Quick spicy Asian plum sauce

This quick spicy Asian plum sauce recipe is excellent with barbecued meats. You can also mix it with other sauces and dressings to boost flavour and create a sweet, fruity tang

  • 10 mins preparation
  • 35 mins cooking
  • Makes 1 cup
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This recipe first appeared in Food magazine.
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  • 500 gram plums, stones removed, coarsely chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 star anise
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • 50 millilitre soy sauce


  • 1
    Place all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer.
  • 2
    Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the plums have become completely soft and the mixture has thickened; around 25-35 minutes. Add more water for a thinner sauce.
  • 3
    Bottle while piping hot in a sterilised jar or keep in the fridge.


PER SERVE Energy 45kcal, 189kj • Protein 0.6g • Total Fat 0.09g • Saturated Fat 0g • Carbohydrate 9.8g • Fibre 0.9g • Sodium 245mg