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Sambal Terasi Matang - Cooked Shrimp Paste Chili Sauce

There are so many varieties of sambal (chili sauce) in Indonesia. Every region has at least one specialty and everyone’s Mom seems to have a killer sambal recipe. If someone is to pick up the herculean task of gathering and documenting the various sambal recipes across Indonesia, I am sure it will be a really thick book. :P

Sambal Terasi Matang - Cooked Shrimp Paste Chili Sauce

Sambal Terasi Matang - Cooked Shrimp Paste Chili Sauce

From the many chili sauce that grace my daily meal, sambal terasi has got to be among my favorites, and today I will feature a different kind of sambal terasi from my previous entry. This version comes from the recipe of Diah Didi of Diah Didi’s Kitchen, one of my favorite Indonesian food blogger. In her version, the sambal is further cooked after being turned into a paste. I believe this condenses the taste even further, and it keeps for longer as well at the same time. A great idea all around. ♥

Sambal Terasi Matang - Cooked Shrimp Paste Chili Sauce

5.0 from 4 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 30 mins

Serves: 1 cup


  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 8 red chilies (Indonesian: cabe merah keriting)
  • 5 red Thai chilies (Indonesian: cabe rawit), seeded if you aim for a milder result
  • 1 tomato, quartered
  • 8 shallots (Indonesian: bawang merah)
  • 1 cloves garlic (Indonesian: bawang putih)
  • 1 teaspoon toasted shrimp paste (Indonesian: terasi)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon palm sugar


  1. Heat oil in a frying pan on high heat. Sauté chilies, tomato, shallots, garlic, and shrimp paste until fragrant and the chilies and tomato looks wilted. About 5 minutes.
  2. Transfer the cooked ingredients into a food processor and grind into a paste.
  3. Return the chili paste to the frying pan. Season with salt and palm sugar, adjust the taste as needed. Cook until the paste turns a darker shade and cooked through.
  4. Turn off heat and transfer to a serving bowl. If not consumed directly, this can be transferred to a jar and stored in the fridge.
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  • Sharon Sharon says:

    I'm loving reading through your recipes,fascinating!

  • Dedy@Dentist Chef Dedy@Dentist Chef says:

    One of all-time favourite sambal ever... btw, my mom used to add cherry tomato rather than regulat tomato, it give kick'in tangy and refreshing flavour.....

  • Nam Nam says:

    Thank you so so much for the recipe. I come from Thailand and I love spicy food but I got to know Sambal when I was exchange student in Iceland. My host mother is from Indonesia and my host father is Icelandic. My host mom always cooked sambal for me because she knows that I like them. Now I´m back to Iceland again and every time I went to visit my host family, my host mom always insist to make Sambal Terasi for me and another Sambal with the roasted peanut in it(please let me know if you know how to call this Sambal). Every time I asked her for the recipe, she tell me a bit of this and a bit of that (she doesn´t measure) and when I tried to make it, it wasn´t good like her did. Now I found the recipe and I´m going to try it out ^-^. You just make my day already :D.

  • Nam Nam says:

    I found your recipe for peanut chili sauce, Sambal Kacang. Thanks again for shared the recipes :).

    • Sanilman Sanilman says:

      If the taste is rather sweet, it's called kuah kacang, sambal satay(served with grilled, skwered, marinated bits of meat) in Malaysia. Just surf the internet with the name given

  • resep kue garpu resep kue garpu says:

    Nice post, thanks for Indonesian food. I'm from Indonesia :)

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  • ayudiahrespatih ayudiahrespatih says:

    Favorit bgt deh ama sambal... Makan gak pkevsambel itu berasa gimanaaa gitu hehe...

    • Anita Anita says:

      Haha, sama donk. Orang Indo mana aja sama yah, ga ada sambal serasa ga lengkap makannya :D

  • Resep Kue Resep Kue says:

    makan tanpa sambal ibarat mandi tanpa sabun. hhehehe begitulah yang saya rasakan.. melihat gambar itu saja rasanya bikin ngiler, tapi sayang pake bahasa inggris jadi rada bingung saya. hhehe

  • resep kue nastar resep kue nastar says:

    sambal terasi ? hahaha, i like it. :D

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