Balsamic Glazed Salmon is a romantic recipe that’s easy for even the most novice of home cooks, and it impresses every time! Spread a quick honey balsamic glaze over the filets, then finish the salmon in the oven.

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As the salmon bakes, the glaze becomes sweet, tangy, and sticky.

The inside of the salmon is juicy, tender, and flaky.

As further proof that this balsamic salmon recipe is EASY, my husband Ben (who readily admits that his kitchen skills are best used for dish washing and not whipping up Salmon Wellington) made it for me with delicious success.

If he can do it, you can do it!

For another of his recent dinner hits (and the hilarious story of our first ever Valentine’s Day), check out Salmon Pasta.

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

5 Star Review

“Excellent! Very tasty, moist, and flavorful. The sauce was easy, aromatic, and simple to prep. It’s a keeper with my wife and I!”

— Gary —

How to Make the Best Balsamic Glazed Salmon Recipe

This glazed salmon recipe, while impressive enough for a date night-in, is also perfect for busy weeknights.

It cooks up in only 20 minutes!

Start by making balsamic glaze: stir together balsamic vinegar, honey, and seasonings, then simmer them on the stove for a few minutes until they reduce.

From there, brush the glaze over the salmon and bake. EASY!

Glazed Salmon for Success

Glazing salmon, then finishing it in the oven is one of the best methods to cook salmon. The glaze infuses every bite with flavor and gives the salmon an extra yummy top.

Here are a few of my other glazed salmon recipes:

For an in-depth look at baking salmon, check out this Salmon Temperature Chart.


The Ingredients

  • Salmon. Packed with protein and healthy omega-3s, salmon is one of my all-time favorite fish to cook. Whether you make Poached Salmon (which involves a gentle boil), Grilled Salmon, Broiled Salmon, or baked glazed salmon like this recipe, it’s a a versatile protein choice that will never steer you wrong.

Ingredient Note

When buying salmon look for pieces that have a firm texture and bright pink (or red) color. Fresh salmon should not smell fishy but like the ocean. For more information, see the great tips in this Baked Salmon.

  • Balsamic Vinegar. Sweet, tart, and lightly acidic, balsamic vinegar is salmon’s perfect partner (it’s also dreamy in these Balsamic Brussels Sprouts). With notes of cherry, chocolate, and fig it’s the perfect ingredient for any date night-worthy recipe.
  • Honey. Intensifies and highlights the sweetness of the robustly flavored balsamic vinegar. (It’s also a key ingredient in this Honey Garlic Salmon.)

Substitution Tip

For a brown sugar balsamic salmon, swap the honey for dark or light brown sugar. Or, in place of the honey, use pure maple syrup.

TIP!

When preparing the glaze, take care to not burn your minced cloves garlic. If your pan is too hot or you cook the garlic for too long it will burn and cause your glaze to taste bitter. Make sure you are sticking to medium heat or medium-low heat.

  • Dijon Mustard. Adds a little bite and acidity to balance out the sweetness of the honey and balsamic vinegar. Just a teaspoon or two goes a long way in flavor!
salmon filet coated with a honey balsamic glaze on a white dinner plate with fresh spinach

How to Make Homemade Balsamic Glaze

  1. In a small saucepan, saute garlic in olive oil.
Sauce being stirred in a skillet
  1. Now, add the rest of the balsamic glaze ingredients: balsamic vinegar, honey (or maple syrup or brown sugar), Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper. Bring the balsamic mixture to a simmer, then let reduce for 4 minutes, until it forms a sticky glaze. Do not let the balsamic reduce too long, or it may seize.
salmon fillets on a sheet pan brushed with sauce

Add Balsamic Glaze to Salmon

  1. Drizzle on the balsamic reduction, brushing the salmon filets generously.
roasted balsamic glazed salmon on a foil-lined sheet pan
  1. Bake balsamic salmon at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes, until its internal temperature reaches 140 degrees F on an instant read thermometer (salmon is considered cooked at 145 degrees F but its temperature will rise as it rests).
topping salmon with additional balsamic glaze before serving
  1. Five minutes into the cooking time, baste the salmon with the balsamic sauce again.
roasted balsamic glazed salmon garnished with parsley on a foil-lined sheet pan
  1. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve. ENJOY!

Wine Pairing

Salmon and Chardonnay is always a fine pairing. However, the robust and sweet balsamic glaze on this salmon opens up the door to an array of red wine pairings, like Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, too.

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

Storage Tips

  • 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. Note: it may have more of a “fishy” taste and be a little mushy.

