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Balsamic Glazed Salmon

Balsamic glazed salmon is made quickly and easily on the stove top in under 15 minutes. With a lovely outer sear, and a tender flaky fillet, the balsamic glaze is the perfect way to top off the perfect piece of fish!

salmon with balsamic glaze on plate
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A Simple Balsamic Salmon

This balsamic glazed salmon recipe is a simple, no fuss, healthy dinner idea around here that takes no more than 15 minutes to prepare. My kids’ only request when making any type of fish is that it tastes yummy, and this balsamic salmon is now one of their favorites.

We take our delicious pan seared salmon and serve it with a drizzle of an easy and delicious homemade balsamic glaze. I usually serve it with a bed of rice and grilled veggies, but honestly, you could serve it with anything from cooked pasta, to coconut rice, roasted broccoli and cauliflower or on top of a simple chopped salad!

salmon cooking in skillet

Cooking Tips

  • Remove salmon fillets from the fridge and bring them to room temperature at least 10 minutes before preparing.
  • Pat salmon dry so that it crisps up nicely.
  • Heat oil first and then place salmon on the hot surface.
  • For a little extra added flavor, brush the salmon with the reduced balsamic vinegar while it’s cooking. Then use the remaining glaze to drizzle on top before serving.

An Easy Glaze Made Even Easier

Making this homemade balsamic glaze couldn’t be easier, but you can also use a store-bought pre-made version. My favorite bottle is from Trader Joe’s. DeLallo also makes a yummy glaze as well.

How to Serve Balsamic Glazed Salmon

Salmon pairs well with so many sides it’s hard to pick a favorite. Try any of these:

Meal Prep

This is a great make-ahead and meal prep dish. Once everything is cooked and cooled, I like to portion it out in individual containers (as pictured) and keep it for a quick healthy lunch that I can pop in the microwave to heat up throughout the week.

salmon meal prepped in containers

FAQ’s

Why does my salmon have white deposits forming?

These white things that appear on your salmon aren’t a cause for concern. They just don’t look so great! It usually happens when the heat is too high. If this is the case, turn the stove to medium heat.

How do I know when my salmon is done?

There are a couple of ways to tell. When your salmon is lighter in color and the flesh flakes when pulled at with a fork, that’s usually a good sign. However, the most accurate way to know is to use a kitchen thermometer. It should read 130 degrees F.

What are some other ways to season salmon?

If you want to add a little more seasoning or even switch up the balsamic glaze to something else, feel free. Salmon is a great vessel for all kinds of ingredients.
Dijon mustard and honey make great honey mustard with a kick. A maple syrup glaze is always popular. A simple lemon drizzle with some herbs like rosemary and garlic would also be nice.

Can I cook this salmon in the oven?

Yes! Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and place salmon fillets on top. Cook in a 400-degree oven for 14 minutes, flipping halfway. Brush the salmon with a bit of the glaze towards the end.

Storing & Reheating

To Store: Keep any leftovers stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

To reheat: Use the microwave or the stovetop on low.

fork taking bite of salmon on plate

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Balsamic Glazed Salmon

5 from 3 votes
Balsamic glazed salmon is made quickly and easily on the stove top in under 15 minutes. With a lovely outer sear, and a tender flaky fillet, the balsamic glaze is the perfect way to top off the perfect piece of fish!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 7 mins
Total Time: 12 mins
Servings: 2

Ingredients 

  • 2 salmon fillets , about 6 ounces each
  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil , or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon butter , optional
  • Salt and Pepper
  • chopped parsley , optional
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic glaze , more if desired

Instructions

  • Remove the salmon from the refrigerator and let rest for about 10 minutes before preparing. Do not use frozen salmon, it must be thawed. Then pat the fillets dry with a paper towel. Drizzle a little olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper over top.
    salmon on cutting board
  • Heat the butter and oil in a heavy bottom skillet over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add the fillets, skin sides up. Let this side cook undisturbed for about 5 minutes. Turn the heat to medium if it's burning.
    cooking salmon skin side up in skillet
  • Flip the salmon and then cook the opposite side for an additional 3 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 130°F. You can brush the balsamic glaze on the last couple minutes of cooking if desired. Remove to a plate and let rest a few minutes before serving.
    cooked salmon in skillet
  • Drizzle the balsamic glaze over the top just before serving and add fresh herbs if desired.
    balsamic glazed salmon on white plate

Notes

Cooking in oven: Preheat oven to 400°F. Cook first side for 7 minutes, flip and cook an additional 7 minutes or until cooked through. You can brush the glaze on the last few minutes if desired. 
Storage: Store leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the skillet over low heat. 
Balsamic Glaze: Try this salmon with our homemade balsamic glaze or purchase a pre-made glaze at the store. My favorite store bought bottle comes from Trader Joe’s. 

Serving: 1salmon | Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 93mg | Potassium: 834mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg

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

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Jamielyn Nye

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