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Hot Honey Sauce

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Time: 45 minutes
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This 2 ingredient spicy Hot Honey Sauce recipe is the condiment of the decade! It is spicy, sweet, and can be used on anything from pizza to ice cream to chicken wings and beyond. Best part is how easy it is.

For other spicy condiments, try my Blackberry BBQ Sauce, Sriracha Aioli, or Chipotle Southwest Sauce.

Hot Honey Sauce. 2 Ingredients and easier than ever.

Why You Need This Spicy Hot Honey Sauce Recipe:

BETTER THAN STORE-BOUGHT: It is not only cheaper, but it tastes better and is free of additives preservatives and junk we don’t want in our condiments.

HIGHLY ADDICTIVE: You are going to want to put this spicy honey sauce on absolutely everything. Its delicious on sliders and sandwiches, waffles, fruit salad, chicken wings, biscuits, focaccia, and more!

YOU CONTROL THE SPICE LEVEL: Add more or less red pepper flakes to make this spicy honey sauce exactly how you like it! The recipe as written is slightly spicy but so much where you can’t taste the other flavors of what you are eating.

What Is Hot Honey?

Hot honey has become an increasingly popular condiment. You often see it being drizzled on pizza, wings, and other foods by social media influencers on TikTok and Instagram.

It is a delicious balance of spicy from chili pepper flakes and sweet from the honey. Hot honey is most commonly purchased at the grocery store but it is even easier and cheaper to make at home.

Hot Honey Sauce Ingredients

  • Honey: I recommend making this with local liquid honey because it offers so many health benefits. In reality any jarred or bottled honey will work though. Keep in mind raw honey tends to solidify quicker.
  • Red Pepper Flakes: I use crushed red pepper flakes in this recipe because it is a staple pantry ingredient for most. It is also easy to find at any local grocery store.

Equipment Needed

2 Ingredient Hot Honey Sauce with honey and red pepper flakes.

How To Make Hot Honey Sauce

Here is a quick overview, the recipe card below will have all the details.

  1. Add all the ingredients to a small saucepan.
  2. Simmer (not boil) over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and cover with a lid. Allow the hot honey to steep and cool until room temperature.
  4. Sieve the red pepper flakes from the spicy Hot Honey Sauce.
  5. Store in a glass airtight container or jar in your pantry at room temperature.
Honey and red pepper flakes simmered in a saucepan for 10 minutes.

Everyday Uses for Spicy Hot Honey Sauce

Hot Honey can be used in any recipe that calls for regular honey. You can also use it in place of some sweeteners and syrups. Here are some of my favorite ways to use it:

  • Dipping sauce for pepperoni pizza (my absolute favorite!) or on my Pizza Dip
  • Hot Honey Glazed Carrots
  • A part of your charcuterie board or grazing table
  • In salad dressings and honey mustard sauce
  • Drizzled over vanilla ice cream
  • In cocktails or mocktails as a spicy sweetener
  • I even love adding it to my piping hot teas, like this copycat Starbucks Medicine Ball Tea Recipe
  • Part of a delicious marinade
  • On chicken wings
  • Sweet potato fry dipping sauce (it is awesome on my Smashed Fingerling Potatoes)

The list goes on and on… But I do guarantee it will become a regular part of your food choices!

It Makes A Great Gift!

Homemade gifts and party favors are the absolute best, in my opinion. This one does not disappoint because it is so versatile. All you have to do is package the Hot Honey in cute glass jars, label them, wrap it up with a honey drizzler and a pretty bow. So cute!

Honey drizzler full of Hot Honey Sauce

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Can I use fresh chilis?

Of course but keep in mind they tend to vary in flavor and spice. You may need to do some taste testing to get the spice just right.

How do I store Hot Honey and how long will it last?

It is shelf stable as long as it is stored in an air-tight container. You will also want to make sure it is in a cool, dry place. It should last up to six months (if it lasts that long, ours is gone within a month or two. Ha!).

Can I leave the red pepper flakes in the honey?

Yes you can! Doing this will result in an amplified spiciness that increases more and more overtime. So if you can handle the heat, feel free to leave them in.

What do I do if honey crystallizes?

Crystallization naturally happens with honey over time. All you have to do is heat it in a hot water bath or in the microwave for a few seconds until the crystals dissolve.

spicy and sweet hot honey sauce ready to be ate.

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Hot Honey Sauce. 2 Ingredients and easier than ever.

Hot Honey Sauce

Elizabeth Swoish
This Hot Honey Sauce is the condiment of the decade! It is spicy, sweet, and can be used on anything from pizza to ice cream to chicken wings. Not to mention it only requires two ingredients and is super easy to make.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Condiments
Servings 16 tablespoons
Calories 65 kcal

EQUIPMENT

  • Small Saucepan with Lid
  • fine mesh strainer
  • glass jar - or other airtight container

INGREDIENTS
 
 

  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes; - more or less to taste

INSTRUCTIONS
 

  • In a small saucepan, add the honey and red pepper flakes.
  • Heat over medium for about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally and make sure the mixture does not boil, it should only simmer.
  • Remove from heat and cover with lid. Allow the hot honey to stand for 30 minutes or until room temperature.
  • Sieve the red pepper flakes from the honey into an air-tight glass jar.

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RECIPE NOTES

Storing Information:

  • In an air-tight container, stored in a cool, dry place for up to six months.

Metric conversions are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information.

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By Elizabeth Swoish on April 12th, 2022
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Elizabeth Swoish is the founder and CEO of Entirely Elizabeth. She is a self-taught foodie and mocktail enthusiast with a business degree in data analysis. Read Elizabeth's food journey or connect on your favorite social media channels.

5 thoughts on “Hot Honey Sauce”

  1. 5 stars
    This 2 ingredient spicy Hot Honey Sauce recipe is amazing! I was looking for something to add some extra flavor to my dishes, and this did the trick. It’s sweet, spicy and just the right amount of kick. I used it on fried chicken tenders and waffles last night – perfect combo of sweet heat! The best part is how easy it is to make! Highly recommend giving it a try if you want to take your dishes up a notch.

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  2. 5 stars
    This sauce was delicious! We drizzled it over crispy chicken wings and it was sooooo good. Can’t wait to make it again.

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