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Authentic Sambal Teri Recipe. Delicious Indonesian Traditional Anchovy Chili Sauce from Java.

Sambal Teri or Indonesian anchovy chili sauce, is authentic as locals from Java have curated it. You would not want to miss this out!

Things to know about Sambal Teri Recipe

Indonesians are quite popular worldwide for their spicy cuisine. One type of condiment, in particular, stands out from the others. Sambal is an Indonesian chili sauce, usually consisting of chili peppers (Cabai Rawit/Bird’s Eye chili pepper), oils, and other regional ingredients. Sambal is arguably the most variational Indonesian traditional food in existence, with every region in Indonesia having its variant of Sambal.

Historically, the sambal was invented during the colonization of Indonesia, during which it was not as popular as it is today. The exact origin of sambal is unknown, but it was due to the Portuguese and Dutch bringing the plant to Indonesia (Dutch East Indies) that sambal really started to grow and spread throughout the country.

Teri or anchovy is one of the main fish consumed in Indonesia. Due to its abundance, many variants of anchovy dishes are available. This sambal teri is commonly found in Java as a companion for white rice and other types of protein. The flavor profile of this sambal leans more toward the savory-spicy side of things, with the umami from the anchovies and the spiciness of the sambal. Different kinds of anchovies can be used in this dish, but the most used are the Teri Nasi, smaller species of anchovies that are as small as a grain of rice. This sambal is the best for those who want to enjoy their meal!

Delicious Indonesian Traditional Anchovy Chili Sauce from Java. Authentic Recipe of Sambal Teri.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: Sambal Teri
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


Servings 1 Portion


  • 75 Grams (2.65 oz) Teri Nasi – Baby Anchovy
  • 10 Piece Red Bird’s Eye Chili Pepper
  • 15 Piece Red Curly Chili Pepper
  • 2 Piece Red Chili Pepper Large
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 10 Piece Shallot Onion
  • 1 Piece Tomato Red
  • 1  ½ thumb Fresh Ginger Root
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 300 mL (9.75 oz) Vegetable Oil
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  • Wash the baby anchovies under running water, strain, and set them aside.
  • Into a deep-frying pan, add the vegetable oil and bring it to heat.
  • Once the oil is hot, fry the baby anchovies until golden in color and completely dry. Strain and set aside.
  • Using the same oil, fry the chili peppers, shallots (roughly chopped), and garlic (crushed), until they begin to wilt. Strain and set aside.
  • On a mortar and pestle (or using a food processor), grind the fried chili peppers, shallots, and garlic together with the ginger (peeled). Grind well and add a pinch of salt.
  • Prepare a wok and take 3 tablespoons of the frying oil, bring it to heat.
  • Fry the grinded paste until fragrant and begin to darken in color.
  • Right before the chili paste is fully cooked, add the crispy fried baby anchovies and mix well.
  • The dish is done and is ready to be served.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

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Keyword Indonesian Traditional Anchovy Chili Sauce, Sambal Teri
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Can we use other kinds of Anchovies?

The type of anchovies used can be changed according to your liking.

Cooking tip for making Sambal Teri

When frying the ingredients, use medium heat and make sure the oil is hot enough.

What to serve with Sambal Teri?

This sambal is best served together with warm white rice.

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