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Very Spicy Sambal Oelek (20-minute. Recipe)

Sambal Oelek. A VERY spicy chili paste sauce made with bird’s eye chilies, onion, shallots, garlic, tomatoes and oil. A flavourful sauce used to cook your favourite dishes with or used as a condiment. Beware this is very spicy! I share a less spicy version below.
5 from 5 votes
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course condiment, dip, sauce
Cuisine indonesian, malaysian, singaporean, south east asian
Servings 2 cups
Calories 786 kcal


  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 70 grams bird’s eye red chilies For LESS spicy version: use larger red chilis that look like jalapenos
  • 70 grams bird’s eye green chilies For LESS spicy version: use larger green chilis that look like jalapenos
  • 260 grams tomatoes I used cherry tomatoes for a sweeter flavour
  • 2 shallots halved
  • 1 small yellow onion sliced
  • 1 bulb garlic peeled
  • ½ cup avocado oil for later
  • 4 tbsp white granulated sugar
  • ½ tbsp salt
  • 3 tsp chicken bouillon powder omit if vegan


  • In a hot wok or deep pan set over high heat add 2 tbsp avocado oil, followed by your chilis, onion, shallots, tomatoes and garlic cloves. Char them until the edges are browned. Remove from stove. Transfer to a blender or food processor.
  • Blend on high until the ingredients are grounded finely.
  • Pour the ingredients into the same wok or pan (I would recommend doing this outdoors on a portable stovetop to prevent inhaling hot chili smoke which can lead to a coughing fest!)
  • Bring the liquid to a boil and add ½ cup avocado oil, sugar, salt and chicken powder. Stir to mix. Allow this to simmer on low heat for 10 minutes uncovered.
  • Allow this to cool and transfer to a mason jar. Serve as a condiment with your favourite dish!


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Calories: 786kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 69g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 2591mg | Potassium: 568mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 1418IU | Vitamin C: 77mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg