Substitute for plum sauce trending with natives

Plum sauce is popular sauce which originates from Chinese region and they use in in their homes and restaurants widely to enhance the flavor of the bland dishes with this plum sauce and duck sauce (no duck involved in its recipe). when you don’t have plum sauce wit you then Substitute for plum sauce will help you get a similar flavor to it and make your dish delicious for all.

you can use plum sauce with dumplings, wontons, sea foods like prawns, spring rolls, it can be drizzled on rice platter, scrambled eggs etc. you can use it as dip for egg rolls, chicken wings, marinated soya sticks, tofu rolls, grilled cheese platter etc. some people also use with stir fried veggies and other fried snacks and as a braising sauce for chicken, sea food, meats while grilling them.

Plum sauce substitutes

Plum sauce has little anise and chili like flavor along with sweetness and tangy tinge of plum. it is smooth and sticky in its consistency which will give your dishes sweet, spicy and tarty flavors. checkout plum sauce replacement and substitutes to use when you don’t have it and cant make it at home too.

Plum sauce substitutes and alternatives

Teriyaki garlic sauce

Plum sauce is made using garlic so using it to make a teriyaki sauce with some other food items can make a sauce which can mimic plum sauce to some extent and serve you as a alternative for plum sauce in its absence.

add some soy sauce, mirin, sugar, kidney beans, garlic cloves, red vinegar, some spices of your choice and mix them using a blender finely. once done heat for couple of minutes and then you are done with the your sauce to use on food items like chicken, sea food, Japanese cuisines and other items on which plum sauce i sued. it taste best when used for cooking the food after applying but can be used in marinades, dips and toppings or some grilled and roasted foods also.

sweet and sour sauce

sweet and sour sauce is simple recipe used to replace plum sauce in many dishes to give it a unique flavor. to make this sauce take brown sugar, molasse along with honey and mix them with white vinegar, balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar to get that sweet and tart taste after mixing the ingredients together. you can also use little bit lemon juice with orange juice or pineapple juice to get fruit flavor like plum from the sauce.

this sweet and sour sauce is generally tangy, sweet and thin when compared to plum sauce which seems to be little thick and tarty in flavor.

Duck sauce

The duck sauce is popular for use with sea food items like braised and roasted ducks, prawns, fishes etc. it can be used as plum sauce alternative in its absence and you can make easily at home or get it in bottle from super market. the battle of plum sauce vs duck sauce can be summed by saying that plum sauce is made from single fruit but in duck sauce you can use many other fruits which makes it sweeter than plum sauce.

homemade duck sauce substitute for plum sauce

the basic mixer of apricots, pineapples, oranges, peaches and some plums if you have them blended and mixed  finely after boiling the fruits with sugar along with vinegar, salt, pepper, chili, ginger and some other herbs can give you duck sauce. heat up a little after mixing all ingredients to get a blended flavor of all in the thick duck sauce to use on all kinds of dishes of your choice when plum sauce is no where to be seen in our fridge.

Hoisin sauce

Hoisin sauce is a good substitute for plum sauce as the flavor matches closely with plum sauce to give the dishes good flavor. hoisin sauce is little bit spicy and depart powerful flavor to your dish. you can get it in bottle from local grocery store or make at home with ingredients from your kitchen. plum sauce can also be used as hoisin sauce replacement due to similarity in properties when taking consideration the taste to some extent with plum sauce.

if you are wondering what is hoisin sauce made of then its basic ingredients involves fermented soybean paste made from quality soybeans along with some ginger, vinegar, spices, chili, fennel seeds etc. as per your choices to give the sauce a good flavor. people also add rice, wheat, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes as a source of starch in the sauce and some edible coloring to make the hoisin sauce look vibrant.


when comparing plum sauce vs hoisin sauce then let me tell a key difference that hoisin sauce is spicier with intense flavor than plum sauce which seems to little less spicy and tangy in flavor due to presence of plums in it.

Plum jam with ginger

plum jam can be used to make plum sauce when combined with some local food items like ginger etc. so if you have some plum jam kept in your fridge or pantry and you want some plum sauce then all you need to do is take couple of spoons of plum jam along with 1 spoon crushed ginger, 2-4 spoons water to reduce the thickness of jam and 1/2 spoon red peppers for spiciness in sauce and you are ready with new plum sauce. you make your sauce more flavor full you can also add 1-2 minced garlic cloves and some teriyaki sauce ingredients like vinegar in the mixture to take it next level.

Garlic with prunes

if you have prunes which are dried form of plums and eaten as dry fruits in various sweet dishes with you in your kitchen then they can be used to make plum sauce.

to make a mixture with prunes to substitute plum sauce you have to boil them in water to make them soft and then add chopped garlic, soy sauce along with some vinegar in your mixture. once mixed complete cook it on induction stove for couple of minutes to reduce water and thicken the sauce then blend it using hand blender so the prunes get crushed and mashed. you can also add some spices and herbs as per your taste preferences if you like.

then use this mixture in place of plum sauce as rub on various food items and as dip to enjoy with sandwiches and grilled food like roasted prawns etc.

Garlic with raisins

raisins have some what similar taste to plums. they are sweet with traces of tanginess just like plum so they form a good substitute for the plum sauce when used correctly. To use raisin sauce as alternative you need to soak them in water for 30-90 minutes then add some sesame oil along with red pepper powder, garlic cloves, mustard, a spoon of vinegar and miso paste if you have it then blend everything together to apply on your meats, and use with different recipes. frozen raisins can also be used in this recipe after to make raisin sauce as replacement for plum sauce.

Frequently asked questions

What is plum sauce recipe?

if you want to know basic plum sauce recipe to make at home with the plums kept in your fridge to save some money and enhance your recipes flavors with this homemade plum sauce then follow the instructions below


  • 2 spoon chili sauce
  • 4 spoon soy sauce
  • 2 spoon shredded ginger
  • 4-7 minced garlic cloves
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1/2 spoon salt
  • 1/4 spoon pepper
  • 1 spoon vinegar
  • 10-20 plums


  • cut the plums in half and then dice them further in smaller pieces
  • add all the diced plum pieces in saucepan or skillet with all other ingredients
  • let it sauté for 20-30 minutes on low to medium heat, keep stirring from time to time.
  • once the mixture is read  and cooled off, put it in blender with some water(optional for thin sauce) and blend it.
  • then put in bowl and serve with sandwiches or use with your dishes and recipe preparation
  • it can be stored in freezer for 6 months and in fridge for 2-4 weeks.

Tip : To add different flavors to your sauce as per your taste preferences you can experiment with adding some other fruits also like pineapple, peaches, oranges etc. and other spices like sage, lemongrass, rosemary etc. in your plum sauce.

If you want to make it little extra sweet than add some dates or a spoon of honey in the plum sauce recipe and you will get your desired sweetness with them. dates and honey are good for our body too.


now that you know all the potential substitutes for your plum sauce so go ahead make some tasty dishes using the plum sauce alternatives and enjoy with your friends and family.

let me know in comments below which one you like the best on what recipe so i can also try it and make tasty dishes with plum sauce substitutes to enjoy with my friends and family.

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