This easy hot honey recipe is made with 3 ingredients, is ready in minutes, and makes the best hot sauce! It stores well in an airtight container in the pantry for endless possibilities!

Spoon drizzling hot honey into a glass jar on a white plate.

Hot honey has become a favorite variety of hot sauce over the past few years. Lately, I’ve been making my own with three ingredients I always have available in my kitchen and it is ready in minutes! Delicious on everything from simple baked chicken breast, baked salmon, roasted vegetables, cheese, desserts, and much more! I think you’ll love it!

How to Make Homemade Hot Honey Recipe


Be sure to see the recipe card below for the full listing of ingredients, instructions, notes, and estimated nutritional information.

  • Honey – Use your favorite honey. I love to use local raw honey.
  • Spices – You can use crushed red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper to add the “hot” to the hot honey.
  • Apple cider vinegar – I add the apple cider vinegar to give the hot honey a slightly tangy flavor. I believe it helps round out the flavors of the finished hot honey perfectly!

Step-by-Step Instructions

Add the honey, red pepper flakes, and vinegar to a non-reactive saucepan. Stir together and simmer the hot honey mixture on low for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Strain the honey to remove the red pepper flakes as they will continue to release heat into the honey if left in the mixture.

The honey will store well at room temperature in the pantry.

Adjust the heat

Use more or less red pepper flakes based on your personal preference.

Hot Honey Recipes

Storage Tips

To store. Strain the honey into a clean, sterilized jar, such as a Mason jar, with a tight-fitting lid. Store at room temperature.

To make ahead. Honey lasts indefinitely as long as it is stored correctly. Make this hot honey to keep and/or share with friends. It makes a wonderful gift for the holidays!

To freeze. There is no reason to freeze this recipe as it stores well at room temperature when stored in an airtight, clean, and sterilized jar at room temperature.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you adjust the heat in hot honey?

You can adjust the spiciness in your homemade hot honey by the amount of red pepper flakes that you use and the amount of time that you leave the red pepper flakes in the honey.

Do you need to use a sterilized jar to store homemade hot honey?

If you are making the hot honey to use in a recipe or serve the same day, I do not personally sterilize the jar I am storing my hot honey. However, if I am making a larger batch, gifting the homemade hot honey, or serving beyond the same day that I make it, I do sterilize my jar for storing it.

Here’s my easy homemade hot honey recipe. I hope you love it as much as we do!

Homemade Hot Honey Recipe

5 from 2 votes
This easy hot honey recipe is made with 3 ingredients, is ready in minutes, and makes the best hot sauce! It stores well in an airtight container in the pantry for endless possibilities!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 16 tablespoons



  • 1 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar


  • Add the honey, red pepper flakes, and apple cider vinegar to a non-reactive saucepan set over a low simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Pour the hot honey through a fine mesh strainer and into a non-reactive container. Optionally, if you like your hot honey very spicy, you can leave the red pepper flakes in the honey and not strain it when pouring into a container to store. Note that It will continue to extract heat from the pepper flakes.


Recipe makes approximately 1 cup of hot honey. Can increase or decrease the amount of ingredients used for a smaller or larger batch. 
Recommend using clean, sterilized canning jars for storing hot honey. 


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.05g | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 445IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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

Robyn xo

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Recipe Review


    1. I don’t see any reason you couldn’t use this raw apple cider vinegar, Harvey. I hope you enjoy!

    1. Stainless steel, glass, ceramic, or one with an enamel coating are non-reactive. That means the pan is one that doesn’t react to the food cooked in it and won’t leave an off-taste or color to the food.