Balsamic Glazed Salmon

The first dinner Ben cooked for me was a frozen Stouffer’s lasagna. The second (and third and fourth) were Balsamic Glazed Salmon. I married a man who is nothing if not perceptive.

Perfect Balsamic Glazed Salmon. Easy, impressive and ready in 20 minutes!

It is an established fact in our household that if I didn’t cook, we would return to Ben’s bachelor diet of frozen pizzas and microwavable taco packets. Until that second dinner, I never would have suspected that, beneath the stash of frozen pot pies and instant noodles lay a man capable of cooking a meal that has become one of my absolute favorite dinners and is beautiful too.

Perfect Balsamic Glazed Salmon. Easy, impressive and ready in 20 minutes!

Easy Balsamic Glazed Salmon. Ready in 20 minutes!

Instead of going out on Valentine’s Day, every year Ben pours me a glass of wine and cooks me a special dinner. Because I love it so much (and raved incessantly when he first made it), Balsamic Glazed Salmon has become our tradition. One year, he attempted to switch it up and printed me a menu with two salmon options. I stuck with the balsamic glazed, but here’s the original Instagram shot for posterity.

Make a romantic dinner menu for a cheap date night at home

I could go on and on about just how easy and fabulous this Balsamic Glazed Salmon is, but I think that message would be best delivered by the chef himself.

Without further ado, I present the man across the table, sports analogy-enthusiast, and Balsamic Glazed Salmon Master, my sweet husband Ben.

A Bro’s Balsamic Glazed Salmon: a Guest Post from Ben

Easy Balsamic Glazed Salmon

Being married to a food blogger gives a man a unique relationship with his spouse’s line of work. I’ve selflessly swallowed my share of recipe fails, spent many Saturday mornings holding wooden spoons for photos, and am only allowed to eat the “ugly cookies” from the first batch (or so she thinks).

I’m also incredibly fortunate to have a partner who is constantly coming up with new, creative dishes for us to enjoy…and who makes sure I (despite kicking and screaming) eat my Brussels sprouts.

Because Erin does 99.98% of the cooking (thanks, cereal, for that 0.02%), I aim to repay my colossal debt on special occasions.  What better way to humble your man pride on Valentine’s Day than by sporting an apron and attempting to own that stove like Calvin Johnson owns the deep ball. Men, with a recipe like Balsamic Glazed Salmon you are guaranteed to score high relationship points without the fear of pulling a butt fumble.

Romantic Balsamic Glazed Salmon for Two

Seriously, this recipe is the secret to impressing the ladies. Why?  Because, ladies, this Balsamic Glazed Salmon is so gourmet it’s even out of Emeril Lagasse’s league.  (Sssshh! Guys, trust me: (a) there’s no need to wikipedia Emeril Lagasse and (b) making Balsamic Glazed Salmon is actually easier than T.J. Oshie scoring in a shootout).

Here’s what you need to make Balsamic Glazed Salmon: two pans; something to stir the ingredients in said pans (Erin tells me it’s called a “whisk”, but I’m pretty sure she made that up); and a confident attitude. This salmon is nearly impossible to mess up, but it looks and tastes like a fancy restaurant entrée. Present it with professional flare, then watch your date swoon. All you need to do now is make sure not to chew with your mouth open nor slurp your wine, and you can congratulate yourself on a perfectly executed date night dinner. Score!

Perfect Balsamic Glazed Salmon

For dessert, I’m grateful that boxed brownies come with such clear instructions (and that Erin loves them almost as much as I do).

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Balsamic Glazed Salmon

An easy recipe for perfect balsamic glazed salmon that’s ready in only 20 minutes. Looks impressive, tastes delicious, and is so simple to make!

Yield: Serves 2

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 (5 ounce) salmon fillets
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, then coat with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a small skillet, heat the olive oil over medium. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant and beginning to brown, about 2 minutes, watching carefully so that it does not burn. Add the balsamic vinegar, honey, mustard, salt and pepper. Whisk and simmer until the mixture thickens, about 4 minutes.
  3. Place salmon skin-side down on the prepared baking sheet. Brush liberally with the glaze. Bake for 5 minutes, brush again with the glaze, then bake 5 to 10 additional minutes, until the fish flakes easily with a fork and is cooked through. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve. Bask in applause from your Valentine.

