This 2-ingredient Balsamic Glaze Recipe is just perfect. The glaze (or balsamic reduction), is sweet and tangy and great to use over salad, bruschetta, flatbread and sandwiches (especially this breakfast sandwich).

2-ingrient Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe in a glass jar with a spoon.

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what is balsamic glaze made of-

Balsamic glaze is just balsamic vinegar reduction. It can be reduced by itself or with a sweetener like brown sugar or honey. Though I’ve experimented with just balsamic vinegar itself, I prefer a sweetener with it (it’s too acidic for me without the sweetener.)

how to make a balsamic glaze-

This recipe is so easy, it almost doesn’t require a recipe. To make the glaze, you just simmer a good quality balsamic vinegar with a sweetener (like honey or brown sugar) until it reduces and thickens into a glaze.

NOTE: This jar was a triple portion of the glaze. I like to make a large portion and so I always have glaze when I need it. 🙂

Upclose picture of Balsamic Vinaigrette on a spoon in a glass jar.`

how long does balsamic glaze last?

Balsamic glaze will last for up to three weeks if refrigerated. The glaze is best if stored in a glass mason jar (TIP: Be sure to date the jar so you know when it will expire).

You’ll love these other homemade dressings:

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing in a mason jar with a spoon, next to a bowl of caprese salad.

Skip store-bought balsamic glaze, homemade is so much better and so easy to make. Don’t forget to leave us feedback in the comments below, we love hearing from you

Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

Homemade recipe for Balsamic Glaze. Balsamic vinegar reduction with a sweetener (honey or sugar) simmered until thickens and a glaze forms, good dressing.
Prep Time: 0 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings


  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp lightly packed brown sugar


  • In a saucepan, over medium heat, combine balsamic vinegar and brown sugar.
  • Stir until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low, simmer until mixture is reduced by half and thickens (about 10-15 minutes, depending on the quality of vinegar).
  • Cool glaze completely before use. Keep leftovers refrigerated.


Calories: 31kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gSodium: 5mgPotassium: 24mgSugar: 7gCalcium: 8mgIron: 0.1mg
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)