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Once you try this sticky, sweet sauce, you’ll be looking for new ways to use it on everything!
This honey sriracha sauce adds a kick to any meal and tastes better than anything from a bottle! Whip up a batch at home in only 5 minutes.
Strike the perfect balance of spicy and sweet flavors, using freshly minced garlic and a touch of onion powder to round it all out.
Even better, this honey sriracha sauce recipe only has four simple ingredients! With a well-stocked pantry, you’ll have everything you need to make this whenever the mood strikes.
I love to drizzle some over my homemade chicken and waffles, but it’s just as tasty with crispy smoked chicken wings. Either use it for dipping or toss it together with the meat to create a deliciously sticky coating.
For more of that delicious honey sriracha flavor, try my Chicken Stir Fry with Brussels Sprouts. It also contains soy or fish sauce, depending on your preference, to enhance the savory umami taste of the vegetables.
Why you are going to love it!
- Interesting flavor. The perfect combination of spicy and sweet.
- Simple ingredients. You probably have everything on hand!
- Versatile. Tastes great with all kinds of foods and recipes.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Honey – Because this recipe is so simple, use a high-quality product whenever possible. Flavor will also vary based on whether it is local or store bought and where it was harvested, which can affect the sweetness of the finished sauce.
- Sriracha – This has a unique flavor, so there isn’t an exact substitute. You can, however, experiment with some alternatives to achieve the same level of heat. Try sambal oelek or another chili paste as long as it doesn’t have vinegar at the top of the listed ingredients.
- Garlic – My original recipe used garlic powder instead, but I thought I’d see how it turned out with freshly minced. Either is delicious, so feel free to use what you have on hand.
- Onion powder – A staple for any pantry, this seasoning is made from ground dehydrated onions. This process alters the flavor, drawing out the natural sweetness and making it perfect for dressings and sauces.
Honey Sriracha Sauce Recipe Instructions
STEP 1 | Combine ingredients
- Stick to exact measurements the first time you make this, then give it a taste and adjust as needed.
- There’s no specific order in which to add things to the pan. I just find that the onion powder mixes better when it is added last.
STEP 2 | Bring to a boil
- Use medium or medium-low heat to avoid scalding along the bottom of the pan.
- Keep a close eye on it, since it will reduce down or start to burn if it continues to boil.
STEP 3 | Reduce heat
- If you won’t be serving right away, leave the heat on low to keep the sauce warm
- Stir occasionally so it doesn’t develop a film along the top.
STEP 4 | Serve
- Transfer to a small pitcher or creamer for easy drizzling.
- You can also pour it over your favorite meat or veggies and toss to coat.
- If you want a thicker consistency, reduce the heat halfway once it comes to a boil and let it simmer for a few minutes.
- You could also use a quick slurry. Combine 1 tablespoon each of water and cornstarch in a separate bowl, then stir it into the mixture until fully incorporated.
Enjoy this as a dip for wings, nuggets, and even shrimp! You could also include it in your favorite stir fry or brush some over grilled chicken or pork chops.
Frequently asked questions
This homemade version will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Store in a sealed container and give it a good stir when reheating.
Transfer to a microwave-safe bowl and heat for about 20 seconds or until warmed through.
The ingredient amounts listed will yield about 1 cup total. If you will be using for a big batch of wings or grilled meats, simply double or triple the amounts as needed.
Honey Sriracha Sauce: behind the recipe
I originally came up with this as a savory alternative to maple syrup for my chicken and waffles. It became such a hit that I felt it deserved its very own post!
There are so many great uses for this simple recipe – get creative and let me know your favorite combinations in the comments below.
Honey Sriracha Sauce
- 1 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons sriracha chile paste
- 1 clove garlic minced ( or 1 teaspoon garlic powder)
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- In a small sauce pan over medium heat, stir together the honey, sriracha sauce, garlic, and onion powder.
- Bring to a boil, then immediately reduce heat to low. Keep warm until ready to serve.
About Sheila Thigpen
Recipe Developer, Food Photographer, Food Writer
Sheila Thigpen is the publisher of Life, Love, and Good Food — a Southern food blog — and the author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook. After 20+ years in the publishing industry, she retired in 2018 to focus on her own creative endeavors full time. She and her husband live near the beautiful Smoky Mountains and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. As an influencer, Sheila has collaborated with brands like Creamette, Kroger, HERSHEY’S, Hamilton Beach, Garafalo Pasta, OXO, Smithfield, Valley Fig Growers, and more.