6 great recipes with honey marinades that will melt on your tongue!

A golden miracle created by bees, which has been used by mankind for millennia not only in the food industry, but also in cosmetics and medicine.

Its regular consumption has a positive effect on cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and the activity of the digestive system.

It also effectively helps with bacterial infections and stress.

It is a shame to use this wonder of nature only as a sweetener.

Let’s imagine recipes with honey marinade together!

The combination with meat and other ingredients creates a very delicious spectrum of flavors and aromas.

Tender chicken in honey marinade

This recipe combines honey with other ingredients such as garlic and soy sauce in an original way. Thanks to them, you don’t have to worry about the resulting taste of this dish being too sweet.


  • 700 g of chicken thighs or breasts
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of dried minced garlic
  • oil
  • salt pepper
  • fresh parsley for garnish


  1. Season the chicken on all sides with garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  2. Let it work for a while and then put the meat in a pan with heated oil and fry until golden brown on both sides.
  3. Then cover the pan with a lid and cook gently, turning occasionally.
  4. When the chicken is ready, rub the top of it with pressed garlic and let it smell for a while.
  5. Meanwhile, mix the honey, stock, apple cider vinegar and soy sauce and heat the ingredients in a small pan over a low heat.
  6. Cook the mixture for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly, until a thick sauce forms.
  7. Then pour this sauce over the chicken in the pan and let it warm up for a while.

Serve chicken with honey sauce with rice or vegetable salad.

Chicken in a delicious honey sauce
source: cafedelites.com

Chicken can be marinated not only in honey, but also in yogurt or soy sauce. Get inspiration for marinated chicken meat from our varied recipes!

Pork ribs with honey marinade

Few people can resist delicious roast ribs. Enhance their taste with honey and ginger! You will see that they taste good too.


  • 1.5 kg of pork ribs
  • piece of ginger (approx. 5 cm)
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup rice wine
  • 1 teaspoon of sweet chili sauce
  • salt pepper


  1. In a resealable plastic bag, mix grated ginger, pressed garlic, soy sauce, honey, rice wine, chili sauce, salt and pepper.
  2. Mix and then put the pork ribs in the bag.
  3. Shake the bag thoroughly until the ribs are thoroughly coated in the mixture.
  4. Place the closed bag in the refrigerator for at least two hours, preferably overnight.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  6. Remove the ribs from the bag, place them in a roasting pan and cover with a little water.
  7. Bake for approximately 40-45 minutes.
  8. Remove the meat and set aside, covered with foil.
  9. In the meantime, make a sauce from the rest of the marinade.
  10. Just mix the rest of the marinade from the bowl in which you marinated the ribs with the juices that remained in the roasting pan.
  11. Bring the mixture to a boil in a small saucepan and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  12. Then brush the pork ribs with this sauce.

Serve the honey ribs with fresh bread.

Pork ribs marinated in honey
source: taste.com.au

Delicious chicken with honey

In addition to chicken thighs, you can of course also use chicken wings or breasts. Due to the nature of the recipe, it is better to remove the skin from the meat before marinating. If you prefer hotter dishes, use hot ketchup.


  • 6 chicken thighs
  • 6 tablespoons of ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato puree
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • salt pepper


  1. Cut the washed and skinned chicken finely on the surface, the marinade will penetrate it better.
  2. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix ketchup, tomato puree, honey, Worcestershire sauce, crushed garlic, salt and pepper.
  3. Then put the meat in the marinade and thoroughly apply the marinade to it from all sides using a brush, spoon or hands.
  4. Then close the bowl and put it in the fridge for at least an hour.
  5. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200°C and prepare a baking tray or tray.
  6. Then put the unmarinated chicken in the baking dish and cover it with the rest of the marinade left in the bowl.
  7. Bake for approximately 35-40 minutes.

Chicken thighs in honey marinade taste excellent with American potatoes or mashed potatoes.

Honey chicken thighs
source: thehappyfoodie.co.uk

Grilled meat in honey mustard

Most of us marinate the meat before grilling. A mixture of honey and mustard is one great option!


  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup coarse mustard
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • juice of half a lemon
  • sweet pepper
  • red pepper flakes
  • salt pepper


  1. In a bowl, mix all the spices, i.e. sweet paprika, red pepper, salt and black pepper.
  2. Next, add crushed garlic, honey, mustard and lemon juice to the spices.
  3. Mix everything thoroughly.
  4. Place the washed and skinned chicken breasts in a bowl with the marinating mixture, cover and let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Then grill the marinated pieces of meat on the preheated grill for approximately 6-8 minutes on each side until the meat is done.
  6. Let the meat rest on the plate for a few minutes before eating.

