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What to do with Plums

Updated on January 29, 2015
A perfect plum
A perfect plum

Plums are perfect whatever you do

Plums, with their tart skins and juicy fruit are delicious eaten raw with the stone removed, but you can cook up plums too.

Plums can be poached, boiled, baked, grilled, pan-fried or microwaved. Plum jam is a perfect way to preserve the dark flavour.

Serve plums with ice cream, custard, fresh cream, over breakfast cereal, and in fruit salad. Plums also turn into tangy sauce, chutney, tapenade, pate and sherbets, mixed into cakes or breads and cooked in tarts and pies.

You can do so much with a plum!

Stewed Plums

Simplest way to cook plums.


  • 1 k plums
  • 3/4 cup sugar or a little more if plums are tart
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Combine sugar and water in small/medium sized sauce pan. Boil for 3 minutes, until thick.
  2. Add plums; bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer stewed plums for about 10 minutes, or until plums are tender.
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Stewed Plums in the Slow Cooker

  • 1 k plums
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 1/4 teaspoon cornflour


  1. Wash plums. Halve plums, remove pits, and halve again.
  2. Toss with sugar and put n the slow cooker.
  3. Combine cold water with cornflour; add to plums.
  4. Cover and cook on LOW for about 3 hours
  5. Serve as a side dish with roast pork or ham, or as a dessert with cream.

Plum (yum) Cake

Delicious Plum Cake
Delicious Plum Cake

Plum Jam

  • 1 k dark plums
  • 2 cups water
  • Freshly squeezed juice of one lemon
  • 500 g caster sugar
Plum Jam on the Stove
Plum Jam on the Stove


  1. Cut plums into quarters and remove stone
  2. Put plums and water in a large saucepan and bring to the boil
  3. Reduce heat, cover pan and simmer for an hour
  4. Add lemon juice and sugar. Stir over heat without boiling, till the sugar dissolves..
  5. Boil uncovered, stirring occasionally (about 15-20 minutes) or until jam feels like jelly
  6. Pour hot jam into hot sterilised jars and seal while hot.

Juicy Plums

Plums at Alemany Farmers' Market
Plums at Alemany Farmers' Market

Plum Tart

  • Ready-to-use shortcrust pastry flan
  • 500 g plums
  • 6 heaped tablespoons castor sugar
  • Apricot jam to garnish


  1. Line a flan tin with ready-to-use shortcrust pastry, 5mm thick.
  2. Prick the base with a fork and sprinkle with 3 tablespoons castor sugar.
  3. Place 500g plums, halved and stoned, cut-side-up over base.
  4. Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons castor sugar and cook at 200ÃC for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove and cool for 10 minutes.
  6. Brush top with apricot jam

Fish with Plums

Plum Fish Fillets

Marinate white fish fillets in teriyaki sauce for 15 minutes. Pan-fry until just cooked. Remove and keep warm.

Slice plums thickly and sauté in butter, 2-3 minutes. Stir in some redcurrant jelly and heat 1-2 minutes. Serve on fish with tossed salad.

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Cooking with Plums Videos

Sometimes it's easier to see a recipe being put together on a video.

A few plum recipes (including plum wine) for you to have fun with

Straightforward Plum Jam

Plum Jam Tip

A tip from Nellie Adelaide Bloodworth, inspiring cook and meticulous homemaker, who left this world in 1996 at the age of 89.

Stand by the pot stirring and always skim all the froth from the top!

Plum Chutney

Green Plum Wine and Syrup

Plum with Nutmeg, Orange and Wine Syrup

© 2012 Susanna Duffy

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    • goldenrulecomics profile image

      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      i just eat them straight!

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      i just eat them straight!

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      VeronicaHaynes 5 years ago

      Yum yum! In Taiwan my boss had a stupendous plum orchard and for 2 months our school was blessed with every kind of plum goodie imaginable, including plum wine (for the adults of course). The kids ate plum jam sandwiches with happy grins all summer. But we never saw a plum cake as lovely as this one. Will have to try the recipe. Awesome lens.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I'm embarrassed to say I've never cooked with plums, but that plum yum cake looks REALLY good. (Thanks for the conversion link above too.) :)

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      Linda Hahn 5 years ago from California

      I'm going to replace the bananas in my banana bread recipe with plums for some lovely plum bread.

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      lilblackdress lm 5 years ago

      Wow tasty. Who knew there was so much you could do with plums!

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      Helene-Malmsio 6 years ago

      I harvest a gazillion small tart cherry plums from my trees (that grow wild like weeds - yes, I have to weed them from the ground as they pop up) - and I usually just make some jam, but this year I'll include some plum sauce, sweet, to use on greek yoghurt, and on icecream.

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      victoriuh 6 years ago

      These recipes sound delicious. Plum chutney especially sounds great.

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      CodyMD 6 years ago

      wow, now you got me craving plums

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Plum Pepper Jelly!!!! :-)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This page is just plum pretty! Thank you for all this information on Plums.

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I love plum chutney and duck with plum sauce.

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      Nan 6 years ago from London, UK

      plummy yummy.

      Try that spicy plum sauce with pork, or sausages. Or duck.

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      SandyPaw 6 years ago

      I can eat plums all year round - usually I make plum jam

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      Labyrinth 6 years ago

      Pass the Plum Yum cake please

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      Dianne Loomos 6 years ago

      I have a plum tree that keeps me busy in the summer making plum jam. I fill up my freezer with it and it lasts all year!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      that plum yum cake looks - yum - great lens

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      totalhealth 6 years ago

      nice recipes using plums.

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      Lynne Schroeder 6 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      Oh yum! I wish I had access to a plum tree.

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      ifuturz 6 years ago

      Great lens ever thak

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      TravelingRae 6 years ago

      I would never have thought to bake with fresh plums.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      plum oatmeal would be good indeed, I'll have to try this.