Asian Plum Sauce – Plum Sauce Recipe

Asian Plum Sauce

Asian Plum Sauce is a great way to use fresh plums. And plums are ripe and ready everywhere right now here in the Okanagan, lucky for us. I'm fortunate to get a bag of fresh picked ones from my neighbours yard. (Thanks, Heather). I've always loved plum sauce, but not the glutinous pink stuff that comes in little packets at Chinese restaurants. Well, actually I did like that stuff once upon a time. Until I made real plum sauce, from real plums, and never looked back.

Asian Plum Sauce
Asian Plum Sauce

Plums have a great affinity for spice, so I really loaded up this sauce with them. Allspice, ground cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger, along with garlic, really complement the plummy flavour. This sauce is tangy, sweet, and spicy all at once.

Asian plum sauce is super easy to make and it's a really great staple to have it in the pantry. I used it for a dipping sauce when I made Pork and Plum Kebabs, and it's perfect for spring rolls, too. In fact I'm looking forward to using this plum sauce for my next project, which is this amazing Vietnamese Spring Roll.  Plum sauce makes a nice glaze for grilled or baked chicken (wings, anyone?) or even a topping for turkey burgers or salmon. Or, serve it with baked brie, or on a charcuterie board of cured meats and cheeses. See what I mean? I really could go on & on. It's just a really handy little pantry item.

The sauce is quite thick, so it works great as a spread, but you can also thin it with apple cider vinegar for a great dipping sauce, so it does double duty. This recipe is a very small batch, only 4 half pint jars, so if you want more to have in your pantry, double the recipe. This yummy plum sauce also makes a great addition to a homemade gift basket over the holidays, or a hostess gift.

Asian Plum Sauce
Asian Plum Sauce

How to Make Asian Plum Sauce

Asian Plum Sauce

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 4 1/2 pint jars

Serving Size: 1/2 cup


  • 10 plums, finely chopped. Should be about 2 cups
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
  • 2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tsp dried red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp each allspice, ground cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger.


  1. Combine plums, brown sugar, and vinegar in a large stainless steel pot.
  2. Over high heat, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for about 3 minutes, stirring. Add all other ingredients, stirring continuously and bring back to a simmer.
  3. Continue to simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened.
  4. Remove from heat.  
  5. Use an immersion blender right in the pot, or transfer to a blender and process until sauce is smooth.
  6. Transfer to clean, sterilized jars. Process jars for 15 minutes in a boiling water canner.

Asian Plum Sauce

Asian Plum Sauce

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11 thoughts on “Asian Plum Sauce – Plum Sauce Recipe

  1. Colleen, I just made plum jam in the process of cleaning the fridge before we leave. I wish I saw this sooner, I would have made it for sure. Maybe in October when we get back.

  2. I honestly have to say I don’t think I’ve ever had plum sauce that didn’t come out of a packet or a jar!! I am so excited to try this with some spring rolls!

  3. AHah I’m one of those who still love the commercial kind of plum sauce, I need to change this ASAP! This recipe looks DIVINE! Doing this soon for sure!

  4. I love plum sauce so much! I haven’t had it in ages (my mom used to make it) but this looks like a really great recipe. The plums are a little late here this year but hopefully they’ll be ready soon.

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