Black Pepper Honey Recipe {Honey with Black Pepper}

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Black pepper honey is a sweet and spicy treat with a long history! It’s the perfect way to incorporate two of the healthiest foods to add a kick of heat to your next piece of toast or cup of tea.

jar of honey with black pepper and a mortar and pestle.

Why you’ll love this black pepper honey:


  • Full of flavor: As the black pepper flakes mingle with the honey, the honey takes on the spicy, herby flavor of the pepper in the best way possible. It’s the perfect combination to serve on toast or English muffins!
  • Simple: Made with just 2 ingredients and a little time, this is a really easy infusion project that anyone can make!
  • Great for gifting: Flavored honey makes a wonderful gift! Bottle them up in little jars and dole them out as a housewarming gift or just because!
image of a honey spoon covered with honey and black pepper.

What is black pepper honey?

Simply put, black pepper honey is an infused honey. By adding freshly ground black pepper to honey, the honey begins to take on the flavor properties of the black pepper.

It becomes this sweet, spicy treat with layers of flavor from the peppercorns. 

Benefits of Black Pepper and Honey

I prefer to use black pepper honey as a delicious condiment, but this flavor combination has been used since ancient times.

The benefits of black pepper are far and wide. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and may even help support better gut health and blood sugar regulation and even lower cholesterol (source)!

And that’s just the black pepper!

Honey has a wide range of health benefits of its own, but it’s especially known for its antibacterial properties and ability to soothe a sore throat and support your immune system (source).

Because of these many healthy benefits, this spicy honey would be great in a soothing tea!

In fact, black pepper and honey are often used in India as a home remedy to soothe a cough or dry throat.

Note: I’m not a doctor and don’t claim to have any medical knowledge. Consult a medical professional for any medical advice.

Equipment

This is a super simple recipe. I used a mortar and pestle to grind my black pepper, but you could also use a pepper mill or buy ground pepper at the store.

To store the honey mixture, you’ll need a glass jar. Once it’s finally done, you’ll want a second jar, a fine-mesh sieve, and a narrow funnel to strain out any large pieces of pepper. That’s it!

mortar and pestle used to grind black pepper.

Ingredients

  • Organic honeyI recommend using either organic raw honey or sourcing local raw honey from your local area. The less it’s heated, the better! 
  • Black pepper: Choose organically grown black peppercorns. Crush them at home using a mortar and pestle, or you can place them in a bag and pound them with a rolling pin.

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How to Make Black Pepper Honey

1. In a small jar, add your honey and ground black pepper.

2. Close the jar and turn it to let the honey and pepper mix together.

3. Allow the mixture to rest for at least 1-2 weeks. At this point, taste it. If you prefer a spicier honey, let it keep going.

4. When you’re ready to use the honey, place a small strainer into a small funnel and set them on top of the jar. Pour the honey mixture through the strainer to remove any large pieces of black pepper.

5. Enjoy!

step by step instructions for how to make honey with black pepper.

Storing

Once strained, the honey will last indefinitely, but I prefer to use it within a year for maximum freshness.

Especially during cold season, you can easily go through a bunch in a nice herbal tea!

It’s best to keep the honey in a warm space away from sunlight and drafts, as these can cause the honey to crystallize, making it harder to use.

Don’t worry – if your honey crystallizes, it’d make the most delicious whipped honey!

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How to Use Honey with Black Pepper

There are so many ways to use this delicious honey. You can use it any time you want to replace regular honey in a recipe, but these are my favorite uses for this easy recipe!

  • Brush onto warm buttered toast or English muffins
  • Mix into hot water with lemon to soothe a scratchy throat
  • Use to glaze baked chicken
  • Mix with soy sauce for a delicious stir fry
  • Shake into a vinaigrette with lime juice and olive oil
  • Make the best chicken with a lemon pepper honey marinade

Tips & Variations

  • Feel free to use store-bought ground pepper. It may not have quite as much potency as the freshly ground stuff, but it’s convenient in a pinch.
  • If you’re using finely ground black pepper, you don’t need to strain the honey at all! 
  • Want to use a different type of pepper? The sky’s the limit! Try using some of these beautiful & colorful peppercorns instead:
  • To make your pepper honey even more savory, add a little kosher salt.
close up of a honey spoon covered with black pepper honey.

