This Chinese Plum Sauce recipe is quick, easy, and bursting with flavor. The sweet and tangy sauce is perfect on crispy duck, or other Chinese-inspired recipes. It's easy to make with plums, sugar, vinegar, and seasonings and is perfect as a condiment, sauce, or dipping sauce.
Skip the store-bought plum sauce and make your own from scratch instead!
This wonderful Chinese Plum Sauce recipe takes the delicately sweet flavor of ripe plums and mixes them with a tangy and sweet element along with Chinese seasonings for a perfect balance of flavor.
You’ll love using this Asian plum sauce to dip with your favorite appetizers.
You can also use it as a topping for rice and noodle dishes, and it goes great with roasted duck.
I also love drizzling it into stir-fries for a tangy-sweet flavor that everyone enjoys.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
This Chinese Plum Sauce recipe is made from scratch using simple ingredients.
You can use it in a variety of different ways - as a dipping sauce, condiment, or cooking sauce.
The tangy-sweet flavor is a hit for kids and adults.
It takes just 15 minutes to make.
A great way to use up ripe plums.
Ingredients & Tools
- Ripe Plums - This stone fruit makes for a perfect naturally sweet element in the sauce.
- Brown Sugar - Adds an additional sweetness.
- Rice Wine Vinegar - Adds a sour taste to the sauce. You can also use apple cider vinegar.
- Garlic & Ginger - Infuses the sauce with a savory garlic and ginger flavor.
- Star Anise - Adds a Chinese-inspired element of flavor to the sauce.
How to make Chinese Plum Sauce
It's super easy to make homemade plum sauce from scratch! Just follow these photo instructions, then scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom for the full ingredients list and method.
Prepare the plums. Remove the stone from the plums and cut into large pieces. You do not need to peel them.
Heat the sauce. Add the chopped plums to a saucepan along with the sugar, vinegar, garlic, ginger, and star anise. Turn the heat to medium, and stir gently until plums break down and become mushy.
Blend the sauce. Remove the star anise from the heated plum mixture and blend until smooth. Let cool and serve.
How to pit a plum: The fastest way to remove the stone from a plum is to cut it all the way around and twist it until 2 halves are formed. Cut around the diameter of the side with the stone until you can easily remove it with your hands.
Let the sauce cool slightly before adding it to a blender to puree. This will prevent heat build-up in the pitcher which can lead to burns.
Make sure you keep the heat medium as a higher heat can burn the sauce because of the sugar that can caramelize.
If you don’t have fresh garlic or ginger, you can use dried.
This sauce can also be made using peaches, apricots, and pineapples for a variety of sweet flavors.
Kick up the heat by adding some cayenne pepper to the mix.
Add some Chinese Five Spice for a traditional flavor.
Give it a warming flavor by adding a pinch of cinnamon.
Storing: Store plum sauce in a jar with a lid or airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
Freezing: Add cooled plum sauce to a freezer-safe bag or airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before using.
What’s another name for plum sauce?
Plum sauce can also be called Duck Sauce because it is a sauce that is usually served on roasted duck as the sweet and sour flavors help balance out the game taste in duck.
Is hoisin and plum sauce the same?
They taste similar, but hoisin sauce has more concentrated spices and flavors and is usually used in smaller quantities.
What if I cant find fresh plums?
If plums are not in season, you can use pickled plums that can be found at your local international grocery store. Keep in mind that the seasonings will need to be adjusted.
More Homemade Sauce Recipes
We hope that you love this easy Chinese Plum Sauce! Be sure to check out these other sauce recipes to add flavor to your dishes.
Chinese Plum Sauce
- 6 ripe plums
- 3 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- 1 clove garlic minced
- ½ teaspoon ginger grated
- 1 star anise
- Halve and stone the plums (don't peel them), then chop into large pieces and add them, along with all the other plum sauce ingredients to a small pot over a medium heat.
- Heat gently, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes or until the plums are cooked and break down to a mush.
- Remove the star anise, then puree with a blender.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.