There really is not much of a story behind this recipe for Easy Balsamic Glazed Salmon except for the fact that it is simple to make, tastes amazing and is a family favorite. I am not exactly sure when it made it into my kitchen as a tried and true recipe. I think one night I was staring at a big piece on salmon wondering how I was going to cook it in a way my whole family would like it. As I searched in my panty looking for ingredients I always have on hand, the balsamic vinegar started call out to me. So, that was a start.
Ok, what else, what else? Because the troops were getting hungry, I had to act fast. Since I needed something to balance out the tartness of the vinegar, honey was the next thing that caught my eye. So, voila! Mix together the balsamic vinegar and honey for the base of the glaze. Once baked, the honey would give the fish a beautiful coat of sweetness, while the vinegar would add a depth of rich flavor. And being a good Italian girl, I had to add in a bit of some sort of herbs. So, enter stage right…the dried basil. Then the finishing touch, for an ever so slight kick, a little cracked black pepper. Five ingredients! That’s it! Hard to believe that so few ingredients make for such an awesome recipe. But, trust me. I think it is the fact that it enhances the flavor of the salmon rather than masking it.
Brush on a beautiful salmon filet, bake in a hot oven and you have Easy Balsamic Glazed Salmon. Now, like any recipe, it can be adjusted to your liking. A little less honey maybe or a substitute of a different herb. Go on, experiment. One thing that will not change is how simple and quick this recipe is and how much you are going to love it. Serve it with some roasted vegetables and potatoes and you have a perfectly rounded out meal the whole family will enjoy.
- 1 1lb salmon filet
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- ¼ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Rinse the salmon filet under cool water. Pat dry with a paper towel.
- With sharp knife, divide the filet into 4 equal pieces.
- In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, honey, basil and pepper.
- Spray a baking dish with cooking spray or line with parchment paper. Place filets in the prepared dish, skin side down.
- Brush each piece with the glaze. Bake for 20 minutes until the fish flakes easily.
- For a crispy finish, you can place the fish under the broiler for 1 minute after baking.