Hot Honey Mustard (+ Recipe Variations)

This homemade hot honey mustard is deliciously tangy, sweet, and spicy. It’s a great condiment to spread over sandwiches and glaze meats. Or turn it into a spicy honey mustard dipping sauce or salad dressing with a few simple adjustments.

This homemade hot honey mustard is a magical flavour combination of tangy, sweet, and spicy (or swicy). Drizzle it over sandwiches, glaze meats, or turn it into a dipping sauce or salad dressing with a few simple additions.

It’s a cinch to whip up with just four simple ingredients: Dijon mustard, hot honey, white wine vinegar, and salt. But don’t worry if you’re missing a few ingredients. The honey mustard sauce recipe is also very customisable, and I suggest plenty of substitutes.

The possibilities are endless. So get creative and make your own spicy honey mustard sauce. It’s a great condiment to have on hand for midweek sandwiches, burgers, and fried chicken or cauliflower bites.

Hot honey mustard (made from Dijon mustard, hot honey, vinegar and salt) in a small bowl with a honey dipper stick.

Why you’ll love this spicy honey mustard recipe

This homemade honey mustard sauce is a delicious condiment that adds a swicy flavour boost to any midweek meal or snack. 

If you’re not reaching for your whisk yet, there are even more reasons to love this hot honey mustard recipe:

  • Easy to make: All you need to make this spicy honey mustard is just a few pantry staples. And it takes minutes to whisk together.
  • Versatile: Transform the spicy honey mustard into a dipping sauce, spread, or salad dressing with easy adjustments (see the notes section of the recipe card for instructions).
  • Gluten-free: This recipe is naturally gluten-free, perfect for those with gluten allergies or intolerances. And for a vegan-friendly version, swap the hot honey for maple syrup and cayenne pepper.
  • Delicious: Most of all, the combination of tangy and swicy makes this honey mustard incredibly delicious.

Hot honey mustard ingredients and substitutes

The base of this hot honey mustard recipe is simple: Dijon mustard, hot honey, white wine vinegar and a pinch of salt.

It is also very flexible, so substitute ingredients to suit your pantry and preference:

  • Dijon mustard: I love the creamy texture and simple mustard flavour of Dijon mustard. But you can use any mustard for this honey mustard recipe – like yellow mustard, whole-grain mustard, or spicy brown mustard. Or see more Dijon mustard substitutes (including easy homemade Dijon mustard from mustard seeds).
  • Hot honey: It’s easy to make hot honey if you don’t have the shop-bought version on hand. Or, simply mix two tablespoons of honey with a quarter teaspoon of cayenne pepper and a splash of hot sauce. You can also use maple syrup if you want a vegan hot maple mustard instead.
  • White wine vinegar: Yet another staple ingredient in my house – I love it in salad dressings and sauces. But you can also use apple cider vinegar or lemon juice.
Hot honey mustard sauce ingredients arranged on a kitchen counter.

Spicy honey mustard variations

With a few simple ingredients, you can turn this honey mustard condiment into a spread, dipping sauce or salad dressing.

Hot sweet honey mustard mayo: Mix six tablespoons of hot honey mustard with a quarter cup of mayonnaise. It makes a great dipping sauce or spread.

For a creamy spicy honey mustard dipping sauce: Mix six tablespoons of hot honey mustard with half a cup of Greek yoghurt and season with salt. Or mix in some sour cream for a more indulgent dip.

For spicy honey mustard salad dressing: Mix four tablespoons of hot honey mustard with six tablespoons extra virgin olive oil and two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice (or more white wine vinegar). Taste the dressing and season with salt.

How to make hot honey mustard (step-by-step)

Hot honey mustard is an easy and delicious way to add a sweet and spicy kick to any dish. It’s perfect for dipping, drizzling, and spreading. Plus, it only takes a few minutes to make.

To make hot honey mustard, simply whisk together Dijon mustard, hot honey, vinegar and salt in a small bowl.

