This Hot Honey Butter Garlic Sauce is a magical 5 minute elixir of incredible flavour that makes anything that it touches taste incredible. Now this might sound like an exaggeration but nope, it really is that good!
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I am absolutely obsessed with this sweet spicy and garlicky sauce! It’s as great served with a steak as with Breaded Chicken Thighs or as a substitute for the garlic butter on Roasted Mushrooms.
My version evolved from trying this Southern Hot Honey Chicken recipe from Half Baked Harvest. The cornflake crusted chicken was great but it was the sauce that blew me away!
As is natural to do with these things, I adapted the recipe to use the ingredients that I had on hand. I also reduced the ratio of butter a little. I don’t know if its better than the original but it’s certainly awesome and really easy to make with only a few ingredients.
And now I cannot stop making it. I now make larger batches and keep it in a jar in the fridge. This means that I can simply give it a stir, dollop out a few teaspoons and douse it over whatever I’m eating!
How to Serve Honey Butter Sauce
It will largely depend on what you are serving the sauce with. But as a general rule I would be tempted to serve it in a small pot on the side rather than dousing your dish in it.
This is especially true if you’re eating it with something southern fried or baked like Oven Fried Chicken Thighs, lest they go terribly soggy.
Either way it is important that the sauce is served hot. Once it cools significantly it will start to go cloudy and solidify.
Make Hot Honey Butter Sauce into a Feast
I truly believe that you can make any dish into a proper feast! Whether thats a feast for one after work on a Tuesday, a casual feast for four on a Friday evening or a feast for 12 for a special occasion!
I would absolutely add this spicy honey sauce to my Big Americana Feast Collection. The rest of the feast includes southern classics like Southern Chicken Wings, Guacamole, BBQ Pork Ribs, super cheesy Mac’n’Cheese, creamy Coleslaw and Boston Baked Beans.
To make it even better, there are Garlic Bread Rolls on the side and my Peanut Brownie Cheesecake for dessert. An absolute feast indeed!
I also love to serve the garlicky sauce with my Southern “Fried” Chicken with green rice, Mexican Street Corn and my favourite peach salsa.
Don’t forget to head over to the Big Americana Feast post for all of my tips and tricks to help you host a fun and stress-free feast. Plus remember to check out my other feast collections and all my Americana inspired recipes.
Ingredients for Spicy Honey Butter Garlic Sauce
I use salted butter for everything. There isn’t a time when I’m not going to add salt to my food. If you do insist on using unsalted butter, you may find you need to add a tiny bit more salt.
This is also a time to use real butter. Unless there is a dietary reason involved to use a non dairy option of course. Low fat margarines and spreads are not going to provide the flavour needed to make this sauce amazing.
Garlic salt is my cheeky trick to packing in garlic flavour without having to deal with raw garlic which can catch and burn in certain situations. Caught garlic tastes bitter and isn’t ideal.
Try to look for a version that doesn’t contain too much onion powder. My preferred option here in the UK is the own brand version from Morrisons.
You can use any honey that you like. Runny honey or set honey will both work just fine as they’ll be heated and melted anyway.
I wouldn’t bothering using anything pricey like manuka honey or anything heavily flavoured like heather honey. You’re not going to get any benefit from either and in fact, a flavoured variety could make the sauce taste a bit odd.
My go-to chilli sauce is Linghams which is available in some supermarkets and all Asian grocers. It is a little sweet with a great kick. Sriracha would be another good alternative.
Just make sure you use something with some body to it. This isn’t the time to use something thin and powerful like Tabasco.
This easy sauce is actually quite flexible. I don’t very often bother to measure the ingredients. If I feel like I want it to be a bit hotter, I add more chilli. If I want it a bit sweeter I add more honey.
The honey adds a great flavour to the sauce but you could sub it for another sugar or maple syrup. Something like corn syrup or golden syrup would add too much of a specific flavour which wouldn’t work so I would avoid these. I would also avoid sugar substitutes as the texture will be affected.
You can also add extra heat by adding dried chili flakes or even very finely cut fresh chillies.
Make it Vegetarian or Vegan
This honey butter sauce is suitable for vegetarians as written.
To make the sauce vegan, you will need to substitute the butter and honey. The butter can be swapped for a dairy free option. I would try to look for something purporting to have a buttery flavour rather than a bland baking margarine.
