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Hooters CopyCat Recipes

Updated on February 3, 2013

Hooters Wings and Other Favorites

Hooters restaurants are popular for several reasons. They provide the customer with a fun atmosphere, tasty food and of course...young, attractive waitresses who leave little to the imagination. I have often been told by men that the number one draw of the restaurant is the food, and that the waitresses simply provide a pleasant backdrop to the whole dining experience. I am not sure if I completely believe this to be true, but having eaten a few dishes that they offer, I must agree that some of the food is pretty tasty. This is why I have searched the web in an effort to provide you some Hooters recipes that you can make at home - wearing the tiny orange shorts and the tight white tank is optional!

Hooters-style Buffalo Wings

Hooters menu is probably best know for the buffalo wings. It is estimated that Hooters typically buys 57 million pounds of chicken wings and drumsticks per year. Wow!


1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. paprika

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp. black pepper

20 chicken wing segments

1/2 cup butter

1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp. Tabasco sauce

3/4 cup hot sauce (Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce or Rizzotti's Gourmet Wing Sauce)


In a shallow dish, combine flour, salt, paprika, garlic powder, and peppers. Coat chicken entirely in the flour mixture; refrigerate coated wings for 1 hour; coat chicken again with remaining flour mixture.

In a 2-quart saucepan, heat butter and hot sauce just until butter melts; turn heat to low and keep warm on stove top.

Deep-fry chicken, 8 - 10 pieces at a time, in 375º vegetable oil for 13 minutes, turning once or twice. Drain chicken on a wire cooling rack for 30 seconds, then immediately toss fried chicken in buffalo sauce mixture and remove with a slotted spoon.

Repeat with remaining chicken.

Hooters Wing Sauce, Medium, 12 oz
Hooters Wing Sauce, Medium, 12 oz

For those who prefer their wings a little less "hot". It still has the delicious taste that you love, but with a little less heat.


Hooters Buffalo Shrimp

Ah Buffalo Shrimp. The best of both worlds. You get the sweet barbecue sauce that is normally used for chicken wings on big fat jumbo shrimp.


12 uncooked large shrimp, peeled with the veins removed and the tails intact

1 large egg

1/2 cup milk

1 cup all-purpose flour

Hooters Buffalo Shrimp Sauce

1/4 cup hot sauce

1/4 cup butter

1/8 tsp paprika

1 dash black pepper

1 dash garlic powder


We're going to start with the Hooters Buffalo Shrimp sauce first. Combine all your ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat until everything is thoroughly mixed. Cover the mixture and keep it warm on very low heat.

Preheat your deep fryer to 375F.

Next combine your egg and milk in a small bowl. Then place your flour in a large zip-lock bag.

Coat your shrimp with egg mixture and then place them into the zip lock bag. Make sure all your shrimp are well coated.

Assuming that your deep fryer is ready by now, deep fry your shrimp for 8 to 10 minutes until the shrimp tails are brown. Remove the shrimp, place them on a paper towel to remove excess oil and then coat them with your Hooters Buffalo Shrimp sauce in a large bowl.

Hooters Fried Pickles and Tangy Dipping Sauce


32 ounces sliced dill pickles, drained

2 tablespoons dill pickle juice

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon paprika

3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 egg, beaten

1 cup milk

Vegetable oil for frying


Preheat about eight cups of vegetable oil to 350F in a large pot.

In a small bowl, mix together the milk, dill pickle juice, and egg.

Place the drained pickle slices in a bowl.

Pour the milk mixture over the pickles and toss until all slices are coated with liquid.

Drain the pickle slices again, reserving the milk mixture.

In another bowl, mix together the all-purpose and whole wheat flour, salt, black pepper, and paprika.

Dip the pickle slices into the flour mixture, back into the milk mixture, and then back into the flour mixture.

Place the pickles in a deep fryer basket, or a wire colander with handles. Don't overload the basket.

Carefully lower the basket of pickles into the hot oil.

Fry the pickles for about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, or until the pickles are golden and crisp.

Remove the Hooters Fried Pickles from the oil and drain well on paper towels before serving.

