Honey Mustard Sauce

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Only 5 minutes to whisk together this silky smooth and super tasty Honey Mustard Sauce. From there the sky is the limit for how to use this flavorful sauce. It’s wonderful with all sorts of things from the grill or roasted in the oven. Try it with chicken, pork, or drizzled over roasted vegetables. It also makes a wonderful salad dressing with my variation below as well as a great pasta salad. So stick around and enjoy this sweet, savory, and creamy wonder of a sauce.

Honey Mustard Sauce in a glass jar with a silver spoon in it.

I originally made this Honey Mustard Sauce to go with my Smoked Chicken Breasts. But I quickly found all sorts of ways to use it. It’s so tasty you may well find you’re putting it on everything as well!

It’s incredibly easy to make with pantry ingredients, and it keeps for up to 2 weeks in the fridge. It really is a winner all around and a classic flavor combo that never gets old.

Honey Mustard Sauce in a glass jar with a sliver spoon scooping some out.

Ingredients & Substitutions

All the ingredients for honey mustard sauce in small bowls on a wood cutting board, mustard, salt and pepper, honey, mayonnaise and vinegar.
  • Dijon mustard – will give you the best subtle flavor here. However you can use a mix of Dijon and yellow mustard, or you could also sub in a whole grain mustard if desired.
  • Honey – is key for the whole ‘honey-mustard’ combo, however, you can also use pure maple syrup here or even agave nectar if you can’t have honey.
  • Mayonnaise – adds a touch of creaminess and makes this sauce silky smooth, I don’t recommend subbing anything here.
  • Smoked paprika – or plain paprika both work here, but smoked paprika really is worth having in your spice cabinet.
  • White wine vinegar – or champagne vinegar both work here. Red wine vinegar would also work but it may affect the color. I prefer not to use apple cider vinegar or white vinegar in this case because they’re too overwhelming.

How to make this recipe step by step

Adding the ingredients for the Honey Mustard Sauce to a small mixing bowl on a wood cutting board.

Step 1: Start by adding all the ingredients to a small mixing bowl.

The Honey Mustard Sauce whisked together in a small bowl on a white background.

Step 2: Then mix or whisk to completely combine. And that’s it, you’re all done!

Finished Honey Mustard Sauce in a glass jar.

Step 3: Transfer the sauce to a container for serving or storing.

Ways to serve this


What is honey mustard sauce made of?

It’s usually made up of mustard, mayonnaise, honey, vinegar, and spices.

What is honey mustard sauce good with?

It’s perfect as a dip for veggies or drizzled over cooked veggies. It’s also great with chicken nuggets, or any grilled or roasted meats as well as a sauce for ribs. Also, you’ll definitely want to try this sauce with sandwiches or wraps.

What’s the difference between honey mustard sauce and honey mustard dressing?

Honey mustard sauce is usually a bit thicker and sweeter than honey mustard dressing. Honey mustard sauce is based on mustard, honey, and mayonnaise whereas the dressing is usually oil-based. However, you can easily turn my Honey Mustard Sauce into a dressing by adding more white wine vinegar to taste!

Storing leftovers

  • To store – place the leftover sauce into an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
  • Freeze – I haven’t frozen this sauce because it keeps well for a while and things with mayonnaise tend not to freeze well.
Straight down view of the Honey Mustard Sauce in a glass jar.

Tips & Tricks

  • Try this as a salad dressing by whisking in a bit more white wine vinegar to taste.
  • We love this sauce best with Dijon mustard, but that’s just personal preference. Definitely try mixing this up with a bit of yellow or whole grain mustard subbed in for some of the Dijon mustard.
Honey Mustard Sauce in a glass jar with a sliver spoon being lifted out and sauce dripping down.

I really hope you enjoy this Honey Mustard Sauce! If you do get a chance to make this recipe, I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

Finished Honey Mustard Sauce in a glass jar.

Honey Mustard Sauce

5 from 1 vote
Author: Kari Peters
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield: 6
Course: Sauce


  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 clove garlic - minced, or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1-2 tsp white wine vinegar - to taste
  • sea salt and pepper to taste


  • Add all the ingredients to a small bowl and whisk together until smooth.
  • Transfer the sauce into a serving container and enjoy!
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Try subbing in 2 tablespoons of yellow mustard for part of the Dijon Mustard. 
Add 1 tablespoon bbq sauce.
Or try adding vinegar to taste to make this sauce a salad dressing.
Category: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keywords: 5 Minute Honey Mustard, Easy Honey Mustard Sauce, Honey Mustard Sauce for ham, Honey Mustard Sauce for pork

nutrition facts

Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 174mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 96IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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