Balsamic Glaze

Balsamic Glaze with oil and bread
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Balsamic Glaze holds true value as a condiment. Reducing inexpensive balsamic vinegar with some brown sugar is an easy method that produces a syrupy glaze with complex sweet and tangy flavours; it takes less than 15 minutes to make and contains just 2 ingredients.

I like to have some on hand at all times.

Once you start adding this glaze to dishes you will be won over by the myriad of ways in which you can use it and its ability to enhance many dishes. This glaze is a must-have accompaniment to drizzle over fish, poultry, vegetables, pasta or salads. It can turn a simple dish into something special with its perfectly balanced, intense flavour. It also adds a beautiful, rich colour to any dish.

You can, of course, purchase balsamic glaze at the supermarket, but as I mentioned, this glaze contains 2 ingredients.

The supermarket variety has a lengthy ingredient list; definitely more than two!

You will discover many ways in which to use this glaze. It is important to remember that the glaze has an intense flavour and is intended to be drizzled over food.

Some of my favourite ways to use this include with our Roasted Cipollini Onions or Roasted Cherry Tomatoes.

Please let me know in the comment section below if you make Balsamic Glaze.

Xx Alex and Faye

5 from 28 votes

Balsamic Glaze

This balsamic glaze has complex flavours which are sweet and tangy and is made from just 2 ingredients.

Course Condiment, Dressing, Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Keyword balsamic, condiment, delicious, dressing, easy, glaze, sauce, simple
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 10 people
Calories 631 kcal
Author Alexandra


  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar


  1. Combine balsamic vinegar and brown sugar in a small saucepan.

  2. Cook, stirring occasionally, over low heat for about 4 minutes or until the sugar has dissolved.

  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, and simmer for 8 minutes or until reduced by about one-third. If you want a thick glaze, reduce a little longer. The glaze should coat the back of a spoon. 

    Cool, put into a bottle and store in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

Don’t over-reduce the vinegar and sugar; you will end up with a mixture which is too thick to drizzle and is toffee-like.

The vinegar fumes are fairly strong so be sure to use your exhaust fan.



If your brown sugar becomes rock hard, place a piece of bread in the container overnight. Gluten-free bread also works well.

Nutrition Facts
Balsamic Glaze
Amount Per Serving
Calories 631
% Daily Value*
Sodium 130mg6%
Potassium 571mg16%
Carbohydrates 133g44%
Sugar 122g136%
Protein 2g4%
Calcium 177mg18%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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130 Comments on “Balsamic Glaze”

  1. Never heard about this one before! Look’s yummy! Thank you again as always. You always find the interesting recipes that I have never heard of! XO

  2. 5 stars
    Glad that I learn about Balsamic Glaze and this should be delicious with brown sugar being added in so it is not as sour.

  3. 5 stars
    I’m a huge lover of balmasic ! this is the only thing i put into my salad ( with olive oil) and i adore it ! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  4. 5 stars
    Balsamic glaze is one of my favorite things to pair with food. I love it on meat and veggies. I can’t wait to try my hand at making it.

  5. 5 stars
    I love a balsamic glaze but have never though to make my own before. This looks so delicious.

  6. As always being amazed with your great sharing here, am a typical bread lover & your sharing makes me hungry dear ??

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  8. Never heard of balsamic glaze but sounds like a great idea. I would so try this as a salad dressing

  9. I have been served dishes wih balsamic glazed in restaurants but I never suspected it was so easy to make! It is definitely worth trying!

  10. 5 stars
    I am such a big fan of balsamic vinegar, and I know I would love this glaze recipe! I’ll be trying this soon!

  11. definitely need to try this – i am the worst cook ever but making an effort to get better so your blog is my new favorite site! x

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  17. 5 stars
    I don’t think I’ve ever seen that kind of vinegar before but I’ll be sure to look next time. I love recipes like this that are easy and can be used on multiple food sources.

  18. I’ve never had balsamic glaze before, just the regular dressing. The recipe seems simple and easy to follow, definitely want to try!

  19. 5 stars
    I am so addicted to Balsamic vinegar, i have a bit of it almost every day, will def try the Balsamic Glaze. Thanks a lot.

  20. I’ve never made balsamic glaze, but it sounds very easy! I think it would be a great additions to vegetables like roasted brussel sprouts!

    1. It’s a great condiment and goes with so many things. Try it on char-grilled asparagus, barbecued steak or roasted tomatoes. Just a few ideas. Hope you enjoy it. πŸ™‚

  21. I hardly ever cook, so recipes with minimal ingredients are a win! I also love a good balsamic that’s not too bitter…I think this would suit my palette well.

  22. I think it sounds absolutely lovely. I haven’t tried making a balsamic glaze, but I can think of so many great ways to use it.

  23. 5 stars
    Balsamic vinegar is my healthy dressing option when it comes to making salads. I didn’t know that you could make your own glaze though, using the cheap balsamic from the market. Very interesting!

  24. 5 stars
    I love balsamic glaze and have been buying it at my farmer’s market for the past few years. It never occurred to me to make it myself but you inspire me to give it a go too!

  25. 5 stars
    Such an easy recipe. I haven’t tried to make balsamic glazed. I would love to try this recipe for my first time. ?

  26. 5 stars
    Who in the world would have ever known that something so delicious could be this easy. Gave this a try yesterday and what do you know– it was perfect! Drizzled over pizza yesterday and today I drizzled it over salmon. Both times it was awesome.

  27. Oh this was the tips of the day! Love Balsam vinegar and glaze so to combine it sounds so tasty! Love your easy recipes dear!

    1. I imagine that living on an island is wonderful and also means that you have to be very resourceful regarding supplies. I look forward to hearing if you try the Glaze. πŸ™‚

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