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Balsamic Glaze (Balsamic Reduction)

This balsamic glaze (aka balsamic reduction) is so easy to make at home and takes only 2 ingredients! Try putting it on top of salads, veggies, pasta…you name it. So simple and absolutely delicious!

Spoonful of balsamic glaze dripping into a glass jar.
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Homemade Balsamic Glaze

Some of my favorite dishes to top with this yummy glaze are roasted vegetables, caprese kabobs and bruschetta. It adds so much flavor and is so easy to make at home. You will be hooked!

Believe it or not, a balsamic glaze (also known as a balsamic reduction) is SO easy to make at home! I used to buy it from the store, but then realized how simple it is to make and have been making a homemade version ever since. It’s such a flavorful topping to add to so many dishes and is one of my favorites to have stocked in the fridge.

One of the best things about this balsamic glaze recipe is that it takes only 2 ingredients to make. You simply just simmer balsamic and honey in a saucepan until the glaze thickens and you’ll have a homemade balsamic reduction in no time. So easy and absolutely delicious!

What is Balsamic Glaze?

I’ve had readers ask if there is a difference between using a balsamic vinegar or balsamic glaze when I have talked about it before. There is a BIG difference. Putting straight balsamic vinegar on top of a piece of bread would soak in and make it mushy. However the balsamic glaze would sit nicely on top. It’s almost like a thick syrup. A balsamic glaze is a reduction of balsamic vinegar. Once it simmers down, it thickens up. As The Pioneer Women puts it “sweet sticky gold.”

Ingredients for balsamic glaze on counter.

Only 2 Ingredients!

To make it at home, you only need these two simple ingredients. Not only does the honey help thicken the vinegar, but it adds that delicious sweet flavor.

  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Honey

How to Make Balsamic Glaze

Simmer the vinegar. Cook the vinegar over medium heat until it begins to simmer. Then stir in the honey.

Cook until thick. Once the mixture starts simmering, turn to medium low. Continue to lightly simmer for about 7-10 minutes, or until it reduces in half and starts to thicken. Make sure to stir occasionally while the mixture is simmering.

TIP: The glaze should be thick enough that it sticks to the back of a spoon when it’s done. If it doesn’t, then continue simmering a little longer and try again.


Once the glaze is ready, pour the mixture into a small glass jar or bowl. It will continue to thicken as it cools. Let it cool completely, then cover with a lid. Store in the airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 month.

Testing to see if balsamic glaze sticks to the back of a spoon.

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Balsamic Glaze Recipe

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
This balsamic glaze (aka balsamic reduction) is so easy to make at home and takes only 2 ingredients! Try putting it on top of salads, veggies, pasta…you name it. So simple and absolutely delicious!
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8



  • In a small saucepan, bring the vinegar to a simmer over medium heat, then stir in the honey. 
  • Once the mixture begins to simmer, turn down to medium low. Lightly simmer, stirring occasionally until it has reduced in half and has started to thicken. About 7 to 10 minutes. A good rule of thumb if it is done, is to see if it will stick to the back of a spoon. Then you know it’s ready! 
  • Pour into a small glass jar or bowl and cover. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use. It will thicken as it cools. Stays fresh up to one month. 


Calories: 44kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 35mg | Sugar: 9g | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Italian

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Jar of balsamic reduction with a spoon in it.

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