Homemade Chinese Plum Sauce

Homemade Chinese Plum Sauce

I am continuing the series of Chinese recipes with this wonderful plum sauce. I was captivated from the first time I served it with Peking Duck. After that, I wanted to taste Peking Duck at a Chinese restaurant, just to see the difference. Honestly, I wasn't impressed and it might have been because of this plum sauce. Don't worry if you don't have the Chinese 5 spice powder, I'll give you a list of combined spices that can replace it. But most of all, I like to marinate and serve the meat with plum sauce. It has a very fine aroma, it's a bit salty, slightly sour and sweetish, beautifully colored.

You can make it in small portions and keep in the fridge for 2-3 months, in an airtight jar. I say try a little at first and, if you like it, continue with a larger amount. But even if you don't immediately like it as such, you should know that if you use it to marinate the meat, you will change your mind.


500 g
10 g
- 1 piece of fresh ginger about 1x1cm, or 1 teaspoon of powdered ginger
7 tbsp
Chinese five spice powder
1 tsp
you can replace with: 2 star anise + 1 cinnamon stick + 4 cloves + 1 teaspoon coriander seeds - all ground
Light soy sauce
4 tbsp
meaning the classic soy sauce
Chilli pepper
0.5 pieces
if you want the sauce more spicy, if not, omit
Wine vinegar
1 tbsp
rice vinegar would be perfect
Garlic cloves
4 pieces
5 tbsp

Step by step

Step 1

These are the plums I was telling you were suitable for sauces.

Surely it can also be made from cherry plums or more sour common plums.

Homemade Chinese Plum Sauce - Step 1
Step 2

Wash them, remove the pits and place in a deep pan.

Homemade Chinese Plum Sauce - Step 2
Step 3

Add the spices, sugar, garlic and the chili pepper, if you want the sauce hot.

Homemade Chinese Plum Sauce - Step 3
Step 4

Pour the soy sauce, vinegar and water, place over low heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes.

Homemade Chinese Plum Sauce - Step 4
Step 5

The cooking time may differ depending on the plum variety.

Use the texture of the plums to guide you. They must soften properly and change color to a beautiful and uniform one.

Homemade Chinese Plum Sauce - Step 5
Step 6

Puree the mixture thoroughly with the hand blender.

If you've put the spices whole (the cinnamon stick, the anise), remove them before blending.

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Step 7

Place the sauce over heat for another 5 minutes. You can adjust with sugar and vinegar to taste.

Homemade Chinese Plum Sauce - Step 7
Step 8

Don't forget to sterilize and properly dry the jars in which you'll keep the sauce - I put them in the oven for 30 minutes at 120 degrees.

Homemade Chinese Plum Sauce - Step 8
Step 9

Pour the hot sauce into jars and close tightly.

Store in the closet or refrigerator and use when you need.

Homemade Chinese Plum Sauce - Step 9
Step 10

It's perfect if served with any kind of meat or meatballs or used as a sauce for marinating. I'll give more details in the recipes that follow.


Homemade Chinese Plum Sauce - Step 10
Quantity: 500 g
Prep time: 60 min
Difficulty: easy
Ready in: 15 min
Publish date:
Rating: 5 (1 votes)
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James Mountford (JamesMountford957) 21 Aug 2023, 15:47

This Plum Sauce was the pinnacle of my meal. Thanks Lena!

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Elena (lena) James Mountford (JamesMountford957) 21 Aug 2023, 15:50