Honey Sriracha Sauce
Allow me to introduce you to your new best friend, honey sriracha sauce! Wildly addictive and incredibly easy to make, this sauce is sweet and spicy and elevates anything you pour it on. Use it as a chicken marinade – we’ve included instructions in the recipe card – or to make meatballs, wings, salmon, shrimp, or a dipping sauce.
about this honey sriracha sauce recipe
I’m always looking for new easy healthy sauce recipes to make at home and this honey sriracha sauce is my latest obsession!
It’s got that addictive combination of sweet and spicy flavors goin’ on that makes you want to put it on anything (and everything) – including chicken, shrimp, salmon, grain bowls, hot wings, meatballs and more.
Plus it doubles as a delicious marinade and is one of my go-to’s for grilled chicken.
This is one of those sauces it instantly elevates any dish you pour it on and is a sure fire way to jazz up any leftovers you have to make them feel fresh & fun again.
The vibrant color makes this an impressive (but surprisingly simple) sauce to serve for family & friends – it’ll be our little secret that it only took you 5 minutes and some basic pantry staples to make it.
PS – You can even use this sauce as a dip (um, hello gameday appetizer!). I’m sharing how to make a Creamy Sweet & Spicy Dip recipe with you below too.
process & tips
The good news is that making healthy sauces & marinades at home doesn’t have to be complicated or involve lots of hard-to-find ingredients.
The beauty of this recipe is that everything comes together in just a mason jar using simple pantry ingredients, many of which you might already have on hand.
Simply add everything to the jar, twist on the lid and shake it up (seriously, it’s that easy).
Before you know it, you’ll have a tasty sauce or marinade to use on almost anything!
how to use this honey sriracha sauce
This sauce goes with almost any protein (including chicken, shrimp and fish dishes) and would be just the thing to add to jazz up any vegetarian grain bowl! Here’s a few more fun ways to use it to elevate everyday dinners or appetizers for your next party:
Sriracha Honey Chicken: Use the sauce as a honey sriracha chicken marinade, then grill or bake the chicken, serving extra sauce on the side for dipping. You’ll find more directions on marinating & grilling chicken in the recipe card below.
Honey Sriracha Meatballs: Swap the honey sriracha sauce for Buffalo sauce in this recipe for Buffalo meatballs. Or, toss already-cooked meatballs in the sauce, and serve extra sauce on the side for dipping.
Sriracha Honey Wings: Substitute this flavorful sauce in your favorite wings recipe for a fun twist on hot wings (would be perfect for gameday parties and backyard get-togethers).
Sriracha Honey Salmon: Use this sauce as a marinade for baked or grilled salmon.
Honey Sriracha Shrimp: Try this sauce as a marinade and dipping sauce for grilled shrimp.
Creamy Sweet & Spicy Dip: Stir a few tablespoons of the sauce into cream cheese for an absolutely dreamy dip.
why make this sauce in a mason jar
I’m a big fan of making dressings, sauce and marinades in lidded mason jars.
Since you mix up the sauce in the same jar as you store it in, you can skip dirtying extra dishes or having to clean a blender or food processor.
This sauce can also be made ahead and will keep well in the fridge for up to 3-4 days, in a sealed container.
You can also freeze it in the same mason jar and store it in a sealed freezer friendly container for up to 2-3 months and thaw it when you need it.
Tip: If your butter hardens when mixed with the other ingredients or upon storage, gently run the lidded jar under warm water until it melts, or microwave the unlidded jar until it melts.
ingredients & modifications
Melted butter: I used traditional butter for this recipe but you can also use a plant-based butter for a dairy-free or vegan option.
Honey: The flavor of honey works so well with the other flavors in this recipe but you could use another liquid sweetener if you like. Agave and coconut nectar would both be great refined sugar free substitutes, but I wouldn’t recommend maple syrup in this recipe since it will add a maple flavor. If you use a granulated sweetener, make sure it dissolves fully so your sauce isn’t grainy.
Sriracha: Sriracha gets its flavor from red jalapenos, garlic and vinegar. This spicy condiment goes well with so many dishes and is one of my favorite pantry staples to keep on hand.
Tamari: Tamari is a gluten-free soy sauce but you can also use regular soy sauce or coconut aminos for a soy-free option.
Rice wine vinegar: I used rice wine vinegar for this recipe but you can also use fresh lime juice in its place.
this recipe is…
Honey Sriracha Sauce
- ⅓ cup melted butter, or plant-based butter for dairy-free
- ⅓ cup honey
- ¼ cup sriracha
- 2 tablespoons tamari, or coconut aminos for soy-free
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar, or fresh lime juice
Honey Sriracha Sauce
- Add melted butter, honey, sriracha, coconut aminos, and vinegar to a mason jar. Secure the lid, then shake vigorously until the sauce is well combined. If the butter separates, gently run the lidded jar under warm water until it melts, or microwave the unlidded jar until it melts.
- Taste and adjust flavors as desired. If you prefer a thicker consistency, like to use as a dipping sauce, heat the sauce in a saucepan over medium low heat until it reduces by half, stirring occasionally.
- Use immediately or store, covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Allow to come to room temperature before using.
Honey Sriracha Chicken Marinade
- To a zip-top bag or shallow baking dish, add ¾ cup honey sriracha sauce to 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts.
- Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
- Uncover and discard the marinade. Grill the chicken over medium heat, flipping halfway through, until the chicken thighs register 185F to 190F degrees or chicken breasts register 165F.
- Serve with additional sauce on the side for dipping.
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