Plum sauce – Plum recipes

Last Updated on April 22, 2018

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 in a glass jar

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

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Here is the video recipe:

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.

plum sauce in a glass jar

Plum sauce - Plum recipes

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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!
Prep Time 10mins
Cook Time 30mins
Total Time 40mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine Global cuisine
Servings 10
Calories 5kcal


  • 1 kg plums /35.3 oz / 2.2 lb
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder or 1-2 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Cut plums around the equator in half, discard the pits.
  • Place plum halves in the 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.
  • Add all the spices. Taste, add more spices if you like, but remember it will be more spicy after it stands in the fridge. Let it cool.
  • Blend the sauce, sieve and fill in sterilized jars with cover.


Keyword easy, for duck, gluten free, savory, simple, vegan

12 thoughts on “Plum sauce – Plum recipes”

  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 .

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