Perfect Balsamic Glaze [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
4.88 from 8 reviews

Balsamic Glaze is so easy to prepare with just two ingredients at most! This is a simple recipe that you can make in batches, refrigerate, and use when needed.

We love using balsamic vinegar in our dishes, such as in Cranberry Orange Chicken, Instant Pot Short Ribs, and Instant Pot Chili. If you have some in your pantry today, then, you are well ready to make this amazing recipe.

Homemade balsamic glaze

Homemade Balsamic Glaze Recipe

Balsamic glaze is a thick syrup made from balsamic vinegar. It is often used to drizzle over egg dishes, salads, beets, raspberries, cheese and so on and so forth. The list of possible recipes where you can use it is endless.

You just need to have a good-quality balsamic vinegar and you will never need to buy balsamic glaze ever. To prepare this, you just need about 15 minutes. Probably less time than actually going to the grocery store and buy it. You can make this in the comfort of your kitchen, saving money, time, and effort.

In this recipe, you will be performing a cooking technique called reduction. In fact, the balsamic glaze is also called balsamic reduction. Read on how to make this easy recipe.

What is Balsamic Glaze?

It is a sweet and tangy condiment that is perfect for just about anything especially salads. A good flavor enhancer that has an intense flavor and a little amount goes a long way.

In making it, the balsamic vinegar evaporates and what is left is a thick liquid. Even without adding sugar, the reduction will still be sweet from the sugars in the balsamic vinegar.

Balsamic glaze

How to make the best Balsamic Glaze?

For exact measures, please follow the recipe card below. Also, watch the recipe video tutorial attached. 

Buy a good-quality balsamic vinegar. Pour about a couple of cups of it in a saucepan, then, heat it over medium heat. Get a half-cup of brown sugar and add it to the saucepan and dissolve it. Bring it to a light-boil then, lower the heat to simmer.

To avoid sticking to the bottom of the saucepan, stir the liquid from time to time. In about ten minutes, you should see that the liquid has grown thick and concentrated to just about half a cup.

You will know it is ready when it can cover the back of the spoon. Remove it from heat and set aside to cool down completely. It will continue to thicken even afterward.

Store it in an airtight glass jar and keep in the refrigerator.

How to make Balsamic Glaze without sugar?

Make sure you use a dark balsamic vinegar for this. Just heat it up in a saucepan over medium to low heat while constantly stirring. The process will take about ten minutes until the original amount of the liquid has reduced to about a quarter or half.

How to make Balsamic Glaze for Caprese Salad?

Just follow the above-mentioned steps on how to make the glaze concoction. To make the Caprese salad, you will need tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil leaves.

Cut thick slices of tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Arrange them in a platter alternating each piece. In between the tomato and mozzarella cheese slices, slide in basil leaves. Drizzle over your freshly made sauce and your Italian Caprese salad is done!

Homemade balsamic glaze in a bowl

Where to find Balsamic Glaze in the grocery store?

In grocery stores, you can find it next to vinegar and olive oil. They are usually packed in tubes or easy-to-squeeze bottles.

How long does homemade Balsamic Glaze last?

After cooking, it continues to thicken and so, quickly transfer it to a microwavable glass jar which you can reheat later. Generally, it will last for at least two weeks until about a couple of months.

How to use Balsamic Glaze on chicken?

Adding chicken to a Caprese salad, or any other salad is a nice mix. You can grill some chicken breasts and in between flipping, brush the surface with a thin layer of the glaze. It gives a nice color to the grilled chicken and it enhances the flavor, too.

Can you make Balsamic Glaze with honey?

Many people prefer to use honey instead of sugar. You can make honey balsamic glaze on your own. For one cup of balsamic vinegar, you may use 2 teaspoons of honey. If you want you may even choose maple syrup. 

How to thicken Balsamic Glaze?

To thicken it, do not rush the reduction. Do not overboil the balsamic vinegar. Instead, take some time stirring it until it thickens.

It is also good to use heavy saucepans for this so that the heat dissipates evenly unlike when cast iron is used.

Balsamic glaze on a silver spoon

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Homemade Balsamic Glaze – Recipe Tips

  • In choosing the balsamic vinegar to use, choose the ones that are marked as made in Modena or Reggio Emilia in Italy. These two provinces are famous for being the producers of top-rated products in this niche.
  • Instead of sugar, you may use honey or maple syrup to develop a sweeter taste if you like. Otherwise, you can still reduce the mixture sugarless.
  • Do not leave the saucepan unattended as this needs frequent stirring to avoid overboiling.
  • When cooking this, prepare for the strong smell emitted by the reducing vinegar.

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4.88 from 8 reviews
Best Balsamic Glaze
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Cook time: 15 minutes Total time: 15 mins



Calories: 216 Carbohydrates: 48 Protein: 0 Fat: 0 Saturated Fat: 0 Cholesterol: 0 Sodium: 37 Potassium: 179 Sugar: 45 Calcium: 57 Iron: 1.1
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Kelly Stilwell

This is a delicious glaze for so many things! I usually buy it, but will make it next time! Looks delicious!


Celebrate Woman Today

I LOVE Balsamic Glaze! Especially when it comes to my raw salads and even proteins. Thank you for your creativity in this recipe, Catalina.


Brianne Tursi Manz

Oooh I have to try this! I love balsamic vinegar. It sounds very versatile, to be used on various foods.


Liz Mays

I'd definitely enjoy using a homemade balsamic glaze. This sounds really nice and should work for plenty of meals.


Kelsey Apley

I had no idea how easy it is to make! I am so gonna whip this up this weekend. 


Susan Carraretto

I love balsamic glaze and you've done such a fantastic job explaining how to make it.



I have a kid that wants balsamic glaze on almost everything. This is the go-to recipe that we will use from now on as it looks perfect and delicious!!


Lian Wright

I love a good balsamic glaze. I love all of the tips you shared on how to make it without sugar and how to store it properly. They are very helpful tips.



I have made balsamic glaze before. It definitely makes a strong smell in the house but it is so delicious


Cheese Curd In Paradise

I love balsamic glaze over steak. It is one of my favorite sauces or with fresh ripe tomatoes. I am saving this recipe for when tomato season comes in August!


Sandhya Ramakrishnan

I have seen many recipes call for balsamic glaze and never realized it is so simple to make. Thanks a lot for your detailed explanation and this is just perfect. I have some very good balsamic vinegar and I will be making this for sure :)


Claudia Krusch

I've never made it before!  But it sounds amazing! I can hardly wait to make it!


Ruth I

Oh great! I think I've tasted this before but never knew the name. I'd love to make this!



I haven't tried balsamic glaze this one sound delicious I am fan of Balsamic vinegar. I need to give this on a try.



Ooo good recipe. i want to recreate the glaze and put it on salmon!



This glaze is wonderful on roasted carrots. Will be on our dinner table this Thursday!



Thanks for this recipe! I used it to drizzle over bacon-wrapped dates for a Christmas party and it was a hit!


Great! Happy you loved it!


Victor Simone

This did not "glaze" for me. I had to add a corn starch/water mixture to get a consistency that was thick enough to put on a hoagie bun.


For how long did you simmer it?


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