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Balsamic Glazed Salmon

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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Yield 4 servings
Category Main Dish
Cuisine American
Author Lauren Grant


This 4-ingredient salmon dinner will change the weeknight dinner game for you. Brushed with a sweet and tangy balsamic glaze and grilled to flaky perfection,  this salmon is sure to please. Serve with simple grilled asparagus and some crusty whole-grain bread to make it a full menu.


  • 4 wild-caught salmon fillets, 1-inch-thick (about 6 ounces each)*
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • Vegetable oil for brushing grill grate
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic glaze, such as Filippo Berio
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed
  • Crusty whole-grain seeded bread for serving


  • Heat grill for direct cooking over high, 450ºF–550°F (232ºC–288ºC). Brush grill grate clean and close lid to heat.
  • Generously coat all sides of salmon fillets with 1 ½ tablespoons oil and season tops generously with salt and pepper. Toss asparagus with remaining ½ tablespoon oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Brush grill grate with oil. 
  • Place salmon, top side down, and asparagus on grill grate, close lid, keeping temperature around 500ºF (260ºC). Cook salmon until ⅔ of the fillets are lighter in color, they’re becoming firm to touch, and they easily release from the grate, 4–6 minutes. Cook asparagus until charred and fork-tender, 6 minutes, turning halfway through. 
  • Transfer asparagus to a platter. Flip fillets and generously brush tops of fillets with glaze, close lid and continue to cook until a thermometer inserted in the centers registers 130ºF (54ºC) for medium-rare, 2 minutes. (Cook to 145ºF for medium to well done) Transfer fillets to platter with asparagus.
  • Serve salmon with additional balsamic glaze and some crusty bread with good olive oil for dipping.


* you can use skinless or skin-on, either works great but I find skinless is easier to cook on the grill. Check out the post above for more details on why.

How to Cook Balsamic Glazed Salmon in the Oven:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, then coat with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Place salmon on prepared baking sheet. Brush fillets generously with the balsamic glaze and bake for 5 minutes. Brush fillets again with the glaze, then bake 5–10 more minutes until the salmon flakes easily with a fork and is cooked through. 


Serving: 1salmon fillet + 1/4 of the asparagusCalories: 369kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 47gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 104mgFiber: 2.5gSugar: 5.5g
Keywords balsamic glazed salmon, glazed salmon, grilled salmon
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