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homemade sambal oelek

Homemade Sambal Oelek

A simple, yet versatile chili paste
Course Condiment, Paste
Cuisine Asian
Keyword Fresno pepper, Serrano Pepper, Thai Pepper
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 20 servings
Calories 9kcal


  • 1 pound red chilies red Fresno, red serrano, or Thai, seeded and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water


  • Place the chilies into a food processor along with 2 tablespoons of water, and pulse chop them into a coarse paste.
  • Add the chilies to a saucepan, then heat on medium for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Add the vinegar and salt and stir to combine.
  • Continue heating for 10 minutes while stirring frequently.
  • Remove from heat and allow the sambal oelek to cool to room temperature. Serve immediately or refrigerate overnight for best flavor.



For a medium heat paste, use Fresno peppers or serrano (double+ the heat of Fresno). For an extra fiery paste, use Thai chilies.
Use gloves when handling any chili, especially Thai peppers.


Calories: 9kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 73mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Vitamin C: 32.6mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.2mg