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How to Make the Perfect Balsamic Reduction

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  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 3/4 cup 1x
  • Category: Condiments & Sauces
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American


Learn how to make a Balsamic Reduction using only 1 ingredient: quality Balsamic Vinegar. This balsamic reduction will be your new “go to” sauce to top off any dish and is done in just 10 minutes!


  • 1 cup of good quality balsamic vinegar


  1. Pour balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan.
  2. Turn heat to medium high and bring vinegar to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, reduce to simmer and let simmer for about 5-7 minutes until vinegar has reduced down. Stir occasionally. {be sure to keep an eye on it because it can burn quickly} You will know it is done if it coats the back of spoon.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Let reduction cool and serve or transfer to an air tight container and store in refrigerator. If reduction hardens after being in refrigerator for too long just place container in a bowl filled with warm water to heat up the reduction.
  6. Can be served with a caprese salad, grilled peaches, bread, or whatever you want. You could just drink it if you like… it’s that good! 🙂