Spicy Plum Sauce Recipe

by Trishia Mae Cordova on May 28, 2024

Spicy Plum Sauce Recipe


Take your meals to the next level with this delicious homemade spiced plum sauce! This recipe is bursting with sweet and savory flavors, with a touch of heat that will tantalize your taste buds. It's surprisingly versatile, making it a perfect condiment to have on hand for dipping, glazing, or adding a flavor boost to various dishes.


Prep time: 30 min

Cook time: 3 hrs

Serving: 6 jars


What you’ll need:

  • 4 lbs plums, washed, cut in half and pitted
  • ¾ cup onion, chopped
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tbsp dry mustard
  • 2 tbsp dry ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup cider vinegar



  • Chop the plums in the food processor and transfer them to the pot. Chop onions in the processor and transfer them to the pot. Add remaining ingredients with onions and plums and boil for 1 hour.
  • Pour the sauce into hot jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Attach lids and rings. Process for 20 minutes in a boiling-water canner. Turn off the heat, remove the lid and let jars sit in a canner to cool for 5 minutes. Remove to a cloth to cool completely.
  • Test lids, label jars, store and use within a year to 18 months.



Calories 24, Protein 1g, Carbohydrate 6g, Fat 1g, Sugar 6g


Helpful Tips:

  • Don't over-process the plums. You want them to have a bit of texture in the final sauce. If you don't have a food processor, ou can chop the plums and onions by hand. Just be sure to chop them finely for even cooking.
  • Invest in a canning kit for safe and proper food preservation. Ensure your jars and lids are sterilized before filling them with the hot sauce.
  • Customize the spice level! Start with the suggested amount of red pepper flakes and adjust to your preference after simmering for an hour.


Serving Suggestions:

This spicy plum sauce is a delightful condiment with a range of uses:

  • Dipping Sauce — Serve it alongside spring rolls, dumplings, egg rolls, or even chicken skewers for a sweet and spicy dipping experience.
  • Glaze for Meats — Brush the sauce onto chicken, pork, or tofu before grilling or baking for a flavorful glaze that will caramelize beautifully.
  • Sandwich Spread — Add a touch of sweet and spicy goodness to your next sandwich or burger.
  • Stir-fry Boost — Add a spoonful of the sauce to your stir-fry for a burst of sweet and savory flavor.
  • Noodle Sauce — Toss cooked noodles with the sauce for a quick and flavorful meal.


This homemade spiced plum sauce is sure to become a staple in your kitchen. Enjoy the sweet and spicy goodness on everything from appetizers to main courses!

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