Sambal Oelek

"Makes a hot and fiery chile sauce that can be used both as a condiment and in cooking."
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Ready In:
1 batch


  • 4 ounces fresh red chilies, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vegan sugar (or granulated sugar; to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (to taste)


  • Place ingredients into a blender and pulse until chiles are finely chopped but not pureed.
  • Adjust seasonings to taste.
  • Store in a sealed container under refrigeration until needed.

Questions & Replies

  1. can this be canned?


  1. Sue L this is as good as the Dutch brand (I can't remember their name but they make the whole line of spices - NasiGoreng etc etc) Of course I used hot chilies and some hot pepper flakes. The first thing I tested it on was plain noodles - buttered and just a touch of Sambal Oelek.. I am freezing some of this batch in teaspoon amounts for future use. This is so reasonable to make versus $2.95 for a small jar - Thanks Sue I'm in business!!!!
  2. I ran out of the Huy Fong sambal oelek, and happened to see Thai bird's eye chilies at the farmer's market the next weekend. I wasn't certain what to do with them, so I looked online. This is so easy and tastes so much better than Huy Fong! After making it, I decided to try adding a little lime juice and a crushed clove of garlic. Even better! The instructions say not to puree it, but this is supposed to be a paste, so I wouldn't worry about overdoing it. Also, my blender, which is a pretty good one, failed to grind this up fine enough, so I tried using my old coffee grinder that I use as a spice mill. It worked beautifully.
  3. To avoid a (dreaded) trip to the grocery, I tried this recipe using what was on hand. I threw in 2 jalapenos and made up the difference with some hot red peppers out of a jar. (Did that make it a Tex-Mex version of sambal oelek? :) ) I'll do this the right way next time, Sue, but it just had a super flavor despite the subs. Thanks!
  4. The recipe is great.<br/>Thanks a million!<br/><br/>Kind regards,<br/>Else
  5. My husband, thinking this to be some sort of condiment, ate a spoonful. Should have seen his unexpected response. Yep, human behavior fascinates me, too.


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