If you're a fan of hot honey, this Hot Honey Pizza is going to blow your mind! It expertly marries the spicy sweet honey with a variety of savory toppings, including soppressata and prosciutto, creating a flavor profile that's both bold and comforting at the same time.
Sweet and spicy is one of my favorite flavor combinations. That's why I love jalapeño simple syrup and why I love hot honey.
Hot honey started having a moment a few years ago and that moment has never stopped. Now, multiple brands are lined up on my grocery store shelf and lots of people have at least one bottle of it stocked in their pantry at all times. Myself included.
I especially appreciate hot honey on a charcuterie board as it complements cured meats and cheeses so well. Which made me think about how delicious it would be on a pizza. And thus, this hot honey pizza was born.
❤️ Why you'll love this recipe
If you're a fan of hot honey, you need to try this easy to make at home pizza!
I packed it with so much deliciousness and complementary flavors, but it's also so easy to customize to your own tastes by omitting and adding ingredients.
It's a pizza that's great for serving on a Friday night pizza night or a busy weeknight. But it also makes the perfect game day snack.
If your kids or anyone else in your household isn't a fan of spicy food, you can let people add the spicy honey to their individual pieces of pizza instead of drizzling it over the top.
Like I mentioned, this hot honey pizza is very easy to customize. You can also choose whether you want to make your own homemade pizza dough or buy a batch of it at the store. Either way is totally acceptable!
Here's everything I use on my pizza (be sure to check out the recipe card at the bottom of this post for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions):
- Cornmeal and all-purpose flour: to sprinkle on pizza pan to prevent sticking
- Pizza dough: you can either use my recipe that I include or buy a batch from the store
- Olive oil
- Minced garlic
- Sliced fresh mozzarella cheese
- Crumbled gorgonzola cheese
- Hot soppressata: you can substitute with pepperoni if you prefer
- Thinly sliced red onion
- Chopped basil
- Hot honey
And if you're making your own hot honey pizza dough, here's what you need:
- Active dry yeast
- Lukewarm water (105-115 degrees)
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Hot honey
- All-purpose flour
You can use your favorite brand of hot honey, but I especially love Mike's Hot Honey.
You can even make your own homemade hot honey if you prefer.
👩🍳 How to make homemade dough
I love making my own pizza dough because it's so easy to do and when you make it at home, you can customize it however you want.
For this particular dough, I add a little hot honey into it for some extra sweet spice! If you are using store-bought pizza dough, you can either knead some hot honey into it or you can simply omit this step (and add more honey to the top of the pizza!).
To make your own dough, mix yeast and warm water in a large bowl and let rest for 2 minutes.
Stir salt, extra-virgin olive oil, and hot honey into the mixture.
With a wooden spoon, mix 1 ½ cup + 2 Tbsp flour into the mixture. If dough feels too wet, you can add in another Tbsp flour. Form dough into a ball and gently knead a few times in the bowl.
Cover bowl with a kitchen towel and let rest in a warm spot for about 2 hours, so dough can rise.
🍕 How to make honey honey pizza
Now that your dough is ready, you're all set to whip up this quick and easy pizza!
Preheat oven to 450 degrees and lightly dust a round baking pan with cornmeal and flour.
In a small bowl, mix together olive oil and minced garlic.
Stretch dough out to fit it on the prepared baking sheet (I like to roll it out on a lightly floured surface) and brush lightly with olive oil, making sure to brush all the way to the edges of dough.
Mmm I love a good garlic oil base on a pizza... I use it for almost all of my pizzas!
Place sliced mozzarella cheese around dough and sprinkle gorgonzola over dough.
Layer on prosciutto and hot soppressata.
If you don't want to add more spice to the pizza, you can always replace the soppressata with pepperoni.
Top with sliced red onion.
You can skip this if you aren't an onion fan, but they do add a nice little bite to the pizza!
Now, bake that hot honey pizza for 10-12 minutes, until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbling and turning golden.
You can feel free to use a pizza stone or pizza peel if you prefer. Or you can even bake this in an outdoor pizza oven.
But wait, there are a couple more steps before you're ready to dig in!
You'll want to sprinkle a little fresh basil over the top of the pizza.
And then add a drizzle of hot honey all over it!
Oh yes, this is my idea of heaven.
I recommend serving the pizza with a bottle of hot honey on the side because some diners may want to add even more.
Is there really such a thing as too much hot honey?
But really, I do think I've finally discovered my dream pizza. There are so many contrasting and complementary flavors with the strong gorgonzola, mild mozzarella, spicy soppressata, salty prosciutto, and sharp onion.
But the real star is obviously the hot honey! Drizzled over the top (and built into the dough), its sweet heat really does tie all the flavors together.
The honey not only enhances the spiciness of the soppressata but also brings out the subtle sweetness in the prosciutto and onions and helps create a harmonious blend of flavors that's somehow both bold and nuanced.
