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
- Mix the balsamic vinegar, water, lemon juice and brown sugar in a small bowl.
- Pat the salmon dry and season with salt and pepper.
- 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.
- Flip the fish and sear the other side until just cooked through, about another 3 – 4 minutes.
- Remove salmon from skillet and add the vinegar mixture.
- Simmer and stir until thickened and reduced to about 1/3 of a cup, about 2 minutes.
- 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.