Spicy Sambal Oelek: The Ultimate Homemade Hot Sauce

Authentic Homemade Sambal Oelek - Spicy Indonesian Chile Paste Recipe

Unleash the fiery flavors of Indonesia with this easy-to-make, versatile Sambal Oelek sauce that will elevate your dishes to new heights.

Craving a hot sauce that packs a punch? Look no further than this homemade Sambal Oelek recipe. Inspired by the traditional Indonesian condiment, this vibrant red sauce is the perfect blend of heat and flavor. Unlike store-bought versions that can be overly salty and vinegary, our homemade version brings out the natural fruitiness of fresh red chiles while maintaining that signature kick.

What sets this Sambal Oelek apart is its simplicity. With just three ingredients, you can create a hot sauce that’s fresher and more flavorful than anything you’ll find on supermarket shelves. Whether you’re using it as a condiment, a marinade base, or a secret ingredient in your favorite recipes, this Sambal Oelek is sure to become a staple in your kitchen.

Ready to spice up your culinary adventures? Let’s dive into this quick and easy recipe that will have you saying goodbye to store-bought hot sauces for good!

Sambal Oelek Recipe


  • 1 pound hot red chiles, such as red jalapeños, fresnos, or red serranos
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon salt


  1. Prepare your chiles by washing them thoroughly. For a milder sauce, remove seeds from half of the chiles. Place the chiles, rice vinegar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse the mixture, scraping down the sides as needed, until you achieve a fine, paste-like consistency. This process usually takes about 2-3 minutes. Once you’re happy with the texture, transfer your homemade Sambal Oelek to an airtight container. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, allowing you to enjoy its fiery goodness in various dishes.
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
13 Calories
0g Fat
3g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 13
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 533mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 17mg 85%
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 115mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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