This homemade spicy honey mustard is made with a handful of pantry staples and is really easy to make. Use it as a sauce, dip, or dressing. This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian with a vegan option.
I rarely, if ever buy premade sauces. Whether it's Japanese spicy mayo, pizza sauce, or vegan oyster sauce, I always make them from scratch. They take only a few minutes to throw together, require no fancy tools, and are really easy to customize.
With homemade sauces, dips, and dressings, you get to control the ingredients that go inside and make them according to your own personal taste preferences.
- Raw honey - I recommend using honey that's local to your area so you can reap the benefits.
- Prepared yellow mustard - this adds a beautiful yellow hue and a tangy flavor.
- Dijon mustard - this has a more complex flavor and is naturally spicier than yellow mustard so including it adds more dimension to the sauce.
- Mayonnaise - adds extra creaminess.
- Champagne vinegar - brightens and balances the flavors.
- Cayenne pepper - the spicy element that helps balance out the sweet flavor.
How to Make Spicy Honey Mustard
Step 1. Add all the ingredients to a bowl or jar and whisk until combined.
Step 2. Taste and adjust the flavors as needed depending on your personal preferences. Like it sweeter? Add more honey. Too sweet? Add more mustard. Not spicy enough? Add more heat. And so on.
Make It Your Way: Substitutions & Variations
Please remember that recipes are just a starting point.
How can you make this spicy honey mustard using what you already have? Here are some ideas...
- Short on honey? - use maple syrup.
- No yellow mustard? - use all dijon mustard and add a touch more honey since dijon is spicier.
- No dijon mustard? - use all yellow mustard.
- Make it vegan - use vegan mayo and maple syrup instead of honey.
- No champagne vinegar? - white wine vinegar or rice vinegar are great alternatives.
- Variations - add garlic powder, smoked paprika, fresh or dried herbs, etc.
Consistency. This spicy honey mustard has more of a sauce or dressing consistency. if you prefer it to be more of a dip, add more mayonnaise.
How to store. Store your spicy honey mustard in an airtight jar or container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Use any ratio. Homemade sauces are an easy way to start getting more comfortable deviating from a recipe. You can use any combination of mustard, either both or just one variety. Keep tasting your sauce until it tastes best to you.
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Spicy Honey Mustard
- ¼ cup raw honey
- 3 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
- ½ - 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper depending on spice preference
- Add all the ingredients to a bowl or jar and whisk until combined.
- Taste and adjust the flavors as needed depending on your personal preferences. Like it sweeter? Add more honey. Too sweet? Add more mustard. Not spicy enough? Add more heat. And so on.
- Makes ⅔ cup.