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!
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!
- 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:
- Green beans
- Rice pilaf
- Oven roasted veggies
- Grilled asparagus
- Roasted zucchini and squash
- Parmesan roasted broccoli
- Garlic mashed red potatoes
- Mediterranean quinoa salad
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More Healthy Dinner Ideas:
- Crispy Lemon Baked Fish
- One Pan Balsamic Chicken and Veggies
- Sheet Pan Salmon Dinner
- Pesto Chicken
- Lettuce Wrap Burger
Balsamic Glazed Salmon
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Drizzle the balsamic glaze over the top just before serving and add fresh herbs if desired.
Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.
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