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Chinese plum sauce is a condiment that’s slightly sweet and sour and lightly spiced. It’s perfect as a dip for spring rolls, roast duck, chicken wings and more.

  • Makes1, approx 1 cup
  • Cook time5 minutes
  • Prep time5 minutes, + cooling time
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (320g) plum jam
  • 1 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Chinese five spice

Nutritional information

Per serve (1 tbs): Energy: 276kJ/66 Cals (3%), Protein: 0.1g (0%), Fat: 0g (0%), Sat Fat: 0g (0%), Carb: 17g (5%), Sugar: 17g (19%), Dietary Fibre: 0.3g (1%), Sodium: 55mg (3%).

Check ingredient labels to make sure they meet your specific dietary requirements and always consult a health professional before changing your diet. View dietary information here.

Percentage Daily Intake information on our recipes is calculated using the nutrition reference values for an average Australian adult.

Method

  1. Step 1

    Place the jam, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, garlic, ginger, pepper and Chinese five spice in a small saucepan over low heat. Bring to the boil, whisking until smooth. Remove from heat and set aside to cool completely.

Recipe tip

  • This sauce is delicious brushed over grilled ribs, roast chicken wings or duck.

  • Use to drizzle over or toss through pulled pork, then serve in bao buns with shredded vegetables.

  • You can swap the garlic clove for 1 tsp garlic paste, if you prefer.

COOK. STORE. SAVE.
Clever storage:
Plum sauce will keep for up to a year if stored in the fridge in a clean and sterilised jar. To sterilise jars properly, follow the instructions in this pickling recipe. Or, wash your glass jar thoroughly, then place it in the microwave on high for 45-60 seconds to sterilise.

Smart swap: Can’t get a hold of plum jam? Use peach or apricot jam instead. 

Enjoy all of your favourite Chinese food with plum sauce

Many classic flavour combinations work so well together and the combination of sweet and sour is one of those. Plum sauce is a tasty condiment from Chinese cuisine that draws its magic from the sweet/sour flavour profile. 

This classic sauce is probably best known as an accompaniment for duck pancakes and fried snacks like spring rolls and chicken but it’s also used to elevate easy stir-fry recipes.

If you’re cooking up a batch of this homemade plum sauce then the last thing you want is to let it go to waste. But the slightly tangy condiment works with a variety of flavours and can be easily adapted to use with sweet and savoury dishes. Whether spread over grilled chicken breast or poured over a creamy cheesecake, this tangy favourite is a brilliant accompaniment. 

How to make a plum sauce

This classic Chinese-inspired condiment derives its flavours from ingredients that you may already have in your fridge and pantry. When it comes to the main ingredient, plum jam, you can use store-bought or whip one up from scratch if you love to make homemade jams and preserves

Made a big batch for Christmas gifts and have some left over? This is a great way to get more out of your jam. The apple cider vinegar adds added tartness and tang to the sauce, giving it an extra layer of flavour. However, it’s the mix of spices that gives this plum sauce recipe its distinct flavour. Ginger, black pepper and Chinese five spice give this sauce the edge that makes it so well-known and well-loved. Chinese five spice is made from – you guessed it – five spices, including star anise, cloves, cinnamon, fennel seeds and peppercorns. Chinese five spice also works well with a whole range of dishes including roast pork, stir-fry beef and even mixed greens.

Tips to get the most out of this homemade plum sauce recipe

Want to know how this versatile sauce can work with a variety of different dishes? While it’s loved as a dipping sauce or as a stir-fry sauce, you could also use it to marinate pork ribs or grilled chicken for a sweet addition to these savoury favourites. Plum sauce also works great as a dressing for an Asian slaw or dipping sauce for noodles. 

The perfect condiment can turn a ho-hum dish into something extra special. Check out our collection of easy sauces and marinade recipes – the flavours will not disappoint. 

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Plum sauce

Plum sauce
  • Makes1, approx 1 cup
  • Cook time5 minutes
  • Prep time5 minutes, + cooling time
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (320g) plum jam
  • 1 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Chinese five spice
    Description

    Chinese plum sauce is a condiment that’s slightly sweet and sour and lightly spiced. It’s perfect as a dip for spring rolls, roast duck, chicken wings and more.

    Method
    1. Step 1

      Place the jam, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, garlic, ginger, pepper and Chinese five spice in a small saucepan over low heat. Bring to the boil, whisking until smooth. Remove from heat and set aside to cool completely.