Gluten Free Plum Sauce

I have been craving Chinese food. What better condiment is there to complement Chinese food than a gluten free plum sauce recipe? A quick plum sauce can be made with plum jam, but this gluten free plum sauce is made from fresh, ripe plums! Generally, one would use red flesh¬†plums¬†as they make a more¬†attractive presentation, but you can use any yellow-fleshed plums if you wish. I used agave nectar/syrup which is said to affect your glycemic levels gradually, rather than fast and all at once like refined sugar, and it is less processed. If you’re making it for kids, skip the red pepper flakes. Plum sauce goes well with chicken, pork, egg rolls,¬†gluten-free potstickers and more.

Gluten-free Plum Sauce


Yield: Makes appx. 12 oz.

Gluten-free Plum Sauce

A sweet, natural alternative to ketchup and barbecue sauce.


  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil (or the oil of your choosing)
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, minced
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups ripe, fresh red meat plums, peeled and cubed (about 4 medium/large size plums)
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoon agave nectar / syrup (or simple syrup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or 1/4 teaspoon red hot chili oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 6 additional Tablespoons agave syrup


  1. Add olive oil to a medium size sauce pan and preheat on medium heat.
  2. Add onion and saute until the onion is tender; add garlic and cook for one minute.
  3. Add plums vinegar, 2 tablespoons agave, red pepper flakes and ginger powder; stir; and bring to a boil.
  4. Cover and reduce heat to low; cook until plums are very tender and mushy, about 30 minutes or so.
  5. Remove from heat and add mixture to a blender or food processor; pureé.
  6. Add mixture back to pan or a bowl and add the the additional 6 tablespoons of agave syrup and stir.

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