Hot Honey Recipe with Ginger and Garlic

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Hot honey may seem like a fad, but it’s here to stay (and for good reason!). This hot honey recipe is all about bringing mild heat with savory flavors. We take our basic hot honey and infuse it with some ginger and garlic giving it that extra wow factor. Perfect on anything from fried chicken, to pizza, to biscuits.

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Recipe Highlights

  • Ginger and garlic bring a savory flavor to balance the sweet honey.
  • Apple cider vinegar adds acidity and bite as well as the heat from red chili pepper flakes.
  • Consider our 3-ingredient hot honey for an easier recipe, or smoked honey to add more dimension to the flavor.

Sometimes a little something extra can really elevate a recipe or dish. And hot honey is one of them. Hot honey is also very easy to make your own by infusing with your favorite flavors. This hot honey recipe is inspired by having a more savory flavor to add to fried foods, pizza, or even salad.

Ingredients

  • Honey – The base of the dish. Good quality honey, ideally local, is our preference.
  • Red Chili Pepper Flakes – Brings the heat and a little crunch.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – Brings a nice finish and balance to flavor. We do not recommend using white vinegar.
  • Ginger – Grate the ginger using a microplane to make the texture easy to incorporate in the sauce.
  • Garlic Clove – Also use a micro plane to grate the peeled garlic clove.
  • Orange Juice – Adds some citrus to the aromatics.

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How to Make It

  1. In a small sauce pot over medium heat combine all ingredients and bring to a simmer.
  2. Continue to simmer at low heat for 20 minutes to incorporate the honey and red chili peppers. It will be very liquidy – that is normal. It will thicken as it cools.
  3. Remove and place in your desired container and let cool to thicken.

Optional: You can strain the honey if you wish to remove the red chili flakes, but the added texture makes the flavors taste better over time.

Savory Hot Honey in a mason jar with honey stick.

Storage

Store in an airtight container, like a mason jar, and drizzle as needed with a honey stick or spoon. It will last three months in a cool dark cupboard.

Recipe Inspirations

It makes a great gift or you can use on almost any number of recipes in the place of regular honey.

Savory hot honey on a plate in a jar.

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Savory Hot Honey in a mason jar with honey stick.
5 from 5 votes

Hot Honey Recipe with Ginger and Garlic

A savory and sweet take on hot honey with fresh ginger, orange, and garlic. Perfect to jazz up any dish.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
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Ingredients 

  • 1 cup honey, (We prefer a local honey)
  • 1 tablespoon red chili pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, finely grated

Instructions 

  • In a small sauce pot over medium heat combine all ingredients and bring to a simmer.
  • Continue to simmer at low heat for 20 minutes to incorporate the honey and red chili peppers. It will be very liquidy – that is normal. It will thicken as it cools.
  • Remove and place in your desired container and let cool to thicken.

Notes

Storing: Ideally use an airtight jar like a mason jar and store in a cool dark cupboard. It will last for up to three months.
Look to our 3-ingredient hot honey for an easier version.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ounce | Calories: 1052kcal | Carbohydrates: 284g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 282mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 281g | Vitamin A: 177IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Sauce
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 1052
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  1. 5 stars
    We’re always looking for something different in sauces and glazes. We found this one, and decided to
    make it. We used it on our grilled pork tenderloin. It is delicious! Another staple to add to our pantry!