Hooters Fried Pickles Tangy Dipping Sauce

To make Hooters Fried Pickles Tangy Dipping Sauce, combine 1 cup of prepared ranch dip with 2 tablespoons prepared hot sauce, such as Frank's or Cholula.

Add 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder for an extra kick.

For a milder sauce, just add a splash or two of Tabasco to the ranch dressing.

To avoid the spice altogether, add 2 tablespoons ketchup and 1 tablespoon relish 1 cup of the ranch for a Thousand Island ranch dressing variation.


Don't fry all of the pickles at once; instead, go in batches. If you put too many pickles in the hot oil at one time, they won't fry up crisp.

If you prefer pickle spears instead of dill pickles slices, go that way instead. Just add a little more time to the frying time.

Alternate Hooters Fried Pickle Recipe

Does Hooters have the best wings?

You decide. Do you think Hooters has the best wings available? Do they give you wing cravings? Or perhaps, you have had better wings somewhere else. If so, please tell everyone which restaurant you think has the best wings!

Hooters Pasta Salad

A very popular dish in the U.S., this Hooters pasta salad - copycat recipe, is very easy to make. The textures and colors make it a very appetizing side dish, or light lunch or dinner.


For the dressing:

2/3 cup vegetable oil

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

1 1/2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon dijon mustard

2 teaspoons minced shallot

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 teaspoon dried parsley flakes

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

1/8 teaspoon dried basil

1/8 teaspoon dried oregano

1/8 teaspoon onion powder

For the pasta salad:

4 quarts water

1 pound tri color spiral pasta

1 or 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

1 large tomato, seeded and diced

1 green onion stalk, chopped

1/4 cup cucumber, minced

Salt to taste

Iceberg lettuce leaves


1. Use an electric mixer to combine all of the dressing ingredients in a bowl. Mix on high speed for about a minute or so until the dressing becomes thick and creamy. Put the dressing in a sealed container and store it in the refrigerator until ready to use.

2. Bring four quarts of water to a boil over high heat and add the pasta. Cook to al dente, about seven minites at a rolling boil. Rinse thoroughly with cold water and let drain completely in a colander. Drizzle the oil over the cooling pasta to keep it from sticking together. Gently toss the pasta, then put it into a covered container and let it cool in the refrigerator for about half an hour.

3. Meanwhile, prepare the vegetables. Remove the seeds and soft pulp from the tomato before dicing. Use only the stalks of the green onion (or scallions). Mince the cucumber into very small pieces.

4. After the pasta has cooled add the diced tomato, green onion and cucumber. Sprinkle salt over the pasta salad to taste and put it back in the refrigerator until well chilled.

5. When ready to serve, place a few lettuce leaves on salad plates, spoon the pasta salad on to the lettuce and place the dressing on the side.

6. You can toss the salad with the dressing ahead of time rather than serving it on the side, but note that the pasta tends to soak up the dressing.

The Hooters Cookbook

Looking for a copycat recipe that's not on this page? Buy the official cookbook from Hooters and bring Hooters home.

The Hooters Cookbook
The Hooters Cookbook

The Hooters Cookbook salutes the "Man Food" and carefree lifestyle that makes Hooters restaurants a worldwide destination. There are 435 restaurants in 46 states and 22 countries. The 72 recipes and over 80 full color photos provide the ideal foods for barbecues, tailgate parties or just getting together with family and friends to watch college football games, the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl game. In addition, there are humerous tips and factoids and photos from Hooters Restaurants other ventures: The Hooters Casino Hotel in Las Vegas, the Hooters sponsored sporting events and their numerous charities. This is the perfect gift for father, son, brother or brother-in-law who enjoys entertaining and sporting events.


What's your favorite menu item at Hooters?

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      6 years ago

      Haven't been there in a long time. I think I've only had the wings there, and they were good. But you'll have to come to Buffalo to find the true best. I will enjoy trying your recipes.

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      6 years ago

      enjoyed your tribute to hooters, its on my to do list to go and try the wings.

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      6 years ago

      I like Hooters-style Buffalo Wings. They are nice, and I am going to try them this weekend.


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