Balsamic Glazed Salmon Recipe for 2

We love a good salmon and here is our balsamic glazed recipe that is great for a light lunch or dinner.  By following these steps and tips, you’ll create a delightful balsamic glazed salmon that’s perfect for a weeknight dinner or a special occasion. 

Enjoy the blend of sweet, tangy, and savory flavors that make this dish a standout! 

Check out the video for step by step!

Serves: 2

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes


  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Vrionis Balsamic Glaze
  • Fresh thyme, to taste
  • 500gr salmon fillet
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Preparation Steps:

  1. Preheat the Oven:

    • Preheat your oven to 190°C (375°F). This temperature ensures a perfect cook on the salmon, making it tender and juicy.
  2. Prepare the Baking Dish:

    • Line a baking dish with parchment paper. This not only makes the cleanup easier but also prevents the salmon from sticking to the dish.
  3. Make the Glaze:

    • In a small bowl, combine the melted butter, brown sugar, and Vrionis Kalamata Balsamic Glaze. Whisk well until the mixture is smooth and the sugar has dissolved. This glaze will add a delicious sweet and tangy flavor to the salmon.
  4. Prepare the Salmon:

    • Cut the salmon fillet into two equal pieces. Season both sides with salt and pepper to taste. The salt will enhance the natural flavors of the salmon, while the pepper adds a slight kick.
  5. Apply the Glaze:

    • Place the salmon fillets in the prepared baking dish. Brush the tops generously with the balsamic glaze mixture. Ensure the fillets are well coated for maximum flavor. Sprinkle fresh thyme over the glazed salmon. Thyme adds a subtle earthiness that complements the balsamic glaze beautifully.
  6. Bake the Salmon:

    • Transfer the baking dish to the preheated oven. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork. The glaze will caramelize slightly, giving the salmon a beautiful glossy finish.
  7. Serve:

    • Once done, remove the salmon from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute, ensuring each bite is moist and flavorful. Serve the balsamic glazed salmon hot, garnished with additional fresh thyme if desired.

Detailed Cooking Notes:

Choosing the Salmon:

When selecting your salmon fillet, opt for wild-caught if available. Wild-caught salmon generally has a richer flavor and firmer texture compared to farmed salmon. Ensure the fillet is fresh with a mild scent and a bright, firm flesh.

Preparing the Glaze:

The combination of melted butter, brown sugar, and balsamic glaze creates a luxurious and flavorful coating. Vrionis Balsamic Glaze is particularly special due to its rich and robust flavor profile. If you prefer a slightly less sweet glaze, you can reduce the amount of brown sugar or use a sugar substitute.

Baking Tips:

Baking at 190°C is ideal for cooking the salmon evenly without drying it out. If your fillet is particularly thick, you might need to extend the cooking time by a few minutes. Conversely, if it’s thin, reduce the time slightly to avoid overcooking.

Flavor Enhancements:

While this recipe keeps things simple with fresh thyme, feel free to experiment with other herbs such as rosemary or dill. Adding a splash of lemon juice before baking can also introduce a zesty brightness that pairs wonderfully with the balsamic glaze.

Serving Suggestions:

This balsamic glazed salmon pairs excellently with a variety of sides. Consider serving it with roasted vegetables, a fresh green salad, or a hearty grain like quinoa or wild rice. The sweet and tangy flavors of the salmon complement these sides well, creating a balanced and satisfying meal.

Additional Tips and Tricks:

  1. Butter Alternatives:

    • If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to butter, you can use olive oil or ghee. Both will provide a rich flavor without the saturated fats found in butter.
  2. Brown Sugar Substitutes:

    • For a lower glycemic option, substitute brown sugar with coconut sugar or a natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup. Keep in mind that these alternatives will slightly alter the flavor profile.
  3. Advanced Preparation:

    • If you’re pressed for time, you can prepare the glaze mixture in advance and store it in the refrigerator. Simply reheat it slightly before brushing it on the salmon to ensure it spreads easily.
  4. Parchment Paper Benefits:

    • Using parchment paper not only makes cleanup easier but also helps in even cooking. It prevents the fish from sticking to the dish and allows for a gentle steaming effect, keeping the salmon moist.
  5. Checking Doneness:

    • To check if your salmon is done, insert a fork into the thickest part of the fillet and twist gently. The fish should flake easily and have an opaque appearance. If it still looks translucent, give it a few more minutes.
  6. Leftovers:

    • Leftover salmon can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. It can be enjoyed cold in salads, or gently reheated in the oven or microwave. Avoid overcooking during reheating to maintain its moisture and flavor.
  7. Nutritional Benefits:

    • Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for heart health. It’s also rich in high-quality protein, vitamins, and minerals, making it a nutritious choice for a balanced diet.


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