Chinese Plum Sauce Recipe

by Alice Currah on September 16, 2009. Updated January 10, 2010


One of my husband’s favorite Chinese condiments is plum sauce. He dips EVERYTHING in it and who could blame him? The combination of sweet and sour with a touch of heat makes the perfect companion to springs rolls, pot stickers, fried chicken, and duck dishes. This sauce is incredibly easy to make and will have you wondering why you never made it before! Enjoy!

Chinese Plum Sauce Recipe


1 cup of plum jam (Here’s a very simple and easy recipe for homemade plum jam)

1 clove of garlic, minced

2 teaspoons of ginger, minced

2 tablespoons of white vinegar

1 tablespoon of Asian Chili Garlic sauce Huy Fong


Combine all the ingredients and cook on the stove top on medium heat until everything is boiling. Remove from heat and serve (or allow to cool and refrigerate). Enjoy!





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Diana September 16, 2009 at 4:08 pm

Great minds think alike! I’m working on my next post right now, plum sauce made with fresh plums I picked at work. Going to have to try the plum jam too.


Elizabeth September 16, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Mmmmm, I’ve never had spicy plum sauce. I could dip anything in it though, it just has a knack for going with so many different varieties of food. I knowe this version is even better than all the prepackaged kinds though.


Chris September 16, 2009 at 4:51 pm

By Asian garlic chili sauce, I’m assuming this is like Sriracha. Is that correct?

Great looking dip!


alice September 16, 2009 at 4:59 pm

Chris: I’ve updated the post.. but this is what it looks like.


Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) September 16, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Plum sauce is one of my favorite condiments. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe; I’ve never made it from scratch, but that’s going to change!


jenn September 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm

I’ve always wondered about the plum sauce at some of the Chinese restaurants I’ve been to. I’m going to give these a try next time I make myself some eggrolls or fried rice.


Nutmeg Nanny September 16, 2009 at 9:06 pm

I love this homemade plum sauce! I’m sure it’s a million times better than the stuff you get from takeout.


Debi (Table Talk) September 17, 2009 at 8:12 am

2 great recipes in one post! I love the added spice to the plum sauce–


recipes lover September 17, 2009 at 11:37 am

Can I use a strawberry jam ?


Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen September 17, 2009 at 12:11 pm

The sauce sounds amazing , Alice, and so does the jam! I am so in the mood for some spring rolls right now!


Zenchef September 17, 2009 at 11:42 pm

mmm.. your husband is not the only one. I can dip anything in duck sauce myself.
Looks great! I’ll try your recipe next time i roast a duck.


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction September 18, 2009 at 9:32 pm

Yum… looks delicious!


Kamran Siddiqi September 20, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Alice, I have to agree with your husband, duck sauce is the best Chinese condiment ever! Give me something to dip it in, like some yummy spring rolls, and I am a happy camper.

Great post. I would never have thought to make duck sauce / plum sauce at home, but I’ll definitely give it a try! :D


Tokyo Terrace September 21, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Wow, this looks delicious. I love most condiments, but this is one of my favorites, too! I’ll definitely give this a try.


gaga October 3, 2009 at 11:44 am

Mmm, I love plum sauce but never considered making my own. It doesn’t look difficult, I just might give it a try!


Lizzy January 27, 2010 at 12:17 pm

This is the best sauce ever, ever, ever! I made it with vegetable spring rolls and it totally knocked my socks off! Thank you!


Theresa Sullivan September 22, 2011 at 1:51 pm

I received a large sum of plums from a friend and wanted to make some plum sauce with them. I need to preserve them for future use. Any suggestions on that process once the sauce is made? Thanks


Bonnie Gerle September 20, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Hi I make plum dumplings and I was looking for plum sauce to put over top of them Thankyou!!


darmowa bramka January 7, 2013 at 8:32 am

I love the Chinese plum sauce (especially with duck) but I’ve never thought it was so easy to prepare! Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe, can’t wait to try it out!


Kory June 10, 2013 at 9:24 pm

This was an amazing sauce. I made the homemade plum jam and then we put the sauce over a pork roast. Definitely keeping this recipe close at hand.


Curtis Jackson February 14, 2014 at 10:29 pm

This was truly amazing and so damned easy. To suit our tastes I doubled the ginger and garlic, and used 1.5 tablespoons of chile garlic paste. Once it boiled I simmered it for about 15 minutes to thicken it, mostly because I could only find plum preserves so it had chunks that needed to cook down.

I will be making this again and again and again. It should be awesome on pork, duck, and probably chicken and turkey as well. I can also see it, perhaps thickened a bit more, used to take sandwiches to the next level.

Thank you!


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