Easy Raspberry Habanero Sauce

Whether over barbecue, grilled chicken, or savory desserts, this easy raspberry habanero sauce recipe delivers a spicy tang that’ll wake up everyone’s tastebuds. Our favorites: try it over vanilla ice cream or (as pictured below) atop cheese and crackers. It’s basic, but both are oh so tasty.

Easy Raspberry Habanero Sauce

This recipe is super simple to pull together, needing only three ingredients: a habanero, raspberry jam, and apple cider vinegar. Don’t be too concerned with the spiciness here. The habanero pepper is sautéed in the jam and cider vinegar mix, not processed into the sauce. So it’s spicy but not so intense as to be solely for extreme eaters.

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

  • Cherry Habanero BBQ Sauce: Habs and cherries are a tasty pairing. There’s also chipotle here for some smokiness.
  • Maple Sriracha Sauce: This is one of our favorite chicken finger dipping sauces. It’ll be one of yours too.
  • Homemade Hoisin Sauce: A soy sauce based sauce, that’s a must for Chinese food, but don’t overlook it as a barbecue sauce.

Easy Raspberry Habanero Sauce on a spoon

Easy Raspberry Habanero Sauce

Just as delicious with grilled chicken as it is ice cream
4.27 from 45 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Sauce
Servings 16 servings
Calories 31 kcal


  • 1 habanero pepper split in half and seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam seedless preferred
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar or 1/2 cup for a thinner sauce


  • Over medium heat, add all ingredients; stir often while simmering to get the jam and vinegar to fully combine.
  • Continue stirring while the sauce thickens. Remove from heat when the sauce is to your preferred thickness.
  • Remove habanero halves and serve the sauce.


Calories: 31kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 13mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 6IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 2mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Habanero Pepper
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on April 24, 2022 to include new content.
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Does this sauce store well in the refrigerator? I was buying this type of sauce for my husband its his favorite, its his replacement of ketchup. The addiction lol is getting pricey, so I want to try an make some at home.


5 stars
Love it but did not get thick like I would have liked but still good

Jackie Brown

1/2 cup vinegar was way to much for the easy raspberry sauce. I cooked it longer than 15 minutes as I wanted as a marinade for chicken. Unless I did something wrong, I guess 1/4 cup?