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10 Sweet and Savory Honey Recipes


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This post and giveaway is sponsored by The National Honey Board.

Honey does more than sweeten tea and suppress a cough. Honey has many versatile benefits in the kitchen, from replacing other granulated sweeteners in baked goods and other desserts to balancing the acidity and salt of salad dressings with a natural sweetness and mouth-filling texture. For many home cooks who think about honey during breakfast, they may be surprised to learn that many savory dishes will also benefit from adding honey.

Honey enhances browning and helps food retain moisture. That is why honey is a common ingredient in many marinades and sauces for meat, chicken and fish. Honey is sweeter than other granulated sweeteners – so you can use less – and it has a unique flavor profile that enhances every dish. There’s actually more than 300 varietals of honey in the United States. (check out www.honeylocator to find varietals from your region)

Try these sweet and savory recipes to discover how honey can bring out the best flavors in your kitchen.

Asian Vegetables with Quinoa

Asian Vegetables with Quinoa

Honey is a common ingredient in many Asian foods.  Not only does it offer natural sweetness to counterbalance the salty and spicy flavors, but it also provides a thicker coating that sticks to the food.

Herbed Meatloaf

The flavor and juices of the meatloaf are sealed in by the extra coating of tomato paste mixed with honey that is slathered on top.

Honey Pecan Chicken

Honey Pecan Chicken

Honey and mayo combine to coat the chicken before being dredged in pecans and breadcrumbs.  The honey helps keep the chicken breast moist while also working to cling to the breading.

simple salmon

Neshe's Simple Salmon

Salmon never got easier than this recipe and a little honey goes a long way to make a salmon everyone will love.

Red Snapper with Asian Noodles

Red snapper is marinaded in a an asian blend of sauces for a balance of sweet, spicy and salty.

Apple Honey Marinade For Chicken

A chicken marinade from our BBQ professional, honey works great on the grill.

Cider Glazed Vegetables

The honey balances the apple cider vinegar in this vegetable side dish.

Apple Crunch Bread Pudding

This breakfast bread pudding is perfect to use up leftovers.  Honey is a surprise  ingredient in the custard used to soak the bread

Curried Coconut Couscous

This flavorful coconut and curry couscous filled with apricots is laced with the sweet taste of honey.   It can be served warm or prepared ahead and served cold the next day.

Whole Wheat Challah

This whole wheat challah recipe has a great texture due to the use of honey.  Give it a try.

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About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




82 Responses to 10 Sweet and Savory Honey Recipes

  1. avatar says: Miriam

    I love to use honey in every glaze/marinade be in fish, chicken, or puff pastry. mmm

  2. I add honey to many of my dishes requiring a sweetener-always use in tea and in my pasta sauce, meatloaf, as a glaze on fish and ribs etc.

  3. avatar says: Reena

    I use honey instead of sugar in almost everything I make!

  4. avatar says: sbaumser

    I miss cooking with honey since it’s so versatile and amazing.

    So we’re counting down the days till our child turns 1 yr old to start cooking with it again!!!!

    • avatar says: Elise

      You should check with you pediatrician – we were told we could give our baby cooked honey as the enzyme that could be harmful for them is cooked out.

  5. My kids love toasted Challah and honey

  6. avatar says: dalesusan

    I teach nursery school and use a story during the weeks before Rosh Hashanah about a little boy and his grandmother making honey cookies. I love to use the recipe in the back of the book with my class.

  7. Honey is a staple is in alot of my recipes, either as a sweetner or as a glaze. My favorite is a nice soft and sticky honey cake and a glass of cold fresh OJ. Looking forward to Rosh Hashana already.

  8. avatar says: Lynne T.

    I like Honey BBQ Chicken Wings.

  9. avatar says: Beth

    My favorite is simple, just honey on toast!

  10. avatar says: Cheryl

    I use honey in my stuffed cabbage

  11. avatar says: Cynthia C

    I have a good mango salsa recipe that uses honey.

  12. avatar says: Amy Pratt

    I like to make chicken with a honey cashew glaze.

  13. avatar says: Rachel

    I love honey in my challah. I makes the dough softer.

  14. avatar says: Rochelle

    honey garlic crock pot chicken

  15. avatar says: Naomi

    I”m excited to try the honey pecan chicken!

  16. avatar says: Nechama

    I won my husband’s heart with honey!
    I have an amazing cinnamon bun recipe but it needed a touch more sweetness. Every time i upped the sugar though, the dough lost its perfect consistency.
    My then-date suggested honey instead; I made them for him and they were the best I had ever made! We lived happily ever after! :)

  17. avatar says: Elise

    I love honey in marinades! For london broil, chicken… you name it, especially when I’m grilling. The meat gets a great caramelization that is SOO yummy!

  18. I have a great Honey Mustard Chicken dish!

  19. We like peanut butter and honey sandwiches!

  20. Apple crunch bread pudding

  21. I use honey instead of sugar in all my bread recipes.

  22. avatar says: Bev

    Nothing like honey and peanut butter on a sandwich for lunch

  23. avatar says: Irma

    Believe it or not, I put honey into fruit smoothies. It makes them thicker, so I can have sweet, fruity soups. Yum!

