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Whole30 Raising Canes Sauce - A copycat sauce that is gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, with egg-free and vegan options! EASY!

This copycat Whole30 Raising Canes Sauce is both easy and delicious! It was a fast new favorite in our household, challenging our long-standing favorite sauce, Date Mustard (a Whole30 Honey Mustard). You are going to want to make it over and over and dip all the things in it. Good thing it’s incredibly simple to make!

Why we love this Whole30 Raising Canes Sauce

My sauce is just as flavorful as the original Raising Canes Sauce, but with a Whole30 twist. I can be made Whole30 or Paleo and is gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free with egg-free and vegan options. YES! A tasty allergen-friendly sauce for the whole family.

It only takes 5 minutes to make and comes together with 5-6 basic ingredients you might already have on hand! Just add together the ingredients and whisk – voila! We love using my Homemade 5-minute Mayo for this recipe to keep it accessible and budget-friendly, but you can use store bought mayo as well. 

What is Raising Canes?

Raising Canes is a fast food chain that has risen to quick popularity in the last decade on the west coast (where I live – I can’t speak to how popular it is in other areas of the country!). I like to compare it to the combination of In-N-Out and Chick-fil-a. It only serves chicken like Chick-fil-a but only has 4-5 menu items like In-N-Out. It’s a very narrow list of what they make but they make it really well! The only serve: chicken strips, crinkle fries, Texas toast, coleslaw, and a chicken sandwich (which is just chicken strips in a bun). 

Here’s our official family review of Raising Canes:

  • Note: Nothing at Raising Canes is gluten-free + dairy-free. Hence why I wanted to make a copycat recipe or two!
  • The flavor of Chick-fil-a Chicken is better, but Raising Cane’s chicken is crispier. My boys argue this makes it better.
  • The fries are ok. The crinkle cut is more interesting than McDonalds but not up to the waffle fries of Chick-fil-a
  • BUT – we hands down ALL love the sauce. It’s like a fry sauce but heavy on the pepper and so good. They will also charge you $0.35 per sauce container you want beyond the one you get with your meal. Unlike Chick-fil-a with limited sauce.

So, since we loved the sauce – it was time to make a copycat Raising Canes sauce, but make it Whole30 and Paleo!

Whole30 Raising Canes Sauce - A copycat sauce that is gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, with egg-free and vegan options! EASY!


  • Mayo – Again, we love using my homemade 5-Minute Whole30 Mayo to keep this budget-friendly and accessible. You can also use any store bought mayo that works for your dietary needs. If on a Whole30 and want store-bought, I recommend Primal Kitchen Mayo. If on a Whole30 or eat Paleo and need an egg-free or vegan mayo, I recommend this Vegan Mayo from Primal Kitchen. If you shop on primal kitchen.com, use code WHOLEFOODFOR7FAVORITES to save 20%!
  • Ketchup – This will also depend on what your dietary needs are. If you are on a Whole30, make sure you are using an unsweetened ketchup like Primal Kitchen’s (available at my local Walmart or use the code above to get a discount off their website). If you are not on a Whole30, use whatever ketchup sweetness and sweetener works for your family!
  • Date Paste – This is just dates soaked in hot water and then blended into a paste. It’s a great way to add a touch of natural sweetness to a Whole30 sauce. See recipe below for more details on how to make it. If you are NOT on a Whole30 and using a ketchup that is already sweetened, no need to add the date paste. 
  • Coconut aminos – No soy is allowed on Whole30, so no soy sauce is allowed. But coconut aminos are a great soy sauce replacement and delicious in this sauce! We can find coconut aminos at Walmart or Trader Joes. 
  • Salt – Don’t overthink it, just table salt is great here.
  • Garlic powder or Granulated Garlic – I prefer the texture of granulated garlic, but garlic powder works well too.

Whole30 Raising Canes Sauce - A copycat sauce that is gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, with egg-free and vegan options! EASY!

