I love this recipe from Against All Grain.
  • Sweet Potato Fries – We love these Bacon-Wrapped Sweet Potato wedges
  • As an “aioli” for Sandwiches and Burgers
  • It’s also great on Fried Fish!
  • Hush Puppies
  • Dipping Fresh Veggies
  • Tater Tots

🐓 What Does Raising Cane’s Sauce Taste Like?

Raising Cane’s Sauce is a little tangy, a little peppery, and has a little bit of spice. It has a little bit of tang that comes from mayonnaise and a little bit of the sweet tomato flavor from ketchup. All balanced out by a heap of black pepper, some spice from Tony Chachere’s seasoning, and a bit of garlic powder.

I recently heard from someone that they use dijon mustard, onion powder, and salt as well, and it made their sauce fantastic. I haven’t tried that combination yet, but let me know if you do!

Two chicken tenders and a bowl of orange dipping sauce on top of raising cane's napkins.

Where Can You Buy Raising Cane’s Sauce?

Currently, you can only buy Cane’s Sauce in a Raising Cane’s fast food restaurant. I am dreaming of the day that you can buy a bottle of Cane’s Sauce. 

Until it is available in stores, you can make this Copycat Raising Cane’s Sauce Recipe at home!

✏️ Helpful Tips

  • I am not joking when I say to let this sauce sit for at LEAST 6 hours. If you taste it immediately, it will just taste like ketchup. Seriously, pop it in the fridge and come back later. You won’t regret it.
  • Make sure you add Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning. I have tested Slap Ya Mama, Homemade Cajun Seasoning, and Who Dats Creole Seasoning. They all make a yummy sauce, but Tony’s is the only one that really gets the flavor right. (Seriously, we tested this SO many times and so many different ways.)
  • While making your Cane’s Sauce, make a batch of Buttermilk Fried Chicken Tenders – they taste just like Cane’s Tenders, and they taste so good dunked in that perfect peppery sauce!

🥦 Can You Make this Paleo or Vegan?

One of the biggest perks of making your own sauce at home is that you can make it fit any diet you are following. You can control what goes into it. You can make it Paleo, Whole30, gluten-free, dairy-free, and even vegan. I have now created a separate post with my Paleo Raising Cane’s Sauce since so many people were looking for tips to make it!

(The gist is that you just need to use Paleo mayonnaise or Vegan mayonnaise, Paleo ketchup (without added sugar for Whole30), and Paleo Worcestershire Sauce (most have some kind of added caramel color/sugar/gluten/soy – this recipe is really good.) )

If you don’t want to customize your sauce, you can use whatever mayonnaise or ketchup that you have in your refrigerator – to be honest, that is what we often do. This recipe is so easy, so delicious, and so forgiving, no matter what ingredients you use

🥫 How to Store Cane’s Sauce

Homemade Raising Cane’s Sauce can, unfortunately, expire, though I doubt this sauce will last long enough to go bad. You should store your sauce in the refrigerator in an airtight container & use the sauce within 10 – 14 days. (We like to store our sauce in a mason jar.)

*I hate that I have to add this, but – I am by no means trying to steal or sell the real Raising Cane’s Sauce – we can’t get it where we live and that makes us sad! The real recipe, as I have been told by many an angry message, does not have any Tony Chachere’s Seasoning in it. This recipe does, and it is so delicious.

My recipe is what we have found to be the closest recipe to the real deal, and it is our favorite sauce for dipping all kinds of things. Until Raising Cane’s starts selling their sauce in a bottle or opens a location near us, we will keep making our own at home!

More Copycat Raising Cane’s Recipes

Since I first wrote this post, I have made a Copycat Raising Cane’s Chicken Tenders recipe, and these homemade chicken tenders are crunchy, juicy, and delicious! Served with a side of Copycat Raising Cane’s Coleslaw, it’s like a trip to Cane’s without leaving the house.

Cane’s Restaurants use crinkle-cut fries, so if you really want to make a copycat meal – bake up some frozen crinkle fries and start dipping! Our next project is going to be Raising Cane’s Texas Toast! I hope you enjoy all the recipes!

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Other Delicious Homemade Sauces

Cane’s Sauce is the ONLY dipping sauce you need – but if you want to try something else, here are some other tasty sauces:

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Raising Cane’s Sauce

4.90 from 264 votes
Raising Cane's Dipping Sauce is a tangy, creamy, peppery, and addicting dipping sauce that goes with literally everything. We love it with french fries, chicken tenders, and burgers.
Author: Kari
Servings: 4
Prep: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Gather all of your ingredients – garlic powder, Tony's Creole Seasoning, black pepper, ketchup, mayonnaise, and Worchestershire sauce.
    ½ cup mayonnaise, ¼ cup ketchup, ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, ½ teaspoon black pepper, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ¼ teaspoon Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning
    The ingredients in Raising Cane's sauce in small bowls.
  • Add all ingredients to a small mixing bowl.
    An unmixed bowl of Raising Cane's dipping sauce on a wood background with a whisk and container of Tony's Creole Seasoning next to it.
  • Whisk until well combined.
  • Transfer to an airtight container.
  • Let your sauce sit in the refrigerator for a least 6 hours before serving. Leaving it overnight for 24 hours will give you the best flavor.