Leftover Ideas

This salmon is phenomenal served cold or at room temperature the next day on a bed of your favorite greens or this Spinach Strawberry Salad.

What to Serve with Balsamic Salmon

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

Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe

  • Skillet. Do yourself a favor and invest in a quality non-stick skillet. You (and your date) can thank me later.
  • Sheet Pan. An everyday kitchen essential no one should be without.
  • Fillet Knife. A great tool to have on hand if you wish to remove the skin from your salmon before cooking it.

The Best Everyday Skillet

This Cuisinart 12-inch skillet has a non-stick anodized surface for easy cleaning and extra durability. Plus it’s oven-save to 500 degrees.

white dinner plate with Balsamic Glazed Salmon and fresh spinach

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Happens If You Reduce Balsamic Vinegar Too Much?

Keep an eye on your glaze. If overcooked (or cooked on too high of heat) the balsamic will ball up and become a big sticky blob. As soon as the glaze thickens remove it from the heat (try to avoid medium-high heat) promptly for best results. If it over-reduces, unfortunately there is no fix, so you will need to start over.

Could I Use Balsamic Glaze on Chicken?

Great idea! I have not used this glaze on anything other than salmon but I imagine it would be delicious on Baked Chicken Thighs or a Baked Chicken Breast. Check out this Balsamic Chicken Salad too.

Could I Use White Balsamic Vinegar for Glazed Salmon?

I have only ever used regular balsamic vinegar in this recipe. However, several readers have reported success using white balsamic vinegar in this recipe. Note that the glaze will have a milder and sweeter flavor if white balsamic vinegar is used.

What Kind of Side Dish Goes Well with Salmon?

Any kind of veggie, like green beans, Roasted Broccoli, or Sauteed Cabbage would be a nice addition to your plate.
A fresh spinach salad or a casserole like this Broccoli Rice Casserole would fit the bill too.

white dinner plate with Balsamic Glazed Salmon and fresh spinach

Balsamic Glazed Salmon

5 from 43 votes
Balsamic Glazed Salmon is easy and impressive! Spread a sweet, tangy honey balsamic glaze over salmon fillets, then bake.

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

Servings: 2 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil (avoid parchment paper), then coat with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a small skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. 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.

Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

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. Ana, I’m so happy to hear this, (and I read your comment to Ben too:-) ). Thank you so much for taking time to leave your review here. It really means a lot!

  1. 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. 5 stars

    1. 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 :-)

  2. Found this recipe on Pinterest. My husband and I made it tonight and it was just as amazing as it looks! Thanks for posting!5 stars

    1. Lin, I’m so excited to hear that you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for trying the recipe and for letting me know :-)

    1. I am so happy to hear that Ashley! Thanks for trying the recipe and for letting me know. Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. 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.5 stars

    1. Angelique, i’m so happy to hear that you and your husband enjoyed this recipe! The aged white balsamic vinegar sounds fantastic. Thanks so much for trying the recipe and for letting me know how it turned out!

  4. Just had this for dinner tonight and it did not disappoint! Thanks so much for the recipe! I will most certainly be making again.5 stars

    1. I’m so excited to hear that Ashley! Thanks so much for trying the recipe and taking time to leave your review. I really appreciate it!

  5. This was absolutely delicious…and so easy it could be made on a weeknight. Thank you so much!! I love your blog!!!5 stars

    1. Sara, THANK YOU! It means so much to know that you enjoy this recipe and my blog too. Thanks so much for letting me know. It makes my day :-)

  6. 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!!5 stars

    1. Jaytee, I’m so happy to hear that you all loved it! I’ll let Ben know :) Also, I love that you made salmon for a man cave date. Sounds like a very classy evening for the guys!

  7. 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!!!5 stars

  8. I made this tonight and it was incredible!! Amazing recipe. I’ll definitely be making it again (and again and again) :-)5 stars

    1. Thank you so much, Ali! I really appreciate your taking the time to leave such a nice comment. I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  9. 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.

    1. 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!

  10. 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

    1. 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!

  11. 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.)5 stars

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

  12. I tried this recipe with a berry balsamic vinegar and it was outstanding. Five star rating from the whole family.5 stars

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

  13. So very delicious! Paired the salmon with a porcini risotto and steamed broccoli. Hubby was full of compliments. Thanks for sharing the recipe.5 stars

  14. My 15 year old daughter is on the keto diet (i.e. lifestyle) and she loved this recipe. It will be a regular in our house!!5 stars

  15. This turned out fantastic! I did not realize how fast the garlic was going to brown however-it got brown too fast, and I had to start over. FYI, brown garlic and olive oil on LOW. That is what my mistake was. But the 2nd batch was perfect! Yumo!?5 stars

    1. Hi Fern! I’m glad you enjoyed it! Nutrition info is something I began adding to blog posts in 2016, but unfortunately it’s too time consuming to go back and add it to previous recipes. If you’re interested in the nutrition estimates, you can calculate it for free using an online calculator like My Fitness Pal. I hope that can be a helpful resource for you!

