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Hot honey with chili flakes

Being a bona fide condiment collector and aficionado, I was stoked when my colleague Jessicka requested that I investigate and write about “hot honey”, which is making its rounds in the gastronomic blogosphere. I love the combo of both sweet and heat, so this incredibly simple recipe was a surefire winner for me. Simply put, it’s an infusion of chili peppers in honey (and a dash of vinegar), then strained.

Legend has it that it became popularized by a Brooklyn pizzeria, after one of the chef’s visited a pizza shop in Brazil where they had jars full of hot honey for drizzling on slices. Pizza seems like the obvious place to start using this tasty condiment. I haven’t tried it on all of these, but allegedly hot honey is also tasty on stir-fries, eggs, ice cream, cocktails, granola, cornbread, biscuits, and on and on. My personal favorite is using it in a peanut butter, hot honey, basil, and banana sandwich (recipe below). Be sure to check out the “pro tips” section for additional ideas! Have you tried this hot honey? If so, what have you been drizzlin’ it on?

Hot honey poured over ice cream

The Most Basic Hot Honey Recipe

Makes about 1 cup



  1. Pour honey and chili flakes into a small saucepan.
  2. Turn heat on medium-low and bring to a small simmer.
  3. Stir and gently simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Allow to cool for a few minutes.
  5. Stir in apple cider vinegar until dissolved.
  6. Strain into container of choice (I like dispensing it in flip cap bottles).

Fresh Pepper Hot Honey Recipe

Makes about 1 cup


  • 2 organic habaneros (or your favorite chili pepper)
  • 1 cup honey, preferably local
  • 1 tsp. organic apple cider vinegar


  1. Roughly chop up the habaneros.
  2. Pour honey and peppers into a small saucepan.
  3. Turn heat on medium-low and bring to a small simmer.
  4. Stir and gently simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool for a few minutes.
  6. Stir in apple cider vinegar until fully incorporated. 
  7. Strain into container of choice (I like dispensing it in flip cap bottles).

Hot honey banana basil peanut butter sandwich

P-Triple-B Hot Honey Sandwich Recipe


  • 2 slices organic bread
  • 2 Tbsp. organic peanut butter
  • 1/3 organic banana
  • 2 Tbsp. hot honey
  • 5 leaves fresh organic basil


  1. Spread both slices of bread with peanut butter.
  2. Chop banana and place on one piece of bread in an even layer.
  3. Drizzle honey all over the sliced bananas.
  4. Top with a layer of basil leaves.
  5. Lay other piece of bread, peanut butter side down, on top.

Pro Tips

  • Try other chili peppers! Our organic bird’s eye chilis are fantastic for hot honey! Or, for a hint of smokiness, try organic smoked chili flakes.
  • Not only can you use hot honey as a condiment for many foods, but you can also use it as an ingredient in lots of recipes! Try it in fermented hot sauce, honey mustard or barbecue sauce.
  • Everyone has vastly different tolerances for spicy foods. Pay attention to the Scoville heat units (SHU) of the particular pepper you’re using. We list SHUs in our product profile descriptions.  We also have a handy reference guide to chili powders. 
  • Since you’re cooking the honey to some degree or another, you’ll be losing some of the health benefits. I look at hot honey as more of a delightful condiment than an outright health food. I do, however, recommend you buy the highest quality local honey you can afford in order to support our smaller-scale beekeepers.
  • A note on shelf life: It should be indefinite. The ingredients by nature are self-preserving.
  • If it solidifies to a degree, just heat it up again!
  • WARNING: After simmering, this stuff will be hot (in two ways) and sticky. Avoid getting it on you at all costs, especially in more sensitive areas. I’d even consider wearing gloves!

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Topics: Culinary, Herbal Gift Ideas, Recipes, Herbalism


Written by Mason on April 21, 2021

Mason Hutchison is the founder of HerbRally, a podcast and website that promotes herbalism education and events. He has completed herbalism apprenticeships at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies and the Arctos School of Herbal and Botanical Studies. Mason is the Events & Outreach Strategist for Mountain Rose Herbs. His day-to-day work involves organizing community events such as the Free Herbalism Project, as well as attending herbal conferences throughout the country. He is the co-organizer of one of the longest running herbal events in the US, the Breitenbush Herbal Conference. He is also on the board of directors for the Eugene Tea Festival. He has previously volunteered for the Occupy Medical herb team and the Native Plant Society of Oregon – Emerald Chapter. Mason is a proud father, avid basketball and ping pong player, spring water gatherer, and an enthusiast in the art of frugal nutrition.

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