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!
Homemade Balsamic Glaze
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!
For me the real beauty of a homemade balsamic glaze is it’s simplicity. For real, it’s just two ingredients!
Balsamic Glaze Ingredients
- Balsamic Vinegar
Can I use Honey in Balsamic Glaze?
You certainly can! That or maple syrup, both work great, just ever so slightly different flavours. I usually go with brown sugar for the most subtle sweetness.
How to make Balsamic Glaze (quick summary)
- Bring balsamic vinegar and sugar to boil in a pot.
- Reduce to simmer for 20mins, or until a syrupy texture.
You can actually reduce balsamic vinegar right down to a syrupy texture without any sugar. This is called a balsamic reduction. By placing balsamic vinegar on a simmer for around 20mins it reduces down and sweetens. Therefore, the subtle difference between a balsamic glaze and a balsamic reduction is that the glaze is just slightly thicker and sweeter.
How much sugar do you need to make balsamic glaze?
I usually stick to a 1 cup balsamic vinegar : 1 tbsp sugar ratio. Some recipes advice much more sugar, but personally I think things get too sweet after a couple tbsp of sugar. I always recommend starting with a low amount of sugar as you can always make it sweeter at the end.
How to use balsamic glaze?
It can be used in a variety of different dishes, from salads right through to chicken. My personal favourite ways are to drizzle it over:
Can you use balsamic glaze for sweet recipes?
Yup! I’ve even heard of people drizzling it over ice cream. I do however recommend ramping up the sugar content to make the glaze nice and sweet.
Can balsamic glaze be used instead of balsamic vinegar?
In some cases yes, such as salads. But if a recipe states balsamic vinegar I don’t recommend changing it for glaze as it may alter the texture/consistency. Plus, it’ll sweeten the recipe when it may not be appropriate to do so.
How to store balsamic glaze?
Once the balsamic vinegar has reduced in the pot, take it straight off the heat and into an airtight container. This is important because the glaze will continue thickening from the leftover heat in the pot if not poured out right away. Store for up to two weeks in the fridge (more at your discretion).
Alrighty, I think that’s all from me! If you like the sound of this homemade balsamic glaze, I think you’ll love my Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots and Balsamic Caramelized Onions, so check them out if you fancy. But for now let’s tuck into the recipe!
How to make a Homemade Balsamic Glaze (Full Recipe & Video)
Homemade Balsamic Glaze
- Small Pot
- Wooden Spoon
Ingredients (check list):
- 1 cup / 250ml Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 tbsp Brown Sugar (see notes)
- Salt, to taste (optional)
- Pour 1 cup / 250ml Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tbsp Brown Sugar and pinch of Salt (optional) 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. Serve or store immediately or it will over thicken from the leftover heat from the pan.
Quick 1 min demo!
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