  16. This is the BEST balsamic glaze salmon and it is easy! I made it and loved it (Didn’t print nor save… so I lost the recipe)
    I am so excited I found it again. It will be on an upcoming evening menu.5 stars

  17. I’ve made this recipe twice so far and I didn’t change a thing (which never happens!). It’s perfect thank you! 5 stars

    1. I’m so happy to hear that this recipe was a hit, Melissa! Thank you for taking the time to share this kind review!

  18. This was an epic fail for me. I followed the glaze instructions exactly, but the glaze turned into a rock solid blob—there’s no way I could have brushed it on the fish, and it was a nightmare trying to clean the glaze off of my silicone brush. I used a nonstick Scanpan. Does the glaze have to be made in a pan that does not have a nonstick coating?

    1. Stacey, oh no! What happened here is that the glaze cooked too long and reduced too much, which would turn it into the blob you described; your pan may have been too hot also. Cooking times in recipes are a great guide, but they can vary depending upon how hot your stove is, how large your pan is, etc. Next time, I’d suggest watching for the consistency of the glaze, vs. an exact number of minutes. I hope that helps troubleshoot!!

  19. Just tried this recipe , the taste can’t be beat !! I had tried another recipe that did not call for the marinade to be heated and thickened up like your recipe and it was not good at all .

    Glad I found this post !!5 stars

    1. I’m so pleased to hear that this recipe was a hit, Mike! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

  20. This was DELICIOUS! We wished we had more! We had frozen in the bag sweet potato cubes and that was great too. A very easy meal. We are copying the recipe for in Florida and for back in Indiana. Loved it!5 stars

    1. I’m so pleased that you enjoyed this recipe, Bonnie! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

  21. This was really delicious. The only change I made was that I pan-seared the salmon (4 mins. each side) and then sautéed the garlic in that pan for two minutes before I dumped the sauce in that pan and it reduced in about two minutes and poured that over the fish.  The sauce ingredients really worked well together.5 stars

  22. Excellent – very tasty, moist and flavorful – used sockeye- sauce was excellent, easy, aromatic – simple prep- it’s a keeper with my wife and I. Topped with some green scallions – ?????5 stars

  23. I fixed this for my husband and myself tonight. My husband does not like sauces or spices. He likes things plain, so I was really worried that he would hate it. He loved it! We both did. I served it with steamed white rice (his favorite) and a sweet kale salad with poppyseed dressing. It was a success!! Thanks for the recipe.5 stars

  24. This is so delicious!!! My husband is very picky about food and he even said that he could eat it every day it’s that good!5 stars

  25. This is my go to salmon recipe. It’s so easy for a busy workweek night and is mouthwatering every time.5 stars

    1. Yes! It is perfect for busy nights! So glad to hear you enjoyed it! Thank you for your kind review Sarah!

  26. I’m not a fan of salmon… until now. Other than smoked, I’ve always felt it was too fishy and would never order it out nor have I ever cooked it. I bought a large piece at Aldi the other day for my other half because he likes it so much and I figured I’d give cooking it a try. Found this recipe and followed it to the T. Am I glad I tried it. It was wonderful!!! Ok, eating my words, we’ll be eating more salmon from now on. Thank you!5 stars

  27. So simple and delicious ! I have balsamic glaze that I make myself. Used 3 tbs of that and added the Dijon and garlic to it. Made it quicker because I didn’t have to pre-cook the glaze.5 stars

  28. Simple, fast and tasty. We try to have fish once a week and will be a great recipe for future meals
    I added almonds and toasted them for last minute on broil.5 stars

  29. Delicious salmon! I too have been afraid to cook or over cook salmon. Followed the recipe and the tips for checking doneness and everything turned out great!5 stars

  30. 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

  31. Amazing! This glaze came to the rescue of my very boring oven baked salmon, sautéed spinach and rice. Before serving this to my family, I quickly made your glaze to spoon over everyone’s salmon and rice. I will definitely make this again and serving the sauce on the side was delicious.
    Thanks so much for sharing :)5 stars

  32. This was amazing!! So so good. I’ve tried a few recipes and nothing beats this one. I don’t even eat salmon much but this gets rid if that fishy taste.5 stars