Learn how to make hot honey with our simple recipe! This hot honey is perfect to add to all your favorite recipes – from drinks, to appetizers, to desserts and more.

Hot honey is infused with spices and herbs that might just surprise you – it’s so tasty, and fun to make too – in under five minutes.

This honey recipe can be used just about anywhere. We’ll show you how to make it and where to use it.

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Our hot honey is a balanced mixture of sweet and savory spices that is going to blow you away. It’s irresistibly good, but just wait until we show you all the ways you can use it!

Hot honey can be incorporated into an amazing amount of appetizers and drizzled over your favorite veggies. It’s a delightful topping for biscuits and breads, and it’s perfect to add to your favorite vinaigrette salad dressings and even cocktails for a little heat.

While hot honey was made famous over the past few years (Mike’s Hot Honey, anyone?) it’s an ingredient that’s been around for a while. I just know you’re going to love it as much as we do!

Honey is an ingredient that adds the perfect hint of sweet flavor to everything it touches – but now, you can bring the heat, too.

Hot honey on a wooden stick.

Why You’ll Love It

  • Simple to Make – Just stir it up and let it rest.
  • Pantry Ingredients – You probably have everything you need in your spice cabinet right now!
  • So Many Ways to Use it – This hot honey can be used everywhere. From pizza to cocktails, we’ll show you all the best ways to create something fabulous!
Hot honey in a glass bowl with a wooden spoon.

Ingredients and Substitutions

See printable recipe card for complete ingredients and instructions.

  • Honey – Choose your favorite brand. We tend to use our favorite local honey!
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes – Or, sub with red chili flakes.
  • Fennel Seeds – Fennel seeds add a little bit of a taste of licorice. Sounds crazy but I promise it’s delicious here!
  • Oregano – You could also sub with our oregano seasoning for a more complex flavor profile.
Honey and spices on a white plate.

Variations

  • Add little hot sauce
  • Add a few cracks of sea salt
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (this will make it taste more like Mike’s Hot Honey!)

How to Make

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add honey and crushed red pepper.
  2. Stir continuously as directed, folding in fennel and oregano after you pull the mixture off the stovetop.
  3. Let the honey rest for approximately five minutes before serving, or transferring to a jar for storage.
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Tips

  • Note that we chose not to strain our hot honey, because we love the way it looks with the herbs and seasonings inside. However, that means it will get hotter over time, with storage.
  • To strain, simply pour your hot honey over a fine mesh strainer to trap the larger pieces of fennel seeds and pepper flakes.
A wooden spoon with honey on it next to a glass jar of hot honey.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is hot honey the same as regular honey?

Hot honey is a spiced honey, so it’s the same food ingredient, but with the addition of herbs and spices! Depending on the recipe, you’ll find additions of everything from hot sauce, to vinegar, and lemon or lime juice, too.

What happens to honey if it gets heated too quickly?

Don’t heat your honey too fast, or for too long! Just heat it to a simmer – this is for health reasons (it loses nutritional value over high heat) and also because it will begin to thicken and caramelize.

Hot honey is being poured into a glass bowl.

Serving Suggestions

How to Store

  • Room Temperature – As written, our hot honey can be stored at room temperature for months. Consider it the same way you’d store traditional honey, in a cool dark pantry or shelf.
  • Refrigerator – You can also refrigerate your hot honey, though it’s unnecessary.
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Hot Honey

Learn how to make hot honey with our simple recipe! This hot honey is perfect to add to all your favorite recipes – from drinks, to appetizers, to desserts and more.
Prep: 0 minutes
Cook: 2 minutes
Total: 2 minutes
Servings: 4
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Ingredients  

  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes or red chili flakes
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • ½ teaspoon oregano

Instructions 

  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, add honey and crushed red pepper, stirring to combine.
  • Stir continuously as directed, and when small bubbles begin to form, remove from heat.
  • Fold in fennel and oregano.
  • Let the honey rest for approximately five minutes to infuse before serving, or transferring to a jar for storage.

Julie’s Tips

  • Note that we chose not to strain our hot honey, because we love the way it looks with the herbs and seasonings inside. However, that means it will get hotter over time, with storage.
  • To strain, simply pour your hot honey over a fine mesh strainer to trap the larger pieces of fennel seeds and pepper flakes.
Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.05g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 153IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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    1. Hi Claire,
      I love to hear that! Thanks so much for taking the time to review, you made my day!
      Have a great week,
      Julie