Honey Habanero Sauce

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“Oh so sweet” honey and the “big time heat” habanero pepper may not first come to mind as a pairing for a marinade or dipping sauce, but the two actually work quite well together! This honey habanero sauce recipe adds a little twist of tang through the addition of pineapple and cider vinegar. Plus a pinch of ginger provides a subtle exotic flavor to the recipe. There’s a lot to love in this relatively simple recipe.

honey habanero sauce
Honey habanero sauce is tasty as a glaze or as a dipper

It’s an excellent as a BBQ shrimp or chicken glaze or as a sweet dipping sauce with a big-time kick. Be cautious with habanero peppers. Their explosive heat also creates pretty explosive chili burn. Use gloves when handling them and know how to handle the burn if it hits. And do forewarn potential eaters. Honey habanero sauce is a new level of heat for most eaters, even for those used to moderately spicy food.

Like this habanero sauce? You’ll love these recipes too:

  • Peach Habanero Sauce: If fruity sweet sauces are your thing, you’ll love the pairing of peaches and habs.
  • Carrot Habanero Sauce: Another sweet take, but this time those habaneros pair up with that earthy sweetness only carrots can deliver.
  • Cherry Habanero BBQ Sauce: Big red meat flavors love big BBQ sauces. And this one delivers plenty of boldness – tangy, sweet, and plenty of heat.

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honey habanero sauce

Honey Habanero Sauce

Delicious as a glaze or as a dipping sauce
4.38 from 24 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Condiment, Sauce
Servings 32 servings
Calories 28 kcal



  • In a pan over low heat, heat the pineapple, garlic, ginger powder, and lemon juice, stirring frequently for 1 to 2 minutes (or until the pineapple becomes soft).
  • Add the honey, habanero pepper, and vinegar and continue to heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and place the mix into a blender. Pulse blend to desired thickness.
  • For best taste, let sauce sit for a minimum of 30 minutes for flavors to set.


If you want things extra, extra spicy, use a fourth habanero in the recipe. 


Calories: 28kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 29mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 20IUVitamin C: 3.2mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword Habanero Pepper
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on April 21, 2022 to include new content.
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Wendy Collins

Could I can this using a water bath canner?