sauteed plums in bowl with ice cream and spoon

Sautéed Plums in Wine Sauce with Ice Cream


An indulgent dessert that’s incredibly easy to make: sauté plums and deglaze with red wine to create a luxurious sauce. Pour it over ice cream et viola!



  • 3 TBSP butter
  • 3 TBSP brown sugar
  • 4 red or black plums, sliced in half and pitted
  • 1/4 cup Côtes du Rhone wine (or another red of choice)
  • Pinch of salt, optional
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Optional: shortbread cookie crumbs


  1. Heat a sauté pan over medium heat. Add butter and let it melt, slightly brown. Whisk in brown sugar and add plums, cut side down. Let bubble and cook for 4-6 minutes, until slightly softened (you can move the plums around a bit if needed to prevent sticking).
  2. Remove the plums and set aside on a plate. Deglaze the pan with the red wine, whisking together to combine. Let slowly simmer for 2 minutes until reduced slightly. Remove from heat. The sauce will thicken slightly the longer it rests.
  3. Add plums to individual bowls, and top with desired amount of ice cream (I like at least 2 scoops per bowl!). Pour the red wine sauce on top of each bowl, distributing evenly. Garnish with crushed shortbread cookies, if desired.

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