Balsamic Glaze (Balsamic Reduction)

Balsamic Glaze: How to make a simple Balsamic Reduction

Prep time:

Cook time: 20 minutes

Serves: 118 milliliters (~1/2 cup)

Hey guys!

Today, I’m making a Caprese salad. While making it, I realized that I didn’t have any balsamic glaze to 1. add an extra fruity flavoring to the salad and 2. add a really cool effect in the picture I wanted to take! (I always add balsamic vinegar to my Caprese, I love the contrast of flavors.) Anyway, I decided I’d teach you how to make it! That way you can make a balsamic glaze too for your salads!

Now, whether you call this a balsamic glaze or a balsamic reduction you’ll find that it super simple to make! (I actually don’t believe that there is a difference between the two. Maybe at one point, there was, but now I can’t find anything that says one way or another. If you know, please let me know!!!) And with that, let’s begin!

Balsamic Glaze / Balsamic Reduction

First, you’ll need one and only one ingredient: Balsamic Vinegar. It doesn’t matter how much you need, it’ll just take longer if you have more. I know some people add honey, sugar, or even maple syrup but I like just reducing the vinegar down. It works pretty well. If you want to, add 2 teaspoons of any one of these and you’ll see it thicken just a little faster.

The process is pretty simple. Pour the vinegar into a pot. Put the pot on the stove at a medium heat and bring to a light simmer. It’ll take about 20 minutes to cook down. You’ll know it’s ready when the glaze sticks to the back of a spoon.

And that’s that! It’s a pretty simple process.  Let me know what you think!

Balsamic Reduction: How to make a simple Balsamic Glaze

Aside: Balsamic Vinegar

When I’m strapped for cash and are going save a few bucks on balsamic vinegar. I usually go with the De Nigris brand. I like the fruity flavor. It, in my opinion, outstrips the flavors of most cheaper bottles of balsamic vinegar.

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Balsamic Glaze

  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Total time: 20 minutes
  • Serves: 118 milliliters (~1/2 cup)

Whether you call it a balsamic glaze or a balsamic reduction you'll find that the process of making it yourself is rather simple. In exactly two steps and twenty minutes, you could be drizzling your very own homemade balsamic glaze over a delicious Caprese salad!


  • 237 milliliters (1 cup) balsamic vinegar


  • 1)

    Bring balsamic vinegar to a simmer: Pour the balsamic vinegar into a pot. Heat the vinegar until it begins to simmer. Allow the balsamic vinegar to simmer for about 20 minutes

  • 2)

    Cool: When the balsamic vinegar coats the back of a spoon, remove the glaze from the heat and allow it to cool.


For a sweeter balsamic glaze, add about 10 milliliters of one of the following: honey, sugar, maple syrup. Stir the sweetener into the glaze as it simmers.

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