Easy Balsamic Salmon

For this easy balsamic salmon you simply sear the salmon with a balsamic glaze. It’s so tasty and takes less than 20 minutes to whip up.

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 healthy and super easy balsamic salmon recipe.

Plate with a piece of balsamic salmon, brown rice and broccoli. Fork is taking a bite from the salmon.

Not only is this balsamic 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!!

Three filets of raw salmon sprinkled with salt and pepper and bowls of red pepper, honey and balsamic vinegar.

Ingredients Needed

Here’s what you’ll need for this easy balsamic salmon recipe: 

  • salmon fillets – both wild salmon and farmed salmon have benefits! While wild salmon might be considered the better choice, it is more expensive and farmed salmon is still a great option! (Source)
  • olive or avocado oil – to sauté the salmon in. 
  • honey – a hint of sweetness for the glaze.
  • balsamic vinegar – the balsamic vinegar caramelizes slightly and is oh so good! 
  • red pepper flakes – adds more flavor than spice, promise!
  • sea salt and black pepper – to taste and bring the flavors of the dish together. 
Four salmon filets in a skillet with balsamic glaze.

Dinner in 30 Minutes

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. This is always a plus in my book!

Plate with a piece of balsamic salmon, brown rice and broccoli.

Salmon Health Benefits

Salmon is a superfood in my book! It’s packed with long-chain omega-3 fatty acids which can help reduce inflammation and blood pressure. It’s a great source of protein and has a ton of key vitamins and minerals. Studies have linked salmon to protecting brain health, reducing heart disease and weight control. (Source)

It’s such a delicious fish and super simple to make. We’ve been in the habit of having salmon at least once a week and it’s been great because Olivia (our 18 month old) has been loving it too!

Plate with a piece of balsamic salmon, brown rice and broccoli.

Can You Eat Salmon Skin?

You sure can! The skin contains the same nutrients found in salmon. Just make sure you’re eating high quality fish from a reliable source if you choose to eat the skin. Of course, it’s a personal preference and you can just slide the flesh off before eating as well!

What to Pair With this Balsamic Salmon?

This is such a great recipe because it pairs with so many different sides! I love serving it with a grain and a veggie but feel free to get creative! Here are some ideas:

Plate with a piece of balsamic salmon, brown rice and broccoli. Salmon has a bite taken out of it.

More Salmon Recipes to Try:

If you make this recipe:

Please leave a comment and star rating below letting us know how it turned out. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and our readers! We appreciate it so much.

Plate with a piece of balsamic salmon, brown rice and broccoli. Fork is taking a bite from the salmon.

Easy Balsamic Salmon

Brittany Mullins
For this easy balsamic salmon recipe you sear the salmon with a simple balsamic glaze. It's so tasty and takes less than 20 mins to whip up.
4.5 from 16 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 17 mins
Course Fish & Seafood
Cuisine Seafood
Servings 4
Calories 238 kcal


  • 4 salmon fillets about 3–4 oz each
  • 1 Tablespoon olive or avocado oil
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1-2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste


  • Sear salmon: 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.
  • Make glaze: 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. You may need to remove the salmon during this process, just to make sure it doesn't overcook.
  • Serve: Plate salmon and serve with sides of your choice.



Serving: 1piece of salmonCalories: 238kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 25gFat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 203mgSugar: 7g
Keyword balsamic salmon
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    1. Rubie Czerwinski
      June 10, 2021 AT 6:56 pm

      5 stars
      Iprepared the Salmon today and loved it!!! It was quick and cooked perfectly without spending tons of time and ingredients. Served it with roasted aspargus. Yummy

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 11, 2021 AT 12:58 am

        So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Rubie. Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

    2. Christina
      June 5, 2021 AT 6:59 pm

      5 stars
      This salmon was a HUGE hit tonight. And so easy to make! Thanks Brittany for an easy and tasty recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 7, 2021 AT 11:07 am

        So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Christina. Thanks for the review, I appreciate it!

    3. Brittany Rosier
      April 15, 2021 AT 9:09 pm

      5 stars
      This is a family favorite even with my two littles- who can be well be kids- and my hubs who doesn’t like salmon but inhales this!
      It is super quick and easy. I saute some Brussel sprouts and cherry tomatoes in the sauce and serve it all together over cauliflower rice risotto. 😋

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 16, 2021 AT 11:48 am

        Woo! This makes me so happy to hear, Brittany! Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!!

    4. 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.

      1. Loretta Champagne
        June 4, 2021 AT 10:38 am

        5 stars
        RECIPE SAYS; Sodium: 203mg

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

      5 stars

      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.

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