Sambal oelek, or Indonesian chile paste, is a spicy condiment made simply as can be with fresh chile peppers, lime juice, and salt. And it’s going to come in inordinately handy.
While you can find sambal oelek in jars, in Indonesia it’s always made fresh to order. You’ll love how much fresher tasting this quick option is. There are dozens of different types of chile paste in Indonesia that include the additions of garlic, shallots, lemongrass, and lime leaves. You can always add some bird or Thai chile peppers to make it spicier.
The Indonesian word oelek means “to grind,” and sambal oelek refers to a chile paste that’s ground in a mortar with a pestle. In its simplest form, this chile paste is made from chiles, salt, and lime juice.–Patricia Tanumihardja
How can I use sambal oelek?
This spicy Indonesian staple is incredibly versatile. You can…
Stir it into fried rice Dribble it onto noodle dishes Incorporate it into marinades, soups, and stews Brush it onto grilled pork and other meats Drizzle it onto eggs or tofu Mix it with mayo and slather it on sandwiches (don’t forget burgers)