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spoon drizzling thick balsamic reduction into a jar
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5 from 3 votes

Balsamic Reduction (2 ingredients!)

Homemade balsamic reduction is so simple to make, and requires just 2 ingredients! Sticky, tangy and slightly sweet, it's perfect to use up on your salads or as a condiment.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time27 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 55kcal


  • 2 cups balsamic vinegar note 1
  • ½ cup maple syrup note 2


  • Combine- To a 4 quart pot, add 2 cups of balsamic vinegar, and ½ a cup of maple syrup. Bring to a gentle boil.
    balsamic reduction simmering in blue pot
  • Simmer- Reduce the heat and allow it to simmer. Stir occasionally with a spatula, and continue simmering for 20-30 minutes. When the liquid has reduced by ⅓ to ½, check to see if it coats a spoon.
    spoon tipping balsamic reduction into pot; slightly thickened
  • Cool- When the mixture coats a spoon (as shown above), it's ready to come off of the heat. Allow it to cool, then store in a jar.
    showing what it looks like when the reduction coats a spoon



1- you can use any type of balsamic vinegar for this recipe, but I recommend a low to mid-range priced one; the expensive kind is best for drizzling stright on your salad. I've used balsamic vinegar of Modena here.
2- you can swap the maple syrup for an equal volume of brown sugar or honey; you can also increase or decrease to taste.
Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 1 month.


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 55kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 58mg | Sugar: 10g | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.2mg