Balsamic Glazed Salmon


This Balsamic Glazed Salmon is one of my favorite ways to prepare salmon! It’s easy to make, yet the end results are amazingly delicious! It’s just one of those impressive entrees that’s sure to please yet it doesn’t require much.

Balsamic Glazed Salmon fillets on white platter with salad

Easy Balsamic Glazed Salmon

This balsamic salmon has layers of flavor that all come together so well. You get the perfectly pan seared fillets with its golden brown, nicely crisp, outer edge, then its perfectly tender melt-in-your mouth interior.

The salmon is drizzled with a sweet and lightly tart and tangy, reduced balsamic glaze. You’ll also loves the notes of flavor from the fresh garlic and rosemary here.

How could you not love this easy salmon recipe? Plus, when anything includes balsamic in the title definitely sign me up! Isn’t it just one of the best ingredients?

pan seared salmon fillets on platter with salad

Balsamic Glazed Salmon Ingredients

For the pan seared salmon, you’ll need:

  • Salmon fillets
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh rosemary or parsley, for garnish

And for the homemade honey balsamic glaze, you’ll need:

  • Balsamic vinegar
  • White wine (or chicken broth)
  • Honey
  • Dijon mustard
  • Rosemary sprig
  • Garlic

Balsamic Salmon fillets on platter with salad

How to Make Balsamic Glaze

  • In a saucepan, combine balsamic vinegar, white wine, honey, dijon mustard, rosemary and the garlic, bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer until thickened and reduced, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and pour through a fine strainer into a heat proof dish. Set aside.

How to Cook Salmon in a Skillet

  • Let salmon to rest 10 at room temperature.
  • Season salmon and cook in oiled skillet until nicely browned on both sides.
  • Serve warm drizzling each fillet with homemade balsamic glaze, garnished if desired.

drizzling honey balsamic glaze onto salmon fillet

Can I Subsitute Chicken for This Recipe?

I know I share a lot of salmon recipes, and if you don’t want to pay the higher cost of salmon you definitely can use chicken as well. Just pound them to an even thickness then cook about 4- 5 minutes per side until they are 165 degrees F in the center.

Then when you can splurge, definitely try it with the salmon at least once. This honey balsamic glaze is just so good over salmon!

Can I Use Dried Rosemary Here?

If you don’t have fresh rosemary, I recommend substituting 1/3 amount dried rosemary in the honey balsamic glaze instead.

What Should I Serve with This Salmon?

I recommend serving it up with asparagus, green beans, roasted vegetables or a green salad.

Just don’t be skimpy with the glaze over the salmon. Of course, I ended up adding more than pictured here. Just smother them :).

Balsamic Glazed Salmon fillet on white plate with green salad

Tips for the Best Balsamic Glazed Salmon

  • Salmon doesn’t reheat well, so if you have leftovers I recommend enjoying it cold atop a salad or rice bowl of some kind.
  • The balsamic glaze will last for a few days in the fridge. Use it on chicken, pork and more!
  • When cooking the honey balsamic glaze, make sure to turn the vent on above your stove. Sometimes the vinegar makes my eyes water as it reduces.

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Balsamic Glazed Salmon

5 from 5 votes

Such a tasty recipe! Salmon fillets are pan seared until perfectly golden brown and topped with a rich, sweetly sweet slightly tangy balsamic glaze. Garlic and rosemary are also included for two more layers of fresh flavor.

Servings: 4 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes


Balsamic Rosemary Glaze

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup white wine or low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 rosemary sprig (about 7-inches)
  • 1 cloves garlic minced


  • 4 (6 oz) salmon fillets skinless or skin on
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp olive oil divided
  • Finely minced rosemary or parsley, for garnish (optional)


  1. Allow salmon to rest 10 - 15 minutes at room temperature. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan combine balsamic vinegar, white wine, honey, dijon mustard, rosemary and the garlic.

  2. Heat mixture over medium-high heat and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer over medium-low heat until sauce has thickened and reduced to about 1/3 cup, about 10 - 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat and pour through a fine strainer into a heat proof dish. Set aside.
  4. Season both sides of salmon with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.

  5. Add salmon fillets and cook, without moving until salmon has nicely browned on bottom, about 3 - 4 minutes. Carefully flip salmon to opposite side and continue to cook 2 - 3 minutes longer until salmon has cooked through.
  6. Serve warm drizzling each fillet with balsamic rosemary glaze. Garnish with finely minced rosemary or parsley if desired

Recipe Notes

  • The balsamic glaze will last for a few days in the fridge. Use it on chicken, pork and more! 
  • Recipe source: Cooking Classy
Nutrition Facts
Balsamic Glazed Salmon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 396 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 93mg31%
Sodium 126mg5%
Potassium 879mg25%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 70IU1%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: balsamic salmon
Calories: 396 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • Liat a: I thoroughly despise pan frying fish (Messy), so I opted to bake this dish instead. I followed the instructions with the sauce and poured half of the sauce on the fish. Baked the salmon for 17 min at 375F while the sauce simmered. It turned out incredible! Will definitely be making it again with the baking variation June 10, 2019 at 8:08pm Reply

  • Paulett JACKSON-BUFKIN: Wonderful recipe my family enjoyed on
    Saint Patrick Sunday! It was a requested
    hit for an encore meal! It makes me happy
    to know my husband & 3 teenage boys
    raved happily over this recipe!
    I look forward to more great recipes
    to introduce to my family! 😍👌🍀 March 17, 2019 at 6:53pm Reply

  • Kerri: Can I leave out the mustard and still be good? December 3, 2018 at 3:25pm Reply

  • Valerie King: Utterly delicious. Will definitely be making this again and again. June 30, 2018 at 1:28am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy you enjoyed it! Thanks for leaving a 5 star review! July 3, 2018 at 10:34am Reply

  • Diane: Love this salmon recipe and the pan frying makes the salmon even tastier April 26, 2018 at 8:39pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed it! April 27, 2018 at 11:00am Reply

  • Thoya: Can I use this sauce with with red snapper instead of Salmon? February 9, 2018 at 12:43am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes definitely. February 19, 2018 at 11:30am Reply

  • JESSICA: Hey Jaclyn, do you think if I bought a flavored balsamic glaze I should add the 1/4 cup white wine or low-sodium chicken broth
    2 Tbsp honey
    1 Tbsp dijon mustard? O just use the glaze itself? December 15, 2017 at 1:36pm Reply

  • Barb: We loved it. Better than lemon . Sauce could go on a kale salad. I found another recipe that has maple syrup and balsamic which I will try. We baked our fish and it was yummy. Love this recipe. October 23, 2017 at 12:58pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you loved it – thanks Barb! October 23, 2017 at 2:20pm Reply

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