This pizza is meant to serve 4, but my husband and I can eat an entire one together and still want more.
⏲️ How to store leftovers
That said, if you do have leftovers, you can store them away for later!
I recommend storing the slices of pizza in an airtight container or tightly wrapping them in aluminum foil and keeping in the fridge until ready to eat.
The leftover pizza should stay fresh for about 3 days.
You can heat up in the oven, toaster oven, or an air fryer. You could also put it in the microwave, but that's not my favorite way of reheating pizza.
Of course, you can also eat it cold!
🎉 Variations on recipe
To me, this pizza is perfect. But there are SO many ways to make a hot honey pizza so that it's ideal for you and your family.
Here are some ideas for ingredients you can use and substitutions you can make:
- If gorgonzola cheese isn't your thing, you can omit it and use a more milder cheese like ricotta, feta, parmesan cheese, goat cheese, provolone, or just extra mozzarella.
- To make this pizza vegetarian, omit the meats and add some "meatier" vegetables like grilled eggplant and zucchini slices.
- If you're not a fan of cured meats, but want to keep the protein, I recommend using shrimp, sausage, or chicken.
- If you want to amp up the spiciness even more (you are my people!), add sliced jalapeños, chili peppers, or red pepper flakes.
- To add more color and extra nutrition, consider topping the hot honey pizza with fresh arugula or spinach.
- If you love pizza with tomato sauce, feel free to use it instead of the olive oil base.
- Drizzle the pizza with a balsamic glaze to elevate the flavors even more.
- Add ingredients like artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, and roasted red peppers to give the pizza a Mediterranean flair.
Of course, you can always just take a standard pepperoni pizza or your favorite pizza and drizzle hot honey over it, instantly turning it into a hot honey pizza!
🥗 Serving suggestions
I generally like to serve this hot honey pizza with a nice big salad on the side. But you could also do a simple veggie side.
Here are some great serving suggestions:
- Caesar Salad: Pizza and caesar salads are a match made in heaven! I like making my caesars with kale to add some extra nutrition to the meal. You can also make a caesar salad alternative with brussels sprouts.
- Shaved Asparagus Salad
- Chopped Kale Salad
- Chick-Fil-A Kale Salad
- Blistered Green Beans
- Lemon Pepper Asparagus
🍯 More uses for hot honey
If you got a bottle of spicy honey just to make this pizza, you may be interested in what else you can do with it. Here are some of my favorite hot honey uses:
- Drizzle it over meats and cheeses on a charcuterie board.
- Mix it into salad dressings.
- Use it to add some heat to your breakfast by drizzling over oatmeal, yogurt, pancakes, or waffles.
- Drizzle it over roasted vegetables.
- Serve it with fried chicken and waffles.
- Use it as a sandwich spread.
- Add it to cocktails or use it as a cocktail rimmer on your glass.
- Drizzle it over ice cream.
- Simply use it as you would hot sauce when you want to add a little sweetness, too!
😍 More pizza recipes
Do you have a regular pizza night with your family? If so, I've got plenty of pizza and flatbread recipes for you! Here are some of my favorites:
I also love this Pear, Prosciutto, and Gorgonzola Pizza!
If you like adding heat to your food, a spicy pizza is going to be right up your alley and this hot honey pizza recipe will likely become a favorite in your house.
How do you like using hot honey?
Hot Honey Pizza
- Cornmeal and all-purpose flour, for pizza pan
- 1 batch pizza dough (store-bought or recipe below)
- 1 ½ Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 8 oz sliced fresh mozzarella cheese
- ½ cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
- 4 slices prosciutto
- 2 oz hot soppressata (or pepperoni)
- ¼ small onion, thinly sliced
- Chopped basil, for topping
- 1 Tbsp hot honey, for topping
Hot Honey Pizza Dough
- 1 ¼ tsp active dry yeast
- ¾ cup lukewarm water (105-115 degrees)
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbsp hot honey
- 1 ½ cups + 2-3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees and lightly dust a round baking pan with cornmeal and flour.
- In a small bowl, mix together olive oil and minced garlic.
- Stretch dough out to fit it on the prepared baking sheet (I like to roll it out on a lightly floured surface) and brush lightly with olive oil, making sure to brush all the way to the edges of dough.
- Place on sliced mozzarella cheese and sprinkle gorgonzola over dough.
- Layer on prosciutto and hot soppressata. Top with sliced red onion.
- Bake pizza for 10-12 minutes, until crust is golden and cheese is bubbling and turning golden.
- Sprinkle fresh basil all around and drizzle on hot honey.
Hot Honey Pizza Dough
- Mix yeast and water in a large bowl and let rest for 2 minutes.
- Stir salt, extra-virgin olive oil, and hot honey into the mixture.
- With a wooden spoon, mix 1 ½ cup + 2 Tbsp flour into the mixture. If dough feels too wet, you can add in another Tbsp flour. Form dough into a ball and gently knead a few times in the bowl.