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Hot Honey

Hot Honey is the hot condiment on the scene! Sweet honey infused with a spicy twist is such a treat. It only takes 3 ingredients and a few minutes to transform your ordinary honey into something extraordinary. Perfect drizzled over pizza, chicken, pastries, cornbread, biscuits, whatever you desire, the heat this honey brings will hit the spot!

This honey is seriously so good on practically anything but here are a few suggestions to get you started: Sourdough Biscuits, Apple Turnovers, Skillet Cornbread, or Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Vegetables.

Jar of hot honey with chile peppers.

Hot Honey

So what’s the buzz around Hot Honey? It isn’t a new concept and it’s surprisingly simple but the flavor combination of chili flakes and honey cannot be beat.

A jar of honey, the chili flakes (or fresh chilis) of your choice, and a splash of apple cider vinegar are all it takes to turn regular honey into something amazing. Not for the average bear, you can customize the level of spice depending on your tastes and the longer it sits the spicier and more infused with flavor it becomes.

While you can find it in stores, this homemade version is so much better. Plus you can use your own local honey for this recipe and support your local bees! Not to mention playing with different flavor combinations.

This condiment is so addictive you’ll want it on everything. And it tastes great on just about anything too! Add a little sweet and spicy to your favorite pizza (this tastes delicious on meat and veggie lovers pizza alike), fried or baked chicken, practically any kind of bread or pastry.

It even works with veggies or french fries! Trust us, this is not your Winnie the Pooh’s honey.

How To Make Homemade Hot Honey

  1. Place the honey, chili flakes, and apple cider vinegar in a small saucepan and heat over low heat.
  2. In a small saucepan, add the honey, chili flakes, and apple cider vinegar. Heat over low heat.
  3. Stir until the honey thins out and starts to form small bubbles around the edge of the pan. Remove from the heat. Let the honey steep for 20-30 minutes. Steep longer for a spicier honey.
  4. You can now pour the honey through a mesh strainer if you’d like to remove the chili flakes. You can skip this step and leave them in if you prefer.
  5. Serve this honey up alongside your favorite meat, cheese, pastry, or bread and enjoy!
Collage showing how to make hot honey.

Tips and Variations

  • For a honey with a slight smokey flavor, try Guajillo chili flakes. The heat isn’t too spicy to the point of overpowering the flavor and it pairs nicely with the sweetness of the honey. For a spicier honey you’ll want to use red pepper flakes or seeds from a spicy pepper. You can leave the seeds right in the honey and not strain them out to retain the spice.
  • You can even infuse the honey with fresh peppers instead of dried.
  • Another option is to use your favorite hot sauce. Add a couple tablespoons to the honey as it simmers to marry the flavors. 
  • Buy local honey when you can! It’s often more flavorful and is usually infused with local flavors like orange, wildflowers, sage, or even pine.
Mason jar filled with honey.


Storage: Store this hot honey in a glass jar in your pantry for up to 6 months. Just like with regular honey.

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Jar of hot honey next to dried chiles.

Hot Honey

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Steep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 16 Servings
Calories: 65kcal

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  • 1 cup honey
  • 3 teaspoons chili flakes dried
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar


  • Place the honey, chili flakes, and apple cider vinegar in a small saucepan and heat over low heat.
    1 cup honey
    3 teaspoons chili flakes
    1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Stir until the honey thins out and just barely begins to steam. Remove from heat, and allow the honey to steep for 20-30 minutes or longer for a spicier honey.
  • If desired, pour the honey through a mesh strainer to remove the chili flakes.
  • Serve with your favorite meat, cheese, or pastry. See post for storage options.


*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 tablespoon of honey. Actual calories will vary.
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 17g
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