10 Minute Balsamic Glaze (no sugar)

Make a batch of this easy balsamic glaze in about 10 minutes and without adding any sugar! You’ll have an amazing balsamic drizzle for a caprese chicken sandwich, salad or even ice cream!

White ruffled plate smeared with a copper spoon and balsamic glaze.

If you love dips, dressings and seasonings, you’re going to love all the creative ways you can use this unbelievably simple balsamic glaze. And you’re going to love even more that it can be made in around 10 minutes!

Sure you can buy it (Trader Joe’s balsamic is a good option) but making your own balsamic syrup is so economical. And it’s made without adding extra sugar and uses the balsamic vinegar already sitting on your pantry shelf!

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One ingredient balsamic reduction

Balsamic vinegar in a measuring cup with a spatula.

I wasn’t kidding when I said one ingredient and that one ingredient is…drumroll, please….

BALSAMIC VINEGAR.

This is probably the fastest post I’ve ever written for one of the fastest recipes I’ve made(sort of like this Italian arugula salad which a drizzle of this balsamic syrup would be killer on!)

Equipment needed

A small saucepan (2 or 4 qt. is best) and a silicone spatula is all you need! You can use a wooden spoon too but it’ll absorb some of the balsamic and be a little stickier.

10 minute step by step process

  • Add 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar to a small saucepan [1] and turn a burner on to medium.
  • Once the balsamic starts to bubble, lower the heat and simmer. After 6 minutes or so, the syrup will not completely coat the back of the ladle, as shown [2].
  • In 4 more minutes, the back of the spoon will be coated with the glaze [3].
  • The whole process takes all of 10 minutes and you’ll end up with about 1/4 cup of gorgeous balsamic glaze [4].
  • Cool completely.

Pro Tip

Make sure not to raise the burner too high and allow the syrup to not simmer too much past 10 minutes or it’ll thicken too much. If that happens, you can thin it a bit with a little warm water.

How to use balsamic glaze

Ready for some ways to use balsamic glaze? Because, my friend, I’ve got ’em!

two white plates with grilled chicken sandwiches cut in half on a blue and green plaid napkin.
A little balsamic glaze makes this yummy Caprese sandwich!
  • Chicken and turkey recipes. That juicy Caprese chicken sandwich pictured above is next level thanks to this yummy balsamic glaze!
  • Salads. I already mentioned the arugula salad but the bacon in this Italian Chopped Salad would sing with a little balsamic sweetness! So would this Butternut Squash and Apple Salad!
  • Bread based recipes. Dip some homemade Italian focaccia in a bowl of olive oil sprinkled with drops of balsamic drizzle.
  • Decoration. Accessorize a white plate with dots of this thick, syrupy balsamic alongside a piece of butternut squash crostata. Your guests will be licking their plates!
  • Topping for ice cream. You won’t believe what balsamic glaze does to vanilla ice cream. It’s the sweet and savory combo you didn’t know you needed!

Storage Tips

Balsamic glaze doesn’t have to be refrigerated (but you can if you want – the sauce will be thicker and not as pourable).

I do not recommend balsamic glaze being frozen as the texture will change too much.

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White ruffled plate smeared with a copper spoon and balsamic glaze.
5 from 4 votes

Easy 10 Minute Balsamic Glaze

Make a batch of this easy balsamic glaze in about 10 minutes and without adding any sugar! You'll have an amazing balsamic drizzle for a caprese chicken sandwich, salad or even ice cream! Yields ¼ cup of glaze.
Cook Time:10 minutes
Total Time:10 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients
 

Instructions

  • Add 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar to a small saucepan and turn a burner on to medium.
  • Once the balsamic starts to bubble, lower the heat to very low and simmer. The whole process takes all of 10 minutes.
  • Cool completely.

Notes

YIELD: 1/4 cup of glaze
Storage. Store in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 3 months.
Do not freeze.
Ideas for use:
  • Chicken and turkey recipes.
  • Salads. Italian Chopped Salad would sing with a little balsamic sweetness! So would this Butternut Squash and Apple Salad!
  • Bread based recipes. Dip some homemade Italian focaccia in a bowl of olive oil sprinkled with drops of balsamic drizzle.
  • Accessorize a white plate with dots of this thick, syrupy balsamic with beef or pork. Your guests will be licking their plates!
  • Topping for ice cream. You won’t believe what balsamic glaze does to vanilla ice cream. It’s the sweet and savory combo you didn’t know you needed!
Course: Condiments, Salad, Sandwiches
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Lori Murphy
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4 Comments

  1. Can’t wait to make this balsamic glaze recipe. I have some really good bread from a local bakery that would be amazing with a little balsamic glaze dip. And I love that there’s no added sugar. Perfect!5 stars