Hot Honey

January 31, 2016Katie

Hot Honey.

It’s the new buzz around the foodie world. When I first saw a bottle of this stuff at Williams Sonoma, I thought…WHERE have you been my entire life?


I also thought that at $12.99 for a small bottle of this stuff, I could come up with a way to make it at home.

how to make hot honey

My mom always loads me up with this wonderful Michigan honey when she visits so I have an abundance of it. So using the honey, along with a few chiles and a bit of cider vinegar, I whipped up a batch.

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You guys won’t believe just how easy it is to make!

Just chop up your favorite chile – I used two serrano peppers to one cup of honey.

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Pour the honey into a small sauce pan.

Chop up your chiles into thin rings.

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I think you could use various peppers for this – Fresno, jalapeno, even habanero for some really hot honey. I also think dried chiles would work as well (like Arbols)

Add them into the pan. If you like vinegar, you can make this even more interesting by add a Tablespoon of vinegar to the mix.

Hot honey recipe

Simmer very low for about one hour. Be careful and watch it until you get it just right, because the honey will boil and bubble up very easily if you’re not cautious!

cooking hot honey

After one hour, pour the honey mixture into a container and let sit an additional hour to cool and keep infusing. Strain it if you desire. I just left the chiles in.

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This will store for 3 months in your refrigerator.

Here are some ideas for what you’d use hot honey for:

  • drizzle over fried chicken or fish
  • chicken and waffles – need I say more?
  • brush it over roasted vegetables like carrots or butternut squash
  • spoon some over hot cornbread
  • brush it right at the end over grilled chicken or pork chops
  • put a small bowl of it out on your cheese  board to drizzle over brie or blue cheese or goat cheese on a cracker
  • Add it to vinaigrettes to sweeten them with a spicy kick
  • add it to marinades for sweet spiciness
  • drizzle it over pizza
  • Brush it over stone fruits like peaches and grill then top with ice cream or whipped cream

Can you think of anything else I’m missing?  Leave me a comment below!

However you use it, try making this at home, it’s so easy!

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Hot Honey
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Recipe type: Sauce
Serves: 1 cup
  • 1 c. honey
  • 2 serrano peppers, sliced into thin rounds
  • Optional: 1 T. apple cider vinegar
  1. Pour honey into small saucepan and add chiles
  2. Add vinegar if using
  3. Barely simmer over medium heat for one hour. Do not let boil.
  4. Pour into jar and let sit an additional hour
  5. Strain if deserved
  6. Can be stored in refrigerator for up to 3 months.


hot honey collage



  • John McCarthy

    September 21, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Just wondering store in refrigerator - wouldn't it crystalize?
    1. Katie

      September 21, 2016 at 11:56 am

      John - good question. Mine didn't after several weeks but we use it pretty fast! I would think you could keep it in the cupboard just like regular honey however.
  • Alysa

    August 24, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    i tried this recipe and i had to come back to say... did you even try this recipe before you wrote about it? simmering honey for an hour and then letting it cool doesn't make anything but a jar of honey-candy. absolutely useless, not to mention it didn't taste good. there's a suggestion to use vinegar to "make it more interesting" but does it make it into an actual sauce? because i wasted five dollars worth of honey and all of my peppers on a half a jar of rock hard honey-candy. don't try this recipe, it's gross and it doesn't turn into a honey that can be drizzled. even after you try to re-heat it, the consistency is like a sugary-sand like candy or jam. sorry, this is gross. bad recipe.
    1. Katie

      August 25, 2017 at 9:49 am

      Alysa - Did you hard boil it? I simmered mine barely bubbling for an hour and it was fine? Maybe next you could try heating the honey and pouring it over the chiles in a jar to avoid over-cooking. I've made it several times and each time it turned out perfect.
  • Denyse

    July 19, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    Heavenly! A great use for the abundance of hot peppers in my greenhouse! My son made candied bacon with it and it is the bomb on a ham sandwich!!!!! So many great uses and I am just starting!!!!!

    1. Katie

      July 20, 2018 at 9:46 am

      Yay! Glad you like's extremely yummy on pizza too!
      1. Patrick

        December 22, 2019 at 1:03 pm

        Mod Pizza has hot honey and I got my first try of it the other night. Now I has to has it!!!!! I intended that to sound that way.
      2. Katie

        January 2, 2020 at 4:26 pm

        Patrick - we can't eat pizza without it anymore! It's the best!

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