The rich flavor of jalapeno combined with a honey makes this jalapeño honey butter simply irresistible. It's a delicious hot pepper butter - perfect to slather on toast or drizzle over crispy vegetables.
This jalapeno butter sauce is an ultimate spicy condiment, that’s absolutely delicious(inspired from this jalapeño mayo.). On top of it, it's ideal to enjoy at any time and during any season whenever you crave spicy or savory dishes.
Why I love this jalapeno honey butter
For the flavor. Jalapenos are truly a gift of nature that can instantly add a unique heat and flavor to any dish. This jalapeño honey butter is an excellent add-on for toast or meat-hitting that spicy sweet spot(same as this spicy peanut butter).
Versatile. Whether you're making grilled chicken or steak, drizzle this jalapeno butter sauce as a glaze. This is great to spread on the sandwiches. Furthermore, emulsify with lemon juice to create a quick salad dressing(have you tried this jalapeno ranch or spicy yogurt sauce).
Simplicity. The recipe is super simple. With only two main ingredients, you can whip up this store-bought style butter packed with flavors in less than five minutes(like this hot honey sauce, boom boom sauce). The complex flavors of this spicy butter can transform simple dishes into gourmet style dishes.
Jalapeno. This ingredient provides a wholesome flavor and adds a spicy kick to this jalapeno butter. Its bright green jalapeños meld beautifully with the butter-adding an interesting character to it.
The heat of the jalapeños is concentrated in the seeds and the white membrane. If you prefer a milder butter, remove the seeds and white membrane.
If you're unsure about the level of heat you want, reserve the seeds and add them in small quantities until you achieve your preferred level of spiciness.
It's always better to start with less and add more as needed.
Honey. Honey brings a beautiful sweetness to the butter and helps balance out the heat from the jalapenos.
Butter. I've used salted butter in this recipe. If you prefer, you can use unsalted butter or even vegan butter.
How to make jalapeno honey butter?
In a medium size mixing bowl, add the softened butter.
Add the finely chopped jalapeno peppers(adjust the quantity of seeds of jalapeno according to your preferred level of spiciness).
Drizzle the honey and sprinkle salt.
Mix all the ingredients together until well combined(you can use a whisk, fork, or even an electric mixer on low speed).
Taste the jalapeno honey butter and adjust the salt if needed.
Transfer the butter mixture to a small serving bowl or shape it into a log using plastic wrap for easy slicing later.
Serve the jalapeno honey butter at room temperature.
This jalapeño butter sauce is incredibly versatile. It can be used as a base for a variety of condiments or as a delightful addition to many other recipes.
Cornbread. This sweet and spicy butter pairs incredibly well with slices of freshly baked cornbread.
Grilled Vegetables. Slather it over steamed or grilled vegetables like corn, zucchini, peppers, potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, or any other vegetables of your choice.
Meat. This spicy butter is excellent to top with barbecue or grilled meat(like this grilled salmon over cedar plank).
Toast. Looking for a spicy variation to your usual breakfast? This jalapeño honey butter could meet your expectations. Just spread it over toast and enjoy.
Pancakes/waffles. Add a dollop of jalapeño honey butter on top of your waffles or pancakes for a special treat.
Refrigerate. This homemade jalapeno honey butter can be stored in the refrigerator for about two weeks.
To freeze. This jalapeno butter is a freezer friendly recipe, good to freeze for about three months. Use a freezer-safe and air sealed container for best results.
To thaw. simply place the frozen butter into the refrigerator overnight or gently heat it until it's soft.
Variations of jalapeno honey butter
Spicy. Make hot pepper butter, spicier by adding more jalapenos by adding more jalapeño seeds or hot chili peppers like Thai chili pepper or habanero peppers, depending on your heat tolerance. Smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, chipotle powder, or chili powder are a few more suggestions to increase the heat.
Citrusy flavors. To add refreshing citrus flavors to this spicy jalapeno honey butter butter, add some lemon zest or a splash of lemon or orange juice.
Infuse herbs. You can also make it tropical by adding freshly chopped herbs like cilantro and parsley as enhancement.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can. Just make sure to adjust the salt in this recipe or skip it entirely to avoid over-salting.
Absolutely. This jalapeno honey butter recipe is freezer-friendly. It can be stored for up to three months in the freezer. Make sure to wrap it tightly and store it in a freezer-safe container.
The seeds and the white membrane of the jalapeño hold most of the heat. By removing them, you can significantly reduce the heat of this dish.
However, even after removing the seeds and membrane, the butter will still have a slight heat.
Yes. The main idea of this jalapeno honey butter recipe is to infuse the butter with jalapeño flavors, whether it's fresh, roasted, or pickled jalapeños. Just note that each variation will slightly affect the taste of the butter.
Printable recipe card
Jalapeno honey butter
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened
- 2 jalapeno peppers seeds and membranes removed, finely chopped
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ teaspoon salt adjust to taste
- In a mixing bowl, add the softened butter.
- Add the finely chopped jalapeno peppers, honey, and salt.
- Using a whisk, mix all the ingredients together until well combined.
- Taste the jalapeno honey butter and adjust the salt if needed.
- Transfer the butter mixture to a small serving bowl
- Serve the jalapeno honey butter at room temperature with bread or rolls.
Recommended tools for making this recipe
Whisk. To make a fluffy jalapeno honey butter. Good grip makes the work easy.
Mixing bowl. A medium sized bowl is essential to combine the butter, honey, and jalapenos.
Silicon spatula. To scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure all ingredients are incorporated.
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