Quick! How many ingredients in your kitchen can be used as the star flavor for breakfast, lunch, dinner AND dessert? It’s not a trick question … it’s honey!
Part of what makes honey such a great addition to any pantry is its versatility in both cooking and baking. Sure, honey is delicious all by itself when spread on toast and English muffins or drizzled over steamed veggies and fresh fruit. But have you ever experimented with combining honey and other popular flavors in your kitchen? It might just change your outlook on cooking at home while simultaneously causing you to set aside a little extra money in your grocery budget each month for the sweet treat!
Need help getting started? Kick your cooking up a notch and try one of these five delicious flavor combinations featuring honey!
When you mix the sweetness of honey with the spicy kick of Sriracha, you’re sure to create some bold flavors that will leave your tongue tingling with delight. Two parts honey and one part Sriracha is a good ratio to start, but feel free to experiment based on your tolerance for spice.
Goes well with chicken, shrimp, pork, nuts, pumpkin seeds, mayo, barbecue sauces, salad dressings and hummus.
Suggested recipe: Honey Roasted Sriracha Pumpkin Seeds
The touch of citrus flavor from fresh lime juice added to honey creates a sweet and sour flavor experience that is a delicious marinade or dressing with a pop of flavor. Start with two parts lime juice to one part honey for a good balance. Olive oil can be mixed in if you’re making a salad dressing or marinade while adding yogurt can help create a creamy mixture that goes well with fresh fruit.
Goes well with chicken, pork, salmon, shrimp, Mexican dishes, fruit salads and salad dressings.
Suggested recipe: Grilled Honey-Lime Chicken
Honey and garlic are two staples of Asian cooking. Because garlic is a powerful flavor all by itself, you’ll want to start small and make sure you have plenty of honey to help balance the two. Soy sauce, chili paste and other Asian-inspired ingredients are typically added depending on the recipe.
Goes well with chicken, pork, salmon, shrimp, marinades and salad dressings.
Suggested recipe: Honey Garlic Pork Chops
The combination of honey and ginger creates a gentle balance that is often found in Asian-inspired dishes. The pairing also can be used to give beverages a punch of flavor. Marrying these two ingredients can be more difficult than others because of the different consistencies between the two, but a pinch of ground ginger added to one-third cup of honey can go a long way in creating a delicious flavor combination.
Goes well with chicken, pork, shrimp, carrots, sweet potatoes, tea and lemonade.
Suggested recipe: Gingered Carrots With Honey
The fall and winter months are the ideal time of year to pair these two ingredients. The intense flavor of cinnamon is balanced by the sweetness of honey, making it a great addition to both sweet and savory dishes. Stick with a simple combination of the two for a pairing that works as a spread, in drinks and as the perfect drizzle on your holiday side dishes.
Goes well with spreads, butter, nuts, pumpkin seeds, sweet potatoes, bananas, tea and yogurt dips.
Suggested recipe: Honey Butter With Cinnamon