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Notes

Tips
-I am not joking when I say to let this sauce sit for at LEAST 6 hours. If you taste it immediately, it will just taste like ketchup. Seriously, pop it in the fridge and come back later. You won’t regret it.
-Make sure you add Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning. It puts this sauce over the edge and makes it super tasty! I have tested Slap Ya Mama, Homemade Cajun Seasoning, and Who Dats Creole Seasoning. They all make a yummy sauce, but Tony’s is the only one that really gets the flavor right. (Seriously, we tested this SO many times and so many different ways.)
-While making your Cane’s Sauce, make a batch of Buttermilk Fried Chicken Tenders – they taste just like Cane’s Tenders, and they taste so good dunked in that perfect peppery sauce!
Storage
You should store Cane’s sauce in the refrigerator in an airtight container. (We like to use a mason jar or Tupperware.)
Use the sauce within 10-14 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cupCalories: 210kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 318mgPotassium: 47mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 147IUVitamin C: 1mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is approximate and is automatically calculated, so should only be used as a guide.

Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American, Cajun, Southern
Keyword: cane’s sauce, canes chicken tenders, canes dipping sauce, copycat canes sauce, raising canes copycat, raising canes sauce
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Hi, I’m Kari!

I am a newlywed, food blogger, health coach, and mama to a hot mess of a border collie. I love to put a new spin on old family recipes and I try to make as many meals as possible with an Instant Pot.

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  1. 5 stars
    This was phenomenal! Thought I was eating at Canes. The addition of the Tony’s is key and makes it unique.

  2. 5 stars
    Hands down the best canes sauce recipe out there. Others are putting lemon juice, curry powder, and all kinds of strange things. This was perfect!!! So amazing!!!

  3. I tried this and I forgot to make it earlier In the morning and I used it about 20 minutes later and it tasted pretty good to me

  4. This is so yummy. I go heavy on the Tony’s, but everything else the same. Thank you for this wonderful recipe! πŸ’–

  5. 5 stars
    I found some ketchup and mayo mix in a bottle at the store, grabbed it and forgot the dang ketchup as i was going to try both, do you think it would be close to this if i added all the other ingrediants and whisked it together and let sit as in the instructions?! Thanks!

  6. 5 stars
    I had misplaced my Cane’s Sauce recipe and did a quick search for it online. As soon as I saw you added Tony Chachere’s to it, I knew I had the NEW right recipe, because that was the one addition I made to mine as well. Tony’s goes in so many things at our house, as well as shakers in the car for when we find ourselves in drive throughs. Perfect addition. Ignore the haters, they just haven’t tried Tony’s yet.

      1. Hi Kari! I live in Mentor, OH and wwe just had Raising cane’s open in the 19th. Can you tell me if Tony’s is similar to old bay seasoning? I do not think we have Tony’s here.

        1. Hey Anthony! It’s actually very different. Old Bay has different spices in it and isn’t as spicy as Tony’s. If you can’t find Tony’s locally, they sell it on Amazon and it is delicious on everything so it is worth buying! (We love putting it on chicken with a little olive oil and grilling it or searing it – it’s really good!)

        2. Anthony, I’m in Mentor too and I bought Tony’s seasoning at Walmart up in Chardon. I forget what aisle it’s in, but they definitely have it!

  7. 5 stars
    This was great! I added about a TBSP of white distilled vinegar and it tasted even closer to the sauce. Love! πŸ’«

    1. I love Canes but I don’t care for the sauce. My family absolutely loves it. I tried this tonight w my fried chicken (on a honey bun w corn meal) & my family πŸ‘ͺ loved it. Said it was perfect. Thank you so much!

  8. 5 stars
    This is a great recipe. We make baked fried chicken and its perfect. This is really close to raising Canes but better. I make my own cajun seasoning and use that and like thIs sauce better than raising canes. Plus their chicken is so Greasy. Thank you for this recIpe. Its always requested on birthdays from my kids. Sorry if this is in all caps.

  9. Sounds like a good copycat though I believe a little lemon would make it even closer to the real deal. Thanks for the post.

  10. 5 stars
    My son works next door to a Raising Canes. He would bring it home at least once a week. I made this sauce and he loves it. We now just make chicken strips at home and use this sauce. Thanks for the recipe!

  11. 5 stars
    Tried it and this is the closest recipe I’ve found! Think I’ll stick with making this one from now on. My husband loves Cane’s and he said it’s really close to the real thing! Thank u for ur recipe ????

    1. 5 stars
      Also, all these same ingredients are what I use to make my crawfish dip when we boil crawfish! And it’s amazing!!

  12. 5 stars
    My husband doesn’t know it yet, but he’s thanking you! We loved Raising Cane’s when we were in Ohio, but I don’t think we have any nearby now. Thanks for making a yummy copycat recipe!

  13. 5 stars
    My oldest son would love this!! He always gets extra sauce at Cane’s …Can’t wait to to try it .

  14. 5 stars
    This sounds fantastically flavorful! And I love sauces that I can just whisk together. I will look for Tony’s in Denver, though I see it’s available on Amazon. Looking forward to it!