Do you like your hot sauce on the sweeter side?
Then you’ll love this Habanero Honey Hot Sauce recipe.
It may not sound like it, but these two make an incredible flavor combination.
Combining the sweetness of honey, spicy habaneros, fresh lime juice, and tangy vinegar, this Habanero Honey Hot Sauce recipe makes an excellent marinade or dipping sauce.
Just one taste, and you’ll never look at grilled chicken the same way again.
And with just seven ingredients, it’s super easy to make and lasts for months.
In addition, I’ve provided a few ideas that will take your hot sauce to the next level.
Are you ready for a hot sauce that packs just as much sweet as heat? Read on for the best Habanero Hot Sauce recipe this side of the Caribbean.
- 1 What Do You Need To Make Habanero Honey Hot Sauce
- 2 How To Make Habanero Honey Hot Sauce
- 3 Other Things To Consider When Making Habanero Honey Hot Sauce
- 4 Habanero Honey Hot Sauce Recipe
What Do You Need To Make Habanero Honey Hot Sauce
Adds the perfect spicy bitterness that goes great with the honey and habaneros.
Provide the heat.
If you prefer a milder hot sauce, cut the number of habaneros in half and substitute an equal amount of orange or yellow bell peppers.
Adds some exotic spiciness.
The sweetness of the honey pairs perfectly with the heat from the habaneros.
Double the honey if you like a sweeter-tasting hot sauce.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Adds a nice tang to go along with the heat and sweetness.
Gives your hot sauce a bright, crisp zing.
Used as a thickening agent.
Salt and Pepper
The final touch that brings all the flavors together, but be careful not to over-season your hot sauce.
- Cutting board
- Medium saucepan
- Spoon or spatula
- Stovetop or other heat source
How To Make Habanero Honey Hot Sauce
Step One: First, heat the vegetable oil in a saucepan and add the garlic (with skins) and habaneros.
Step Two: Sautee until the garlic is soft and the habaneros are lightly brown. Turn often to get an even color on the chilies. Also, the habaneros will take less time than the garlic, so remove them before they char.
Step Three: Once the garlic is soft, remove it from the pan and allow it to cool. Then, remove the skins and set aside.
Step Four: Next, add the fresh ginger, habaneros, water, honey, and apple cider vinegar to the saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for two to three minutes.
Step Five: Transfer the sauce to a blender and add the garlic and lime juice. Puree until smooth and return to the saucepan.
Step Six: Taste your sauce and adjust any of the ingredients.
Step Seven: Next, make the slurry by combining the cornstarch with cold water. Be sure the water is really cold to avoid getting lumps in your sauce.
Step Eight: Slowly add the cornstarch slurry to the sauce while simmering, stirring constantly. If you like a thinner sauce, add more water.
Step Nine: Season with salt and pepper and simmer until it reaches your desired consistency.
Step Ten: For the best taste, let it rest for 30 minutes to develop the flavors.
Other Things To Consider When Making Habanero Honey Hot Sauce
You Can Customize Your Hot Sauce
This Habanero Honey Hot Sauce recipe has the perfect blend of heat and sweet.
But with just a few easy changes, you can make some tasty new variations.
For example, add fresh mango or chopped pineapple for a rich tropical taste.
While chopped fresh cilantro will give your hot sauce an earthy flavor and a bit of color.
Or change the tang by changing the vinegar – rice vinegar will give your hot sauce an Asian flair.
If you want a milder hot sauce, substitute orange or yellow bell peppers for half of the habaneros.
Or a favorite in my house – a couple of tablespoons of orange juice for added sweetness.
Let your imagination guide you, and have fun experimenting with different combinations.
What Can I Eat with Habanero Honey Hot Sauce?
With its blend of sweet and heat, this Habanero Honey Hot Sauce recipe makes an excellent chicken glaze.
Or use it for incredible spicy barbecue shrimp.
Makes the best-tasting Habanero Honey Chicken Wings!
Serve as a dipping sauce for fried wontons and egg rolls.
Drizzle over veggies for a tasty side.
Use it to make a delicious sweet and spicy broccoli and cauliflower salad.
Or Habanero Honey Stir Fry. Wow!
Make More Than You Need
With so many delicious uses, you’ll want to ensure you always have some of this versatile hot sauce on hand.
Plus, it keeps getting better the longer it sits.
So go ahead and double the recipe.
Extra sauce will stay fresh in the fridge for up to four months, though it never lasts that long at my house.
- 2 cloves of fresh garlic
- 6 habanero peppers, chopped
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely minced
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 cup of water
- ½ cup of honey
- ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
- Juice from one lime
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 2 tablespoons cold water (for thickening)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- First, heat the oil in a saucepan at medium heat. Add the garlic (with skins) and habaneros and saute until the garlic is soft and the habaneros are lightly browned. The chilies will take less time, so remove them before they begin to char, and continue with the garlic until it’s soft.
- Remove the garlic from the heat and let cool. Take off the skins and set aside.
- Next, add the fresh ginger, roasted habaneros, water, honey, and apple cider vinegar to the saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for two to three minutes.
- Pour the mixture into a blender, add the roasted garlic and lime juice, and puree until smooth.
- Return the mixture to the saucepan and bring to a simmer.
- Prepare the slurry by mixing one tablespoon of cornstarch with two tablespoons of cold water.
- Slowly mix the cornstarch slurry into the sauce while simmering, stirring constantly. Allow it to simmer for a couple more minutes or until it reaches your desired consistency. If you like a thinner sauce, add more water.
- Let your sauce rest for 30 minutes to let the flavors develop.
- Fresh chopped cilantro will give your hot sauce an earthy taste and some color.
- Add ½ cup of water while simmering if you prefer a thinner hot sauce.
- Like it hot? Add another habanero chili.
- Add fresh pineapple or mango to give your hot sauce the taste of the tropics.
- Add two tablespoons of your favorite barbecue sauce for a delicious tropical BBQ marinade.
- Fresh peaches make a great addition. Add ½ a cup for a Southern-style sweet and spicy hot sauce.
- Mix in two tablespoons of bourbon for a tasty hot sauce that goes great with grilled meats 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
- Blueberry Habanero 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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