Do you have a thing for hot sauce?
Do you also share a love for blueberries?
Then you’re going to love this Blueberry Habanero Hot Sauce recipe.
Loaded with flavor, this sauce isn’t as hot as other habanero hot sauces.
The blueberries’ natural sweetness helps mellow the peppers’ fiery heat.
But don’t think it’s completely tame – it’s spicy enough to satisfy even the most demanding pepper heads.
This versatile sauce goes great with chicken, fish, pork, stir-fries, and even ice cream!
And since you’re making it at home, you can make it as hot or mild as you like.
So if the idea of a spicy blueberry sauce makes your mouth start to water, read on for the best Blueberry Habanero Hot Sauce recipe packed with flavor yet so easy to make.
- 1 What Do You Need To Make Blueberry Habanero Hot Sauce
- 2 How To Make Blueberry Habanero Hot Sauce
- 3 What Can I Eat With Blueberry Habanero Hot Sauce?
- 4 Other Things To Consider When Making Blueberry Habanero Hot Sauce
- 5 Blueberry Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe
What Do You Need To Make Blueberry Habanero Hot Sauce
Habaneros have a distinctive taste – fruity, sweet, and hot.
Their flavor pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the berries.
Adds the perfect spicy bitterness to complement the heat and the sweet.
You can substitute garlic powder if you don’t have fresh cloves handy.
However, I don’t recommend garlic salt as it will overpower your hot sauce.
Adds depth to your hot sauce and has a less intense flavor than regular onion.
However, if you prefer more onion flavor, use half a red or white onion instead of the shallot.
Adds an exotic spiciness to your hot sauce.
Juicy, plump, and delicious! Fresh blackberries make an excellent alternative.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Gives your sauce a delicious tang.
Fresh Lime Juice
Adds a crisp, clean zing that brightens up your hot sauce.
You can use fresh lemon juice if you don’t have any limes available.
Deepens the sweetness of the berries and mellows the heat from the habaneros.
Adds a rich, earthly flavor with just a hint of citrus.
Salt and Pepper
The final touch that brings it all together, but use sparingly to avoid over-seasoning your hot sauce.
- Cutting board and knife
- Medium saucepan
- Spoon or spatula
- Stovetop or other heat source
How To Make Blueberry Habanero Hot Sauce
Step One: First, peel and mince the garlic, shallot, and ginger. Deseed and destem the habaneros and cut them in half. If you prefer a hotter sauce, you can leave the seeds in the peppers.
Step Two: Next, heat the oil in a saucepan at medium heat and add the habaneros. Saute until they are slightly brown, turning regularly for an even color. Remove and set aside.
Step Three: Then, add all the ingredients except the habaneros to the saucepan and simmer for approximately ten minutes.
Step Four: Transfer the sauce to a blender, add the peppers, and puree until it reaches your desired thickness. I like to leave little chunks of peppers and blueberries in mine.
Step Five: Taste, adjust any ingredients, and season with salt and pepper.
Note: if you like a thicker hot sauce, you can add a thickening agent after blending and simmer until it reaches your desired consistency.
What Can I Eat With Blueberry Habanero Hot Sauce?
This hot sauce packs the perfect balance of heat and berry flavor that will go great with anything grilled – chicken, pork, fish, and seafood.
A favorite in my house is Blueberry Habanero Grilled Salmon.
It makes an excellent rib sauce.
Serve it with melted brie for a flavorful and elegant appetizer.
Or drizzle over vanilla ice cream for the perfect ending to the perfect meal!
Other Things To Consider When Making Blueberry Habanero Hot Sauce
You Can Customize Your Blueberry Hot Sauce
This Blueberry Habanero Hot Sauce recipe tastes great just as it is.
However, you can create some delicious variations with a few simple changes.
For example, I often add ½ teaspoon of ground allspice. I find that the spice enhances the flavors of the berries and habaneros.
Or, use ½ a red or yellow onion instead of the shallot for a more intense taste.
Blackberries also go great with the fruity heat of the habaneros – I like to mix the two berries whenever I can get them.
Balsamic vinegar is a great substitute for the apple cider for a sweeter yet tangy hot sauce that goes great with grilled pork chops.
And for more ideas, check out the variations at the end of the recipe.
Tips When Working with Hot Peppers!
Take care when handling the habaneros. Capsaicin, the chemical which gives them their heat, can easily irritate your skin.
I recommend using gloves and avoid touching your skin, especially your eyes.
In the event you get pepper burn, soak the area in milk or citrus juice. Unlike water, which spreads the burn, the acids will break down the capsaicin.
If you get some in your eye, rinse for 15 minutes with warm water and apply a cold compress.
It only takes one time to learn to respect the power of this little, yet potent pepper.
- 8 habanero peppers, seeds and stems removed
- 3 cloves of fresh garlic, finely minced
- 1 shallot, minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely minced
- 1 1/2 cups of fresh blueberries
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups of apple cider vinegar
- Juice from one lime
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- Salt and pepper to taste
- First, peel and mince the garlic, shallot, and ginger. Deseed and destem the habaneros and cut them in half. If you prefer a hotter sauce, leave the seeds and don't halve the peppers.
- Next, heat the oil in a saucepan at medium heat and add the habaneros. Saute until they are slightly brown, turning regularly for an even color. Remove and set aside.
- Add the minced garlic, shallot, ginger, blueberries, apple cider vinegar, lime juice, honey, kosher salt, and cumin to the saucepan. Bring to a boil.
- Cover and reduce the heat and allow your sauce to simmer for ten minutes.
- Transfer the blueberry sauce to a blender and add the habaneros. Puree until it reaches your desired consistency.
- Taste your sauce and adjust any of the ingredients.
- Season with salt and pepper.
Note: if you like a thicker hot sauce, you can add a thickening agent after blending and simmer until it reaches your desired consistency. I recommend using a cornstarch slurry - one part cornstarch to two parts cold water and slowly add to your sauce while simmering, stirring constantly.
- Add ½ teaspoon of ground allspice for Caribbean flair.
- Substitute ½ of a red or white onion for the shallot for a more intense taste.
- Use a mix of blackberries and blueberries for even more berry goodness.
- Substitute balsamic vinegar for the apple cider for a sweeter-tasting hot sauce.
- Add a tablespoon (or two) of your favorite bourbon while simmering. Yum!
- Mix equal parts with your favorite barbecue sauce for the best-tasting BBQ chicken and pork.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 30Total Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1g
Other Habanero hot sauce recipes you may want to try:
- Chocolate Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe
- Carrot Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe
- Habanero Honey Hot Sauce Recipe
- Mango Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe
- Pineapple Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe
- Peach Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe
- Garlic Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe
- Chipotle Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe
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