Balsamic Glazed Salmon

Published July 2, 2017. Updated May 14, 2019

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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
4.77 from 13 votes

Balsamic Glazed Salmon

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
Prep10 minutes
Cook20 minutes


Balsamic Rosemary Glaze



  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Remove from heat and pour through a fine strainer into a heat proof dish. Set aside.
  • Season both sides of salmon with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • 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.
  • Serve warm drizzling each fillet with balsamic rosemary glaze. Garnish with finely minced rosemary or parsley if desired


  • 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.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.


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  • Brooke

    I typically don’t care for balsamic flavor but my mom requested balsamic glazed salmon. I baked my salmon and drizzled the sauce over it. So good!

  • Amanda

    This was definitely not a 20 minute project. Glaze alone took about 25 minutes to reduce and the salmon searing was also a challenge b/c it seared before the inside was cooked through. Had to throw it in the oven to bake for an additional 10 more minutes. All together I was in the kitchen an hour figuring this out. Balsamic glaze is nice but not astounding.

  • Vicki

    Loved this recipe! I like a quick meal and this was easy for me. While the salmon cooked I continued to reduce the glaze. I also eat a lot of salmon so a strong flavor was a nice change. I did sear the top first until almost crisp in my iron pan which I also liked for a change.

  • Kelly

    Hi, do you think you could freeze the balsamic glaze? I like to make several batches and then use them overtime.

  • Tricia

    I gave this recipe 4 stars because the taste of the salmon was completely lost under the sauce. The sauce though is wonderful and I will use it again. (thinking grilled or roasted lamb). Oh, and I will strip the rosemary from the stem before cooking because the stem makes it more difficult to strain the sauce and some is lost in the process. My sauce thickened up nicely but it did take longer than 10 to 15 minutes. Fortunately I made the sauce early so had plenty of time to reduce. Thank you for the recipe.


  • Terri

    I made this and mine didn’t come out so well. My balsamic sauce did not thicken. I’m not sure of what I did wrong.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Sorry to hear that! It may just need to simmer a bit longer. Or it may be a quality issue I would maybe try a different brand. This time around though you can thicken with a little cornstarch mixed with water.

  • Patricia Marie Richetto

    Simple, delicious salmon with super easy balsamic reduction. This one is a “keeper”. Thank you!

  • Scout White

    navigating this recipe was the worst. They need to change the “recipe” button to “jump to recipe” like everyone else. The recipe itself was fine, but working through all the ads was just a pain. I feel like I could have found a similar recipe online that wasn’t so delayed by all the ads that needed to run. i even tried to screen shot it, but the pop ups made it a pain. I realize folks want to make money on their websites, but this one really was too hard to work with to ever use again. I’m sorry…please take this feedback to try and make a few modifications to make it easier for users.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Sorry you had any trouble! I guess I’m confused at how “recipe” or “jump to recipe” would be much different?

    • Lisa

      Not sure why you didn’t know to just click on the recipe button. Also, I had no problem with pop up ads getting in the way. Seems like you did a lot of complaining over nothing. Oh and maybe you should start all your sentences with a capital letter. By the way, the salmon recipe was delicious!

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