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How to Make Balsamic Reduction

This Balsamic Glaze recipe is a great topping for sweet and savory dishes! Here’s how to make balsamic reduction in just a few steps.

a spoon dipped in balsamic reduction over the pyrex

How to Make Balsamic Reduction

If you’ve ever wondered how to make balsamic reduction, look no further! Get ready for the easiest recipe you’ll ever make.

It’s literally just simmering balsamic vinegar until it reduces into a reduction.

That sentence is full of face palms and Chris Traeger references, but you get what I’m saying!

You’ll only need one ingredient: balsamic vinegar. Put the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan and heat to medium. Let it simmer or boil to reduce for 20 to 30 minutes depending on the amount you need.

Once you make it, you’ll always want to make balsamic reduction at home.

It results in an easy topping for almost anything! Think caprese salad, pizza crusts, appetizers, brussels sprouts, ice cream, salads with olive oil, burgers… anything you put your mind to.

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a pyrex measuring cup full of balsamic vinegar

Is a balsamic reduction different than a balsamic glaze?

It isn’t! Balsamic reduction and balsamic glaze are the same thing.

It’s just balsamic vinegar simmered until most of the liquid has evaporated leaving a thicker sauce, reduction, or glaze behind.

What ingredients do I need?

The only ingredient you’ll need is balsamic vinegar! You’ll see that some recipes call for a sweetener to use as well. This will help cut the tartness of the vinegar if you’re not big on tart flavors.

Balsamic vinegar is naturally sweet, though, so I tend to lean towards just using the balsamic vinegar itself without either the brown sugar, maple syrup, sugar or honey added.

Here’s a great list of some good quality balsamic vinegars that you can buy at the grocery store!

Some of these are definitely more expensive that what you may normally buy, but it could be good to have on hand even as a vinegar option!

a close up of a spoon in the balsamic reduction in a pyrex measuring cup

How long do I need to simmer the balsamic vinegar?

For one cup of balsamic vinegar while simmering over medium low heat, it’ll take about 10-15 minutes for it to reduce by half.

Something to keep in mind is that balsamic vinegar can come in different viscosities. What that means is that it can come as more of a liquid and runnier, or thicker and closer to a reduction already.

If you’re balsamic vinegar is thicker, you may not need to simmer it as much so take that into consideration and keep an eye on it.

A good trick to test to see if you’ve reached a good stage is to stir a spoon into the reduction. If it sticks to the spoon evenly, you’re there!

How can I store homemade balsamic reduction?

You’ll want to store balsamic reduction in a container that is air tight with a non-reactive lid.

Something glass is ideal, but a plastic squeeze bottle with a lid could also work.

How long does balsamic reduction last?

Since it is so acidic, it should last for awhile if kept properly in your refrigerator to help extend shelf life. If it hasn’t been used within three months, consider making a new batch after that.

If you add any sugar or sweeteners to your recipe, it will reduce the shelf life so be sure to keep that in mind.

a spoon drizzling with balsamic reduction over the pyrex measuring cup

What if my balsamic glaze isn’t thickened?

Something you might notice is that once you are able to coat your spoon with the balsamic glaze, that it’s still pretty liquid. Trust the process!

Remove the balsamic glaze from the heat and it’ll continue to thicken. Even 5 minutes later, you’ll be surprised how it goes from liquid to glaze.

What can I use balsamic reduction on?

Honestly, it works on so many dishes! Try it drizzled on one of these:

a spoon dipped in balsamic reduction over the pyrex

How to Make Balsamic Reduction

Yield: 1/4 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This Balsamic Glaze recipe is a great topping for sweet and savory dishes! Here's how to make balsamic reduction in just a few steps.


  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar


  1. Put balsamic vinegar in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil.
  2. Lower heat and let simmer until reduced by half stirring occasionally, about 20 - 30 minutes depending on consistency desired. Check with a spoon to see how well it sticks to the back.
  3. Remove from heat until use to allow to cool and thicken.
  4. Store in a glass jar with a lid in the refrigerator.


This should last 1-3 months in the refrigerator in a sealed jar.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 56Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 15mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 0g

Nutrition provided is only an estimate.

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