Easy Hot Honey Recipe

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Homemade hot honey is one of the newer hot sauces in town. This tasty condiment is made with fresh or dried chilies and sweet honey and tastes delicious drizzled over all sorts of food. It’s become a staple at my house and really kicks up the flavor of things!

What is Hot Honey Made of?

The simple answer is honey and hot peppers. You can use raw or regular honey here since it’s going to be cooked. Local honey if you can find it is always a good option. For the sweet heat, I use cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes. If you want less of a kick, then you can sub ground chili peppers for the red pepper flakes.

Some recipes call for fresh chile peppers but most use dried chiles. Other fresh pepper options include jalapenos and habanero peppers (if you really like it spicy!).

The popular grocery store brand Mike’s hot honey adds vinegar for some more tang. If you want to make a DIY version of Mike’s then you could add a little bit of apple cider vinegar to the mix. The flavors are similar to my fire cider recipe.

What Do You Use Hot Honey For?

The better question is what can’t you use it for? Since it’s both sweet and spicy, homemade hot honey goes with a variety of foods. Both savory and sweet. My favorite ways to eat it are over chicken, burgers, stir-fries, or poke bowls.

Here are some more ideas for what to drizzle it on.

You can also use it along with the drizzle of olive oil for salad dressing. Hot honey makes a great addition to charcuterie boards too. Or mix it in some hot water with a little lemon for a throat soothing hot toddy.

Is Hot Honey Gluten Free?

Hot honey is naturally gluten, dairy, soy, grain, and egg-free. But if the hot honey is used on something that’s not gluten-free (like a Brooklyn-style pepperoni pizza), then that’s another story. Thankfully there are plenty of delicious ways to use it, whatever your dietary needs!

How to Store

So, does hot honey need to be refrigerated? Since honey basically lasts forever (archaeologists found some in King Tut’s tomb that was still good), it doesn’t need refrigerated. It stores best at room temperature since the colder temps can cause it to crystallize faster. If the honey does start to harden, simply place the glass jar in hot water to soften.

Hot honey made with fresh peppers instead of dried ones might not last as long though.

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Easy Hot Honey Recipe

This sweet and spicy honey is so easy to make and is delicious drizzled over all kinds of things.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Steeping Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Calories 65kcal
Author Katie Wells





  • Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Bring to a boil and immediately remove from the heat.
  • Let steep for one hour.
  • Store in a glass jar at room temperature.


Nutrition Facts
Easy Hot Honey Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 TBSP)
Calories 65
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.04g0%
Saturated Fat 0.01g0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.02g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.01g
Sodium 3mg0%
Potassium 16mg0%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 0.1g0%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 0.1g0%
Vitamin A 89IU2%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • This hot honey is pretty hot. If you only like a moderate spice level, halve the cayenne pepper to start, adding more later if you think you need it.
  • Great drizzled on chicken, burgers, stir fry, poke bowls, and pizza.

More Recipe Ideas

Here are some more recipes to try hot honey on:

What are your favorite foods to eat with hot honey? What do you plan to try with it first? Leave a comment and let me know!

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


One response to “Easy Hot Honey Recipe”

  1. CJ Avatar

    Heating honey changes it and it is not the same benefits. Nutrition information may not be accurate.

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