Sweet & Tangy Balsamic Marinade

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Start the year with this Sweet and Tangy Balsamic Marinate which you can use on meat, poultry, fish, tofu, or portobello mushrooms (I got you, you lovely vegans).

The base of this marinate is honey and balsamic vinegar. I like this combination because the honey takes away the sourness of the vinegar.

I doctored it up with dijon mustard, garlic, added fresh herbs and seasoned it generously with salt and pepper.

I also used salted butter (which added flavor) to toast the garlic and the herbs but if you are going vegan feel free to use vegan butter (which is actually pretty good) or olive oil.

The olive oil will definitely alter the taste a little but it will give the marinate a fresh and dressing-like flavor. If using olive oil, there is no need to toast the herbs and the garlic.

For the herbs, I had sage and rosemary in my fridge so I used that but thyme or green onion will work well too.

I usually keep my protein marinating in it for about 30 minutes. You can definitely leave it longer than that but 30 minutes is the standard and the longer time rarely produces different outcomes.

I used this marinate on Pork chops. They are my hubs’ favorite and he has been so busy working like a madman lately, so I try to spoil him as much as possible.

Anyway, follow the recipe below for the marinade and the pork chops and enjoy this sweet deliciousness.

The marinade comes together in 10 minutes and if you are not marinating the pork chops the whole meal will be ready in less than 30 minutes.

Pair it with rice, potatoes, green beans, or your favorite salad.

Sweet & Tangy Balsamic Meat Marinade

Hristina Pol
This Sweet and Tandy Balsamic Marinade is perfect for meat, poultry, fish, tofu, or portobello mushrooms.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course dressing, marinade
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic minced
  • 1/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Rosemary minced
  • 1 Tbsp Sage minced
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • Salt and pepper


  • Heat a small saucepan to medium heat and add the butter garlic, rosemary and sage. Season with salt and pepper. Cook on medium hear for about 2-3 minutes or until the herbs and garlic are aromatic.
  • Add the honey and balsamic vinegar and bring to boil. Once it starts bubbling bring the heat down to low and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Stir in the dijon mustard.
  • Remove from the heat and adjust the salt and pepper.
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Keyword: balsamic glaze, balsamic marinade recipe, balsamic dressing, comfort food, meat marinade