Simple Honey Sriracha Sauce (It’s Irresistibly Good!)

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This sweet and spicy Honey Sriracha Sauce adds so much flavor to baked or grilled chicken and wings. Slather it on as a glaze or use it as a dipping sauce.

Chicken with Honey Sriracha Sauce

You will be surprised how amazing this Honey Sriracha Sauce tastes. You might expect it to super spicy because of the Sriracha, but the honey reduces the spice level and seriously ratchets up the deliciousness.

These two flavors together are the perfect accompaniment to chicken. We use it as a glaze on chicken wings and shrimp, even as a sauce on roast potatoes and brussels sprouts. Anywhere that you would use BBQ sauce is a candidate.

» Also try this delicious Yum Yum Sauce.

What is Sriracha?

Sriracha

Sriracha is a popular hot sauce that originated in Thailand and has gained worldwide recognition for its distinctive flavor and spiciness.

Sriracha is made primarily from red chili peppers, vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt, resulting in a delicious combination of heat, tanginess, sweetness, and umami. The sauce has a thick consistency and a vibrant red color. It is gluten-free and vegan.

It is known for its versatility, as it can be used as a condiment, a dipping sauce, or as an ingredient to add a kick to various dishes.

Ingredients Needed to Make Honey Sriracha Sauce

Honey Sriracha Sauce

The ingredients you need for this recipe are:

  • Sriracha – The most important ingredient in this sauce is the Sriracha. I prefer Huy Fung Foods Sriracha with the rooster on the bottle. Another brand that’s good is Flying Goose Sriracha with the goose on the bottle.
  • Honey – You want to select a good quality honey. Preferably one that is fresh and in liquid form. Honey can get crystallized over time, which won’t work as well for this sauce.
  • Butter – salted or unsalted is fine, whatever you have on hand.
  • Soy sauce – I always use lite soy sauce, because it has a lot less sodium in it.
  • Lemon juice – freshly squeezed, if possible.

How to Make It

This sauce is super easy to make. Just combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and set it over medium high heat.

Honey Sriracha Sauce

Stir it all together and let it bubble for a minute before lowering the heat to a simmer. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the sauce has reduced slightly and thickened up a bit.

You can use the sauce right away, or store it for later. I like to brush it on baked or grilled chicken. It’s great on potatoes or brussels sprouts as well, try these honey sriracha roasted potatoes.

Chicken with Honey Sriracha Sauce

If storing it for later, you may have to heat it up for a few seconds in the microwave to make it liquidy again. The honey can stiffen up in the refrigerator.

Ways to Serve Honey Sriracha Sauce

There are quite a few ways you can serve this sauce. If you really like it – and I’m pretty sure you will – then you can get creative and serve it with all kinds of things. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

How to Store Leftover Sauce

Store it in a sealed container in the refrigerate for up to 10 days. If you make a large batch of sauce you can use it for all the things over a week and a half period before it goes bad.

If you want to make a bunch of sauce and freeze it so you can just pull it from the freezer any time you need it, that’s doable! Cool the sauce to room temperature, then pour it into a freezer-safe container, or pour it into the wells of an ice cube tray.

Freeze for up to 2 months. To use it, you can just plop the frozen cube of sauce into the pan and heat it up to bubbling.

Honey Sriracha Brussels Sprouts
Honey Sriracha Brussels Sprouts

What Our Readers Are Saying

You don’t have to just take my word for it. Hundreds of readers have tried this recipe and loved it. See below some of the reviews we’ve received from visitors:

“We love this sauce on everything from chicken to salmon! It is our go to favorite sauce and so easy!” – Pam G

“I want to put this sauce on eeeeverything! It’s perfectly sweet and spicy, and SO delicious!” -Jessica F

“You had me at Sriracha. This sauce is delicious. My family loves it!” – Nart

Honey Sriracha Shrimp on a plate
Delicious Honey Sriracha Shrimp

Other Things to Try This Sauce On

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this sauce extremely spicy?

You might think that by adding sriracha, which is quite spicy on its own, that this sauce would be extremely spicy and hot, but the honey counterbalances the heat and tones it down quite a bit. While it is still a lightly spicy sauce, it isn’t overwhelming. You can adjust the heat even more by adding more honey.

What is sriracha sauce made of?

Sriracha is made from a red jalapeño-hybrid chile pepper. The chilis are mixed with vinegar, salt, garlic and sugar to make a spicy yet tangy hot sauce that goes well with any meat or veggie, and especially with Asian foods.

Can honey sriracha sauce be used as a dipping sauce?

Yes, you can use this honey sriracha sauce as a dipping sauce for things like French fries or tater tots, or you can use it as a glaze for meats like chicken drumsticks, or on chicken wings. It’s thick enough to use it either way.

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Chicken with Honey Sriracha Sauce

Honey Sriracha Sauce

This honey sriracha sauce is spicy and sweet and a great accompaniment to any meat.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 51kcal
Author: Laura Lynch

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sriracha
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Instructions

  • Mix together all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook for about 5 minutes, until the sauce has reduced and thickened slightly.
  • Use as a glaze or dipping sauce.

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Nutrition

Calories: 51kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 341mg | Potassium: 14mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

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Honey Sriracha sauce on chicken legs

19 thoughts on “Simple Honey Sriracha Sauce (It’s Irresistibly Good!)

  1. John R says:

    5 stars
    I gave this recipe 5 stars because this is the one I’m going to try and easier than others. I’ve got to ask though is why is the cooking and bringing to a boil necessary and the need for refrigeration?
    Thanks

    • Laura says:

      Cooking and boiling the sauce helps to thicken it and develop the flavors as they come together. You don’t need to refrigerate it unless you have left over (because of the butter), but it’s best to just use it right away.

  2. kissthecook says:

    The addition of honey really mellows out the spice, and the sauce has a nice consistency that’s easy to drizzle.

    • Angela Morris says:

      Hi Laura, you can use a different sweetener but it will definitely change the flavor of the sauce.

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