Duck sauce

This article is about the condiment. For the house band, see Duck Sauce.
Duck sauce

Packets of duck sauce
Traditional Chinese 酸梅醬
Simplified Chinese 酸梅酱
Literal meaning sour prune sauce

Duck sauce (or orange sauce) is a condiment with a sweet and sour flavor and a translucent orange appearance similar to a thin jelly. Offered at Chinese-American restaurants, it is used as a dip[1] for deep-fried dishes such as wonton strips, spring rolls, egg rolls, duck, chicken,[2] fish, or with rice or noodles. It is often provided in single-serving packets along with soy sauce, mustard, hot sauce or red chili powder. It may be used as a glaze on foods, such as poultry.[3] The sauce is not prepared using duck meat.[4]


Wonton strips served with duck sauce and hot mustard at an American Chinese restaurant.

It may be made of plums,[4] apricots,[5] pineapples or peaches[6] added to sugar, vinegar, ginger and chili peppers. It is used in more traditional Chinese cuisine in the form of plum sauce.

See also


  1. Dimmick, T. (2003). The Complete Idiot's Guide to 5-Minute Appetizers. Complete Idiot's Guide to. Alpha Books. p. 99. ISBN 978-1-59257-134-5.
  2. Platkin, C.S. (2008). The Diet Detective's Calorie Bargain Bible. Pocket Books. p. 363. ISBN 978-1-4165-6660-1.
  3. Geller, J. (2007). Quick & Kosher: Recipes from the Bride who Knew Nothing. Feldheim. p. pt121. ISBN 978-1-58330-960-5.
  4. 1 2 DeMattia, Vince (January–February 1993). "What is Duck Sauce Anyway!?!". Tampa Bay Magazine. pp. 38–39. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  5. Gannon, B.; Smith, L.; Namkoong, J. (2011). Family-Style Meals at the Hali'Imaile General Store. Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony. p. 48. ISBN 978-1-60774-142-8.
  6. Carpender, D. (2010). 1,001 Low-Carb Recipes. Fair Winds Press. p. 465. ISBN 978-1-61673-838-9.

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