Hot honey is a versatile condiment with the perfect blend of sweet and hot. It’s ridiculously easy to make and so good to drizzle on everything. And you really do need just 2 ingredients. I love to keep a jar in my refrigerator for when I need a hot-sweet pop of flavor.
Hot honey isn’t really a new thing. I think I first discovered a recipe and article about it at least four years ago. Probably in Food & Wine or Bon Appetit.
But lately, I’ve been seeing it at grocery stores — in the cheese department. So, that means it’s officially “a thing” (kind of like my dessert hummus), and it occurred to me you should know how to make it! There’s no need to buy hot honey because it really is the easiest thing in the world to make.
What is Hot Honey?
It’s exactly what it sounds like. Honey that’s hot. But hot as in spicy, not warm-hot. You can make it hot by adding red pepper flakes, or Sriracha, or other types of hot sauce. But I think the easiest way to make is to simmer some honey with a few hot peppers, and then strain the peppers (and any loose seeds) off.
When you make it this way, you don’t risk swallowing a red pepper flake or having red honey.
What Do You Do With Hot Honey?
So. Many. Things!
- Add a tiny drizzle to hot or iced tea for a sweet-spicy kick.
- Add a generous spoonful to hot tea or hot lemon water when you have a cold. It will clear your sinuses right out.
- Drizzle it on toasted flatbread or grilled fruit.
- Drizzle it over Brie or any other cheese.
- Use it to make glazed nuts.
- Dip your air-fryer fried chicken strips in it.
- Stir it into your favorite marinade.
- Use it to flavor homemade salad dressing.
Really, you should be asking, What Can’t I Do With Hot Honey?
Bottom line – use it the same way you would use regular honey. It adds the perfect sweet and spicy kick and makes everything a little bit better.
But isn’t Honey Sugar?
Yes, it is, so don’t go overboard! Honey is a sweetener just like sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup, etc. Unlike regular white sugar, it does have some minerals and antioxidants. But still, it’s a form of sugar.
The good thing about hot honey is that the heat keeps you from using too much!
How to Make 2-Ingredient Hot Honey
- 2 medium jalapeno peppers more or less depending on how hot you like it.
- 2 cups good quality honey
- Remove the stems and slice your jalapeno peppers lengthwise. Remove any loose seeds, but leave the rest of the seeds and white pith intact for hotter hot honey.
- Pour the honey into a medium saucepan, and add the peppers. Bring it to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat, and simmer for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Let the honey cool, and remove the pepper pieces. If you have loose seeds, strain the honey to remove them.
- Store your hot honey in an airtight jar in the refrigerator. It should last at least a month or more. When using it, if it's too thick, let it come to room temperature or run the jar under hot water for 30 seconds.
Have you ever had hot honey? What would you use it on?