Asian Plum Sauce

Dip your egg rolls in this luscious, sweet and tangy sauce that is a staple in every Asian kitchen. Spoon over roast duck, spread over wrappers to amp up the flavor in your spring rolls, serve alongside grilled pork or drizzle over vanilla ice cream (trust me on this one!).

Asian Plum Sauce

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Serves: 2 pints Total Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes


  • 2 1/2 pounds plums, pitted
  • 1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped (about 1/3 cup chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped green pepper (such as jalapeño or serrano, or a milder poblano if you don't like the heat)
  • 1 tablespoon whole yellow mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger



Place pitted plums in the bowl of a food processor; pulse briefly until coarsely chopped (do not purée). You can also chop the plums by hand if you prefer a coarser texture. You should end up with about 5 cups of chopped plums.


In a large stainless-steel saucepan, combine brown sugar, sugar, vinegar, onion, pepper, mustard seeds, salt, garlic and ginger. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Add chopped plums and return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and boil gently, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching, until sauce is thick and syrupy, about 1 1/2 hours.


While sauce is cooking, prepare canner and wash/sterilize 4 half-pint (or equivalent) canning jars. Keep jars in hot (not boiling) water until ready to use.


Ladle hot jam into jars, leaving 3/8-inch of headspace. Remove any air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary. Wipe the rims clean and top with lid; screw on ring until finger tight. Process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes. Remove from water and let cool completely, 12 to 24 hours. Check seals.


Serve with pork, as dipping sauce for egg rolls, spread over scallion pancakes or served with moo shu pork.


If you don’t want to go through the hassle of canning the plum sauce, ladle into jars and use within 2-4 weeks.

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