How to Make Balsamic Reduction Sauce

By Nidhi Nangia. Updated: August 3, 2020
How to Make Balsamic Reduction Sauce

People who like to make salad dressings on their own also want to prepare their own condiments as well. One easy way of dressing up meats, appetizers, salads and desserts is the balsamic reduction sauce. It is easy to make, easy to use, and healthy too. A mix of complex flavors, it is sweet and tastes best in a variety of dishes. It is much like expensive balsamic vinegar, but can be made at a fraction of the cost. Here at, let’s see how to make balsamic reduction sauce.

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Learn about balsamic reduction sauce

Basically, it is balsamic vinegar reduced to a fuller, thicker flavor and density. It is less acidic with much more complexity in its flavor. Most healthy foods lack flavor, because they lack salt, spices, herbs, garlic and onions. If you resolve to eat healthy from now on, then this sauce can actually come to your help.

How to Make Balsamic Reduction Sauce - Learn about balsamic reduction sauce


There are minimal ingredients used to make balsamic reduction sauce. You can make this sauce with just one cup of balsamic vinegar. But you can add other things to it to enhance its flavor. You just need the following:

  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1-4 tbsp unrefined honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar, 1 bay leaf, a cinnamon stick, 2 cloves, 1 tbsp minced rosemary, some orange rind. All these ingredients are optional, and you can add only the ones that you want the flavor of. You can make the sauce without adding any of these too.

Instructions to make balsamic reduction sauce

  1. Take a medium sized non-stick saucepan, add 1 cup balsamic vinegar to it and the flavoring agents that you like.
  2. Turn on the kitchen fan and open all windows, as vinegar has a strong odor and it floats into the air easily
  3. Let the sauce boil on medium heat and then turn down to low to keep simmering.
  4. Let it simmer for 10-15 minutes until it thickens and reduces.
  5. Carefully watch the ends to make sure that it does not burn.
  6. Insert a spoon in the sauce. If it gets coated completely, it is thick enough and you can turn off the heat. You can keep it thick like molasses or just slightly thick as per your desire.
  7. Once you turn off the heat, it will continue thickening while cooling down. If it thickens more than you want, you can reheat it and add some water if needed.

How to use balsamic reduction sauce

There are several ways of enjoying balsamic reduction sauce:

  • Drizzle it on sliced avocados to make a delicious snack.
  • Rain it slightly on tomatoes to make a flavorful appetizer.
  • It serves as a delicious salad dressing to be enjoyed with green salads.
  • Liven up a bowl of herbed beans with this sauce.
  • Brighten up a tomato or pumpkin based soup.
  • Serve it with strawberries or ice cream.
  • Sprinkle it on a melon wrapped in peaches, prosciutto, fig or other fruits
  • Flavor fish, chicken or beef with it.
  • Drizzle it over roasted or steamed vegetables.
How to Make Balsamic Reduction Sauce - How to use balsamic reduction sauce

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