Easy Balsamic Reduction Perfect for Valentine's Day Dinner at Home

February 12, 2015 2 Comments

Planning on staying in and preparing your own Valentine's Day meal? Valentine's dinner menus almost always include some type of seafood from shrimp cocktail to a flakey sea bass filet sitting pretty next to a juicy steak filet.

A quick and delicious idea to dress up your seafood for the occasion at home is to use to a Balsamic reduction glaze on your fish, scallops or shrimp!  Here is an easy recipe for a perfect balsamic reduction to not only complement your seafood(and even steak) but also a great way to jazz up your plate presentation to make you feel like you're sitting in a 5 star restaurant. 

You only need 10 minutes and 1 ingredient, Balsamic Vinegar, for the reduction. If you want to make a glaze just add a sweetener of your choice (coconut sugar, maple syrup, honey, etc.) to the vinegar. Are there more complex recipes out there? Sure! But this is guaranteed fool-proof and leaves you time to focus on grilling those scallops, fish, or steak filets to perfection!

  1. Pour a cup of balsamic vinegar(and anywhere from 1-4 tablespoons, depending on desired level of sweetness, of sweetener if making a glaze) in a small saucepan over medium/high heat. Bring the heat to a boil without reducing the heat on the stove.
  2. Once boiling, turn the heat down so that boil reduces to a simmer. Stir occasionally and allow to simmer until the vinegar has reduced by at least half (for a thinner reduction) or more (for a thicker consistency).  Be careful not to overcook as it will turn into a hardened mess. TIP- Once the reduction/glaze coats a spoon it's done! 
  3. Cool and drizzle over dish or transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. 

It's that simple! Don't forget to get creative with plate presentation-- Hearts, I Love You, Be Mine, etc! 

Do you have a favorite/go-to Balsamic Reduction or Glaze recipe? What other dishes do you drizzle it on? Leave a comment and let us know!

2 Responses


March 22, 2015

white distilled vienagr is the one to use to clean a coffee maker it will get rid of any minerals deposit make sure you run plain water after the vienagr one otherwise you’ll end up with a funny tasting coffee the next morning.


March 20, 2015

Actually not at all:). It’s a very simple fvlaor. Subtly sweet from the sugar with a butteriness, and a tang from the vinegar. Since it only cooks for less than an hour, there is not too much acidity from the vinegar like you would get from a saur kraut, or pickled product. You should try it. Maybe do a half batch in case you don’t like it.

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