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.

easy balsamic glazed salmon on a white dinner plate, next to fresh spinach leaves

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.

Balsamic glazed salmon is an incredibly delicious, easy fish dinner. This glazed salmon recipe is perfect for busy weeknights, because it cooks up in only 20 minutes!

salmon filet coated with a honey balsamic glaze on a white dinner plate with fresh spinach

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. (I would, however, have trouble deciding between this dish and Bourbon Glazed Salmon.)

homemade romantic dinner menu next to a glass of white wine

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.

Balsamic Glazed Salmon: A Guest Post from Ben

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).

2 dinner plates of honey Balsamic Glazed Salmon baked in the oven with spinach

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.

two white dinner plates with balsamic glazed salmon in oven and glasses of red wine

Easy Salmon Dinner—Dressed to Impress

Seriously, this easy salmon 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 (this Honey Glazed Salmon is another simple yet elegant choice). 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!

dinner serving of honey Balsamic Glazed Salmon baked, with spinach, and a glass of red wine

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

More Easy, Impressive Ways to Cook Salmon

white dinner plate with Balsamic Glazed Salmon and fresh spinach

Balsamic Glazed Salmon

5 from 39 votes
An easy, healthy, and romantic dinner recipe for honey balsamic glazed salmon baked in the oven and ready in under 30 minutes.

Prep: 2 mins
Cook: 18 mins
Total: 20 mins

Servings: 2 servings


  • 2 salmon fillets (5 ounces each)
  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, then coat with non-stick cooking spray.
  • 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.
  • Place salmon skin-side down on the prepared baking sheet. Brush liberally with the glaze.
  • Bake for 5 minutes and then remove from the oven.
  • Baste 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.


  • TO STORE: Leftover balsamic glazed salmon may be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • TO REHEAT: For best results, warm the salmon in a 350 degree F oven until heated through.
  • TO FREEZE: Balsamic glazed salmon may be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Defrost overnight in the fridge before warming.


Serving: 1(of 2)Calories: 325kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 34gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 94mgPotassium: 878mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 73IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 2mg

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  1. This glaze is so delicious! And it uses simple ingredients I already stock in my pantry! I paired my salmon with roasted brussel sprouts and zucchini, and a lovely glass of wine. It was the perfect meal for a New Year’s Eve date at home with my significant other. Thank you for this easy yet elegant recipe.5 stars

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