Italian-Style XO Sauce

Intensely sweet, salty and smoky, XO sauce packs some serious umami flavor. Originating in Hong Kong, this Italian take uses Mediterranean-inspired ingredients like anchovy paste, garlic paste and prosciutto ham to pack a savory punch in everything from pasta to meat dishes. Makes about 8 (2 tablespoon) servings.

Serves: 8
10 mins Prep Time 8 mins Cook Time
10 mins Prep Time
8 mins Cook Time
  • Heat the oil in large pan on medium heat, add prosciutto and cook for 2 minutes, or just until crispy. Remove prosciutto from oil using slotted spoon. Drain on paper towel-lined plate.

  • Reduce heat to low and add onions to pan. Cook for 2 minutes, or until onions begin to soften. Add garlic, anchovy paste and tomato paste and cook for 1 minute. Stir in sun-dried tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, Oregano, Crushed Chillies and Rosemary. Cook for 30 seconds.

  • Return cooked prosciutto to the pan and cook for a further 1 minute. Remove mixture from pan. Allow to cool to room temperature before using. Store any left overs in an airtight container in refrigerator.

Cooking tip

Test Kitchen Tip: 
Try Italian-Style XO Sauce in this recipe for Pork & Broccolini Stir-Fry. 
XO sauce, the iconic condiment, was first created in Hong Kong. Meant to impress, it is known to be a luxury blend typically made with dried shrimp and scallops, Chinese dry-cured ham, garlic and various chiles. The ingredients, combined in a base of oil, create an intense sweet, salty, rich umami flavor.

(Typical Values)
Per serving* %RI** per serving*
Energy 185kcal
of which saturates

of which sugars

Fibre 1g
Protein 4g
Salt 359mg