From the moment you make this balsamic reduction recipe, you’ll be wanting to put it on EVERYTHING! It seriously upgrades just about any meal. Salads? Yes. Chicken? Yes. Ice cream? YES. And the best thing about this balsamic glaze recipe? It can hardly be called a recipe at all because you only need ONE ingredient! Okay, let me show you how to make balsamic glaze – you won’t want to be without it from now on!
What Is Balsamic Reduction?
Balsamic reduction sauce is a condiment made by reducing balsamic vinegar. When you cook the vinegar, it will thicken, and the end result is a balsamic reduction glaze that’s perfect for meat, salads, and more. It’s thick, but pourable and because it’s been thickened, it’s packed with flavor – much more than what traditional balsamic vinegar tastes like.
Balsamic vinegar is made from grapes, so you can imagine that when you cook it to a balsamic vinegar glaze, it’s going to be somewhat sweet.
Many of the versions you’ll find at the store are bulked up with sweeteners like corn syrup or sugar, though, as adding sugar is much cheaper than more balsamic vinegar. But using the real thing makes for a much better version. No sugar necessary!
How To Make Balsamic Glaze
This balsamic reduction dressing is SO easy to make… are you ready?
- Bring vinegar to a boil. Add balsamic vinegar to a saucepan and begin cooking it. Bring it to a boil…
TIP: The 2 cups of balsamic vinegar in this recipe will yield 3/4 cup balsamic glaze. You can scale as needed if you need more or less, but the cook time will vary.
- Turn down heat to simmer. Simmer balsamic vinegar, until it’s just starting to thicken.
NOTE: For the best balsamic glaze, do not overcook it. The balsamic reduction should still be very pourable, because it will thicken more as it cools. If you cook it too long, it will become very thick (and hard to use), and could also burn.
What Does Balsamic Reduction Taste Like?
This balsamic reduction glaze recipe is super flavorful. It’s naturally sweet, but slightly tangy. It tastes like a thicker, sweeter, slightly sticky balsamic vinegar syrup.
Because the flavor of balsamic glaze is so intensified when the vinegar thickens, you don’t need to use very much of it when you’re serving it. A light drizzle will go a long ways!
Is Balsamic Glaze Good For You?
Yes, a balsamic glaze is a healthy condiment! This balsamic glaze recipe doesn’t have any added sugar.
Plus, it’s vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo, and whole30! You can even include it in a low carb or keto diet in moderation.
How Do You Store Balsamic Reduction?
Store this balsamic reduction recipe in a glass bottle or jar with a lid. It will last around a week at room temperature.
Another option is to refrigerate it for 1-2 months. I prefer using balsamic drizzle when it’s room temperature (it gets super hard in the fridge), so set it on the counter for a little bit before using.
How Do You Use Balsamic Reduction?
You can use this balsamic reduction recipe for anything you like. Here are some ideas that pair well with this balsamic glaze recipe:
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts – As pictured here!
- Fall Harvest Salad – Balsamic reduction is delicious on any salad that has crunchy nuts, but goes particularly well with either summer or fall flavors.
- Grilled Bruschetta Chicken – Balsamic glaze makes the perfect topping for this one-bowl meal.
- Maple Glazed Salmon – You could add it on top, or replace the maple glaze with balsamic glaze instead.
- Avocado Caprese Salad – If you tolerate a little dairy, Caprese salad is the ultimate pairing with balsamic reduction.
More Paleo Condiments To Try
If you’re looking for some flavorful paleo condiments, we have some great ones for you! Try them all!
- Avocado Oil Mayonnaise – Better than the classic version made with vegetable oil. Smooth and creamy, try some balsamic reduction stirred into avocado mayo!
- Jalapeno Ranch Dressing– Who doesn’t love ranch? This spicy version goes lovely with fries, on salads, or as a veggie dip.
- Bang Bang Sauce – If you’re looking for a sauce that’s sweet, spicy, and creamy, you should try this bang bang sauce. It’s amazing on shrimp or chicken and cauliflower.
- Spicy Dipping Sauce – Another condiment that goes with just about everything! Steak bites, paleo chicken nuggets, fries… and essentially everything.
Tools To Make Balsamic Glaze:
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- Sauce Pan – You’ll want a great quality saucepan when you are making this balsamic reduction. I love this set.
- Dressing Bottle – These glass containers work really well for storing your balsamic reduction recipe.
Balsamic Glaze Recipe: How To Make Balsamic Reduction:
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Balsamic Glaze Recipe: How To Make Balsamic Reduction
Learn how to make balsamic glaze with this 1-ingredient easy balsamic reduction recipe - it takes 15 minutes! You'll put this balsamic glaze on everything from chicken to veggies.
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- 2 cups Balsamic vinegar
More TIPS about this paleo recipe in the post above!
Pour balsamic into a medium saucepan on the stove.
Bring vinegar to a boil. Once boiling, turn down heat and simmer vinegar for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it reaches desired thickness. You should end up with about 3/4 cup.
Transfer balsamic vinegar reduction to a separate container and enjoy.
Serving size: 1 tablespoon
Nutrition Information Per Serving
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