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82 comments

  1. Go Ben! This is so sweet and the recipe looks wonderful. 

  2. Yeah Ben! This post is so great. I love it! XO

  3. Thank you Ben for the nice recipe. Happy Valentine’s to you and Erin.

  4. what a lovely post! Your husband seems super sweet :)  I still think my hubby would somehow mess this up! He’s clueless in the kitchen! But now I’ve found a lovely dish to prepare at home! What a wonderful looking recipe. Can’t wait to try it! 

  5. OK this is the sweetest post ever and Ben is hilarious. Alex can totally relate to ‘holding the spoon.’ And he also has a handful of recipes under his belt and that’s it. But I love him for it, because those recipes are insanely delicious (just like this one looks!)

  6. Gorgeous! Definitely craving some for dinner!

  7. This was ADORABLE!!!! And your house sounds a heck of a lot like ours, so it’s nice to know we aren’t alone. ;) The salmon looks phenomenal — Ben could teach my hubby a thing or two! Happy V-Day you lovebirds! 

  8. This salmon looks awesome, and I love how simple it is (but wouldn’t have guessed so from looking at it)! This is definitely impress-your-date-worthy :) 

  9. Omg, I love this!!!  Looks so good!

  10. That salmon, looks PERFECT. I seriously love salmon recipes and yours looks so savory and delicious!! Pinned :)

  11. This salmon looks crazy good. That balsamic glaze sounds mouthwatering. I think I need give hubby a push in the meal prep department. 

  12. OMG ERIN & BEN I’m in love with this post! Not only does the salmon look absolutely amazing, but I’m totally left laughing at Ben describing only being allowed to eat the ugly cookies and other nuances of being married to a food blogger, that totally happens in my house! Love this!

  13. Ben, your post and recipe are fantastic! Sorry that you can only have the “ugly cookies”, my husband feels your pain haha. I may just have to show your recipe to my husband and hope he makes it for me soon! 

  14. Go Ben! I love this! That salmon looks delicious.

  15. Salmon is my favorite fish! Ben, you nailed it! Fish is the only thing my husband is uncomfortable cooking. Therefore, I am requesting he make this for me on Valentine’s Day. I’m sure his pride will compel him to try after I tell him Erin’s husband did it. (I will be gentle with my review.)  BTW, my husband knows a lot about ugly cookies, lol.  Thanks, Ben and Erin, for a fantastic blog!

  16. Love this! Ben is a great writer and apparently a great salmon cooker too!  This looks amazing! 

  17. Love this! What a treat to read about being a partner to a blogger and the recipe looks awesome. Def going on our menu soon! Thanks Ben! 

  18. Way to go Ben!!! This one is a winner!! 

  19. The salmon sounds wonderful.  Not sure I could get my husband to eat it, but I might try.  I read part of this blog post to him, hopefully giving him the message that it’s a good thing to have a wife who is always trying new recipes (even though she’s not a food blogger).  Thanks, Ben, for making me smile.

  20. I love this!! My fiance’s name is Ben too, and they sound a lot alike…my Ben would live on frozen vegetarian corn dogs and boxed mashed potatoes if I’d let him. I’m glad you get fancy dinner at least once a year :)

  21. Well hello Ben! And I have to say, you made a killer first dish here! I have a dish that I make my husband the first time he came over. Ever since, he requests it as I sorta swooned him with it! And we are actually making it this VDay! Sit back and relax on Saturday…you deserve it!

  22. Go Ben! I love this post and the idea of cooking for your good blogging wife. I laughed at the ugly cookies because that’s so true. I hope you guys enjoy your tradition!

  23. Salmon looks amazing, Ben. And Erin, you found a keeper … This made my day.

  24. Such a cute post!  I’m going to teach each of my three little boys to cook a signature dish really well so that someday they can win their girl over.  How fun!

