Honey Balsamic Bruschetta Salmon

Quick and simple, honey balsamic bruschetta salmon has incredible flavors and requires just 30 minutes of hands-on cooking time. An instant favorite for salmon lovers!

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This is heaven on a plate I tell you. Flaky pan-seared honey butter salmon, tangy and sweet honey balsamic glaze, fresh-grated parmesan cheese and chopped basil…

Truly heaven, my friends. I really have to wonder if weeknight dinners can possibly get any easier or tastier than this 30 minute dish right here.

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The process is SO simple. After making this dish just once, you’ll feel like a complete pro and will be able to whip it up anytime at the drop of a hat. Just start by seasoning your salmon with salt and pepper to taste while a little butter is melting in a large skillet.

Stir some honey into that melted butter and then pan-sear your salmon to golden, flaky perfection for about 6-8 minutes on each side.

Be careful not to move the salmon other than one time when you need to flip it. Moving it too much will prevent it from browning well and getting that delicious caramelization around the edges that is positively swoon-worthy.  If you move it before the first side is seared enough, the salmon will likely fall apart as well, so just be patient and let the honey butter do it’s thing!

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Top the salmon with some juicy cherry tomatoes, grated parmesan cheese, fresh basil, and the BEST two-ingredient honey balsamic glaze. If you haven’t made a balsamic reduction before, you will be shocked at how easy (and delicious!!) it is! Honestly all it requires is just letting it boil on the stove for a while – easy peasy.

This is my favorite balsamic glaze and it compliments so many sides and main dishes, but none better than this salmon! This is everything you love about fresh bruschetta but in a main dish the whole family will love and beg you to make again and again.

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What people are saying about this Honey Balsamic Bruschetta Salmon

“This is delicious! It was easy to make and turned out great! My family loved it! I will definitely be making it again!” – Kristin

“This was AMAZING! Definitely a keeper! Thanks so much for sharing!” – Jasmine

“This was delicious! I cooked it under the broiler instead. yum!” – Laura

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Honey Balsamic Bruschetta Salmon

Quick and simple, honey balsamic bruschetta salmon has incredible flavors and requires just 30 minutes of hands-on cooking time. An instant favorite for salmon lovers! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 4 6-ounce salmon fillets
  • salt and pepper, to taste (I use about 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 7 tablespoons honey divided
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved or quartered
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • cracked black pepper for topping

Instructions

  1. In a medium sauce pan, bring balsamic vinegar to a boil. Continue to cook 10-12 minutes until liquid has reduced by half. Stir in 4 tablespoons of honey and simmer for another 2-5 minute or until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Transfer to a heat-safe bowl or jar to cool while you cook the salmon.

  2. Season salmon with salt and pepper. Melt butter in a large pan or skillet. Stir in the remaining 3 tablespoons of honey.

  3. Transfer salmon to pan and cook for 6-8 minutes, being sure not to move the salmon while cooking, then flip the salmon over and cook for another 6-8 minutes until cooked through and browned on both sides. 

  4. Top salmon with tomatoes and cracked black pepper. Drizzle with the honey balsamic glaze, then top with parmesan cheese and fresh basil. Serve immediately. 

Recipe Notes

Sometimes I liked to add 1/4 teaspoon each salt and garlic powder to the balsamic vinegar for a bigger punch of flavor. Completely optional!

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So 3 tablespoons of honey go in the balsamic and then 4 tablespoons of honey go in the butter? Just making sure I understand correctly. Thanks!

    Actually it is 3 tablespoons of honey with the butter, and 4 tablespoons of honey into the balsamic vinegar. I’m updated the recipe to be more clear on that!

What temp/heat setting do you use for cooking the salmon?

I was really excited when I attempted this tonight but it turned out really overcooked (and I went for 6 minutes on one side then 4 minutes on the other)- I was very disappointed. I usually like your recipes, so I was willing to take the chance with salmon, which is fairly expensive. I’m glad it worked for you, but it definitely didn’t work for me.

    I’m so sorry to hear that Rebecca! I wonder if your salmon fillets were pretty thin? I’ve made this several times and never had an issue – I think it’s key to just watch the salmon and take it off of the heat before it overcooks. It seems so strange to me that it was overcooked after only 6 minutes on the one side and 4 on the other! I’m thinking your heat must’ve been too high and burned the butter…?

      Hi Tiffany,
      Sorry to hear you overcooked your salmon. The rule of thumb (at least 1 inch thick skin-on salmon filet) is to fry it skin-on side down for 5 minutes at Med heat, then turn it over for 1 minute. Salmon does not need lots of cooking, 6-8 minutes max will provide you a juicy and tender salmon filet. In case you wonder about the skin-on, it will prevent your filet from overcooking and maintain the juices in the meat. Make an effort and try it again, Salmon is a wonderful and nutritious fish.
      P.S. Make an effort to buy “wild caught” salmon, it tastes VERY different than the usual supermarket “Farmed” salmon which is raised in a pond or artificial lake and fed colors and chemicals to provide a red/orange color to the flesh.

We live in the Northeast and enjoy Scottish Salmon. This recipe would be wonderful. Just wondering if I can print the recipe without the pictures. Am looking forward to seeing more of your creations!!!

    Yes! The print button on the recipe card should give you a new screen where you can print the recipe by itself. Enjoy! 🙂

Can you share your favorite brand balsamic that you use?
Thank you!

    We love this onehttps://www.orodioliva.com/products/18_Year_Balsamic-23-7.html

What type of balsamic vinegar do you use? I ask because I don’t know where to buy some or what kind this being my first time buying it.

Thanks 🙂

Hello 🙂 what other dishes do you recommend using the balsamic sauce with?

    I love using the balsamic over grilled or baked chicken, and its especially delicious over roasted veggies! Broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, or brussels sprouts!!

Calorie count please

This was AMAZING! Definitely a keeper! Thanks so much for sharing!

This is delicious! It was easy to make and turned out great! My family loved it! I will definitely be making it again!

Oh. Em. Gee. This salmon looks incredible! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

I JUST BOUGHT SALMON YESTERDAY AND STUMBLED ON YOUR RECIPE. I’LL CHECK IT OUT TONIGHT. I CAN’T WAIT. THANK YOU FOR SHARING THE BALSAMIC VINEGAR SAUCE. I DIDN’T REALIZE IT’S THAT EASY TO MAKE:-)

This was delicious! I cooked it under the broiler instead. yum!

    Hi Laura- that sounds awesome! I bet it was delicious when broiled. Thanks for sharing your great idea!