how to make hot honey sauce | Family Cuisine

This honey sauce is great for dipping or drizzling over chicken, pork, or fish. It's also delicious with vegetables!
how to make hot honey sauce | Family Cuisine

This 5-ingredient recipe for Hot Honey Drizzle is one of my favorite condiments to make because of how simple and delicious it is. From serving it on a cheese board to using it as a pizza topping, it will take the flavor of food to the next level!

A small crock with a handle filled with hot honey drizzle and a wooden scoop on the side.

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About the recipe

The first time I ever taste hot honey, I thought it was revolutionary. It was served on a secret, off-the-menu item at my favorite pizzeria in Dallas, Cane Rosso, and it was called the Honey Badger. The pizza was topped with spicy sopressata, fresh mozzarella, and a house-made habanero honey that was out of this world!

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That pizza experience literally changed the way I eat pizza, and I often find myself asking for honey whenever I order pizza at a restaurant – especially if it is topped with spicy, salty meat!

Because I loved the hot honey so much, I knew I had to create my own version of it to put on all the things at home. And thus, this hot honey drizzle was born!

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This hot honey recipe is part of a holiday blog series I have called 5-Ingredient Fancy. The recipes series are perfect for:

  • Anyone who is cooking on a budget but still wants some festive recipes to contribute to holiday gatherings.
  • Beginner cooks and college students that want to make something impressive to bring to holiday parties without spending too much time or money with little stress.
  • People who like make-ahead recipes that are simple and easy to follow.
  • Adding to cheese boards with store-bought items so that you have an element of “homemade” in the mix.

If you’d like to check out the rest of the series, see these other 5-Ingredient Fancy Recipes:

  • Christmas Tree Cheese Crackers – you can make them in any shape!
  • Warm Olives with Lemon and Rosemary
  • Chipotle Rosemary Roasted Walnuts
  • Italian Marinated Mozzarella Pearls
  • Styling a Festive Charcuterie Board
An overhead shot of a black iron platter filled with cheeses, olives, meats, spreads, fruit, and crackers.


It’s surprisingly VERY easy to make your own hot honey to enjoy at home. All you will need to spice up honey is:

  • Honey – play around with the type. Clover honey is fine, but it’s fun to experiment with others like macadamia or mimosa honey.
  • Hot sauce – Lousiana hot sauce is my fav!
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
  • Salt


Making homemade hot honey is as simple as bring a pot of water to boil. Just combine your honey, hot sauce, vinegar, red pepper flakes, and salt in a small saucepan. Bring it to a boil over medium heat, then cook it for 4 minutes, swirling the pan around occasionally. Cool it, then store honey or serve it as you like!

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You can store hot honey at room temperature in the pantry for up to a month. Be sure to label and date your container!

A butternut squash pizza on a baking sheet with a jar of hot honey in the corner.

Serving suggestions

There are so many foods that hot honey is delicious on. You can never go wrong drizzling it on pizza or cheese! Some of my favorite ways to serve it are below:

  • Cheese and charcuterie boards like this Ultimate Antipasto Platter
  • Bacon and Butternut Squash Pizza with Hot Honey Drizzle
  • Ham or sausage biscuits
  • As a glaze for your Christmas ham or a pork tenderloin
  • On top of whole grain buttermilk cornbread
  • As a topping for chicken and waffles
  • Drizzles on black-eyed peas and turnip greens

Are you ready to make some Hot Honey Drizzle? I’m so excited for you to try this recipe. Once you get the chance to make it, please let me know how it turns out for you!

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