Gado-Gado - Indonesian Salad with Peanut Sauce

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Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 30 mins

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 30 mins

Serves: 4


  • Gado-gado spicy peanut sauce
  • 200 gram peanut, deep-fried or roasted
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 50 gram palm sugar (Indonesian: gula Jawa)
  • 1 to 10 Thai chilies (Indonesian: cabe rawit), seeded - use as much or as little as you like
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon shrimp paste (Indonesian: terasi, Malaysian: belacan), toasted, omit to make a vegetarian sauce
  • 1 teaspoon tamarind pulp, soaked in 2 tablespoon of warm water to get the juice
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon sweet soy sauce (Indonesian: kecap manis)
  • 2 cup hot water
  • The carbs
  • 4 potatoes, peeled, cubed, and boiled
  • ketupat/lontong/steamed rice cake
  • The protein
  • 4 eggs, hard-boiled, peeled, and cut into quarters
  • deep fried tofu
  • deep fried tempeh
  • The vegetables
  • blanched cabbage (Indonesian: kol)
  • blanched bean sprouts (Indonesian: tauge)
  • blanched snake beans (Indonesian: kacang panjang)
  • blanched spinach (Indonesian: bayam)
  • boiled chayote (Indonesian: labu siam)
  • raw cucumber (Indonesian: timun)
  • Garnish and accompaniments
  • fried shallots (Indonesian: bawang goreng)
  • prawn crackers (Indonesian: kerupuk udang)
  • melinjo crackers (Indonesian: emping)


  • Gado-gado spicy peanut sauce
    1. Using a food processor, grind peanuts, garlic, palm sugar, chilies, terasi/belacan/shrimp paste, and salt. Try to stop when the peanuts still have some chunks and not completely turned into a smooth paste.
    2. Transfer the peanut mixture into a mixing bowl, add tamarind juice, lime juice, and sweet soy sauce.
    3. Then add enough hot water to the mixture while stirring to get the consistency of the peanut sauce that you like.
  • To serve
    1. Arrange all gado-gado ingredients in a plate/bowl, the carbs, the protein, and the vegetables. Garnish with fried shallots and crackers. Serve the peanut sauce in a separate bowl.
    2. Just prior to eating the salad, pour the peanut sauce and mix well.

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