  24. avatar says: deana c

    I love to spread honey and walnuts on my crescent rolls before rolling them up and baking.

  25. avatar says: Sarah

    I am a major honey fan! I love using it to make crispy honey & mustard chicken cutlets or even in whole wheat banana muffins instead of sugar.

  26. avatar says: Lisa V.

    I really don’t have a recipe for honey, but I do like adding it to my hot tea.

  27. avatar says: marsha

    We use honey in sauces and marinades a lot – especially for chicken and salmon. However, when my throat is bothering me, nothing beats tea with honey.

  28. Just honey in its purest form is my favorite way….right on a tablespoon all by itself, at least once a day!

  29. Honey mustard chicken is pretty good but I also put it in teriyaki.

  30. avatar says: Carrie

    I love using honey in place of sugar sometimes. In my oatmeal, tea, baking, etc. I also discovered butter and honey on matzah during Pesach. That has become a favorite.

  31. My challah uses honey and gives it just enough sweetness!!!

  32. The Asian Vegetables look great!

  33. I think my favorite honey recipe is a honey baked ham.

  34. Honestly, I have two favorites when it comes to honey: smearing it on fresh-from-the-oven challah and as a dip for my mother’s fried chicken.

  35. avatar says: Dandi D

    My favorite recipe is honey oatmeal bread.

  36. avatar says: Tammy

    I love honey in hot tea.

  37. avatar says: sue14625

    i like Honey as an ice cream topping

  38. My favorite honey reicpe is no bake brownies.


  39. I like honey on chicken nuggets!

  40. avatar says: Tammy S

    I have a recipe for a Honey and Parmesan Pork Loin made in a Crock Pot. It’s so easy and it’s delicious!

  41. avatar says: Erica C.

    I like honey wings.

  42. avatar says: rachel

    I like using honey in my granola.

  43. I like honey on toast

  44. says: Sara

    I love my grandmother’s Honey Pecan Pie recipe.

  45. The Curried Coconut Couscous recipe looks delicious!

  46. I will always love honey on my biscuits.

  47. I like to use honey in my five ingredient bread- yeast, flour, salt, water, and honey,.

  48. avatar says: Christine

    I love to make my Honey BBQ Chicken Wings

  49. The honey loaf cake my Mom mad was always my favorite recipe. I hope I find it again. It was lost a few years ago.

  50. We use honey for so many things. My favorite thing that I have made with honey was ice cream. I made a honey cinnamon ice cream to go with a peach cobbler and it was amazing. The honey gave the ice cream a really nice texture.

  51. avatar says: robee61

    I just made a honey-lime salad dressing that was great.

  52. avatar says: Amanda

    Whole wheat challah.

  53. avatar says: yehudis4

    I love putting honey into my tea…it gives it a special sweetness and thickness!

  54. I love adding honey in my teas

  55. avatar says: Marina

    I use honey instead of sugar in the blueberry muffins

  56. avatar says: Sarah W

    Honey Cake topped with toasted almonds!

  57. The Curried Coconut Couscous looks and sounds so good. I only started enjoying couscous within the past few years. I loved it from first sample. I like it cold but not sure if I’d be able to wait until the next day. I also make a sugar cookie using honey instead. I first came across the recipe because I needed to bake something for someone diabetic and I’ve loved them since.

  58. avatar says: Ara

    I make a great organic honey wheat bread using local honey that I’ve sold at farmers markets.

  59. i love honey in my tea but i havent really used it in recipes. i would love to make the Neshe’s Simple Salmon that looks so yummy

  60. avatar says: Rebecca L

    I love honey marinated grilled chicken.

  61. We love to add honey to our couscous :)

  62. My favourite is honey cake.

  63. avatar says: chanah r

    Love using honey in my cooking

  64. avatar says: Candie L

    I love honey on bread with butter. Thank you

  65. My favorite honey recipe is Peanut Butter Honey Cookies!

  66. I like honey with ham

  67. Honey Mustard Roasted Potatoes

    2 lbs red potatoes
    2 tbsp olive oil
    1/2 tsp onion powder
    1/2 tsp garlic powder
    1/2 tsp mustard powder
    1-2 tbsp honey
    kosher salt, to taste


    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash potatoes well and pat dry. Cut in half and place on a baking sheet. Add remaining ingredients and stir until potatoes are well-coated. Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes – 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

  68. avatar says: Beth

    Honey instead of sugar in my challah!

  69. avatar says: Puttiemom

    I love using honey to make my kids favorite recipe…. Jamie’s honey soy chicken.

  70. i like honey glazed ham

  71. we love honey on toast and all biscuits… we use it to replace sugar :)

  72. My favorite recipe is a honey glazed Mahi Mahi filet. It has a very unique but unbelievably good taste :D

  73. I love cooking with honey. I want to try your recipe for the Apple Honey Marinade for Chicken. That looks good. Thanks for this contest.

  74. I use honey when baking ham.

  75. avatar says: Sand

    I use honey in my pizza crust recipe.

  76. avatar says: ses

    I love plain goat milk yogurt with honey drizzled into it. I also use honey rather than sugar in my whole wheat challah.

  77. avatar says: Abigail

    My favorite is the Whole Wheat Challah :)

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