Sambal Terasi

sambal terasi

Sambal Terasi or shrimp paste chili sauce is a condiment used in Indonesian cuisine. Traditionally, Indonesians prepare sambals using a mortar and pestle, but you can also use food processor to make this. Most of Indonesians eat a meal or savory snack with some spicy chili paste (sambal). There are a lot of sambal variety from different region, sambal terasi is one of the favorite. It can be serve as condiment for fried foods or as dipping sauce for raw vegetables.


Sambal Terasi


  • 8 bird's eye chili
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried shrimp paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon oil


  1. Heat oil in a small pan, sauté shrimp paste for few seconds, set aside. Let it cool.
  2. Grind the garlic, salt, sugar in a food processor until smooth. Add chilies and shrimp paste into the grinder and continue to grind until all ingredients combined.
  3. It should be eaten on the same day.

Check out another sambal recipes that I’ve made;

Sambal Kecap Manis (Sweet Soy Chili Sauce)

sambal kecap manis

Sambal Tomat (Chili Tomato Sauce)

Sambal Tomat


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