  25. Love the guest post from the husband – the salmon looks great!

  26. Awww, I LOVE THIS. Well done, Ben! My husband is also the king of frozen pizzas, but he can whip up a pretty mean salmon dish, too. We are lucky gals. ;)

  27. What a guy Ben, only having to cook once a yr. is great, and the salmon is mouth watering………since you have a great cook for the rest of the yr. what a great couple you make…..you guys would make great parents :) hint,hint :)

  28. Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates Reply

    This post is just too sweet! I love that you have a favorite dish from your husband Erin and that he even wrote a post for you! So cute! And am looking forward to trying this salmon! 

  29. 1) Ben totally needs to make more appearances on Well Plated.  The dude knows how how to cook a good freaking salmon dish and it’s good to have some bro time haha.  
    2) That butt fumble video is amazing Ben!
    3) My wife knows all too well the pains of having to hold this or that for a photo and having to eat all the messed up cookies.  Hahaha!

  30. I’m so jealous that your lawyer can cook because mine sure can’t! Telling him to boil prepared ravioli is a big task already!

    Ben, this salmon looks gorgeous! Way to go!

  31. ❤️❤️❤️!!!
    Happy Valentine’s Day you two!

    Thanks for the fun highlight videos, Ben.

  32. Aaah I love this post! So cute that Ben makes you a menu for Valentine’s Day :) I also love the looks of this salmon, it looks absolutely delicious. And gorgeous photos…I have had my share of troubles photographing salmon and it looks perfect here :)

  33. Ahhhhh! I love this post!! The salmon looks amazing and just can’t stop laughing at all the sport analogies. happy valentine’s day you two :)

  34. Haha I just had to show this to Matt, where your husband writes how he “selflessy” ate failed trials and held wooden spoons for shoots. I guess it’s the fate of partners of food bloggers, no matter where in the world you are!

    Also, that salmon recipe look aaah-mazing!! I’ve been contemplating if I should buy some balsamic or not, and now this has made me 100% sure I need to get my butt to the shops to get some just for this recipe! It shall get made – and very soon!

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  35. This is such a sweet post!Love the salmon, it looks amazing! Great job, Ben! Happy Valentine’s Day to you guys!

  36. Look out Erin!! Ben’s Blog is going to take over the world soon!! Love this and love the salmon so much!!

  37. I felt the love! I can totally see how adorable the two of you are together. And, love Ben’s guest post. He’s funny too! Nothing sexier than a man who can cook!! Cook and do the clean up. Wait, who washed the dishes? LOL.

  38. What a great guest post! I usually just fry up my salmon and add lemon juice, but this is a great idea to try something different.

    Thanks! Looks delicious

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  39. LOVED the recipe!!!!! Great post! It is a nice, new  and easy way to make the salmon! :) 

  40. Erin, this is my first time on your blog. Found this recipe on Pintrest tonight and had this fabulous salmon on the dinner table in a flash. My husband and I loved it! But unlike your house I was the one who made the salmon.  Definitely will make again. Thanks for the great recipe. 

    • Diane, I’m so glad that you found this recipe and enjoyed it! Welcome to my blog, it’s wonderful to have you here. Hearing from people who make and enjoy my recipes never fails to make my day, so I truly appreciate your time to comment. All the best to you and your husband! Maybe he can even give cooking it a try next time :-)

  41. Found this recipe on Pinterest. My husband and I made it tonight and it was just as amazing as it looks! Thanks for posting!

  42. Great recipe! My family loved it. (And so did I!) :) 

  43. I made this recipe with a couple of variations based on what I had and oh…my…goodness. It is my husband’s favorite way to eat salmon now. I used the aged white balsamic vinegar I have and omitted the honey since the aged vinegar is already sweet and I used the roasted garlic I made instead of fresh garlic.  So very delicious.

  44. Just had this for dinner tonight and it did not disappoint! Thanks so much for the recipe! I will most certainly be making again.

