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How-To Make Balsamic Glaze

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Balsamic Glaze is just a fancy way of saying reduced down Balsamic vinegar.  It’s a super simple way to add lots of flavor to a dish with out adding lots of extra calories or fat.

I make this every couple of weeks and then just leave it in the fridge to use as a dip for raw veggies or drizzled on salad. It’s also a great way to add a little zing to some simply grilled fish or chicken. And every now and then if I’m having a little sweet tooth, I’ll mix some balsamic glaze with some berries and spoon it over vanilla ice cream:).

I know that often times people will little bit of sugar to balsamic glaze to sweeten it up a bit more, but I find it sweet enough with out the addition of extra sugar. I really like the tangy-sweet-and-sour flavor that it has just the way it is!

Balsamic Glaze

Yield: Makes 1/4 cup


  • 2 cups of Balsamic vinegar


Pour vinegar into a small sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Once you've got a boil, reduce the heat and allow the vinegar to simmer for about 30-45 minutes or until the vingar has become thick enough to coat the back of a spoon (you should have about 1/4 cup of glaze when it's done).

Remove from heat and allow to cool. Store in a container with a lid and pop it in the fridge.  It should last you a few weeks.

Nutritional Analysis

One tbsp. of Balsamic Glaze:
Calories: 35; Total Fat: 0g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 5mg; Carbohydrate: 9g; Dietary Fiber: 0; Sugars: 7g; Protein: 0g

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19 Responses to “How-To Make Balsamic Glaze”

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    Katy Chen — August 15, 2008 @ 5:21 pm

    I’m making this right now, and it smells sooo good! Putting it over salmon later… Thanks, Dani!

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    Dani — August 15, 2008 @ 9:59 pm

    Katy – Ohhhh… over salmon?!! That sounds SO good!! I’ll have to try it:).

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    Susanna — August 18, 2008 @ 9:43 am

    What a fabulous idea! It would work with soooo many things. Drizzled over fresh sliced homegrown tomatoes with mozzarella and a splash of extra-virgin olive oil…

    Dinner has just been planned for tonight.

    Really enjoy your site!

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    Dani — August 18, 2008 @ 10:23 am

    Susanna – Yum! Drizzled over tomatoes and mozzarella would definitely be delicious!! Glad you are enjoying the site:)

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    Priscilla — July 11, 2009 @ 9:15 pm

    This is making my mouth water just thinking about it! Uh! Can’t wait to try this!!

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    cheryl — January 7, 2010 @ 9:52 am

    Just found this great idea …love it ….drizzled over fresh greens,walnuts,manderan oranges, little bit a feta. Delicious!!!
    Lots of flavor/little calories

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    tammcpark — June 16, 2010 @ 4:38 am

    I created rustic pizzas with this sauce. Sliced whole wheat pitas, thin sliced plum tomatoes, chopped basil, balsamic glaze and shredded mozarella cheese. 3 words DE-LIC-IOUS! Thank you so much.

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    Jeannie — July 7, 2010 @ 9:18 am

    My son Loves this glaze on in a whole wheat wrap with turkey, avacado and arugula or on a grilled cheese sandwich. So Yummy. Thank you!

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    Bill Grromer — July 8, 2010 @ 4:55 pm

    Really good. Try sauté some onion in a little butter, then add balsamic glaze and a little honey. Use as a steak sauce, it’s soooo good.

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    Lexi — August 11, 2010 @ 3:29 pm

    I am making this tomorrow for a family bbq I am going to put it over grilled pineapple and grilled peaches! I am debating adding the brown sugar or not

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    Dani — August 11, 2010 @ 8:51 pm

    Lexi – It’s never too late to add the sugar.. so just taste as you go and add as your taste buds like:)

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    Yvonne Moss — September 23, 2010 @ 1:06 pm

    Thanks. I knew that it had to be easy to do! Heading to the kitchen right now to make it.

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    Melanie — July 13, 2011 @ 5:52 pm

    After making the glaz, how should I store it? If I’m not using it right away.

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    Bill Cook — September 21, 2011 @ 7:49 pm

    I made it but it did take much long to get it as thick as I wanted. I added sugar and sorry I did, I had tasted it without the sugar and it was very good but I wanted it a little sweeter, I overdid the suger but it is still good and usable on certain things, like ice cream, yummy.
    Thanks for the recipe, I had been buying it at Trader Joe’s and then they stopped stocking it and now I have it. Been looking for it on the shelves of other stores for years. A lot more thrifty to make it yourself.

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    Kim Rush — March 29, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

    Making right now. Going to drizzle over garlic grilled chicken breast with pasta. Also made homemade brusetta tomatoes to throw in topped with fresh parmesan cheese…YUMMY! Thank you!

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    Reem Alabdulhadi — November 14, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    Hey I have a question, how do you get it to be more like a syrup?
    I want it to be a little thicker than the video do you know how to?
    Thanks :)

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      Dani — November 15, 2012 @ 9:13 am

      You could add a little sugar… that would definitely help.

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    Sandi — January 10, 2014 @ 6:09 pm

    I’m making the glaze right now (never have before), for tomorrow’s pan seared chicken and strawberries…(cant wait to try it) but I bet that same recipe would be awesome on salmon as well. Dani, what do you think? Should I change anything about it for the salmon, like the cheese or anything?

    Thx, Sandi

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      Dani — January 13, 2014 @ 12:09 pm

      I bet the glaze would be great with salmon… Would love to hear if you give it a try!

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