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Balsamic Glaze (Balsamic Reduction)

Homemade balsamic glaze (balsamic reduction) is easy and cost-effective. All you need is balsamic vinegar and 15 minutes. Watch the recipe video above to see how thick my glaze gets.
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Course: sauce
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Balsamic Glaze, Balsamic Reduction
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 30kcal
Author: Lisa Bryan


  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • Optional sweetener: 1 to 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup


  • Add the balsamic vinegar and any sweetener to a small pot. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until the sauce coats the back of a spoon.
    Boiling balsamic vinegar on the stove
  • Use immediately or store in a sealed container in the fridge. It will continue to thicken up as it cools.
    Balsamic glaze dripping off a spoon



  • Remember that the sauce will continue to thicken as it cools. If you accidentally overcook it and it starts to harden, you can reheat it with a little bit of water to thin it back down.


Calories: 30kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.4g | Protein: 0.2g | Sodium: 7.4mg | Sugar: 4.8g