  45. This was absolutely delicious…and so easy it could be made on a weeknight. Thank you so much!! I love your blog!!!

  46. I made this last night for my husband and his friend. They had a man cave date. I never made salmon before ( I’m not a seafood eater, so my poor hubs is stuck with meat and potatoes)., and I found your recipe online. I had a very large piece of salmon so I had to double the recipe for the glaze. I also gave it a very generous dousing of aged balsamic at the very end and broiled for 5 minutes to carmelize the top. Served with roasted brussel sprouts tossed with a lemon/Dijon mustard/maple syrup sauce. My husband and his friend absolutely raved about the salmon. This will be my go to salmon recipe. Thank you for sharing, Big Guy!!

  47. Giny Strengehagen Reply

    I just found this site and recipe via Pinterest this evening, – I live in Norway – over here it is already evening, : ) I will be preparing this tonight for my husband and myself and am excited about tasting it! It looks wonderful. And BTW – am I the only one who wants to know about the Blackened Blue Cheese Salmon???? (option 2 on the menu card) That sounds crazy delicious! I would LOVE that recipe!

    • Giny, I hope you loved the balsamic version! For the blue cheese version, it’s been quite a while, but I think we simply seasoned the salmon with a little salt and pepper, crumbled loads of blue cheese on top, and baked. Simple and so tasty!

      • Giny Strengehagen Reply

        No special Cajun seasoning, (I make my own) or other method/seasonings for the ‘Blackened’ part? It really sounds mouth-watering! And the balsamic last evening was totally delicious! My Norwegian hubby was skeptical as he has never tasted or even seen a sweet version of salmon here, but he completely enjoyed it!! We will definitely be making it again!! Thank you!!!

        • Giny, I think you could try searing it on the stove with your favorite blackening mix, then pop it into the oven with blue cheese on top. I’m sorry I can’t give you more direction—it’s been years since we made the blue cheese version (and now I want to try it again!)

  48. I made this tonight and it was incredible!! Amazing recipe. I’ll definitely be making it again (and again and again) :-)

  49. Absolutely delicious! Love this receipts recipe & the ease of making it!! Thank you for sharing.

    Rating: 5
  50. Hi Erin,
    I would like to make this salmon for an upcoming dinner party. What sides would you suggest to round out the meal.
    Thanks.
    Ps
    I am a 70 year old who loves to try new recipes and have made several from your excellent blog.

    • Hi Barb! I’d recommend a green vegetable, such as sautéed or roasted broccoli, a salad, or roasted brussels sprouts. If you does something roasted, you’ll just want to make sure to plan the timing carefully, since the salmon needs to cook in the oven too. I hope you enjoy the recipe! And thank you so much for the kind words about my site and recipes. I appreciate it!

  51. I absolutely LOVE stories like this. This is such a sweet, sweet story! I haven’t tried this yet, but it’s definitely saved so that I can try it. It looks absolutely delicious!

  52. I’m a little late to the party and actually a guy! lol I joined pinterest recently (which I love) should have joined sooner! today a lot of Vegetarian recipes showed up in my inbox, unfortunately my 3 year relationship with a vegetarian who really doesn’t like vegetables peeked 1.5 years ago and is on it’s last :( but ahhh that’s the way relationships go sometimes. Who knows I may try this recipe out on her if we’re still together by weeks end or maybe still friendly lol So my question from a guy who cooks and has taken limited cooking classes, (a novice really) is what is the green on the plate? looks like spinach, if so what goes good with it or just what would be good with your amazing salmon dish? Been trying more new dishes in anticipation of new relationships so your help would be appreciated TIA

    • Hi Don! I am SO happy that you found this recipe! The green on the plate is spinach. I love serving this salmon with a quick green salad, which is why I styled it that way for the photo. You can really serve it with any veggie and cooked brown rice is great with it too. Roasted asparagus or Brussels sprouts would also be delicious. I hope you enjoy it!

  53. Delicious! I like it when I find recipes that are easy to follow and I already have everything on hand. This was a cinch and the salmon came out delicious. :) (I baked ours a little longer as we prefer our fish “well done” but it was still moist and tender.)

    Rating: 5
    • YAY Ann-Margret, I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks so much for taking the time to report back. :)

  54. I tried this recipe with a berry balsamic vinegar and it was outstanding. Five star rating from the whole family.

    Rating: 5
    • That sounds delicious, Shelly! I’m so glad to hear you and your family enjoyed it. Thanks so much for reporting back!

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