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.

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!

Perfect Balsamic Glazed Salmon. Easy, impressive and ready in 20 minutes!
salmon filet coated with a 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 Balsamic Glazed Salmon 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 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 Balsamic Glazed Salmon, 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, and Romantic Dinner Recipe Ideas

white dinner plate with Balsamic Glazed Salmon and fresh spinach

Balsamic Glazed Salmon

4.83 from 23 votes
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!

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, 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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  1. 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! 

    1. Jennifer, I have every confidence that your husband can handle this if Ben can, but regardless of who does the cooking, it is a wonderful recipe. Thank you so much, and I hope that you both love it!

  2. 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!)

  3. 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! 

  4. 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 :) 

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

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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! 

  9. 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!

    1. Diane, I bet he will do way better with this recipe than he thinks! Thank you so much, and I hope that you to have a very happy Valentine’s Day.

  10. 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! 

  11. 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.

  12. 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 :)

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. 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. ;)

  17. 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… guys would make great parents :) hint,hint :)

  18. 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! 

  19. 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!

    1. Your comment about bro time totally cracked me up Chris! I’ll make sure this message gets delivered to Ben :-)

  20. 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!

  21. 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 :)

  22. 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 :)

  23. 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

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

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

  26. 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.

  27. 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

    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!

  28. 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. 

    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 :-)

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

    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!

  30. 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.

    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!

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

    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!

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

    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 :-)

  33. 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!!

    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!

  34. 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!

    1. 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!

      1. 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!!!

        1. 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!)

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

    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!

  36. Hi Erin,
    I would like to make this salmon for an upcoming dinner party. What sides would you suggest to round out the meal.
    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!

  37. 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!

  38. 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!

  39. 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. :)

  40. 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!

    1. Christy, I am so sorry but we don’t anymore!! I don’t even know if Ben ever printed it out. I’d try searching online. It does sound good, doesn’t it?

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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!

    1. Hi Josie, I’m sorry to hear this wasn’t to your taste. As you can see from other commenters, many others have loved the recipe, but I know everyone has different tastes. I know it’s disappointing to try a new recipe and not love it, so I truly wish you would have enjoyed this!

  44. I had frozen Alaska sockeye salmon that my husband caught out of the Kenai River.  I wish I could say it was great but it wasn’t! It may have been related to the window of “not done to over done.

    1. Beth, I’m sorry this didn’t hit the spot for you! Overcooking definitely can be the end of any salmon recipe :( If you try it again, I’d suggest cooking for less time. A lot of readers have enjoyed this, so I think that will make an enormous difference. That said, I know it’s a bummer to try a recipe and not have it come out, so I wish this would have been perfect for you.

  45. 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

  46. Is this recipe original?
    Looks remarkably similar to:

    1. Hi Todd! I haven’t seen that recipe before! I certainly didn’t invent the idea of making salmon with balsamic, so it’s certainly possible that you would find similar ones online. The one on my site is our version (and the one my husband Ben makes for me). I hope you enjoy it if you try it!

  47. 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!

  48. 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!!

  49. 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!

  50. 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!

  51. 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

  52. I will be making this tomorrow night (Monday nights are Salmon nights!), but in the pictures, it looks like you just put fresh Spinach leaves on the plate, along with chopped ones on top of the Salmon for garnish….am I correct? Or is the spinach suppose to be like a salad?

    1. Hi Leslie! I actually used chopped fresh parsley on top of the salmon (it’s delicious!). I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  53. 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

  54. 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

  55. 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

  56. 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!