Balsamic Glazed Salmon Recipe – Pre-race Meal

Balsamic Glazed Salmon - Pre-race Meal

This morning in Toronto, thousands of people are lining up in the rain to run the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Even though I’m not running it this year, I thought I’d share what I usually eat for dinner the night before a race (or Sunday’s long slow distance run.) Your biggest pre-race meal should be lunch the day before and dinner should be fairly light, which is why I always tend to go with salmon. This balsamic glazed salmon recipe is quick, super easy to make and very tasty! When I first started making this recipe I used frozen fillets. Once i tried it using fresh salmon, I never bought frozen again. It makes a huge difference!


  • 2 salmon fillets (preferably fresh)
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp honey (maple syrup also works)
  • 1 Tbsp white wine (red also works)
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp of dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste

How to Make the Balsamic Glaze

  1. Coat a small sauce pan with non-stick cooking spray and cook garlic until soft – about 3min.
  2. Add balsamic vinegar, honey, wine, dijon and salt & pepper.
  3. Stir and let simmer for a few minutes or until slightly thickened.

How to Make the Balsamic Glazed Salmon

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400F
  2. Line a small baking dish with tin foil (much easier to clean after) then coat with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Place salmon in dish, cover with glaze and sprinkle with oregano.
  4. Keep the remaining glaze warm on the stove as you’ll still need it.
  5. Bake salmon for 14min or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
  6. Plate salmon and cover with remaining glaze.

Serve with 1/4 cup of the side of your choice – rice, quinoa, couscous, etc. If you try making my balsamic glazed salmon recipe, please let me know what you think in the comments. Enjoy!