Balsamic Glazed Salmon

Recipe By Tessa Arias
September 13th, 2013

This balsamic glazed salmon recipe is ridiculously quick, easy, healthy, and tasty. It's the perfect weeknight meal!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: This is a great dish if you’re not in love with the taste of salmon because the glaze is so powerfully delicious. The acidity is balanced by sweetness and the pepper flakes and rosemary add a nice depth of flavor.
Texture: The salmon is perfectly tender and flaky while the glaze is thick and rich.
Ease: Amazingly quick and easy with very little prep or cleanup.
Appearance: I love how gourmet this dish looks.
Pros: Easy, tasty, and healthy. Doesn’t get better than that.
Cons: None.
Would I make this again? Absolutely, this will become a weeknight staple, especially when salmon is on sale!

This balsamic glazed salmon recipe is ridiculously quick, easy, healthy, and tasty. It’s the perfect weeknight meal!
Balsamic Glazed Salmon - super easy and healthy! From @handleheat

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I sure hope salmon will continue to be in my food future. Don’t you love it when something that is delicious is actually healthy too? Sometimes it feels like that never happens. You’re going to love this recipe because it is ridiculously simple, quick, tasty, and healthy.

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Balsamic Glazed Salmon - super easy and healthy! From @handleheatJust a few simple ingredients make for a SCRUMPTIOUS glaze that is perfect on salmon but would also taste great with other strong flavored fish, chicken, pork or even beef.

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How to make
Balsamic Glazed Salmon

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
This balsamic glazed salmon recipe is ridiculously quick, easy, healthy, and tasty. It's the perfect weeknight meal!


  • 4 (6 ounce) skinless salmon fillets
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • Pinch dried rosemary


  1. Season the salmon with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the salmon until well browned, about 5 minutes. Gently flip the salmon and continue cooking until the fish flakes apart, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the fish to a plate and loosely tent with foil.
  2. Reduce heat to medium and wipe out the skillet. Add the orange juice, balsamic vinegar, honey, white wine vinegar, red pepper flakes, and rosemary. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook until it is thick, syrupy, and reduced to a 1/4 cup, about 5 minutes. Spoon the glaze over the salmon before serving.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Lisa M Smith — April 15, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    I made this two nights ago and my head was spinning at how fast this was done, and my picky daughter who loves salmon LOVED it! She said it was sweet, but not too sweet because of the seasoned fish, then just the right amount of heat. We don’t eat black pepper so I seasoned the fish with onion powder, parsley and sea salt, and seasoned the asparagus the same with a pat of butter and served it with a Hawaiian Kings Roll from your other recipe, was amazing together!

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      Tessa — April 18, 2016 at 6:26 pm

      Fabulous, Lisa! So happy to hear it.

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    Lindsey @Dishing Up Hope — March 29, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    This looks great! This has been a year of learning sauces, so this little yummy is being pinned! Thanks!

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    sami — February 19, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Just tried this tonight and it was by far the best Salmon I have ever cooked! I just added a tiny bit of corn starch to the sauce yummyy

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    Ann — October 7, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    The BEST salmon I have ever cooked at home. Oh my, delicious. Will I make it again? Yes!

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    Melissa — October 6, 2013 at 10:53 am

    LOVED this! My eyes were burning from the vinegar smell, but when we sat down, it was a wonderful sweet flavor and set the salmon off just right! In fact, I drizzled some of the sauce on my green salad, and loved it there too! Thanks!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — September 15, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Love the glaze you put on top! I am not a fan of salmon, but would love try it on chicken or even shrimp!

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — September 14, 2013 at 7:48 am

    I adore salmon and this glaze sounds right up my alley. Simple and flavorful, love it!

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    Kiran @ — September 13, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Mmmmm…. that glaze is so tempting!

  9. #
    Tammy — September 13, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Do you think this could be made in the oven, and if so, at what temperature and for how long?

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      Tessa — September 15, 2013 at 8:58 am

      You could cook the salmon in the oven at 450°F for 12-15 minutes but you’d still have to cook the balsamic glaze on the stovetop in order to reduce it down into a rich, syrupy consistency.

  10. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — September 13, 2013 at 11:30 am

    We have salmon at least once a week in this castle!

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    Tieghan — September 13, 2013 at 5:17 am

    Those I some weird dreams, lol!

    Love this salmon! I am all about a balsamic glaze!

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