Honey Mustard Sauce

Tangy honey mustard sauce is easy to make with just a few ingredients. Use for chicken nuggets, hot dogs, french fries, or homemade pretzels!

In my opinion, dipping sauces are an essential part of snack time, especially while watching the game or watching a movie.

We always have lots of difference sauces on hand, from tangy BBQ sauce to homemade ranch.

Hand holding a piece of pretzel with honey mustard sauce dripping off.

One of our favorites, though, is homemade honey mustard sauce. The sweet-tangy flavor combination just can’t be beat!

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Quick and easy – It takes just 5 minutes to whisk up this delicious homemade sauce!
  • Economical – No need to buy a prepackaged sauce; you likely already have everything you need in your fridge or pantry.
  • Customizable – Add other spices or change up the mustard for a twist on the classic honey mustard flavor.
  • Versatile – You can use this sauce on nearly everything!

Ingredients for honey mustard sauce

Full list of ingredients with quantities is located in the recipe card.

You’ll need:

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Dijon mustard – Dijon is perfect for making sauces and dressings.

Mayonnaise – You can use light or regular mayonnaise. Do not use Miracle Whip or salad cream.

Honey – Use a mild clover honey. Some wildflower honeys can be overpowering when used in recipes.

Cider vinegar – Also labeled as apple cider vinegar, this gives the sauce a sweet tangy flavor. If you don’t have cider vinegar, you can substitute white wine vinegar or regular distilled white vinegar.

Garlic powder – For a bit of savory taste.

Salt and pepper – Season this sauce to taste, keeping in mind what you plan to serve it with!

How to make this recipe

In a small bowl, combine mustard, mayonnaise, honey, cider vinegar, and garlic powder. 

Whisk until completely combined and smooth. 

Add salt and pepper to taste.

You can serve the honey mustard sauce immediately, or cover and chill until ready to serve. 

Storage tips

This sauce will keep in the refrigerator for about 5 days. It’s not a shelf-stable sauce, so make sure you chill it, and don’t leave it at room temperature for longer than 2 hours.

I recommend spooning out what you need and not dipping directly into the full bowl. This will help the sauce keep longer in the fridge.

Make sure to store it in an airtight container, such as a mason jar with a reusable screw-on lid.

You might need to whisk the sauce briefly before using after chilling, to redistribute the ingredients.

I do not recommend freezing this sauce, as it will separate and the texture will be off upon thawing.

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Recipe suggestions

You can thin out this sauce using a little bit of olive oil and water to create a honey mustard dressing.

Add a pinch of ground cayenne pepper for a kick of heat.

Make it a little lighter by swapping the mayonnaise for Greek yogurt. Make sure to use plain, not flavored!

To brighten the sauce, you can add a small amount of lemon juice to taste.

Ways to use honey mustard sauce

Drizzle this sauce over baked potatoes or sweet potato fries.

Dunk chicken nuggets into the sauce, or dip in pigs in a blanket.

Mix with chopped chicken or crisp veggies to make a tangy sandwich filling.

Use as a topping for burgers, hot dogs, or sliders.

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You’ll love this easy, creamy dipping sauce no matter how you choose to use it!

Recipe card

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Honey Mustard Sauce

Course: Dips & Spreads
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Megan
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Tangy honey mustard sauce is easy to make with just a few ingredients.
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  • ¼ cup dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Pinch pepper


  • In a bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients until blended and smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.


  • Makes about ¾ cup.


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 113kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 371mg | Sugar: 12g

Nutrition information is an estimate based on online calculators and provided as a courtesy. Any nutritional information should be used as a general guideline only.

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