The Easiest Hot Honey Recipe And How To Use It!


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The Easiest Hot Honey Recipe And How To Use It!

March 29, 2022
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The Easiest Hot Honey Recipe And How To Use It!

Do you have a hankering for the hot stuff?! Our hot honey recipe is quite possibly the easiest recipe for hot honey you’ll come across on the internet. This small-batch recipe is completely customizable and only limited by your imagination.

Hot honey ready to serve.

Honey is a one-ingredient recipe made by bees, flowers, and mother nature herself. It’s our job to share all the delicious ways to utilize it!

This is how to use honey, drizzle it over Hasselback Sweet Potato Skewers!

What’s so special about California honey?

California bees are special in every way as is their honey! Bees in the Golden State visit and pollinate over 50% of the nation’s produce while they create honey.

Much like wine, honey comes in all sorts of flavors, textures, and mouthfeel. When selecting honey, flavor depends on its nectar source, so the flavor can be floral, fruity, smoky, woody, spicy, nutty, or earthy! It can smell like fresh grass or pungent aged cheese, but with a hue that is nearly as clear as water or dark as molasses.

A graphic with four images of recipes made with honey.

11 Recipes That Really Showcase How To Use Honey

Do you have jars of honey in your pantry, but you aren’t really sure how to use them in recipes?

We’re covering 4 varieties of honey from California that you should be keeping your eyes peeled for, along with 11 recipes that really showcase how to use honey in your kitchen! 

Click here to learn more about California honey!

Honey being drizzled on an apple stack. with basil and bacon. This is how to use honey!

Does honey expire?

According to Whendi Grad a fourth-generation beekeeper, “When it’s stored properly, honey never goes bad.”

In fact, when unearthing Egypt’s pyramids, modern archaeologists have found artifacts dating back thousands of years, including pots filled with honey that never spoiled!

Expiration dates on honey in stores are more of an indicator for the stores to rotate their stock. Most honey will sell from the shelves long before that date nears, but if you pick up a bottle with just a few months left on its sell-by date, you can rest assured that honey will still be fine for a long time to come.

How to store honey properly.

  1. Store honey away from any heat-producing electronics in your kitchen.
  2. Seal honey in an air-tight, glass container to prevent it from fermenting.
  3. Always use clean, dry utensils when scooping from the jar; moisture contamination will ruin honey.

Step-buy-step how to make our easy hot honey recipe

A jar of peppers and a jar of hot sauce next to a small bowl of honey.

Gather your ingredients

You don’t need many ingredients to make this hot honey recipe.

All you need is honey from California and your favorite hot sauce!

Determine your heat preference

Heat preference is a VERY personal choice – so you can make this hot honey recipe as hot or as mild as you prefer.

Start with 1 teaspoon of your favorite hot sauce to 1/4 cup honey. Give it a taste and if that isn’t hot enough for you add more hot sauce up to 1 tablespoon.

Adding hot sauce to honey.
Stirring hot sauce into honey.

Stir & serve!

Seriously, that’s it!

This hot honey recipe is fast, easy, completely customizable, and delicious. What’s not to love?!

Now that you know how to make this easy hot honey recipe we think it’s only right to share some ways to use it in your kitchen.

How to use hot honey.

One of our favorite ways to serve this hot honey recipe is drizzled over wedges of sweet watermelon then topped with basil, feta, and pistachios. This no-recipe recipe is a no-brainer -easy, delicious, and gorgeous!

There are lots of other ways to use hot honey – in dressings, cocktails, and even drizzled over fried chicken. Keep scrolling for a few more ideas for what to serve with your homemade hot honey.

What to serve with hot honey

All sorts of dishes benefit from a drizzle of this spicy-sweet California honey!

This is how to use honey, to sweeten baked treats! Sweet potato honey BBQ chips

Honey BBQ Sweetpotato Chips

This delicious recipe from G-Free Foodie for homemade BBQ sweet potato chips will knock your socks off! You can substitute the honey in this recipe for our hot honey to create a slightly spicier version.

Snack on them at work, during the game, at 1 am when you’re binge-watching your favorite show, whatever. These hit the spot any time of day or night.

Click here to try this recipe!
5 Hasselback sweet potato skewers next to a jar of honey on a serving tray.

Hasselback Sweet Potato Skewers

The secret to our new wave twist on a Hasselback sweet potato recipe lies in a unique slicing method followed by soaking in water to remove any starch before frying until crisp and golden brown. 

Every bite is golden, crispy, and completely decadent – especially with a sweet-spicy drizzle of hot honey!

Click here to view this recipe!
Southern-Style Gluten-Free Hot Chicken Strips

Southern-Style Gluten-Free Hot Chicken Strips

Fried chicken is a Southern staple, and a delicious dish to boot – and gluten-free folks don’t have to miss out on it. This hot chicken recipe from G Free Foodie is served with pickles and mayo, and the spice rub has a serious kick.

Kick the heat up even further by drizzling this chicken with our hot honey recipe right before serving.

Click here to try this recipe!
Honey Thyme Feta Dip

Honey Thyme Feta Dip

Our smooth + creamy Honey Thyme Feta Dip is the perfect match for crisp crackers, crunchy veggies, and a cool glass of California wine.

As-is we love this slightly sweet-tart recipe, but when we are in the mood for a little spice with our crudite we drizzle this dip with hot honey!

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Drizzling hot honey into a glass.

Hot Honey

Meg van der Kruik
Our small-batch hot honey recipe takes less than a minute to make and is completely customizable.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dressing, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings


  • 1/4 cup California honey
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce if you desire hotter increase hot sauce up to 1 tablespoon


  • Stir the honey and hot sauce together right before serving.
Keyword honey, hot honey, hot sauce
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