Is there anything more life-changing than a backpacking trip to a new country? How about when you’re dodging mildly aggressive monkeys in a Thai maze of temples? I mean, one monkey came so close to stealing my sunglasses off my face – I could see the wild glint of ambition in its eyes. But no, Mr. Monkey, not today.
That time in Thailand really was a turning point for me. I wandered the vibrant night markets and strolled through ancient, ginger-scented alleyways, just soaking up the culture. If I remember correctly, I was halfway through a krathong-making class (cue the impressive DIY skills) when something remarkable happened. I discovered that Sriracha, the stuff you can’t live without – it’s like bottled sunshine, you guys – had its roots in the coastal town of Si Racha. Who knew?
Anyway, back to reality. Yesterday, in the thick of New York chaos, I found a parking spot right after lunch. Miracles do happen! And it wasn’t even alternate side parking. (If you’re not from New York, you’re not going to get that one, but that’s okay.)
There’s nothing like that amazing trip to remind me that sometimes even the most daunting labyrinths we face – whether they’re in a Thai temple or finding parking in Manhattan – lead us to unexpectedly beautiful places. One bite into today’s recipe and you’ll see what I mean.
- Honey – The sweet nectar that balances the heat of Sriracha and the savory butter. A vegan alternative is agave syrup.
- Garlic powder – Adds depth of flavor, can be substituted with fresh minced garlic for a stronger taste.
- Green onions – Adds a fresh and subtle oniony flavor, can be substituted with chives if unavailable.
- Sriracha – A classic hot sauce known for its heat and flavor, can be substituted with any preferred hot sauce.
- Butter – Adds richness and makes the glaze thick and glazey, can be substituted with vegan butter for a non-dairy option.
- Start by mixing up a quick and tasty glaze that’ll add some serious flavor to your ham.
- Grab a mixing bowl and melt your butter, either in a small saucepan or by giving it 30 second intervals in the microwave.
- Once your butter is melted, stir in your honey, sriracha, garlic powder and thinly sliced green onions. Mix it all together until well combined.
- Keep this mixture on the side until you’re ready to brush it onto your ham. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you later. And there you have it, a deliciously easy glaze that’s sure to impress.
Serving Suggestions for Honey Sriracha Glaze
- Brush it on your ham while roasting in the oven, or brush it on grilled ham steaks for an extra burst of flavor. Trust me, you won’t regret it!
- Use it as a dipping sauce for chicken tenders, or drizzle it on top of your favorite fried or roasted chicken dishes.
- Make a glazed ham and cheese sandwich. Just add some thinly sliced ham, melted cheese, and this glaze to a toasted baguette. Yum!
- Mix it with some mayonnaise to make a dipping sauce for fries or sweet potato fries. You won’t believe how good it is!
- Use it as a glaze for carrots or roasted vegetables. The sweetness of the honey and the heat from the sriracha will elevate your veggies to a whole new level.
Can I use a different type of honey for this recipe?
Absolutely! This recipe is versatile and you can use any type of honey you have on hand. If you want a stronger honey flavor, try using wildflower honey. If you want a milder taste, use clover honey. If you want a different taste, you can try using orange blossom honey or even eucalyptus honey! Just be aware that different types of honey will affect the flavor of the glaze.
Can I use something other than Sriracha?
You can use any hot sauce you like! If you’re not a fan of Sriracha, try using a different type of hot sauce to suit your taste. For example, you can use tabasco, salsa, or chili sauce. Keep in mind that different types of hot sauce will affect the flavor of the glaze, so it’s a good idea to start with less and add more to taste.
What is a good alternative for butter?
If you’re looking for a vegan alternative, you can use vegan butter or margarine. You can also use coconut oil, avocado oil, or olive oil as a non-dairy alternative. Just keep in mind that these alternatives will change the flavor and texture of the glaze.
How long can I keep the glaze in the fridge?
The glaze can last for up to a week in the fridge if it is stored in an airtight container.
How do I apply the glaze to my ham?
You can brush the glaze on the ham using a pastry brush or you can spoon it over the ham. It’s best to apply the glaze about 15 minutes before the end of cooking time, so it has a chance to caramelize.
Can I use the glaze for other meats?
Yes, you can use this glaze for other meats like pork, chicken or even fish. Experiment and see what you like best. It might be a hit at your next BBQ party!
Honey Sriracha Glaze
- Small saucepan
- Mixing Bowl
- ? cup honey
- 2 tablespoons sriracha
- ½ stick unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- Salt, to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
- Add in the honey, sriracha, garlic powder, and green onions. Whisk until well combined.
- Stir in the smoked paprika, thyme, rosemary, and basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Continue cooking and stirring the glaze for about 8-10 minutes, or until it has thickened slightly and the flavors have melded together.
- Remove from heat and set aside to cool for a few minutes before using.
- Brush the glaze generously over your favorite roasted meat, such as ham, chicken, or pork.
- Serve the glazed meat immediately, garnished with fresh herbs if desired.
For a sweeter glaze, increase the amount of honey. For a spicier glaze, increase the amount of sriracha.
The glaze can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.