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What do I serve this Whole30 Raising Canes Sauce with? We love it with my copycat Whole30 Chick-fil-a Chicken Strips (pictured) and Garlic Fries or Breaded Fries from my Cookbook.  Or, eat it with my Whole30 5-ingredient Chicken and Curly Fries. It’s also delicious on burgers and wraps. 
  • How long does the sauce last in the fridge? Store it in a sealed container in the fridge (a small mason jar is great for this!). It will last 2-3 weeks, depending on if you used homemade or store-bought mayo to make it. 
  • Can I cut this recipe in half? You sure can! I originally made this recipe half of what it is..but it wouldn’t even last us through one meal?! So, we doubled it, as written below. But cut it in half if needed!
Whole30 Raising Canes Sauce - A copycat sauce that is gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, with egg-free and vegan options! EASY!

Whole30 Raising Canes Sauce

Autumn @wholefoodfor7
A copycat recipe of a popular fast food chicken restaurant's amazing sauce, but make it Whole30, Paleo and dairy-free!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12 2-tablespoon servings
Calories 141 kcal


  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup ketchup unsweetened if on Whole30
  • 1/4 cup date paste for Whole30, omit if using a sweetened ketchup. See recipe below for date paste.
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • salt to taste


  • Whisk together all ingredients in a medium bowl. Store covered in fridge for up to 3 weeks or the expiration date of your mayo.


Nutrition information reflects using unsweetened ketchup and date paste. 


Calories: 141kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 0.3gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 175mgPotassium: 19mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 13IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword budget-friendly, dairy-free, easy, egg-free, gluten-free, kid-friendly, paleo, whole30
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Date Paste

Autumn @wholefoodfor7
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings 8 tablespoons


  • 1 cup pitted dates, packed
  • 1/2 cup very hot water


  • Combine dates and hot water in a bowl and let sit for 1 minute. I usually press them down into the water a bit to ensure they are all soaking.
  • Place dates and all the liquid in a blender or food processor and process for 30 seconds, or until smooth
  • Store in a closed container in the fridge for up to 3-4 weeks.
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Whole30 Raising Canes Sauce - A copycat sauce that is gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, with egg-free and vegan options! EASY!


  1. 5 stars
    Never had raising canes but this was really good! Reminds me of zax sauce at zaxbys!

    • I’m so happy it was enjoyed! Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    My family cannot get enough of this sauce and we put it on everything from chicken to pasta to potato Pattie’s. I love that it is loaded with fiber and guilt free.

    • So happy this sauce was such a hit! We agree – my boys put it on ALL the things. Love it! Thanks for the review!

  3. 5 stars
    After discovering Raising Canes this summer on a trip to Cincinnati, my son was hooked. I was determined to find a version at home that I could make, since we don’t have Canes in Canada! This recipe popped up in my feed and it was a huge hit and now I have to make a batch of it every week for my very picky son!! I think I actually like it better than the real thing!!

    • “Better than the real thing” <--- WAHOO! It doesn't get better a review than that. I'm so thrilled this brought Canes sauce into you home in a way that was a win for everyone. Thanks so much for the review - those help me so much!

    • 5 stars
      My teenage kids couldn’t tell this was a dupe, we all gobbled it down!

      • WAHOO! I love a copycat recipe with nourishing ingredients that is a kid win!! So happy to hear that – thanks for the review!

  4. 5 stars
    This sauce is my new fave!! It seriously is awesome and so simple to make. I never have to worry about how long it will keep in the fridge because it’s gone so quickly. Adds so much flavor to everything. This is an absolute must to try!!!

    • I’m so happy this became a quick favorite for you! And agreed, this sauce never lasts long in our house. Thanks for the review!

  5. Can Joolies date syrup be used instead of date paste?

    • Good question! I haven’t tried it, but I would assume you can. It will just be a little bit thinner, as date paste is pretty thick. Add slowly to taste as I believe the syrup is more concentrated than the paste. Enjoy!

    • If you are wanting it to be whole 30, remember that date syrup is not compliant.

      • Yes, thank you for that note, I meant to mention that in my comment as well. Date paste is allowed on Whole30, as it’s just dates blended with water (yes I have checked this with Whole30 HQ ; ). Date syrup or any kind of syrup crosses over into a sweetener and is not allowed on Whole30. So, if you are doing a Whole30, use the date paste. Thanks Tricia for the clarification!


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