Easy Chinese Plum Sauce

    15 min

    This is my easy version of plum sauce that is very tasty and keeps well in the refrigerator. Serve hot or chilled with spring rolls, pork or chicken.

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    Serves: 10 

    • 340g (12 oz) plum or damson jam
    • 2 tablespoons vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon soft dark brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon minced onion
    • 1 teaspoon crushed dried chillies
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:15min 

    1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine jam, vinegar, brown sugar, onion, chillies, garlic and ginger. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
    2. Serve immediately or allow to cool to room temperature before storing in the refrigerator.

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    This made a tasty (but extremely sweet!) dipping sauce for dim sum. I also mixed it with cornflour and soy sauce to add to stir fried vegetables. It's very quick and easy to make, so I'll probably have it again soon!  -  28 Jun 2012


    I liked it although it needs some changes in my opinion. Contrary to opinions of other users my sauce wasn't too sweet so I added more sugar (you can adjust ingredients during simmering to your taste), and I think it wasn't so sweet because I used plums instead of a jam. I added a little of cinnamon, orange jam (1 teaspoon) and soy sauce, and then it was perfect.  -  01 Sep 2017


    This is so easy to make and it's delicious! I only changed a couple of things. I used the whole 18 oz jar of plum jam, omitted the pepper, used garlic powder, and added a couple of tablespoons of soy sauce. Served as an additional dipping sauce with Baked Teriyaki Chicken from this site. Thanks for the recipe!!!  -  16 Mar 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)