Quick and Easy Balsamic Salmon

Despite the fact that I love seafood, I don’t have many seafood recipes posted on here on EBF. I’ve decided it’s time for that to change! To kick things off I’m sharing a delicious and healthy salmon recipe today.

Quick and Easy Clean Eating Balsamic Salmon

The best part about having fish for dinner is that it cooks super fast and you can have dinner ready in less than 30 minutes. <– Always a plus in my book!

Quick and Easy Clean Eating Balsamic Salmon

Quick and Easy Balsamic Salmon
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Adapted from Clean Eating Magazine. If you don't like spicy foods, simply omit the red pepper flakes.
Serves: 2
  • 2 wild caught salmon fillets (about 3-4 oz each)
  • ½ Tablespoon coconut oil (or olive oil)
  • ½ Tablespoon honey
  • 3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium to high heat. Season both sides of salmon with salt and pepper. Add salmon to skillet and cook 1 to 2 minutes per side, until golden brown.
  2. While the salmon is cooking, whisk together honey, vinegar and red pepper flakes in a small bowl. Add vinegar mixture to skillet and simmer until fish is fork-tender and liquid reduces and thickens, about 5 minutes. For a thicker, reduced sauce, simmer for 5 to 10 additional minutes. Just make sure you don't overcook the salmon.

Quick and Easy Clean Eating Balsamic Salmon

I served it up on a bed of quinoa with a side of tomatoes and garlicky kale. Not only is this salmon easy to make and healthy, but it’s super flavorful, especially considering there’s only six ingredients involved, all of which you probably have in your kitchen right now. It doesn’t get much better than that!!

Isaac and I both really loved this meal and I will definitely be making it again soon. I hope you all like it as much as we do!

In other news, I want to give a little update on my April Challenge. I had pretty good results, despite the major indulgences that occurred when we were on vacay in Austin. I lost about 1.5 lbs and several inches – the most exciting being the 2 inches I lost around my belly button area! I owe it all to following the Tone It Up nutrition plan and the two bootcamp programs I’ve been doing, both of which I bought off of Living Social. These workouts were just the kick in the tush I needed! Of course, knowing that I had engagement photos coming up definitely motivated me too. 😉 So now that we’re in May, I’ve decided to keep trucking along with following the TIU plan (with a few indulgences here and there). It’s been working really well for me over the last month and a half — I feel awesome and love the accountability of checking in with the other TIU team members.

Alright, have a lovely a Tuesday friends. I’m going to try, but the fact that there’s no New Girl on tonight makes my Tuesday much less exciting. Guess I’ll have to find something else fun to do tonight. 🙂

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  1. I love the sweet/tangy combination of balsamic and honey. Looks amazing!

  2. Gabby @ Gabby's Gluten-Free says:

    Awesome job, Brittany!

  3. Congrats on your April Challenge success! Hard work pays off!!!

  4. Oh wow! That salmon looks super delicious! 🙂 I love being able to pop fish in the oven and have it be ready so quickly. AWESOME job on the tone it up plan! 🙂

  5. Yes, this came at the perfect time! I have salmon defrosting at home for dinner tonight and didn’t sure how I would cook it. I have all those ingredients on hand so this is perfect. So excited to try it – thanks Brittany! 🙂

  6. What a fabulous recipe, this looks absolutely delicious! 🙂

  7. You’re right, Brittany, I do have all of those ingredients in my kitchen right now, and we eat salmon every week. I’m going to try this on Thursday!

  8. Salmon is my life. I cannot go a DAY WITHOUT it! How crazy is that. Seriously. Every single day, salmon. So thank you for this recipe! 🙂

  9. Yum! I love finding new salmon recipes. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I’m so glad you are doing well with your challenge from April! Keep up the good work!

  11. Oh, salmon! I love salmon and this recipe looks deliciously healthy. Gotta try this out. Thanks for sharing.

  12. I love almonds…but I don’t like it when they are roasted…raw is the way I like it! 🙂

  13. With seafood recipes like this, I hope you do share more and more! This salmon sounds so delicious =)

  14. I am totally going to make this for dinner tomorrow! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  15. Thanks for this- I love a good and fast fish recipe.
    I’ve been reading your blog for awhile and its a great healthy inspiration for me 🙂

  16. Made the salmon tonight for dinner – it was delicious!!! Thanks!

  17. This shockingly simple recipe is great! I have to remind myself sometimes when I cook that simply using 2-3 ingredients is okay and can taste REALLY good. This recipe is definitely in my cooking rotation now—fast and delicious.

  18. I am cooking this right now, but the problem I am having is that 3 1/3 tablespoons of liquid is not enough to simmer anything — it just disappeared in my pan when I poured it in. Smells great but just hope the fish is done because there isn’t enough liquid to keep cooking it.

  19. Great recipe! My family loved it. Thanks!

  20. The food here looks very good. How can I get recipes
    emailed to me?

  21. This was fantastic! My husband and I loved this salmon. Thank you for posting 🙂

  22. im going to try tonight

  23. Do you take the skin off?

  24. Adrienne says:

    Delicious!! I added sriracha to taste and grilled it on a cedar plank instead of a skillet. I just brushed the sauce on as it cooked. Definitely making this again!

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