Braised pork with plums

Braised pork with plums

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(77 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 2 hrs Plus marinating


Serves 8
Meltingly tender meat in a spicy, fruity sauce, this meal is guaranteed to impress

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal530
  • fat36g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs11g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre1g
  • protein40g
  • salt2.87g
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  • about 1.6kg/3lb 8oz pork shoulder



    One of the most versatile types of meat, pork is economical, tender if cooked correctly, and…

  • 5 tbsp rice wine
  • 5 tbsp light soy sauce for flavour, 1 tbsp dark for colour
  • generous thumb-size piece fresh root ginger
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • bunch spring onions, finely sliced
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 2 star anise
    Star anise

    Star anise

    star an-eese

    Star anise is one of the central spices in Chinese cooking. It has a strong anise flavour, with…

  • 1 ½ tsp five-spice powder
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tbsp sugar, any type



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 6 ripe plums, halved and stoned



    The juiciest fruit in the stone fruit family, plums come in many different varieties, some sweet…


  1. Cut the pork into big pieces about the length of your thumb and twice as wide. Put into a bowl or food bag, and add the wine, soy sauces, half the ginger, half the garlic and half the chilli. Marinate for at least 1 hr or up to 24 hrs.

  2. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3, then heat the oil in a large casserole. Tip in half the spring onions, remaining ginger and garlic, the star anise, five-spice powder and cinnamon. Fry gently until fragrant and soft. Stir in the sugar, turn up the heat, then lift the pork from the marinade and turn in the oniony mix for about 3 mins until the meat is just sealed but not browned. Tip in the marinade, tomato purée and stock, give it a stir, cover, then braise in the oven for 2 hrs.

  3. After the first hr is up, add the plums to the pan. Take the lid off and carry on the cooking, uncovered. The meat should be completely tender, turning golden brown where it breaks the surface of the sauce. Spoon off any excess fat from the surface, then scoop the meat and plums carefully from the pan with a slotted spoon. Turn up the heat and boil the sauce for 5-10 mins until reduced and slightly syrupy. Return everything to the pan, gently warm through, then scatter the rest of the spring onions over the top to serve.

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Comments (82)

Foodmonster2's picture

Great recipe, one of my cold weather favourites! I have made it few times now and it has never failed. I use sherry instead of rice wine as it's often recommended as a substitute.

judeann's picture

Why does your "Add to your Binder " system not work at times. I find it very erratic.

rhfrancis's picture

When does the remaining chopped chilli get added?

rigathistle's picture

Have cooked this three times now and enjoyed it every time. Can't get rice wine here so use a local concoction called Black Balsam, which works a treat.

mazzybarnes2009's picture

I am making this meal for the third time, I have to halve the ingredients as it is for just myself and my two children (7 & 9), but we all adore this recipe and my baby will be trying it now, albeit pureed.

thynk2much's picture

Really beautiful.

alisondefries's picture

I have cooked this twice now. Both times I have cooked it for about 14 hours in a slow cooker. It's absolutely gorgeous and my children (12 and 13 years) both love it also. They hate fruit but as it was cooked for so long the plums just melted. The second time I made it I reduced the liquid by half in a saucepan which made it lovely and thick. I then froze it and used it for a dinner party.
A real winner!!

louisekoh's picture

awesome! lots of flavour and the meat is just oh so tender!!!

karend2728's picture

Absolutely gorgeous, tender and full of flavour. Will make again when I want to impress!'s picture

Made this last night for a dinner party, trippled the quantities and ended up leaving it to cook for 4hrs - oops. Everyone loved the multi level of flavours, the pork (tenderloin) was beautiful and the plums fell to pieces. The 11 yrs old loved it too, I guess from previous comments because the plums sort of vanished into the cooking. Absolute winner, will definitely make again and this time with correct cooking times.

ruthbeadle's picture

I had this for dinner last night and can't wait to make it again. The flavours are fantastic, and I used streaky pork, which was melt in the mouth and is a cheap cut for those watching the pennies. Had the flavours of sticky chinese ribs but without all the bits that stick in your teeth. A definite a hearty but slightly different meal for impressing friends with

joannepd's picture

Absolutely delicious. Used pork leg steaks which were beautifully moist and tender. I halved the recipe but didn't half the amount of stock used as I was worried it would be too dry. This worked perfectly and I ended up with just the right amount of rich syrupy sauce. I will definitely cook this again.

steve-batman's picture

made it with chicken and the chicken melted in the mouth fantastic flavours

welshlamb's picture

oophs meant to add is 5 star

welshlamb's picture

Absolutely lovely - will def make this a regular feature on our dinner menu.

ingermees's picture

It smelled delicious, tasted nice, but next time I would only use 1/2 tsp of five-spice, as it was overpowering the other flavours of the dish. And I agree with Joanannet, its not suitable for children!

joanannet's picture

PS......far too much liquid. I didn't even get close to 'syrupy'!

joanannet's picture

I found all the 'meat in and out of the pan' part of the recipe a bit of a pain. I much prefer Dory6's suggestion about using the slow cooker.
The end result was tasty enough for us adults but the kids hated cooked plums and they were left at the side of the plate.
Don't think I'll bother with this recipe again.

ladylinda's picture

This was absolutely delicious! The pork was tender and all the ingredients complimented each other. Was like a chinese takeaway but 100 times better. Duck would probably go well with these ingredients. Will definately be making it again!

dory61's picture

Very easy to prepare and cook! The taste is immense! Served it with stir fried egg noodles. Have done this in the slow cooker too when I needed it to be 'ready and waiting' at the end of the day and reduced the sauce on the hob. Excellent!


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