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Learn how to make the best honey mustard that’s equal parts tangy, savory, and sweet with this super simple homemade Honey Mustard sauce recipe! Made with just 9 pantry staples in 5 minutes, this DIY honey mustard is liquid gold and a must-have for any summer gathering. Use it to flavor EVERYTHING from tender chicken breasts to simple green salads; caramelized roasted veggies to crispy chicken nuggets or juicy burgers.

Featured comment: This is the best honey mustard recipe I’ve ever tried. It’s so good my entire family loves it, so I triple the recipe and keep a big storage jar in the fridge. Makes life easy when my son or husband wants chicken nuggets or I want a salad. Not to mention it’s so much better than the bottled dressing at the store with the long list of additives.” – Jill 5 stars

Close-up photo of a chicken nugget dipped into a homemade mustard sauce.

Update: This post was originally published in June 2022. I made updates to the article below to include more information about how to make honey mustard sauce at home.

About this honey mustard sauce recipe

When I was a wee one, I was a super picky eater. My father’s remedy? DIY honey mustard sauce on EVERYTHING. Whether it was a pile of steamed veggies or a piece of fish, sauce was his solution to get me to try new things. And friends? It 100% worked! While Dad used to buy his honey dijon mustard, I’ve since unlocked the secret of how easy it is to make the best honey mustard at home. And I can’t wait to share it with you today!

If you love the thick honey mustard dipping sauce from Chick-fil-A or Ken’s honey mustard spread, then you will love this quick and easy recipe! It’s a zesty combination of sweet honey flavors and tangy, spicy mustard that makes this honey dijon mustard perfect for dipping pretzels, chicken fingers and nuggets, and more!

Made with an assortment of ingredients that I’m sure you probably already have in your pantry, this tasty, creamy, zingy sauce comes together in mere minutes — without any fancy kitchen equipment necessary. (Despite the website name, you will need a stirring device of some sort though, okay?)

Why this dipping sauce recipe works

A sublime combination of zippy, tangy, savory and sweet flavors, this kid-friendly homemade honey mustard sauce is sure to become a family favorite!  

This DIY honey mustard sauce recipe is:

  • Made with simple ingredients. You can make restaurant-quality home made honey mustard at home with basic pantry ingredients!
  • Quick & Easy. This fast and flavorful dipping sauce is 100% fuss-free and fool-proof to prepare!
  • Takes Less Than 5 Minutes! Literally – I set a timer.
  • Allergen-Friendly. This honey mustard recipe is gluten free, soy free and dairy free. Plus, one simple swap makes it vegan as well!
  • Super Versatile. Best way to make anything taste good? Add honey and mustard sauce.
  • Meal-Prep Friendly. Double the recipe and store your sauce in the fridge to use throughout the week. This homemade honey dijon mustard will make a week of meal-prepped salads, sandwiches, and proteins taste like a million bucks!

Overhead photo of honey, mustard, brown sugar, mayonnaise, and seasonings organized into individual bowls on a kitchen counter.

Ingredients for honey mustard sauce

You don’t need much at all to make this gorgeously golden honey mustard recipe. 

  • Good Quality Mayo – I’m a Duke’s girl through and through, but feel free to swap in any high-quality brand like Hellman’s/Best Foods, or Blue Plate.
    • Vegan substitution – You can easily use your favorite plant-based substitute.
  • Honey – I always advocate for local honey because it a.) tastes better, b.) supports the local pollinators, and c.) supports your local foodways. 
    • If you are out of honey (or if you’re vegan), you can make a similarly tasty version using maple syrup or date syrup.
  • Yellow Mustard – I love the tang of bright yellow mustard. If you prefer, swap in more dijon or make your own using some dried mustard powder.
  • Dijon Mustard – Made with white wine and a bevy of tasty herbs & spices, dijon mustard makes me feel as fancy as the fella in the limo from those old Grey Poupon commercials. 
    • Feel free to use either an equivalent amount of stone ground mustard (which will give your honey mustard dipping sauce a bit of texture) or swap in more yellow mustard.
  • Light Brown Sugar – Technically optional, I find that the molasses-y sweetness of brown sugar adds both irresistible body and flavor to this honey mustard dip.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – Adding a bit of extra acid to the mustard sauce helps to balance out the sweetness. 
    • ACV is the best substitution option, but you can easily swap in fresh lemon juice, white vinegar, white wine vinegar, or rice wine vinegar.
  • Garlic Powder & Onion Powder – These powdered alliums add tons of flavor without needing to bust out the cutting board.
  • Smoked Paprika – I love a hint of smoky goodness in my DIY honey mustard, but you can easily use regular sweet paprika or Hungarian hot paprika. 

Mustard sauce variations

  • Make it spicy! Instead of using smoked paprika, opt for cayenne pepper for a spicy mustard sauce.
  • Healthy swap –  To give your honey dijon mustard a healthy boost of protein, swap out some of the mayonnaise for plain Greek yogurt.
  • Turn it into a vinaigrette. Thin it out with an extra splash of vinegar and a glug or two of olive oil. Feel free to fancy it up with some chopped fresh herbs like parsley, tarragon, or cilantro if you’d like!
  • Make Chick-fil-A sauce! Add a few tablespoons of your favorite barbecue sauce and this becomes iconic Chick-fil-A sauce!

Overhead photo of DIY honey mustard in a mixing bowl - before being whisked together.