FAQs

Do you have to strain black pepper out of honey?

If you’re using finely ground black pepper, there’s no need to strain the honey. Because you’re not straining it, your honey may actually be spicier than the honey I made.

The reason I strained my honey is because I had large pieces of black pepper. These would be unpleasant to crunch through on a piece of toast, and I don’t want to fight around them in a cup of tea. It’s much easier and more enjoyable to use strained honey!

Can you infuse honey with black pepper?

Absolutely! Black pepper and honey are the perfect combination. The honey’s sweetness offsets the herby, spicy flavor of black pepper, and the two are just a match made in heaven.

In fact, black pepper and honey have been used throughout human history for their medicinal benefits.

If you love infusing honey with different herbs and spices, you’ll love the unique flavor of this black pepper honey recipe on your toast or in your tea! 

How to Soften Crystallized Honey

Especially if you’re using raw honey, the last thing you want to do is heat it at a high temperature, as that can kill the beneficial nutrients and enzymes and change its texture.

But what should you do if your honey seizes up?

I find that this happens often if you infuse honey, so it’s good to know how to deal with this issue.

Although you don’t want to heat your honey too high, it’s totally fine to warm it gently. The rule of thumb is to avoid heating it past 116-118 degrees F.

Water Bath Method to Soften Honey

  • Place your entire glass jar of honey in a saucepan.
  • Add water until it goes about halfway up the side. 
  • Turn the pan to the lowest setting. This will allow the honey to gently warm up and soften those crystals without damaging the health benefits of honey. You’ll notice the honey softening and turning into a transparent liquid again. 
  • Give it as much time as it needs to liquefy all the way, keeping the temperature low the whole time.
  • Remove the jar from the pan. Let it cool to room temperature before storing it in a safe, dry place away from sunlight.

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pin with a spoon of black pepper honey.
image of black pepper honey on a white plate.

Black Pepper Honey

Black pepper honey is a sweet and spicy treat with a long history! It's the perfect way to incorporate two of the healthiest foods to add a kick of heat to your next piece of toast or cup of tea.
5 from 1 vote
Course Appetizer, Baking, condiment, tea
Cuisine American, Indian
Servings 16 servings
Calories 1056 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • In a small jar, add your honey and ground black pepper.
  • Close the jar and turn it to let the honey and pepper mix together.
  • Allow the mixture to rest for at least 1-2 weeks. At this point, taste it. If you prefer a spicier honey, let it keep going.
  • When you’re ready to use the honey, place a small strainer into a small funnel and set them on top of the jar. Pour the honey mixture through the strainer to remove any large pieces of black pepper.
  • Use and enjoy!

Notes

Once strained, the honey will last indefinitely, but I prefer to use it within a year for maximum freshness.
Especially during cold season, you can easily go through a bunch in a nice herbal tea!
It’s best to keep the honey in a warm space away from sunlight and drafts, as these can cause the honey to crystallize, making it harder to use.
  • Feel free to use store-bought ground pepper. It may not have quite as much potency as the freshly ground stuff, but it’s convenient in a pinch.
  • If you’re using finely ground black pepper, you don’t need to strain the honey at all! 
  • Want to use a different type of pepper? The sky’s the limit! There are so many wonderful peppercorns out there, including white pepper, pink peppercorns, etc, and they all have their own unique flavor profiles.
  • To make your pepper honey even more savory, add a little kosher salt.
If your honey crystallizes, you can either use it to make whipped honey (so good!) or gently heat it in a water bath until it softens.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tbspCalories: 1056kcalCarbohydrates: 286gProtein: 2gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 16mgPotassium: 309mgFiber: 3gSugar: 278gVitamin A: 55IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 2mg
Keyword black pepper honey, honey with black pepper, pepper honey
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