Balsamic Salmon

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
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This flaky, glazed balsamic salmon with hints of spicy Sriracha and tangy dressing is a sweet and savory weeknight dinner in 30 minutes. Served over a fresh salad, it’s perfect for a light dinner all summer long!

Why You’ll Love This Balsamic Salmon Recipe

When I am craving salmon, this simple, but flavorful balsamic salmon is my go to recipe! Here’s why I know you are going to love it too:

  • Quick: This easy salmon dinner is ready in just 30 minutes, with a few simple ingredients you likely already have on hand.
  • Sweet and Savory: Sweet brown sugar, tangy balsamic vinaigrette and fiery Sriracha create the perfect balance of flavors. This glazed salmon is anything but boring!
  • Beginner-Friendly: The fridge and oven do all of the work. You marinate in the fridge and cook in the oven, this balsamic glazed salmon couldn’t get any easier!

Love cooking up a hearty piece of salmon? You should also check out my crispy salmon patties or this easy, but flavorful teriyaki salmon.

Labeled ingredients for balsamic salmon recipe arranged in bowls. From top to bottom: Salmon filets, balsamic vinaigrette, brown sugar, garlic, sriracha, lemon juice, pepper and salt.

What You’ll Need

Besides the salmon, there’s a good chance you have all the ingredients on hand to make this easy balsamic marinade! Scroll down to the recipe card for exact amounts.

  • Salmon: Make sure it’s boneless and skinless.
  • Balsamic Salad Dressing: Choose your favorite! If it’s light on balsamic vinegar, feel free to add an extra tablespoon or two to your marinade.
  • Garlic: Fresh garlic or garlic paste are best for this.
  • Light Brown Sugar: Dark brown sugar works too. You can also use honey or maple syrup!
  • Sriracha: Feel free to use Tabasco, Frank’s or your favorite hot sauce.
  • Lemon Juice: Reduce the amount by half if you use lime juice.
  • Salt and Pepper: I prefer kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
Juicy, balsamic salmon with fresh salad and lemon wedges on the side.

How To Make Baked Balsamic Salmon

After a quick 15-minute marinade, the oven does the rest of the work for you. Scroll to the recipe card at bottom of the post for full detailed instructions.

  • Marinate: Whisk all of the marinade ingredients in a bowl. Add in the salmon fillets, making sure they are completely coated. Marinate in the fridge for 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Bake: Add the salmon to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place it on the top oven rack. Bake for 5 minutes, brush with leftover marinade, and bake again until flaky.
  • Serve: Remove the salmon from the oven and let it cool slightly. Serve and enjoy!
Balsamic glazed salmon over a fresh arugula salad with lemon wedges on the side.

Chef’s Tips and Variations

  • Use the Stove or Air Fryer: Follow my 10-minute air fryer salmon directions to cook this in your air fryer. For the stove top, add 1 tablespoon olive oil to large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the salmon and cook for 4 minutes, flip it, and let it cook for another 2 to 3 minutes or until flaky.
  • Spice it Up: Whisk 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder and 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika in a small bowl. Season the salmon with the mixture after you marinate it for even more depth and flavor.
  • Add Garnish: Sprinkle the salmon with sesame seeds, chopped parsley, or a crispy panko topping for extra texture and flavor.
  • Don’t Over Marinate Allow the salmon to marinate for 1 hour max. Any longer and the acids in marinade can break down the salmon, making it mushy.
  • Use a Bag: I also will add the marinade ingredients to a ziplock bag, shake it up, then add the salmon. No bowl or whisk needed!
Balsamic salmon with an arugula salad and tangy lemon wedges.

What To Serve With Balsamic Glazed Salmon

This juicy balsamic glazed salmon recipe is perfect for busy weeknights. Pair it with a side of arugula salad, a fresh cucumber tomato salad, or this veggie packed chickpea salad. My parmesan roasted broccoli and garlic roasted cherry tomatoes would pair great too. Cilantro lime rice or quinoa are wonderful side options if you prefer something warm and hearty.