How to make honey mustard

Making dijon mustard dressing from scratch is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Make the honey mustard sauce: In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise with both mustards, honey, 1 tablespoon sugar, vinegar, garlic powder and onion powder. Season with ¼ tsp salt and a pinch of pepper. Whisk to thoroughly combine.
  2. Adjust to taste: Taste the sauce and adjust for seasoning, adding more sugar or honey for sweetness and more vinegar for tang.
    • Optional, chill: Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and transfer to the refrigerator. Allow the dressing to chill for at least 30 minutes so the flavors can marry.
  3. Use or Store: Use your honey dijon mustard as a dip, dressing, sauce or spread! Or store your homemade honey mustard for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.

Action photo of a whisk mixing together honey mustard sauce.

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

Is honey mustard the same as yellow mustard?

While yellow mustard is a component of this tasty honey mustard sauce, there are other ingredients (honey, to name the most important!) required to make a true honey mustard. Scroll down to the recipe card to make the best!

What can I use diy honey mustard sauce on?

Take a page out of my Dad’s parenting notebook and put it on just about anything! Honestly, this sauce is the best way to get your little ones to eat foods they’re reluctant to try. Jump to the next section below for lots of ideas!

Is honey mustard healthy?

I’m not a registered nutrition professional, but I feel perfectly good about serving this tasty dipping sauce to my family on the regular. It’s made with wholesome ingredients and doesn’t have any weird preservatives, artificial colors or flavors to speak of. I certainly can’t say the same for store-bought versions! (Please note that you should discuss any health-related dietary advice with a medical professional.) 

Overhead photo of a spoon dipped into a yellow mustard sauce.

Serving suggestions for honey dijon mustard

This delectable DIY honey mustard recipe will add a little zip to just about anything you can think of! Here are some of my favorite ways to use it:

  • As a creamy dipping sauce for chicken nuggets, chicken tenders, french fries or zucchini fries, fish sticks, fresh vegetables and crudités, or anything else you like to dip!
  • A flavorful mayo replacement on sandwiches, vegetarian black bean burgers, wraps, or for steamed veggies like artichokes, broccoli, or asparagus. 
  • As a marinade or glaze on chicken wings or other chicken pieces, pork tenderloin, pork chops, skirt steak, air fried shrimp, fish, or even tofu!
  • A salad dressing for salads, grain bowls, and roasted veggies, such as potatoes.

What are YOUR favorite ways to use honey dijon sauce? Let me know in the comments below!

Storing honey mustard dipping sauce 

This simple honey mustard dipping sauce stores beautifully, so I always make a double batch. Store the sauce in an airtight container or jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks

Since this dijon honey sauce is mayonnaise-based, I don’t suggest freezing it. That said, it’s so delicious you shouldn’t have a problem using it within 14 days!

Overhead photo of a bowl of honey mustard sauce with chicken nuggets surrounding the bowl.

Zippy, tangy, and kid-friendly, this homemade mustard sauce recipe is sure to become one of your favorite condiments. Whisk up a batch today and witness how it can transform even the most ho-hum meal into a crave-worthy affair! Whether you spread it on sandwiches, serve it with veggie sticks, or use it to add zesty flavor to your side salads, I have a feeling you’ll be making it on repeat all year long. I know I do!

Until next time, cheers!

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Honey Mustard Sauce

5 from 1 vote
Total Time: 5 minutes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 24 servings
Creamy, tangy and sweet, this super simple recipe for Honey Mustard Sauce is a must-have for any summer gathering. Made with just 9 pantry staples in about 5 minutes, this liquid gold will add flavor to everything from crispy chicken nuggets to simple green salads; caramelized roasted veggies to juicy burgers.
Recipe can be scaled up or down by using the slider if you hover your mouse over the number of Servings.


  • 1 Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Whisk


  • 1 heaping Cup Good-Quality Mayonnaise (about 1 cup + 1 TBS)
  • ¼ Cup Honey
  • 2 TBS Yellow Mustard
  • 2 TBS Dijon Mustard
  • 1-2 TBS Light Brown Sugar – optional but seriously amazing!
  • 2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar or Lemon Juice - or more to taste
  • ½ tsp EACH: Garlic Powder + Onion Powder
  • ¼ tsp Smoked Paprika (substitute cayenne for spicy honey mustard)
  • To Taste Kosher Salt + Ground Black Pepper


  • Make the honey mustard sauce: In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise with both mustards, honey, 1 tablespoon sugar, vinegar, garlic powder and onion powder. Season with ¼ tsp kosher salt and a pinch of pepper. Whisk to thoroughly combine.
  • Adjust to taste: Taste the sauce and adjust for seasoning, adding more sugar or honey for sweetness and more vinegar for tang.
  • Optional, chill for best taste: Cover the bowl of honey mustard sauce with plastic wrap and transfer to the refrigerator. Chill for at least 30 minutes so the flavors can meld.
  • Use and enjoy or store for later: Use the honey dijon mustard as a dressing or dipping sauce. Alternatively, store the sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


Recipe Yield: Approximately 1 1/2 cups of honey mustard sauce (24 tablespoons)
Nutritional information are an estimate based upon 24 servings. Exact information will depend upon the brands of ingredients and precise measurements used.


Calories: 15kcal    Carbohydrates: 4g    Protein: 1g    Fat: 1g    Saturated Fat: 1g    Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g    Monounsaturated Fat: 1g    Cholesterol: 1mg    Sodium: 28mg    Potassium: 7mg    Fiber: 1g    Sugar: 3g    Vitamin A: 12IU    Vitamin C: 1mg    Calcium: 2mg    Iron: 1mg

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Overhead photo of a platter of chicken nuggets with a bowl of dijon mustard for dipping.