Recipe: Plum-glazed ham

Recipe: Plum-glazed ham

Christmas is a time for feasting with friends and family, but it doesn't have to be the same old roast turkey and Brussels sprouts every year.

The festive season might not instantly make you think of Chinese food, but why not add some flavours from the Far East to your Christmas showstopper?

Chinese supermarket Wing Yip has created a delicious recipe for a plum-glazed ham if you want to do something a bit different. Check out the recipe below.

Plum-glazed Ham

Serves 10


3kg unsmoked boneless gammon or ham joint

2 onions

2 carrots

2 celery stalks

1tsp whole Szechuan peppercorns

1 jar 250ml Wing Yip Plum Sauce



1. Rinse gammon joint under cold water and place into a large lidded saucepan and completely submerge in cold water.

2. Roughly chop the onions, carrots and celery sticks into 3 or 4 pieces and add to the saucepan along with the peppercorns.

3. Bring to the boil and then gently simmer for 2 hours (around 20 minutes per 500g).

4. If cooking in advance leave the gammon joint to cool completely in the cooking liquid. If cooking straight away, remove the gammon from the cooking liquid and leave to cool for 10-15 minutes. Strain the cooking liquid and reserve for future use.

5. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C and line a large roasting tin with foil.

6. Carefully remove the skin from the joint leaving an even layer of fat. With a small sharp knife, score the fat into a diamond pattern ensuring that you do not score the meat.

7. Place fat side up in the lined baking tray and brush half of the jar of plum sauce over the whole gammon. Place into the pre-heated oven for 10-15 minutes or until the glaze has started to brown. Remove the joint from the oven and brush the remaining Plum Sauce over the gammon and return to the oven for a further 10-15 minutes until the glaze has turned brown.

8. Once removed from the oven, loosely cover with foil and leave to rest for at least 15 minutes before carving. Spoon any juices over the gammon before carving.

Note: if you're serving the gammon cold, once roasted, let the gammon cool completely before carving to ensure that the meat doesn't dry out.


Wing Yip has four superstores located in Birmingham, Cricklewood, Croydon and Manchester which stock more than 4,500 authentic Oriental groceries and products. Its online store is home to a library of Far Eastern recipes.

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