Bring Sweetness to Every Meal with These Honey Recipes
Whether you make it the star of a dessert or give it a supporting role in a baked ham, you can't go wrong with honey. Here are our best recipes celebrate the golden nectar.
Honey is a basic pantry ingredient, but there's nothing basic about these sweet and savory recipes. From desserts like panna cotta and cookies to side dishes for dinner such as roasted Brussels sprouts and glazed carrots, honey shines in a variety of different recipes. You can also drizzle honey over dishes, such as the Dutch Baby with Apples, pictured here, to add a little extra sweetness. Honey comes in many different varieties, so while we might offer specific recommendations for which type to use in the recipes ahead, you should feel free to swap in your favorite. But if you do heed one piece of advice, it's this: We always recommend buying honey from a local apiary if you can.
When it comes to savory cooking, you can do so much more with honey than simply mix it into a homemade salad dressing (though that's a great use for it). We have a couple of recipes that pair honey with spicy ingredients such as Sriracha and chipotle-in-adobo sauce. Drizzle these fiery combinations over roasted or steamed vegetables for a flavor-packed side dish. In this collection, you'll also find a recipe for a spicy sauce that you can smear on sandwiches for lunch or dinner.
When it comes time for dessert, some recipes call for a simple drizzle of honey as a finishing touch while others use honey as the star of the show. Either way, the results are bound to be delicious. Some tasty examples where honey really makes all the difference? Our upgraded versions of baklava, crème brûlée, and flan, just to name a few.
Ahead, we're sharing so many ways to cook and bake with honey, a timeless pantry superstar.
Honey-Peanut Granola with Coconut and Dried Cherries
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Honey-Chipotle Glaze
Baklava With Lemon-Honey Syrup
Olive, Fig, and Honey Tapenade
Pomegranate-Glazed Ham with Jammy Cipollinis
Brown-Butter Honey Cookies
Yogurt, Fruit, and Honey Toast
Elevate a simple slice of toast with a mesmerizing trio of strained yogurt, clementine segments, and raspberries, then take it to the next level with a generous drizzle of honey.
Cara Cara Oranges with Toasted Honey Meringue
For a light, elegant dessert, serve orange slices with homemade honey-infused meringue swirls. The juicy fruit is a lovely contrast to the crunchy, pillowy meringues.
Apricot-and-Cream Cheese Squares
In this dessert recipe, we used apricot halves in heavy syrup to make a sweet contrast to the rich cream cheese and hearty focaccia dough. A drizzle of honey on top takes it over the edge.
Basil-Yogurt Panna Cotta with Grapefruit Gelèe
The tart notes of grapefruit are balanced by the sweetness of honey, which makes this cooling dessert recipe absolutely crave-worthy.
Green Fruit Salad with Lime and Honey
Made with green apple, cucumber, honeydew melon, green grapes, and star fruit, this green fruit salad is a delight. For added flavor, drizzle together honey and lime juice—a delicious, delicate way to finish this recipe.
Dates and Blue Cheese
You only need 10 minutes to put together these elegant hors d'oeuvres. Simply stuff plump dates with rich, funky Gorgonzola piccante or Spanish Valdeon, then top with toasted almonds and a drizzle of honey.
Honey Flan with Citrus and Kiwifruit
In this twist on a classic flan, raw, unfiltered honey and sugar sweeten a smooth, silky custard that brings out the tangy acids of clementine and pink grapefruit segments and kiwifruit.
Soy-Honey-Glazed Arctic Char
The salty-sweet magic of soy sauce and honey complements rich, buttery Arctic char, which is a milder fish than salmon; serve it with baby bok choy and rice for a healthy and quick dinner.
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Mixed Grapefruit with Ricotta and Cardamom Honey
Honey simmered with toasted green cardamom makes a flavorful topping for fresh ricotta and tangy grapefruit segments. Be sure to finish the dish with a sprinkling of freshly ground pepper.
An easy homemade honey caramel and a sprinkling of black and white sesame seeds take everyone's favorite movie theater snack to new heights.
Virginia Ham with Honey-Mustard Glaze
It's hard to improve on a bone-in Virginia honey ham, but our glaze—which is made with honey, Dijon mustard, brown sugar, and cloves—does the trick.
The custard filling for this rustic pie is sweetened with honey, spiced with vanilla and freshly grated nutmeg, and surrounded by a flaky lard-based crust. Simply put, it's mouthwateringly delicious.
Cinnamon-Honey Creme Brulée
In this luscious custard, clover honey offsets the spicy cinnamon in the crunchy sugar topping perfectly.
Beet Salad with Honey-Lavender Dressing
Honey and fresh lavender leaves jazz up an otherwise classic mustard vinaigrette. It's the perfect partner for this salad made with baby chard, roasted and fresh beets, toasted pecans, and goat cheese.
Scones with Pears, Irish Cheddar, and Honey
Slices of ripe pear and Irish cheddar are sandwiched between scones flecked with caraway seeds and currants. A generous drizzle of honey ties the sweet and savory flavors together perfectly.
Honey Whole-Wheat Bread
Yes, you can make bakery-worthy bread at home! A couple tablespoons of honey give this loaf a subtle sweetness.