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Back To Basics: Homemade Balsamic Glaze (episode 5)

‘With just 2 ingredients making Homemade Balsamic Glaze couldn’t be easier. Even better, it stores in the fridge. Never get store bought balsamic glaze again!’ย – Hungry now?ย Jump to Recipe

You know sometimes you take a step back and look at a dish and think ‘it needs a little something’. The answer is always a drizzle of balsamic glaze. Seriously, this stuff goes with everything. From salads and pizza to chicken and cheese, you name it and I’ll drizzle it. Hey, that’s a fun game!

Homemade Balsamic Glaze

For me the real beauty of a homemade balsamic glaze is it’s simplicity. For real, just two ingredients is all you need. Here I use 1 cup of balsamic vinegar with 1 tbsp brown sugar and reduce over low heat until thickened. But go wild and use maple syrup or honey! All you need is to balance the vinegar out with something sweet.

Many recipes I’ve seen use a considerably larger amount of sugar, but for me things get too sweet after 1 tbsp per 1 cup vinegar. Balsamic Vinegar is already quite sweet so you really don’t need too much to balance out the acidity. After All, you can actually make balsamic glaze by just reducing balsamic vinegar by itself. Hence the name balsamic reduction.

Homemade Balsamic Glaze - Drizzling

You will tend to use this stuff mainly on savoury dishes so it is nice to keep things a little tangy!

The other thing adding to it’s convenience, is that you can make up balsamic glaze in advance and store in the fridge until needed. In fact it’s rare I whip up a balsamic reduction and use it straight away. There is ALWAYS a tub of homemade balsamic glaze waiting in my fridge for whenever the craving calls (which more often than you’d care to imagine).

Hey look, some shameless balsamic glaze self promotion!

Feta Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze

Feta Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze - pouring over glaze

ย If balsamic glaze needs to poured (by the bucket) over anything, it’s bruschetta.

Also,ย Cheesy Pesto Rice Stuffed Tomatoes

Cheesy Pesto Rice Stuffed Tomatoes - with Balsamic Glaze

Basil, tomato and balsamic? Yeah let’s not play games here I’ll take 10 please.

All in all homemade balsamic glaze is an absolute staple and so much better than store bought. With just 2 ingredients (far less than what you’d find in one from your local supermarket) a beautiful, syrupy and tangy balsamic reduction couldn’t be more simple to make. In fact it’s just that! Reducing over low heat until ooey and gooey.

Full printable recipe below & recipe video below that. Catch you on the next episode of Back To Basics! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

5 from 5 votes
Homemade Balsamic Glaze - Drizzling
Homemade Balsamic Glaze
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins

'With just 2 ingredients making Homemade Balsamic Glaze couldn't be easier. Even better, it stores in the fridge. Never get store bought balsamic glaze again!'

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Calories: 87 kcal
Author: Chris
  • 1 cup (250ml) Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • Salt, to taste
  1. Pour your Balsamic Vinegar, Brown Sugar and pinch of Salt into a suitably sized pot. Stir to dissolve and bring to boil.

  2. Reduce to a gentle simmer and stir occasionally for around 20 mins or until you can coat the back of a spoon.

Recipe Notes

a)ย When happy with the consistency, serve or store straight away. The leftover heat from the pan will continue thickening the glaze so be sure that nothing you want to use is left in there.

b)ย Seal in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Miss the last episode of Back To Basics? Check out The Perfect Poached Egg (episode 4)

Perfect Poached Egg - with Asparagus and Mushrooms on Toast

Ready for the next instalment? Head over to Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips (episode 6)!

Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips

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Homemade Balsamic Glaze

Cheers guys, this has been โ€˜ Homemade Balsamic Glaze โ€™. Comment, share, do whatever you fancy but for crying out loud donโ€™t go bacon my heart. See you next timeย 🙂


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    December 3, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    I had balsamic glaze but had no idea what it was. This is very helpful and so excited!! These would make great Christmas gifts by the way;)

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      December 3, 2017 at 3:54 pm

      Okay you’ve literally just saved Christmas for me no joke. What an idea!!!

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    December 3, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Such a useful glaze and so versatile for a many food dishes. That should help in building up flavor in food dishes. Imagined that with prawns, aragulla, walnuts and some garden cress!! =D

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      December 3, 2017 at 3:55 pm

      That’s such a great idea!! Tomorrow lunch sorted thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    December 3, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    You can’t beat a homemade glaze and balsamic just happens to be one of my favourites. Will definitely be giving your recipe a try.

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      December 3, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      Amazing! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

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    December 3, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    This is awesome homemade. And I love it’s only 2 ingredients.

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      December 3, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      So handy right!?

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    December 3, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Oh my gosh, this is a delicious idea…it would add zing to those holiday appetizers.

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      December 4, 2017 at 9:39 am

      I think so ๐Ÿ™‚

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