Our Favorite Honey Recipes, From Sweet to Savory
Delicate yet distinct, honey adds nuanced flavor to all kinds of sweet and savory dishes. Whether you make it the star of a dessert or give it a supporting role in a baked ham, you can't go wrong. Here, our best recipes celebrating the golden nectar.
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. (The fish is ready in just 15 minutes.)
Test Kitchen's Favorite Fire-Cider Tonic
Said to be anti-inflammatory and aid in digestion, this fermented, immune-boosting tonic has an apple-cider vinegar base and is loaded with herbs, chile peppers, and garlic, then sweetened with honey.
Mixed Grapefruit with Ricotta and Cardamom Honey
Honey simmered with toasted green cardamom makes a flavorful topping for fresh ricotta and tangy grapefruit segments. Finish 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 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.
Orange-and-Honey Glazed Pork Chops
Orange zest and juice, white-wine vinegar, and orange-blossom honey make a spectacular sweet-and-savory marinade for juicy bone-in pork chops.
Cinnamon-Honey Creme Brulee
The clover honey in this luscious custard offsets the spicy cinnamon in the crunchy sugar topping perfectly.
Gussy up roasted chicken wings by glazing them with mellow honey and umami-packed awase (mixed) or aka (red) miso.
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.
Seeded Honeycomb Brittle
Candied honey sprinkled with flaky salt and a mixture of pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, and poppy seeds makes a delectable brittle that's ideal for gifting.
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.
Lemon Honey Cake
Honey goes into the batter of this showstopping cake and is also used to brush the baked rounds. A creamy lemon filling is sandwiched between the layers, and the whole thing is topped with a piece of honeycomb.
Honey Whole-Wheat Bread
Yes, you can make bakery-worthy bread at home! A couple tablespoons of honey give this loaf a subtle sweetness.
Berries with Buttermilk and Honey
Apples dipped in honey are a Rosh Hashanah tradition, but you can make this sandwich version any time of year. Just top lightly toasted challah with thinly sliced apples, toasted almonds, and a drizzle of honey.
Honey stands in for some of the sugar in these crowd-pleasing bar cookies studded with chunks of bittersweet chocolate.
Caramelized Figs with Honey and Cheese
Cook fresh, ripe figs with honey and fennel seeds, then top with toasted almonds, salty Pecorino Toscano cheese, and more honey. Serve with wheatmeal crackers as an appetizer or light dessert at your next garden party.
Honey is a triple threat in this dessert -- it goes into the batter, it's infused with sage and honey then brushed onto the hot cake, and it's whisked together with powdered sugar and fresh lemon juice for the final glaze.
Honey-Chipotle Turkey Meatballs
Honey, chipotle chiles in adobo, and cider vinegar give these lean turkey meatballs an addictive smoky-sweet flavor.
Honey-Glazed Carrots with Cilantro
Black Quinoa with Avocado, Almonds, and Honey
Upend your breakfast routine with this black quinoa bowl topped with honey, almond milk, toasted almonds, and avocado.
Simmer honey with vanilla seeds to make a fragrant syrup, then add lime juice and seltzer for a lip-smacking, refreshing cooler.