No Sweat Balsamic Glazed Salmon

by zesty on March 19, 2009 · 24 comments

Do you like salmon?  I happen to love salmon, so I’m going to share with you a super easy way to whip up some balsamic glazed salmon.

Pick up some salmon on the way home and you can be eating in no time.  Salmon also offers a great source of protein as well as “good” fats.  I have to be careful when I get all nutritional as I am by no means an expert in that category.  However, I do know a bit as I usually try to eat healthy and stay fit.


Back to the salmon.  For this dish, I like to pair it with basmati rice and a simple green vegetable such as spinach or kale.


  • 2 Salmon fillets
  • 1 Tsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 Cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh dill
  • Cracked black pepper


  1. Preheat saute pan to medium high heat.
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  3. Pat salmon dry with paper towel.
  4. Season with cracked black pepper.
  5. Sear salmon on both sides (3 minutes per side).
  6. Add balsamic vinegar and dill, continue cooking until translucent (should flake with a fork).
  7. Drizzle sauce over salmon.
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  9. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: Using just a bit of olive oil and making sure to preheat the pan are the two tips for a perfectly sauteed piece of fish.  Also remember to let the fish cook undisturbed for 3-4 minutes (depending on the thickness) to develop a nice crust. Be sure not to crowd the fish; cook it in batches rather than overcrowd the pan.

Question of the day:  What is your favorite type of fish?

So there you have it… a simple salmon dish that can be enjoyed by all.  This is a great switch up if you are a meat eater.  I hope you have a wonderful day.

Take care


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1 EAT!

Oh yes salmon is a favorite in our house. Always looking for new, easy, tasty recipes – thanks!


2 foodsthatfit


You couldn’t have posted this at a better time. My parents are coming into town today and I bought some salmon yesterday to make for them tonight. However I wasn’t sure how to season it. Thank you x 100 for this idea, I am going to try it!


3 girlbeerdrinker

If you consider shellfish, I love any type of crab. I love grouper as my favorite regular fish.


4 rhodeygirl

yum! looks good zest!

if i make it myself, I love baked salmon or grilled tilapia. both with lots of lemon, white wine, and garlic (my fav ingredients for fish).

if I am at a restaurant I love to order grouper yum yum yum! I also like ORATA, but I’m not sure what the english translation of that is!


5 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)

Zesty, can you believe that I have never had salmon???? Nope, I can’t either. This may need to be my first salmon attempt. Looks delicious!


6 brandi

salmon is definitely my favorite. I love it!


7 Meg

You had me at “salmon”! It looks fantastic.


8 Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday

I love salmon. We eat it at least once per week. Right now I am hooked on mustard bbq sauce glaze but this one looks mighty tasty!!


9 Sarah

Yum! Looking forward to trying this! My favorite fish is definitely salmon… I recently posted a recipe that Hubby & I really enjoyed!


10 Joanne

Looks fantastic. Salmon is on my favorite list but there aren’t too many types of fish I don’t like


11 elise

although now vegan, salmon was a fave when i was younger.


12 Pearl

Looks so good!


13 Mary

Your recipes look so delicious thanks for sharing them this way and also thanks so much for the free recipe ebook!! I always enjoy reading your blog! Thanks!


14 Marianne

I’m so west coast – my favourite fish would have to sockeye salmon and pacific halibut. Yum!


15 eatingbender

I loooove salmon! And it’s a pretty recent love, too. When I was little, my dad would make it and I’d refuse to eat it. The only way he’d get me to take a bite was by reminding me it was my favorite color (at the time): pink ;)

The glaze looks great, Zesty! I’ll definitely have to keep this one on file. Thanks!


16 Jessica

This salmon looks so pretty AND healthy! What a great recipe plus smart tips!


17 HoneyB

Looks yummy!


18 Bunny

I’mglad you posted this cause my hubby wants to try salmon and i have no clue what to do with it!! Thanks!


19 Kelsey

I love salmon + this looks like I need to try it!!


20 Lauren

This recipe looks wonderful – salmon is definitely one of my favorite types of fish! I made a dish with cod the other night, which is becoming another favorite fish. It’s hard to choose just one – I love seafood :)


21 Kevin

I really like simple and tasty salmon dishes like this.


22 thepinkpeppercorn

What a great recipe, and FANTASTIC photos!! Congrats on the e-book!! I don’t know how you do it!!!!!


23 Mrs Ergül

Salmon is my favourite! I have recently discovered many different sauces to go with it! Oh! I love it!


24 Leo

Very nice recipe, I’m going to try to cook that for my girlfriend!


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