Easy Balsamic Glazed Salmon
Published Jun 04, 2021, Updated Jul 29, 2022
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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 we make salmon nearly every week, I realized that I haven’t shared a ton of our salmon recipes 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 glazed salmon recipe.
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!!
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.
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!
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!
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:
- Rice: Brown rice, quinoa or cauliflower rice.
- Salad: This balsamic salmon would taste great paired with my garlicky kale salad or an easy spinach salad.
- Veggies: We love pairing salmon with roasted veggies like roasted broccoli, roasted carrots or acv roasted brussels sprouts.
More Salmon Recipes to Try:
- Blackened Salmon
- Mediterranean Salmon Salad
- Teriyaki Salmon with Broccoli
- Teriyaki Salmon Burgers
- Grilled Salmon Salad
- Superfood Salmon Salad
- Pesto Salmon Bowl
- Baked Salmon with Herbs and Lime
- Salmon Salad
- Salmon Burgers
Balsamic Glazed Salmon
- 4 salmon fillets, about 3–4 oz each
- 1 Tablespoon olive or avocado oil
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- ⅓ cup balsamic vinegar
- 1-2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
- Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- 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.
- 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.
- Plate salmon and serve with sides of your choice.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.