Serve grilled honey chicken with fresh bread and vegetable salad.

Grilled slices of meat marinated in honey mustard
source: simplyscratch.com

Honey marinade is not the only option. Get inspired by our other barbecue marinades !

Honey-roasted duck

Duck and honey make an immortal combination. Instead of the usual apples in our recipe, we put garlic and onions in the insides of the duck. In a similar way, you can prepare not only the whole duck, but also just the duck breast.


  • 1 whole duck
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon of dried minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of sweet paprika
  • rosemary


  1. Cut the skin of the washed and dried duck lightly with a knife right up to the meat, so that the spices and honey can then reach the meat better.
  2. Brush the inside of the duck with a little honey and fill with chopped onions, garlic cloves and rosemary sprigs.
  3. In a small bowl, mix all the spices, i.e. salt, paprika, pepper and minced garlic.
  4. Then thoroughly coat the duck with this mixture on all sides.
  5. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  6. Place the duck in a roasting pan or on a rack with a drip pan underneath and roast for 15 minutes.
  7. After this time, reduce the temperature to 180°C, close the lid and bake for approximately 2 hours, depending on the size of the duck.
  8. Brush the duck lightly with honey every 10-15 minutes throughout the baking time.

Duck with honey marinade tastes great with bread or potato dumpling and cabbage.

Honey-roasted duck served on a salad leaf with pomegranate
source: houseofnasheats.com

Duck is one of the most popular Czech dishes. Whether you prepare it with honey, oranges or apples, you will always enjoy the festive duck

Honey salmon fillets

One of the specialties offered by many renowned restaurants is salmon fillets with honey dressing. Let’s prepare them together!


  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 lemon
  • salt pepper


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the honey, soy sauce, lemon juice, and red pepper flakes.
  2. Heat two tablespoons of oil in a pan and add the salted and peppered fillets.
  3. Sauté the salmon for approximately 5 minutes on each side, in an even layer at the height of the fillets.
  4. Add the remaining oil and crushed garlic to the pan.
  5. Cook for approximately 1 minute.
  6. Then pour the mixture from the bowl and the lemon slices cut into circles into the pan.
  7. Stirring constantly, cook the mixture until its amount is reduced by about a third.
  8. Pour this mixture continuously over the salmon during the entire time.

Serve the fillets with rice or American potatoes garnished with lemon slices.

Salmon fillets with honey dressing and lemon slices
source: delish.com

Why marinate meat?

The essence of marinating is that it makes the meat softer and juicier. Thanks to the acidic environment to which meat is exposed during marinating, the bonds between proteins break down. Most often, meat is marinated in oil with various spices or herbs, lemon juice or various types of vinegar are also often used.

Why marinate in honey?

Honey gives the meat an unusual and at the same time delicate taste, it depends on what other ingredients you use it with. Most often, honey marinade is used for chicken or duck meat. But you can also use it for other types of meat. It is best to use fresh liquid honey for marinating.

If your honey has crystallized, just heat it slightly and it will become liquid again. Natural honey is very healthy, it contains, for example, vitamins C and B6 and minerals such as calcium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and iron.

How long to marinate the meat?

The recommended marinating time of course depends on the type of meat. While chicken or turkey meat needs to be marinated at room temperature for at least half an hour, then in the refrigerator for one to two hours, it is better to leave pork or beef in the marinade all night.

In addition, it is recommended to cut the larger pieces of meat lightly so that the marinade penetrates better, and to turn or mix the meat occasionally during the marinating process.

Why not tap the meat before marinating?

Many people make the mistake of patting the meat before marinating. But that’s a mistake. The marinade does not hold in battered meat and the meat is then unnecessarily dry. If necessary, try to push thicker meat only slightly with your palm.

Bowl or bag?

While in the past meat was marinated primarily in a bowl, many people nowadays prefer a resealable bag for practical reasons. Its advantage is that the aroma of the marinade will not be released into the refrigerator, and at the same time the meat will not attract other odors from the refrigerator. In addition, the work of washing dishes is also eliminated. You can marinate well both in a bowl and in a bag, it depends on your preferences.

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