For lunch meal prep, I will often add a bed of rice in individual containers and top with my salmon and a side of parmesan roasted broccoli. It makes reheating lunch a breeze!

Digging into some flaky, balsamic salmon with an arugula salad on the side.
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Yield: 2 servings

Balsamic Salmon

This juicy, flaky balsamic salmon recipe with sweet and savory Sriracha-balsamic glaze is an easy 30-minute dinner.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 (6 oz) salmon fillets
  • ½ cup balsamic vinaigrette
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha, or your favorite hot sauce
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions 

  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinaigrette, garlic, brown sugar, sriracha, lemon juice, pepper and salt. Marinate salmon fillets in mixture for 15 minutes.
  • While fillets are marinating, preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and lightly grease with olive oil or butter so the salmon does not stick.
  • Place salmon skin-side down on prepared baking sheet and transfer to oven on the top rack. Bake for 5 minutes, lightly brush any leftover marinade on top of the fillets and bake for 5 minutes more (or until salmon is cooked throughly and flakes easily with a fork).
  • Serve with fresh greens (like spicy arugula) or grains (like couscous) for a healthy quick dinner!

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Notes

Store: Place leftovers in an airtight container and store for up to 3 days. 
Freeze: Wrap each filet in plastic wrap. Transfer the salmon to freezer bags. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw it overnight in the fridge before reheating.
Reheat: Sprinkle the fish with 1 teaspoon water and microwave it in 30-second increments. You can also use a pan over medium heat for 3-4 minutes per side.
Cook on the Stove or in Air Fryer: Follow my 10-minute air fryer salmon directions to cook this in your air fryer. For the stove top, add 1 tablespoon olive oil to large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the salmon and cook for 4 minutes, flip it, and let it cook for another 2 to 3 minutes or until flaky.
Don’t Over Marinate Allow the salmon to marinate for 1 hour max. Any longer and the acids in marinade can break down the salmon, making it mushy.
Use a Bag: I also will add the marinade ingredients to a ziplock bag, shake it up, then add the salmon. No bowl or whisk needed!

Nutrition

Serving: 1 filet, Calories: 489kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 32g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 94mg, Sodium: 1295mg, Potassium: 878mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 81IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 42mg, Iron: 2mg

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  1. Jason

    I looked up a store near me that carried Tessamae’s and then couldn’t find it there. Can you help me? I would really like to make this salmon!

    1. A woman holding a camera standing in front of some shelves.
      Jessica

      Hi Jason, did you check the refrigerated dressing section over by the produce? That’s usually where it is located!

  2. Susan

    I made this for my husband and I last night and we loved it! I had a hard time finding Tessemae’s — then someone at Whole Foods told me it was in the refrigerated section. Just a tip for anyone else looking!

  3. Shelley

    I tried this yesterday and loved it. Had a little thicker of a salmon fillet, so had to let it cook an additional 5 minutes. But was perfect! New go-to salmon recipe.

  4. Louis

    This sounds wonderful. I will try it first on Salmon, but already thinking of other fish to try it on too. We are big fish eaters at our house.

  5. Kerri

    Want to give this a shot on my sometimes salmon eating Husband. Any way to get him to eat more healthy foods is a win for me!

    1. A woman holding a camera standing in front of some shelves.
      Jessica

      Hi Sharleen, well I would suggest one of Tessemae’s other flavors! They have many different marinades and that way you can pick one that will be best for you!

  6. Susie

    I never say this, but that salmon looks gorgeous! I really want to try this on my very picky husband. Seems simple enough for me to make too!

  7. Brittany Morton

    Ok this looked so good, I ran to the store this morning and made it. It was FANTASIC the BEST SALMON IVE EVER EATTEN!! Resturant quality and super easy and quick!!! Thanks Jessica!!!

  8. Sues

    I’ve been trying to eat salmon at least once a week and am always looking for new recipes. This looks just perfect! I always serve my salmon with arugula, too :)

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