Balsamic glaze is the KING of all sauces! It goes with literally everything, dessert included. What? Yes, so good! Ditch the bottle from the store and start making your own. You'll always have some on hand and it's a lot cheaper, too!

Salad with balsamic glaze, from Shelf Cooking

Are you a saucy person? Not gonna lie, it's all about the sauces over here! They can take any meal from bland to woah in about 2.5 seconds. That's why we can't get enough of a good balsamic glaze. It goes with everything!

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It's time to stop buying that expensive stuff from the store and start making your own! Our balsamic glaze recipe is so simple to make, the hardest part will be waiting for it to cool enough to drizzle it over all the foods. The Pioneer Woman calls it the nectar of the gods and as usual, she hit the nail on the head! So what are you waiting for? Let's get to cooking (and eating)!


Balsamic salmon bagels, from Shelf Cooking

Really, the question is what wouldn't it taste good on? And really, the answer is nothing, because it tastes good on EVERYTHING! Here are some of our favorite ways to use it, but don't let this stop you. Try it on anything and everything you can and try not to like it. We dare you. 😉

  • Marinade – Use it to flavor your favorite meat or before you roast veggies.
  • Salads – Top your favorite salad with it, especially if the greens or veggies are on the bitter side. It's really good over a strawberry spinach salad!
  • Breakfast – Up your breakfast game and drizzle it over our favorite smoked salmon bagel.
  • Pizza – Drizzle it over a homemade pizza, especially if it has mushrooms and greens on top.
  • Charcuterie Board – It's the perfect addition to a cheese platter or charcuterie board.
  • Desserts – Yep, you read that right! It goes really well with angel food cake, cheesecake, pound cake, ice cream, berries, peaches, chocolate and even greek yogurt.

So… Is your mouth watering yet??


Homemade pizza on a plate, from Shelf Cooking

Okay, okay, we get the point, on to the recipe! Be prepared to be blown away at how simple this is to make. Seriously, it's the world's easiest balsamic glaze recipe! We don't exaggerate in these parts… EVER.

Salad with balsamic glaze, from Shelf Cooking

Homemade Balsamic Glaze Recipe

The king of all sauces! Make your own balsamic glaze using this super simple and quick recipe and never worry about having to buy that expensive bottle from the store again.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1 cup


  • 16 oz balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup sugar


  • Add vinegar and sugar to a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Lightly boil (don't burn it!) until it's reduced by half, stirring occasionally.
  • Allow to cool, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Keyword dressing, glaze

Impressed? You should be. There's a reason it's known as the nectar of the gods around these parts. Balsamic glaze will last in the fridge in an airtight container like this one for up to 2 weeks, but good luck keeping it that long!

Alright, so what are you waiting for? Go make your own homemade balsamic glaze, like right now! What's your favorite thing to pair it with? Let us know in the comments!

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