Quick and Easy Balsamic Salmon

This clean eating balsamic salmon recipe will become your go-to salmon recipe. It’s so easy and takes less than 20 minutes to prepare.

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 balsamic salmon recipe today.

White plate with quinoa, balsamic salmon, kale, and tomatoes.

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!

White plate with quinoa, balsamic salmon, kale, and tomatoes.

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Bakes salmon sitting on a bed of quinoa, kale and tomatoes on a white plate with a blue ring around the outside.

Quick and Easy Balsamic Salmon

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 2


This clean eating balsamic salmon recipe will become your go-to salmon recipe. It’s so easy and takes less than 20 minutes to prepare.


  • 2 wild caught salmon fillets (about 34 oz each)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon coconut oil (or olive oil)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon honey
  • 3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/21 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.
  • Category: Fish
  • Method: Sear
  • Cuisine: Seafood


  • Serving Size: 1 piece of salmon
  • Calories: 181
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Fat: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 9g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 20g

Keywords: balsamic salmon, seared 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!!

If you try this balsamic salmon recipe please leave a comment and star rating below. Your feedback makes my day and helps other EBF readers who plan to make the recipe. 

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    1. Sheila Gilliland
      August 5, 2020 AT 5:01 pm

      What is the sodium content? I am cooking for an end stage renal failure patient & wanting to keep her off dialysis.

    2. Sarah
      October 26, 2019 AT 4:47 pm


      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 26, 2019 AT 9:19 pm

        Yay, so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Sarah! Thank you for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. The ratings are super helpful, so I really appreciate it.

    3. Shevy brown
      May 14, 2019 AT 7:37 pm

      Just made it! Love!!! It was delish!

    4. Amaya Jackson
      February 1, 2019 AT 10:07 pm

      tasted great, though mine dried out a bit.

      January 27, 2019 AT 11:58 pm

      Great recipe!Switched the plain balsamic vinegar with a HONEY infused balsamic vinegar.
      Awesome flavor.

    6. TS
      August 6, 2018 AT 7:09 pm

      Quick and easy utilizing pantry staples that are readily available! I seared the fish then used the balsamic glaze as a basting liquid for 3 min and tossed the filet into a 350 deg oven for 4 min with my asparagus/roasted garlic combo. Served with mushroom couscous and this was my favorite meal all week! Thanks for sharing!!

    7. Jubel
      February 17, 2018 AT 11:30 am

      This was my first time cooking salmon and this couldn’t have been any easier or any more delicious! I loved it!

    8. Nina
      July 30, 2017 AT 6:45 pm

      A mommy of 3 little ones and whose husband is gone A lot for work, trying to make a quick easy healthy meal that isn’t a smoothie is tough sometimes! I love salmon and I am totally making this, like right now!! Thank You! ????

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 1, 2017 AT 8:08 am

        Yay!! I hope you loved the recipe, Nina!

    9. Alexis
      May 4, 2017 AT 7:19 pm

      I made this because I didn’t want to go to the store and get extra ingredients and I had all of these at home. It was surprisingly tasty. I say surprisingly because I’m tricking The Boy (my SO) into eating healthy with me. He didn’t complain and say “this tastes healthy” which is sometimes a remark I get followed by him drowning whatever I made in soy sauce. But he was content with this. We did garlic kale as a side. (He made it, it was salt that looked green.)

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 21, 2017 AT 2:05 pm

        Yay!!! So glad you and your SO enjoyed this one!!

    10. Candice
      February 9, 2017 AT 3:50 pm

      I lov this recipe , it’s easy and yummy

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 10, 2017 AT 9:47 am

        I’m so glad you like it, Candice!

    11. Diana Fonseca
      January 20, 2017 AT 1:37 pm

      Súper easy and delicious!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 20, 2017 AT 3:19 pm

        So glad you liked the salmon, Diana.

    12. Adrienne
      June 5, 2015 AT 1:29 am

      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!

    13. Lacy
      March 31, 2015 AT 6:14 pm

      Do you take the skin off?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 31, 2015 AT 11:06 pm

        I don’t remove the skin before cooking, but I typically don’t eat it. Just personal preference. 🙂

    14. narda
      October 23, 2014 AT 12:57 pm

      im going to try tonight

    15. Luz
      August 1, 2014 AT 7:29 pm

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

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 1, 2014 AT 8:34 pm

        So glad that you both loved it. Thanks for coming back to let me know how it turned out.

    16. Tonya
      March 20, 2014 AT 9:55 am

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

    17. Jacinda
      January 17, 2014 AT 11:41 pm

      Great recipe! My family loved it. Thanks!

      1. Eating Bird Food
        January 18, 2014 AT 5:19 pm

        So happy to hear that Jacinda. Thanks for coming back to comment and let me know.

    18. Becky
      January 8, 2013 AT 7:54 pm

      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. Susannah
      October 21, 2012 AT 6:16 pm

      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.

    20. Erin
      September 1, 2012 AT 7:52 pm

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

      1. Eating Bird Food
        September 2, 2012 AT 9:10 am

        I’m so glad you enjoyed the salmon. Thanks for leaving a comment to let me know. I love hearing from readers who have made my recipes. 🙂

    21. Rebecca
      May 26, 2012 AT 11:47 pm

      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 🙂

    22. Hilda
      May 22, 2012 AT 9:00 pm

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

    23. Peggy
      May 20, 2012 AT 9:36 am

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

    24. Charissa
      May 17, 2012 AT 2:23 pm

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

    25. Ollie H.
      May 17, 2012 AT 7:30 am

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

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