Duck Sauce Recipe

Fresh fruit and ginger star in this version of a Chinese take-out staple sauce.


Unlike a lot of Chinese-American dishes, duck sauce can be traced back to something similar in more traditional Chinese cuisine—plum sauce. While plum sauce's namesake forms its base, somewhere along the line, duck sauce took a turn to incorporate different fruits. Apricot is one of the more widely used these days. To mix a little old and new, this recipe incorporates both plums and apricots, along with apple juice to throw in another fruit flavor found in some duck sauces.

Recipe Facts

Active: 15 mins
Total: 45 mins
Serves: 16 servings
Makes: 2 cups

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  • 1/2 pound plums, pitted and roughly chopped

  • 6 ounces dried apricots, roughly chopped

  • 1 cup apple juice

  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper


  1. Place plums, apricots, apple juice, vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, ginger, mustard powder, and crushed red pepper in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce to a simmer and let cook until fruit is completely softened and sauce thickens, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  2. Puree until smooth with an immersion blender or in a regular blender.

  3. Transfer to a bowl and serve immediately, or place in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.


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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
49 Calories
0g Fat
12g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 49
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 39mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 7mg 37%
Calcium 10mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 170mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)