Honey Glaze Recipes

Updated: 7th February 2021

Why Use Honey In A Glaze?

Honey adds a lovely depth of flavor, not merely sweetness.  This sweetness complements savory dishes beautifully when added in an appropriate quantity.  As an aside, I also find honey can help balance a dish that needs the edge of sharpness removed, an I find this can happen when using canned tomatoes.  I personally add a teaspoon of honey to home made, tomato based curry sauces, to add a little depth and balance the sharpness.  I believe a little over ripe, mashed banana can do the same job, but I have yet to try it.

A little honey can enhance exotically spiced dishes beautifully.  I sometimes add a spoon of honey to recipes for Indian dishes - actually my own concoctions!  If I replace the honey with sugar, I find it works okay, but it's not quite as good.  Even so, below you will also find recipes for glazes that omit the honey, just in case you run out! 

You might also be interested to know that honey has varying levels of sweetness depending on type, and I am sure that the many different kinds of honey will offer their own subtleties to any dish!

Honey Glaze Recipe With Mustard

2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoon clear honey
2 tablespoon lemon juice.

Mix ingredients together and use glaze as desired.

a wooden honey stick dripping with golden honey

Honey Mustard Glaze Using Wholegrain Mustard

1 tablespoon clear honey
1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard or half English and half wholegrain mustard
Spread over dish as required

Honey Glaze Recipe With Mustard And Pineapple

1 tablespoon clear honey
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
1 tablespoon pineapple juice

a lump of comb honey on a plate, oozing with golden honey

Honey Glaze Recipe - With Orange

2 tablespoons of clear honey
Salt and pepper to taste

Variation: Replace the honey with one and a half table spoons of maple syrup, or with 2 tablespoons of apricot jelly.

Add a pinch of ground cloves or cinnamon, depending on intended use of the glaze.


Honey And Soy Glaze

1 tablespoon clear honey
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 table spoon red wine vinegar

Variation: A simple soy glaze recipe is also provided below.

Alternatives:  glazes without honey

Orange and Lemon Glaze

8oz /225g orange jelly marmalade
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Mint leaves or coriander

Put marmalade in a pan with the lemon juice, stir until melted. Add chopped leaves, spoon over your selected dish.

Soy Sauce Glaze

2 tablespoons caster sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce

Apricot Glaze

3 Tablespoons apricot jam
1 level tablespoon water
juice of half a lemon

Heat together in a pan, and use whilst still warm

or......try a recipe with.....

Apricot And Maple Syrup

1 Tablespoons apricot jam
2 tablespoons of maple syrup
2 teaspoons of water
Splash cider or red wine vinegar

Heat the ingredients gently in a pan, and use whilst still warm.

Mustard And Maple Syrup With Garlic

2 tablespoons of maple syrup
2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Salt & pepper to taste

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