Garlic Parmesan wing sauce is an easy to make homemade condiment. This recipe makes the best dipping sauce for chicken wings when you don’t want them spicy.
Air fryer chicken wings are a family favorite at our house, and this wing sauce is my personal favorite to serve with them. My husband loves them with Buffalo sauce but I prefer this milder, super flavorful Garlic Parmesan Sauce on my wings!
Reasons You’ll Love Garlic Parmesan Wing Sauce
- Inexpensive – Making condiments at home is much cheaper than buying them at the store.
- Simple ingredients – You only need five ingredients to make this recipe, and 3 are basic spices. Also, there are no artificial ingredients or chemical preservatives like the ones that are in many brands of store-bought wing sauce.
- Not spicy – The truth is, not everyone likes spicy chicken wings. This sauce has a mild, cheesy flavor. As a result, it is not spicy at all. Plus, using garlic powder adds flavor to the sauce without the harsh taste of minced garlic.
Oh, and if you DO love spicy Buffalo wings, be sure to check out my Air Fryer Wings post. In that post, you can learn how to make air fryer wings and an amazing homemade Buffalo sauce!
Other Uses for the Sauce
Garlic Parmesan wing sauce is delicious on wings, of course. But, it is excellent to use in other ways, too. Here are a few ideas:
- Baste onto grilled meat, such as chicken breasts, drumsticks, or pork chops.
- Use as a dipping sauce for steak bites, shish kabobs, or grilled veggie skewers.
- Toss potato wedges in the sauce before or after cooking them. It’s delicious on roasted potatoes!
- Just like my homemade Aioli, it makes a fantastic dip for raw veggies.
- Serve it with bread appetizers such as pull-apart bread or garlic breadsticks.
Detailed measurements and instructions can be found at the bottom of the page on the printable recipe card.
Wing Sauce Ingredients
As mentioned earlier, this garlic Parmesan wing sauce recipe uses just five ingredients. And you might even have some or all of them on hand in your kitchen already!
- Butter – Because some brands of butter are very salty, using unsalted butter is best. But if all you have on hand is salted butter, go ahead and use it. If you do, just omit the salt from the recipe.
- Grated Parmesan cheese – For the best flavor, grate a wedge of good quality Parmesan. The Parmesan cheese that comes in a canister has a lot of additional salt in it. Also, it includes chemicals that prevent the cheese from clumping.
- Spices – Garlic powder, salt, and black pepper
You will not believe how quick and easy this homemade sauce is to make. Seriously! You can make the sauce while the chicken wings are cooking.
How To Make Garlic Parmesan Wing Sauce
It’s as simple as this:
- Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Or, melt it in a microwave if it is easier for you. Then, remove the butter from the heat and allow it to cool for a couple of minutes.
- Add the grated Parmesan cheese and spices to the melted butter, then stir to combine.
- Toss the cooked chicken wings in the sauce and place them on a serving platter.
Some people like chicken wings with extra sauce. So, you might want to consider serving additional sauce in a bowl next to the wings.
Storage and Shelf Life
If you have any sauce leftover, keep it in a covered container in your refrigerator. As long as the Parmesan cheese you use isn’t near its expiration date, the wing sauce should stay fresh for about a week.
Garlic Parmesan Wing Sauce
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 -1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- Combine all sauce ingredients.
- Toss cooked wings with sauce.
- Butter: Use unsalted butter for best results. If you only have salted butter, omit the additional salt.
- Parmesan: Freshly grated parmesan cheese works and tastes best in this recipe. If using pre-grated storebought parmesan, keep in mind that it has a finer texture, so you need to use less, about a 1/4 cup.
- Garlic: I recommend using garlic powder so there are no harsh bits of minced garlic. Depending on your taste preference, use 1/2 tsp or more.
- Chicken Wings: Air Frying the wings is the easiest way to make crispy wings at home (Check out my Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipe)
- Storage: Store leftover sauce in an airtight container. I prefer to make the sauce just before serving, so the butter is still warm when the sauce and wings get tossed.
- Nutrition per serving, sauce only
Sherry Lemm says
I don’t own a air fryer. Can, I bake the wings in the oven?
Why would give nutritional info per serving and NOT not include the serving size
@JAX, I looked up the number of calories in each ingredient online, added them up an divided by 259. It comes out to 4 servings as written. Then I saw the number of servings listed just above the name of the recipe. It’s in small, faded pink letters, so it’s easy to miss.
Mo Mac says
Love this recipe ! I had no clue how to get great crispy air fryer wings until i tried your recipe. The secret really is lower temp at first then higher for the final crispness My son asks me to make your garlic Parmesan air fryer wings at least once a week !