How To Reduce Balsamic Vinegar


Discover how to get that restaurant taste at home. Learn How To Reduce Balsamic Vinegar. It’s actually very simple, and adds a delicious flavor to a lot of different foods. 

There are two main types of balsamic vinegars that do well when drizzled. The first one is more costly, it is aged balsamic vinegar. It is quite expensive to purchase, but has a deliciously rich taste. The second type is a thinner mid quality balsamic vinegar. Both kinds can be reduced in a saucepan at home, until it reaches the desired thickness. 

How to Reduce Your Own:

Place about four times the amount of balsamic you want, into a small saucepan over medium-high heat. 

Bring it to a boil.

Watch it carefully as it simmers over the heat. If needed, turn the heat down. Reduce it until it’s a little thinner than you want it to be, then remove from heat. It should take about 2 to 4 minutes to reduce depending upon the total amount you are trying to reduce. 

Once finished, drizzle reduced balsamic vinegar over your dish. Is great when used on fish, fruit, meat, vegetables and salads. You can also mix it into soups and stews if you desire that sour punch of flavor.

Learning How To Reduce Balsamic Vinegar is very easy! Give it a try today and let us know what you think! 

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Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: balsamic, Reduction, Vinegar


  • saucepan


  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup optional


  • Combined balsamic vinegar with sweetner of your choice into a small sauce pan
  • Bring to a boil
  • Cook over medium - high heat (lower tempature if needed)
  • Cook until it is your desired consistancy. Should take between 4 to 10 minutes (most likely less). You will know it is done when the sauce coats the back of the spoon.
  • Remove from heat and serve immediately or place in the refrigurator to store.

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