Out with the store bought and in with the best ever homemade duck sauce recipe. Easy to make and stores in the fridge for up to two months!
Exactly what ingredients are in store-bought duck sauce? I read the label, the first ingredient was sugar, second was water, then there were some others after that. And, being that the taste is mediocre at best, of course I set out to make my own duck sauce.
Although we only get take-out once in a blue moon, I do steam frozen dumplings almost weekly. I serve them accompanied by edamame and now with my duck sauce recipe on the side.
Doing my homework, I took some queues from other recipes as I always do. The base for duck sauce is typically apricot jam. I went with this, and I added a little plum jam, too. A couple recipes I tried had way too much vinegar, or too much ginger; one even called for six cloves of garlic. Not one to feel I need to ward off evil spirits, I cut the garlic down to three cloves.
Learning from pasted recipes for cool or room temperature sauces, I combined the ingredients in a saucepan, and simmered over low heat for only a few minutes. I did this for a couple reasons 1) to tame the raw garlic taste and 2) by warming the sauce blends the flavor into a delicious complexity. And for this duck sauce recipe, this proved to be a winning technique.
What’s nice about this homemade duck sauce is that if stored in an air-tight container in the fridge, it’ll last for a couple months. I tell you, my homemade duck sauce recipe absolutely puts the store bought stuff to shame.
Here is The Best Ever Homemade Duck Sauce Recipe
Best Ever Homemade Duck Sauce Recipe
- small sauce pan
- 1 cup apricot jam
- 2 tbsp plum jam
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 tsp ginger grated
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan.
- Warm over medium low heat for five minutes.
- Remove from heat and cool.
- Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to two months.