Step 1: Combine the ingredients

In a medium-sized bowl, combine 

  • four tablespoons of Dijon mustard
  • four tablespoons of hot honey (or four tablespoons of honey and half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper), 
  • one tablespoon of white wine vinegar and
  • a quarter teaspoon of salt

Stir the ingredients together until they are well combined.

Ingredients for hot honey mustard sauce in a small bowl next to a tiny whisk.

Step 2: Adjust the seasoning

Taste and adjust the seasoning of your hot honey mustard. Add more salt, white wine vinegar or cayenne pepper to taste.

You can also add a splash of hot sauce if you want it even spicier.

Hot honey mustard sauce mixed with a small wire whisk.

Step 3: Serve straight away or refrigerate

You can serve the spicy honey mustard sauce straight away.

Or transfer the spicy honey mustard to an airtight container or mason jar and refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow the sauce to chill and the flavours to meld. The mustard will thicken slightly as it chills.

Storage instructions: Refrigerate the hot honey mustard in an airtight container for up to two weeks. Always use clean utensils when you scoop out some spicy honey mustard sauce.

Serving suggestions for hot honey mustard

This spicy honey mustard sauce is deliciously tangy and swicy. It’s a great condiment to have around for sandwiches, roast glaze, or salads.

Sandwiches: Drizzle hot honey mustard sauce on sandwiches for a sweet and spicy kick. It goes especially well with grilled chicken, ham, or turkey sandwiches. But don’t overlook the meat-free options like egg salad and chickpea sandwiches!

Spicy mayonnaise sauce: Add a bit of mayonnaise to the hot honey mustard to create a spicy honey mustard dipping sauce. It’s perfect for crispy fries, chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks and soft pretzels. Spread the honey mustard mayo on sandwiches or use it in cold salads like red potato salad with dill.

Salad dressing: Make a spicy honey vinaigrette with hot honey mustard, olive oil, and lemon juice (or white wine vinegar). It’s great with bitter greens like arugula or radicchio. Or add some tahini to the dressing and use it in tahini kale salads.

Roast glaze: Brush hot honey mustard on grilled chicken, pork chops, or salmon. But it’s not just for meat! Use it to glaze tofu, baked feta or whole-roasted cauliflower. It creates a sticky, flavourful glaze.

Vegetable dip: Mix hot honey mustard with Greek yoghurt for a light, creamy, sweet and spicy mustard dipping sauce. It’s the perfect accompaniment to crunchy vegetables or crudités.

And that’s just the beginning. You can use this sweet and spicy condiment in all sorts of creative ways. So, have fun experimenting with hot honey mustard and let me know in the comments below how you like to use it!

Hot honey mustard (made from Dijon mustard, hot honey, vinegar and salt) in a small bowl with a honey dipper stick.

Hot Honey Mustard

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This homemade hot honey mustard perfectly balances sweet, tangy, and spicy flavours. It's a great condiment to spread over sandwiches and glaze meats. Or turn it into a spicy honey dipping sauce or salad dressing with simple adjustments (see notes).
Recipe byAdri
Servings8 tablespoons
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 4 tablespoons hot honey *
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, more to taste

Instructions

  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the spicy honey mustard ingredients and stir well. Taste, and adjust seasoning to taste.
  • Transfer the spicy honey mustard to an airtight container or jar. Use straight away or (if you have the time) refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow the flavours to meld. The mustard will thicken slightly as it chills.
  • Refrigerate the spicy honey mustard in a squeeky clean airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Always use clean utensils when you scoop some hot honey mustard sauce.

Notes

  • If you don’t have hot honey, mix 4 tablespoons of honey with ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper and a splash of hot sauce. Or see how to make hot honey.
  • For hot honey mustard mayo: Mix 8 tablespoons of hot honey mustard with ½ cup of mayonnaise. It makes a great dipping sauce or spread.
  • For a creamy hot honey mustard dipping sauce: Mix 8 tablespoons of hot honey mustard with ½ cup of Greek yoghurt and season with salt. Or mix in some sour cream for a more indulgent dip.
  • For spicy honey mustard salad dressing: Mix 4 tablespoons of hot honey mustard with 6 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons lemon juice, or more white wine vinegar. Taste and season with salt.

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