Hot Honey is honey infused with a mixture of serrano and habanero peppers gives you a sweet, spicy treat that you’re going to want to drizzle over everything.Jump to Recipe
Hot Honey is honey infused with a mixture of serrano and habanero peppers gives you a sweet, spicy treat that you’re going to want to drizzle over everything.
I’ll come right out and admit that I’m generally a total wimp when it comes to spicy foods. My mother in law makes chili every year for the first football game of the year, and she ends up making two batches – one is a non-spicy version for me and my two nephews, and then a regular spicy version for everyone else. I just don’t have a taste for heat.
One exception to that is hot honey. I discovered it a few years ago, and absolutely fell in love with it. My only issue is that the spiciness levels vary so much from brand to brand, and even sometimes in the same brand.
I wanted to be able to control the level of spiciness and so the only thing to do was to learn how to make it myself.
Turns out, it’s crazy simple and takes about 5 minutes.
When I make hot honey for myself, I use two serrano peppers and one habanero pepper. I find that combo of peppers makes for a honey that’s spicy enough that I can tell the heat is supposed to be there, but that isn’t overwhelmingly spicy. Making it this way gives you a honey that starts off sweet, then gives you heat, and finishes with a sweet sort of peppery-ness. It’s really fantastic.
If you’re a person who likes a way hotter honey then use all habanero peppers, or an even hotter pepper.
If you’re a person who likes things a little less spicy, you can swap the serrano for jalapenos or leave out the habanero and keep the serranos. Its really completely up to you how hot to make the honey.
- Chili Peppers (your choice)
And that’s it. See, I told you it was simple!
Tips and Tricks
- Making your own honey is WAY more economical than buying it in the store. I just use the store brand honey which costs less than 4 dollars, and the peppers end up costing less than a dollar. So for 5 dollars I have my own honey which is about half the price you’d pay for a similar amount of the leading brand of hot honey.
- To make this hot sauce, you literally just throw the honey and the peppers in a pot, and simmer the honey for 5 minutes, then strain the honey through a strainer to catch any pepper seeds. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
- Normally honey never expires, but given that even with the straining, there are little, microscopic food particles in the honey, you can’t keep this forever. About three months in the fridge is about as far as you want to push it.
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How to Use Hot Honey:
Drizzle over fried chicken or fried chicken sandwiches.
Drizzle over roasted vegetables.
Biscuits with hot honey on top are fantastic.
My husband has made honeycomb candy with hot honey and it was amazing.
Make a hot honey mustard sauce.
Hot honey glazed salmon is out of this world.
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- 2 Serrano Peppers
- 1 Habanero Pepper
- 12 ounces honey
- Cut peppers in half. You can remove the seeds if you like - I don't.
- Pour the honey into a small saucepan, and add the peppers.
- Heat the honey over medium heat for 5 minutes, watching to make sure it doesn't boil. If it starts to, reduce the heat slightly.
- Strain the honey through a fine mesh sieve into a a heatproof container and discard the peppers.
- Cover and story in the fridge for up to three months.