16 Surprising Recipes for Honey Roasting: Our Favorite Way to Use Up Honey

From baked ham and salmon recipes to honey-glazed vegetables, roasting is one of the best savory ways to use up a bottle

Be it baked biscuits drizzled with the stuff or a fluffy peanut butter and jelly with a gooey layer in the center, there's nary honey dish that didn't dazzle us. (We've even been known to eat honeycomb whole from time to time.) But more often than not, most cooks will reach for a bottle of this balanced golden syrup when they're planning to bake for breakfast or dessert, or make some kind of sweet.

But, honey, which is said to be the oldest of sweeteners, has a number of uses beyond cakes, cookies, and candies. It can be mixed into cocktails, whisked into salad dressings, or used as a finishing sauce. But if you're wondering how to use up a bottle of honey, one of our favorite ways is as a seasoning for roasted meats, fruits, and vegetables.

While you don’t typically want to brush straight honey atop oven-cooked foods—as this can lead to burning and over-sweetening—it’s ideal as part of a multi-ingredient glaze or marinade. Honey, olive oil, and an acid like vinegar make a simple marinade for chicken or pork; or honey, melted butter, and spices like cinnamon or star anise can become an easy glaze for root vegetables, apples, cauliflower, or meats.

Here are some of our favorite recipes for using up a bottle of the sticky stuff:

Tamarind-Glazed Roast Turkey
Tamarind-Glazed Roast Turkey Recipe, Thanksgiving turkey recipe, african turkey recipe
The flavors of Senegal—sour tamarind, fiery scotch bonnets, and pungent fish sauce—add umami-rich depth to this unexpected Thanksgiving bird. Get the recipe for Tamarind-Glazed Roast Turkey »Ryan Liebe
Cumin-Roasted Carrots and Parsnips
Cumin-Roasted Carrots and Parsnips
Toasted cumin seeds, mint, and lime juice intensify the sweetness of simple baked root vegetables. Get the recipe for Cumin-Roasted Carrots and Parsnips »Helen Rosner
Porchetta-Style Chicken
Porchetta-Style Chicken
Marinated chicken breasts are spread with garlic paste, herbs, and pancetta before being rolled and grilled in this porchetta adaptation inspired by Taverna 58, a restaurant in the seaside town of Pescara, Italy. Get the recipe for Porchetta-Style Chicken »Romulo Yanes
Roast Pork with Sinner Stuffing
Roast Pork with Sinner Stuffing
A generous pour of bourbon is the secret to this juicy pork loin's sweet fruit stuffing. Get the recipe for Roast Pork with Sinner Stuffing »Ingalls Photography
Baked Ricotta with Orange Blossom Cherry Sauce
Baked Ricotta with Orange Blossom Cherry Sauce
Frozen cherries and orange blossom water make a deliciously sweet topping for creamy baked ricotta. Get the recipe for Baked Ricotta with Orange Blossom Cherry Sauce »Helen Rosner
Honey-and-Butter-Baked Pears with Cold Cream
Honey-and-Butter Baked Pears with Cold Cream
These sticky, caramelized pears get served warm with a glug of fresh chilled cream for a richly-flavored variation on poached pears. Get the recipe for Honey-and-Butter-Baked Pears with Cold Cream »Anders Schonnemann
Roasted Turnips and Greens with Bacon Vinaigrette
Roasted Turnips and Greens with Bacon Vinaigrette
Pleasantly bitter turnips are roasted until sweet and then slicked with bacon fat and tossed with sherry vinegar and their own wilted green leaves in this warming side dish. Get the recipe for Roasted Turnips and Greens with Bacon Vinaigrette »Matt Taylor-Gross
Spiced Honey-Glazed Spiral Ham
Spiced Honey-Glazed Spiral Ham
Although spiral-cut ham comes fully cooked, a low, slow roast will heat it through and caramelize its sticky, spiced glaze. At Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bistro, a ham is glazed with pan drippings, local honey, and fragrant cinnamon and clove for their annual Thanksgiving feast, which they serve to veterans and their families. Get the recipe for Spiced Honey-Glazed Spiral Ham »Eilon Paz
Honey-Roasted Apples with Sesame and Calvados
Sesame Honey Roasted Apples
Sweet apples are roasted until caramelized in honey and butter, then marinated in their cooking juices along with Calvados and sesame for a simple but surprisingly complex quick weeknight dessert. Get the recipe for Honey-Roasted Apples with Sesame and Calvados »Farideh Sadeghin
Salmon Glazed with Rosemary- and Lemon-Infused Honey
Salmon Glazed with Rosemary- and Lemon-Infused Honey
Rosemary-infused honey gives this dish a sweet and aromatic flavor. Get the recipe for Salmon Glazed with Rosemary- and Lemon-Infused Honey »Maxime Iattoni
Pear Cake with Honey and Spelt
Pear Cake with Honey and Spelt
"Between chocolate and fruit desserts, I always choose fruit," says Goggi, who knows how to make this simple cake by memory. "I brush it with honey and lemon glaze to keep the top moist and shiny." In fall, pears or apples work well, or in summer, peaches, apricots, and berries do too. Spelt, an ancient grain, lends a hearty crumb and golden color. Get the recipe for Pear Cake with Honey and Spelt »Eva Kolenko
Honey Glazed Roast Pork with Apples
Honey Glazed Roast Pork with Apples
Normans use apples and cider in many savory preparations—with game, poultry, even fish. In this classic pork dish from Jean-François Guillouet-Huard, of Domaine Michel Huard, it's important to use a slightly tart variety so the end result isn't too sweet. Get the recipe for Honey Glazed Roast Pork with Apples »Matt Taylor-Gross
Honey-Roasted Belgian Endives and Parsnips
Honey-Roasted Belgian Endives and Parsnips
This recipe is borrowed from: Sally Clarke's Book: A Restaurant, Shop and Bakery (Mc Millian). Sally Clarke is a top chef and restaurateur in London. Get the Honey-Roasted Belgian Endives and Parsnips Recipe »Martin Brigdale
Fresh Ham with Honey and Cloves
Fresh Ham with Honey and Cloves
This feast-worthy dish calls for fresh ham, a succulent cut from the pig's hind leg that yields crisp skin and juicy meat. Get the recipe for Fresh Ham with Honey and Cloves »Andre Baranowski
Spiced Braised Rhubarb
Spice Braised Rhubarb
Orange juice, honey, and spices reduce into an intense syrup while tenderizing the rhubarb in this fruit compote. Get the recipe for Spiced Braised Rhubarb »Todd Coleman
Balsamic-Spiced Nuts and Seeds (Heta Nötter)
Balsamic-Spiced Nuts and Seeds (Heta Nötter)
This Swedish snack of warm toasted cashews, almonds, and pumpkin and sunflower seeds tossed in a chile-spiked balsamic emulsion is addictive and easy to make. Great eaten out of hand or served on a cheese board alongside sharp Swedish Västerbotten cheese as part of a Midsummer feast. Get the recipe for Balsamic-Spiced Nuts and Seeds (Heta Nötter) »Felix Odell