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

  2. 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!!

  3. 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! ????

  4. 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.)

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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! 🙂

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