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Homemade Balsamic Glaze

December 2, 2017 (Last Updated: February 27, 2019)

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!

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

The thing adding to it’s convenience of a balsamic glaze, is that you can make it up 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).

When it comes to what to use with a balsamic glaze, the possibilities are really endless. Traditional options mainly point towards salads, but a balsamic glaze goes perfectly with cheese, bread, meat and pizzas.

Just for a little inspirations, here’s two recipes that a made to be drizzled with balsamic glaze

Feta Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze

Feta Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze - pouring over glaze

Bruschetta lends itself so neatly so a balsamic glaze. Not only is balsamic, basil and tomato and marriage made in heaven, but adding a sweet little edge balances out the acidity of the raw onions quite nicely.

Speaking of balsamic, basil and tomato, shall we?

Stacked Tomato and Fried Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Glaze

 Stacked Tomato and Fried Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Glaze dripping down the basil leaf

Yeah, those no explanation for this beside you HAVE to try it. Caprese salad with a homemade balsamic glaze? Yep, food coma ready and waiting.

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.

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How to make a Homemade Balsamic Glaze (Full Recipe & Video)

Homemade Balsamic Glaze - Drizzling

Homemade Balsamic Glaze

'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!'
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Calories: 87kcal

Ingredients (check list):

  • 1 cup (250ml) Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • Salt, to taste


  • Pour your Balsamic Vinegar, Brown Sugar and pinch of Salt into a suitably sized pot. Stir to dissolve and bring to boil.
  • Reduce to a gentle simmer and stir occasionally for around 20 mins or until you can coat the back of a spoon.

Quick 1 min demo!


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.


Nutrition Facts
Homemade Balsamic Glaze
Amount Per Serving
Calories 87
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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For more balsamic goodness check out my Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots!

Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots - Overhead shot

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  • Reply
    December 3, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    5 stars
    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™‚

  • Reply
    December 3, 2017 at 4:20 pm

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

    • Reply
      December 3, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      So handy right!?

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

    5 stars
    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 3:47 pm

    5 stars
    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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    December 3, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    5 stars
    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;)

    • Reply
      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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