The 10 Best Sweet and Savory Recipes to Make with Plums

updated Jul 2, 2021
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My family’s farm has plum trees that become laden and misshapen this time of year. My mother dutifully picks the black fruits and cans them in sweet syrup — a welcome treat in winter for topping oatmeal or just eating by itself, warmed. But one can only make so much jam!

You might not have a plum tree to pick from, but you’re likely to start seeing plums in abundance at the farmers market and in your CSA box. If you’re not quite sure what to do with all the sweet stone fruit, we have some ideas. Just be sure that your plums are ready to eat before you get cooking (they should have a deep, even color; flesh that gives to a gentle touch; and, of course, a sweet fragrance you can’t miss).

Here are 10 plum recipes — both sweet and savory — that you’ve got to try this summer.

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Cardamom and Stone Fruit Clafoutis
A clafoutis is somewhere between a cake and an eggy pancake, which means you can 100% enjoy it for dessert or breakfast.
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One-Pan Basil-Plum Pork Chops
Tender pork chops roast with sweet plums for the ultimate summer skillet meal.
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Plum Crumble
To really show off your haul, you can do no better than this simple crumble.
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Easy Grilled Salmon with Plum-Basil Relish
A simple topper of chopped plums and sweet basil is the easiest, most summery way to jazz up standard grilled salmon.
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White Sangria with Peaches & Plums
This colorful pitcher is the perfect choice for a summer happy hour.
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Easy Plum Galette
Swaddled in a flaky crust, galettes offer all the delight of a summer fruit pie with only a fraction of the work.
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Ina Garten's Cider-Roasted Pork Tenderloins with Roasted Plum Chutney
Leftovers of the chutney are surprisingly delicious inside a grilled cheese sandwich.
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End-of-Summer Prune Plum Pie
Don't wait until the end of the summer to make this pie — bake it ASAP.
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Small-Batch Spiced Plum Jam
This recipe uses a smart, easy technique for making a small batch of fruit jam.
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Plum Pandowdy
While a pandowdy is traditionally an apple-filled pie, baked in a skillet with cut pieces of pie crust on top, it's lovely made with plums.
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