Steak with plum sauce

Steaks are delicious cooked in Chinese spices – and served with a sauce which works equally well with chicken or turkey
Serves: 6
Skill level: Easy peasy


    • 6 sirloin, rump or fillet steaks
    • 2 tsp Chinese Five Spice Powder
    • 2 tbsp mild olive oil

For the plum sauce:

    • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
    • 2 shallots or 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
    • 1-2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
    • 500g (1lb) or 6-8 ripe red plums, halved
    • 5 tbsp dry red wine (or water)
    • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
    • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
    • 2 tbsp soy sauce
    • 1 tsp finely grated fresh root ginger
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


    1. 1 To make the plum sauce: heat the oil in a frying pan, add the shallot, or onion, and cook until light brown – about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and plum halves, cook for a minute, then mix in the wine or water, vinegar and brown sugar.
    1. Simmer, half-covered, for about 10 minutes. Sieve to purée and remove the plum stones and skins, then stir in the soy sauce, ginger and seasoning. Serve warm.
    1. Meanwhile, sprinkle Five Spice Powder on the steaks and pan-fry them, in a little hot oil, until cooked to your liking. Add the de-glazed pan juices to the plum sauce, if you like.

Top tip: The sauce can be made the day before use and kept in the fridge, then reheated. It can also be freezed (use within 3 months). This plum sauce is also good served with duck, chicken or turkey.Feature: Kate Moseley. Photos: Chris Alack. Props stylist: Sue Radcliffe

Nutritional information per portion

fat 12.0g calories 310(kcal)


This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.