This easy, delicious Apple Glaze is just 3 ingredients (apple juice, honey, and mustard) and perfect brushed on any protein, especially pork and poultry.

Brushing apple glaze on a Cornish hen.

Developed for a pair of roasted Cornish Hens with bread stuffing, apple glaze could add a lovely sweetness to roasted chicken, turkey, or pork tenderloin, too. It’s also delightful when brushed on pound cake or other desserts, too.

It’s as easy as cooking down some apple cider until reduced by half and thickened, then stirring in a touch of Dijon mustard and honey (or your preferred sweetener).

Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Apple Glaze Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients to make apple glaze.

Ingredient notes

  • Apple cider or juice: You can make your own cider in about 3 hours, or find it at the store at certain times of the year. Apple juice works too!
  • Honey: Or sweeten with sugar or maple syrup to taste.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, bring the apple cider to boil and cook until reduced by half (1 cup). Remove the saucepan from heat and stir in honey and Dijon mustard. Set aside ½ cup for serving.
Apple glaze in a saucepan.
  1. Brush remaining glaze onto chicken, pork, or Cornish game hens during the final 30 minutes of roasting, basting with pan juices occasionally (cover with foil if anything starts to brown too quickly).
Brushing apple glaze on a Cornish hen.
  1. Remove hens from oven, tent with foil, and let stand 10 minutes. Serve with reserved apple glaze.
A pair of roasted Cornish hens in a baking dish.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes about 1 cup glaze (technically 1 cup + 2 tablespoons). It’s enough to handily glaze 2 chickens, a large turkey, or 4 Cornish hens (or reserve some sauce for passing separately).
  • Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Make ahead: Prepare the glaze a day in advance and store covered in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before basting or reheat any reserved sauce on the stove before passing separately.
Two whole Cornish hens on a gray plate with stuffing.

Cornish Hens with Stuffing

Roasted Cornish Hens with Stuffing make Thanksgivings extra special. An easy apple mustard glaze takes the place of gravy, and a classic bread stuffing soaks up all the flavors.

1 hour 10 minutes
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Brushing apple glaze on a Cornish hen.

Apple Glaze

This easy, delicious Apple Glaze is just 3 ingredients (apple juice, honey, and mustard) and perfect brushed on any protein, especially pork and poultry.
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 4 servings (¼ cup each)
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 291

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups apple cider or apple juice (see note 1)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (see note 2)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard

Instructions 

  • In a small saucepan, bring the apple cider to boil and cook until reduced by half (1 cup). Remove the saucepan from heat and stir in honey and Dijon mustard. Set aside ½ cup for serving.
  • Brush remaining glaze onto chicken, pork, or Cornish game hens during the final 30 minutes of roasting, basting with pan juices occasionally (cover with foil if anything starts to brown too quickly).
  • Remove hens from oven, tent with foil, and let stand 10 minutes. Serve with reserved apple glaze.

Notes

  1. Apple cider or juice: You can make your own cider in about 3 hours, or find it at the store at certain times of the year. Apple juice works too!
  2. Honey: Or sweeten with sugar or maple syrup to taste.
  3. Yield: This recipe makes about 1 cup glaze (technically 1 cup + 2 tablespoons). It’s enough to handily glaze 2 chickens, a large turkey, or 4 Cornish hens (or reserve some sauce for passing separately).
  4. Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  5. Make ahead: Prepare the glaze a day in advance and store covered in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before basting or reheat any reserved sauce on the stove before passing separately.

Nutrition

Serving: 2servingsCalories: 291kcalCarbohydrates: 71gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 190mgPotassium: 508mgFiber: 1gSugar: 63gVitamin A: 15IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 1mg
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