Plum sauce – Plum recipes

Updated on July 29, 2022

If you want different sauce to accompany your dish, this easy homemade plum sauce is perfect for you! It will complement and decorate your dish anew. You can use plum sauce for crispy duck, chicken, roast beef or pork. This is one of plum recipes that are easy and tasty!

Plum sauce is pretty versatile! You can use it with our vegan cauliflower rice, too!

I was quite tired from my regular tomato sauce, so I thought of some alternatives. Then it hit me – I will make a plum sauce!

Spicy or not spicy

The amount of spices really depends on how you want it to be. Add more spices to your taste, or add a little – so there is a gentle hint of spices in the sauce and strong plum flavor. I love it to be more on the “plummy” side. The plums of course are the heroes of this sauce. So don’t overpower them with spices.

I used dry spices, but I would suggest to use fresh basil for the stronger basil flavor, if you have it.

Garlic in the plum sauce

However I found that dry granulated garlic adds much more flavor to the dish than the simple white garlic or porcelain garlic. But it’s flavor-properties depends on the season and when it was picked, how it was stored. Many chefs use Rocambole garlic – purple garlic, full of chili-like, acidic flavor, if you treat it right. If you use this type of garlic, be sure to add it at the end of the cook, so that the taste is stronger.

plum sauce poured in a glass jar

Added water

The amount of water depends on how runny it is. However, I recommend adding more water during the cook, than to add a lot at first and end up with a run-away like sauce. If you pair it with meat, I recommend making it thicker. But it all depends on your taste. The flavor of the sauce will be stronger next day. So let it infuse all the flavor in the fridge.

The plums

I left the skin on the plums, because if it is thin, it cooks well, softens and blends smoothly. Why to do an extra job of removing the skin?

You can use any red plum available in your market. As you can see, mine were green&yellow inside, but the color in the end was purple and the taste was great! I also tried different plum varieties with this recipe, the texture and color of the sauce changes a little bit, but it is always delicious!

P.S. Usually the sauce in a glass jar lasts about a week in the fridge.

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Plum sauce - Plum recipes

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5 from 3 votes
If you want different sauce to accompany your dish, try this easy homemade plum sauce. It will complement and decorate your dish anew. You can use plum sauce for crispy duck, roast beef or cauliflower rice!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine Global cuisine
Servings 10
Calories 48 kcal
Equipment
  • large pot
  • Hand or stand blender
  • sterilized glass jars


Ingredients
 
 
  • 1 kg plums
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1-2 tsp garlic powder or 1-2 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
  • tsp salt or more to taste


Instructions
 
  • Cut plums in half, discard the pits.
    1 kg plums
    Cut plums around in half, discard the pits.
  • Place plum halves in the large pot over medium heat.
    Place plum halves in the large pot over medium heat.
  • Add a cup of water. Bring to the boil, cook about 30 minutes, stirring, until plums are tender and start to break down.
    1 cup water
    Add a cup of water. Bring to the boil, cook about 30 minutes, stirring, until plums are tender and start to break down.
  • Add all the spices and salt. Taste, add more spices if you like, but remember it will be more spicy after it stands in the fridge.
    1 tsp basil, 1 tsp chili powder, 1½ tsp salt, 1-2 tsp garlic powder
    Add all the spices and salt. Taste, add more spices if you like, but remember it will be more spicy after it stands in the fridge. Let it cool.
  • Let it cool. Blend the sauce, using hand or stand blender.
    Let it cool. Blend the sauce, using hand or stand blender. sieve and fill in sterilized jars with cover.
  • Sieve and fill in sterilized jars. Cover with lids.
    Sieve and fill in sterilized jars. Cover with lids.
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Notes
Store in the fridge in an airtight glass container or jar. Will keep for up to 2 weeks.
Properly sterilized jars will keep up to 1 year.
Nutrition Facts
Plum sauce - Plum recipes
Amount per Serving
Calories
48
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Sodium
 
353
mg
15
%
Potassium
 
165
mg
5
%
Carbohydrates
 
12
g
4
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
10
g
11
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
405
IU
8
%
Vitamin C
 
10
mg
12
%
Calcium
 
8
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword easy, for duck, gluten free, savory, simple, vegan

COMMENTS:

  1. Parvathy Viswanath

    Tried it with our semi ripe ‘Santa Rosa’ Plums . Turned out very tasty with Garbanzo Pasto and veggie . Making more for preserving in mason jars . I am hoping they preserve well . Thanks for the recipe .

    1. Cooking Journey

      Let me know, how you made preserves. We are making this sauce every year, but it ends so fast, haha!

  2. Paula Montenegro

    I just love sauces and condiments but I never made homemade plum sauce. Thanks for this wonderful and easy recipe! Not removing the skins is priceless!

  3. Jacqueline Debono

    5 stars
    Plum sauce is such a great idea! I love fruit sauces with white meat and poultry. This would be fabulous with duck! Saving for later!

  4. Michelle Miller

    5 stars
    I’m always looking out for those unusual and healthy sauces and dressings and this one is superb!

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Cooking Journey

      You’re welcome! After making this plum sauce I use it all the time and don’t even look at tomato sauce!

    1. Cooking Journey

      Absolutely! We’ve tried it with rice and noodles, and plum sauce makes every dish more interesting.

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