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Blackened Ranch Popeyes Recipe

We all love the earthy and warm flavors of ranch dressing, making chicken tenders, salads, veggies, and other kinds of meat utterly delicious.

But wait till you dig in and try the Blackened Ranch from Popeyes (if you haven’t already!).

Popeyes gets a vote for the best fast food chicken sandwich, fried food, and Cajun sides, all cooked Louisiana style.

However, we bet these items wouldn’t be so popular if it weren’t for their signature sauces.

Since Popeyes Blackened Ranch has phased out of many locations, you must pin this copycat recipe for the best salad dressing and dip.

How to Make Popeyes’ Blackened Ranch

If a ranch connoisseur were a thing, you’ll probably want to become one after trying Popeyes Blackened Ranch sauce. No ranch dressing you’ve known before could be that creamy, Cajun, and zesty as the Blackened ranch dressing.

Whether you’re making crispy chicken tenders or grilled veggies, this Popeyes Blackened Ranch recipe has to be the first on the menu list.

It provides all the best flavors to fried and grilled dishes and creates a nice creamy contrast.

A warm and peppery Cajun kick is achieved by combining the right ingredients.


(8 servings)

  • 1 cup full-fat mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp minced dried parsley
  • ½ tsp dried dill weed
  • 1 tablespoon blackened seasoning
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • Salt to taste


You don’t need a lot of effort to make Blackened Ranch Popeyes.

It is as simple as mixing all the ingredients into a flavorful dipping sauce.

Still, you’ll want to follow the process closely for the best results!

Give the ranch a test before adding salt since some blackening seasonings are saltier than others.

If you fall into this trap, add more mayo or sour cream to reduce the saltiness.

And most importantly, let the Blackened Ranch sit in the fridge for about 30 minutes or even a couple of hours.

This of course, gives the flavors a chance to wake up and mesh together.

Regarding the consistency, buttermilk makes it thinner, while mayo adds to the thickness of the sauce. Keep that in mind.

Step 1:

Combine mayo, buttermilk, and sour cream in a large bowl and mix well.

Step 2:

Add in all the spices and whisk the mixture.

Let your Blackened Ranch Sit in the fridge for about 30 minutes before serving, or leave overnight.

Ingredient Substitution

Blackened Ranch Popeyes is called so for a reason.

It contains blackening seasoning, a delicious kick of heat, and a savory flavor.

So it would help if you kept it in the recipe for the sauce to stay authentic and Popeyes-style.

As for the other ingredients, you’re free to improvise.

1. Milk + Vinegar

Buttermilk is a fermented dairy drink with lots of acidities.

That’s why adding vinegar to regular milk will do as a substitute.

You can use any vinegar you like 一 from white vinegar to apple cider. But try to choose low-fat dairy.

To make up for 1 cup of buttermilk, take 1 tablespoon of vinegar and stir it into 1 cup of milk.

It is also recommended to let the mixture sit for about 5-10 minutes before using it in any recipe.

2. Avocado

Avocado is a surprisingly good substitute for mayonnaise. Can you believe it?

Mashed avocados are mild, creamy, and tangy, just like mayo.

And it works now, not only for a spread but salad dressings and dips.

One tips is you might need to put the mixture through the food processor for a more creamy texture.

You can enjoy a good meal without it having to be “unhealthy” if you choose the right substitutes for mayo.

3. Greek Yogurt

Those who love yogurt for breakfast will definitely have some in the fridge to substitute for sour cream.

Greek Yogurt is thick and tangy, which is the closest match to sour cream among other substitutes.

We won’t use regular yogurt as it is too thick.

But if you like your ranch thicker, it is a great swap.

What to Serve with Popeyes Blackened Ranch

There is nothing that couldn’t be better with Blackened Ranch. Pizza, burgers, chicken nuggets, roasted veggies, turkey, and salads.

And that’s not even the end of the list.

The creaminess and sweet heat of this Blacked Ranch seasoning are irresistible.

Try pairing it with your favorite dishes or substitute it in recipes that call for sour cream. They won’t be the same, ever.


If you’re a pizza lover, why would you continue your pizza-eating habits with a boring old slice of pizza?

Papadia is the best way to elevate regular pizza and make it more fun and unusual.

It’s just a regular pizza folded into delicious sandwiches.

Try making things even better by adding a drizzle of ranch on top or inside the pizza fold.

This combination takes pizza eating to an entirely new level. You will only eat your pizza with Blackened Rach after this.

Chicken Wings

The only reason people love eating chicken wings with ranch is the contrast of creamy against crispy.

The tangy Blackened Ranch dressing is the best for the perfect dipping sauce for fried chicken wings.

You can never go wrong with the classic crispy fried chicken appetizer, no matter the occasion.

The ranch helps to deal with the spiciness of the chicken wings. This makes Blackened Ranch a staple with any fried chicken.


Peppers, celery, carrots, potatoes, and much more; the opportunities are endless if you want to cook veggies.

You can roast, boil, fry, or bake them and get the same result 一 healthy and utterly delicious side.

Broccoli, in particular, is divine when appropriately cooked.

While there is nothing more than just butter, salt, pepper, and cheese, Popeyes Blackened Ranch will pair perfectly with this crunchy beauty.

If you don’t love broccoli, you will after you complete it with a side of the yummy ranch.

How to Store Blackened Ranch Popeyes

Creamy and dreamy Popeyes sauce is one of the most popular condiments. People love it. People make it at home.

But they’re stuck when it comes to storing ranch.

Ranch is a dairy-based sauce that has its peculiarities.

It should always be stored in the fridge if you don’t want it to develop a smell and go bad.

Store Blackened Ranch Popeyes on the Shelf

Storing Blackened Ranch after it’s made is not only for flavors to mash. The sour cream makes it expire quickly when left out.

It would be best to store ranch dressing in airtight containers right after making it.

It will help Blackened Ranch dressing last for about 1-2 weeks.

Note: the expiration date of the dairy ingredients could also alter your ranch’s shelf life.

Store Blackened Ranch Popeyes in the Fridge

Freezing ranch is always an arguable topic. Some say it’s not recommended, as thawing will make it bad. But you can freeze ranch. There are just a few things to keep in mind.

The texture might change after thawing. It could become watery or grainy.

To fix that, add some mayo or sour cream and whisk vigorously.

Store your homemade ranch in airtight containers and use within 2 months of freezing.

blackened ranch popeyes

Blackened Ranch Popeyes Recipe

Add some blackening seasoning to your regular ranch recipe, and you'll get perfectly zesty, tangy, and savory Popeyes Blacked Ranch. It is a delicious way to amplify the flavors of any dish. Creamy and savory dressing or dipping sauce is priceless.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 215 kcal
  • bowl
  • 1 cup full-fat mayonnaise 
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp minced dried parsley
  • ½ tsp dried dill weed
  • 1 tbsp blackened seasoning
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp tsp onion powder
  • tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Combine mayo, buttermilk, and sour cream in a large bowl and mix well. 
  • Add in all the spices and whisk the mixture
    Let your Blackened Ranch Sit in the fridge for about 30 minutes before serving, or leave overnight
Calories: 215kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 322mgPotassium: 35mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 107IUVitamin C: 0.02mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 0.1mg

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