Spoon in Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

How to Make Balsamic Reduction

Learn how to make Balsamic Reduction with this simple method. It is a wonderful condiment that can add a completely new level of deliciousness to a range of savory and also sweet dishes.

Course Condiment
Cuisine Italian
Keyword How to Make Balsamic Reduction
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 tablespoons
Author Regina | Leelalicious


  • 1-1/2 cups balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup


  1. Using a saucepan or skillet, combine the balsamic vinegar and maple syrup and bring to a simmer
    Whisk in a pan of balsamic vinegar
  2. Let it bubble gently until the mixture has reduced significantly.
    Simmering Balsamic Vinegar
  3. It should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. You can also continue simmering to desired thickness. (Just watch out not to reduce it too much, as this results in a sort of balsamic caramel. This happened to me during my first attempt. I still liked it as ice cream drizzle ;)

    Balsamic reduction coating back of a spoon
  4. Transfer the balsamic reduction into a clean small mason jar and store refrigerated for about 1 week.

  5. Use balsamic reduction to drizzle on salad or as a base for salad dressing, as condiment for meat dishes like steak or chicken, in pesto dishes, on pizza, fruit salad or even ice cream!

Recipe Notes

Make sure you have the fan running, to prevent the vinegar smell from spreading into your entire house.