Balsamic Glazed Seared Salmon

High in protein and omega 3 fatty acids, salmon is can be cooked in many different ways. But have you tried a balsamic glazed seared salmon? You probably used balsamic vinegar as a dip for bread in restaurants and if you love the sweetness like I do, you’ll love this salmon recipe.


Many don’t like the smell of vinegar and to be honest, I’m not a fan. Though balsamic vinegar is one exception,  it’s like a whole new world of vinegars! A strong fruity but tart taste, sweet enough to be lovely on its own. When it’s paired with Asian style ingredients and reduced to a rich, decadent sauce mmmmm… it’s a whole new level!

This super easy recipe is so impressive in flavor its great for company. Just mix a few things and sear the salmon. The dish comes together in literally minutes.

I usually serve it with a bowl of rice and some vegetables. If you want to impress your guests, lay it on a bed of homemade mash potatoes, pair it with a simple garden salad and you’ve created an elegant, restaurant quality dish!

Oh and a simple tip, if you’re going to serve it on a bed of vegetables, glaze the salmon on a separate plate first drizzle just a bit more when its on the plate. I poured the glaze when the salmon was sitting on the vegetables and the cabbage ended up swimming in a pool… I mean, it was fine since I had it with a bowl of rice and at least balsamic vinegar is sweet right?


  • 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon Brown Sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • salmon fillets, skin on
  • salt and pepper
  1. Mix the balsamic vinegar, water, lemon juice and brown sugar in a small bowl.
  2. Pat the salmon dry and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Then increase the heat to high and cook the salmon skin side up. Sear until well browned, about 4 minutes.
  4. Flip the fish and sear the other side until just cooked through, about another 3 – 4 minutes.
  5. Remove salmon from skillet and add the vinegar mixture.
  6. Simmer and stir until thickened and reduced to about 1/3 of a cup, about 2 minutes.
  7. Spoon glaze over the salmon and enjoy!
  • Be careful when adding the vinegar mixture to the pan as it will bubble vigorously and steam.
  • The sauce will be enough for 4 salmons with generous amounts of the glaze. I cooked 3 salmon fillets and had sauce left over.

Author: Nicole

Hello! My name is Nicole and I’m a home baker and the occasional chef for the family. Starting with pre-mix cake boxes and now baking everything from scratch, I spend most of my time day dreaming about the numerous things I could be baking. I’m definitely the one who has the biggest sweet tooth! Along with my passion in the culinary world, I love sharing all the delicious creations I’ve made! I hope you enjoy my recipes and give it a try yourself!

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