This is the most amazing hot honey recipe for guaranteed sweet heat love. It infuses honey with Fresno peppers for the ultimate dip or drizzle. Hot chicken and other spicy foods have been popular for quite a long time and make a lot of the must taste-test lists for people wanting something new and exciting. Add hot honey to your list and make this recipe soon. It is a great Mike’s Hot Honey or Trader Joes’ Spicy Honey sauce copycat recipe that will cost you less when you make it homemade.
It only takes two ingredients to make this easy spicy honey sauce recipe. With a little bit of slow simmering time, the honey becomes perfectly infused with the Fresno chili peppers. What results is a quick homemade dipping sauce or sweet and spicy drizzle that you will love with some of your favorite foods. Hot honey is just so much better in so many ways than simply adding cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes onto something – all heat and none of the sweet.
Hot Honey the Ultimate Condiment
There is no easier way to add so much flavor to ordinary recipes than by adding a condiment. For the ultimate combination of sticky, sweet, floral, hot, and spicy, make hot honey your next condiment addiction. I promise you will not be sorry you made this spicy honey recipe. Popeye’s, Chic-fil-a, and other fast-food restaurants have hot honey on their chicken sandwiches, wings, tenders, and more.
Hot honey is fantastic on just about anything you like to dip or put a drizzle of extra flavor on. Some of our favorites to have with this spicy hot honey recipe include more than wings like; pizza, fried chicken, biscuits, cornbread, ice cream, and more. Honey hot sauce goes on just about anything. There are so many recipes with hot honey including my recipe for GRILLED CHEESE WITH FIGS AND HOT HONEY. An amazing gourmet grilled cheese sandwich.
How Spicy is Hot Honey?
The beauty of making your own hot honey at home is you can make it as mild or hot as you want it to be. It is all about the kind of pepper you choose and how many of the seeds and membranes you use. For this recipe, I am using and recommending Fresno chili peppers. Fresno peppers offer a heat level between jalapeno and serrano. This choice not only offers a medium heat but Fresno peppers have a fruity and smokey taste. Plus they are gorgeous red in color.
These peppers will result in a medium heat that doesn’t linger for very long since the sweet honey does complement it. So you get a bit of spicy kick followed by a sugary taste. For my husband and me, this is the perfect level of heat. We both feel it is spicy but also flavorful compared to other hot sauces that sometimes are all about the heat and have no real flavor.
Types of Chili Peppers to Use for Hot Honey Recipe
Whether you like things mild, hot, or death my chilis, you can make this recipe exactly to your liking. You can make hot honey mild with jalapenos or go for a very spicy sauce and make habanero honey with this recipe.
Below are what chili peppers are easy to find and would work in this recipe based on the level of heat you wish to have along with the sweet honey. For more varieties, check out this full guide to chili peppers and how hot (Scoville Level) some can get – CHILI PEPPER TYPES.
- Jalapeno – mild green chili
- Fresno – red medium chili
- Serrano – green hot chili
- Habanero – many colors and very hot chili
INGREDIENTS FOR HOMEMADE HOT HONEY
All you need is honey and the chili peppers of choice. For this chili-infused honey recipe, we are using two Fresno chili peppers for hot honey that will have medium heat.
HOW TO MAKE HOT HONEY SAUCE
Add Ingredients to Saucepan
To a small saucepan add the honey. Thinly slice 2 Fresno chili peppers. Do not discard the seeds or membranes to get the full medium heat you will want from this choice in a pepper.
Chili with the powerful seeds and membranes added to the honey.
Simmer the Honey and Fresno Chili Peppers
Over medium heat bring to a slow boil. Once bubbling, reduce to low and simmer for about 30 minutes. It will thicken and the honey will take on the pepper essence and some red hues.
What to Serve with Hot Honey
Here are some great ideas & recipes to enjoy with hot honey. Our favorite ways to serve and eat hot honey are with pizza, chicken, biscuits, and cornbread. I also recommend trying one of these recipes that goes well with hot honey.
How to Store Homemade Hot Honey
Serve immediately with your favorite foods or store for later. I store mine in a glass jar with a tight sealing lid. Refrigerate for usage later. This does not last long in our house so I am not sure how long this will last once stored. You will want to heat the hot honey in a saucepan or microwave to warm up the next time you use it as it will thicken when chilled. ** as an alternate you can even add a splash of apple cider vinegar to the recipe for an additional pop of acid to the overall flavor and help thin it out.
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- 1 C honey
- 2 Fresno Chili Peppers sliced thin
- To a small saucepan add the honey. Thinly slice 2 Fresno chili peppers. Do not discard the seeds or membranes, add them too.
- Over medium heat bring to a slow boil. Once bubbling, reduce to low and simmer for about 30 minutes. It will thicken and the honey will take on the pepper essence and some red hues.
- Serve immediately with your favorite foods or store for later. I store mine in a glass jar with a tight sealing lid. Refrigerate for usage later.
- To Reheat or Thin - You will want to heat the hot honey in a saucepan or microwave to warm up the next time you use it as it will thicken when chilled. ** as an alternate you can even add a splash of apple cider vinegar to the recipe for an additional pop of acid to the overall flavor and help thin it out.
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