The honey can be switched for light brown sugar or maple syrup if you fancy that flavour option.
Make it Allergy Friendly
This recipe is free from egg, gluten and nuts.
Dairy Free: To make a dairy free honey butter sauce, you simply need to switch out the butter for a buttery flavoured dairy free substitute.
Please note that this recipe may contain other allergens not referred to above and any variations suggested have not been tested unless otherwise stated. For more information regarding any dietary information provided on this website, please refer to my Nutritional Disclaimer.
Equipment Notes for Honey Butter Chilli Sauce
All you really need is a small saucepan and a heat source along with something to stir it with. As always I recommend a good set of silicone spatulas.
The alternative option is to make the sauce in a microwave. Make sure that the mixing bowl or jug that you use is microwave safe.
A comprehensive list of the equipment used to make this recipe is included in the main recipe card below. Click on any item to see an example. There are no hard and fast rules so many items can be sensibly substituted to achieve the same results.
You can make this sauce really quite far in advance. Keep it in the fridge and warm it through in the microwave or in a pan for serving. You will need to give it a good stir as it reheats because it will have separated and set as it cooled.
Leftover Hot Honey Butter Garlic Sauce
Just as with getting ahead, any leftovers will last for weeks in the fridge. Technically they’ll last but I can’t promise you that they’ll actually last that long. It’s very moreish.
You could also freeze it. I would suggest using silicone ice cube trays or the like so you have small portions to dip into.
Do be careful that you only keep virgin untouched sauce. Anything that you’ve dipped into will be contaminated and could go bad quite quickly.
Chili Butter Sauce Tips
Don’t be tempted to crank the heat up too high as the sugars could catch and burn before the butter and honey is properly melted.
You can alternatively make the sauce in the microwave. Heat in 30 second bursts giving it a good stir each time.
You must give the sauce a few minutes to cool before tucking in. It contains molten fat and sugar and it will burn you!
Don’t forget to let me know in the comments if you try making this recipe – I want to know what you think and if you made any substitutions, how did it turn out?
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Hot Honey Butter Garlic Sauce
- 60 g Salted Butter
- 1 tbsp Garlic Salt
- 2 tbsp Honey
- 4 tbsp Chilli Sauce - Lingams or Sriracha
- Measure 60g Salted Butter, 1 tbsp Garlic Salt, 2 tbsp Honey and 4 tbsp Chilli Sauce directly into a small saucepan.
- Put the pan on a medium heat and stir until the butter has melted and the sauce starts to bubble gently.
- Remove from the heat and serve.
This sauce sounds very good, can you use garlic powder instead of garlic salt? Also, can you substitute paprika for the hot sauce? Thsnksy
You can definitely use a mix of salt and garlic powder in place of the garlic salt – that’s basically what garlic salt is anyway. You could also use paprika instead of the hot sauce but you will end up with less sauce overall because the hot sauce itself provides done if the body and volume to the sauce. The flavour won’t be exactly the same but it’d still be a good tasty sauce! I hope you enjoy x
Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie says
This sauce sounds so good! (And wonderfully easy peasy!!) Eb 🙂
It is definitely in your wheelhouse!
Jenny Walters says
If I was to venture into the world of pole dancing etc then this WILL be my stage name minus the garlic bit!!!! Sorry, just so love the name, had me tittering.
Anyway it sounds absolutely beautiful and well worth dousing on everything. I love it when a sauce comes together. x
OMG I’m howling!
Andrew John shaw says
My wife doesn’t like honey,would maple syrup make much difference?
Hi Andrew, yes absolutely – its one of my “be flexible” suggestions. The flavour will be slightly altered but still crazy delicious!
This sounds like my sort of sauce. How very delicious. Love the addition of honey and butter. I’m crossing fingers that we might get enough chillies this year to make my ab fab chilli sauce. I’ve never found a commercial one that comes anywhere near it. So when I do, I shall have a go at your gorgeous hot honey butter sauce.
Oh wow that sounds amazing!
This sounds incredible. Like you, I want to pour it over everything!
I also recommend straight into your face!!!
I love an easy recipe with few ingredients that packs a punch. This one fits all those criteria!
And this definitely packs a punch!