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Authentic Recipe of Sambal Dabu-Dabu. Fresh and Yummy Indonesian Traditional Spicy Dabu-Dabu Sauce from Manado.

This sauce recipe from Manado is authentic and locally sourced from the Indonesian Minahasan people. This Sambal Dabu-Dabu will blow you away!

Things to know about Sambal Dabu-Dabu Recipe

Manado people of the northern Sulawesi region in Indonesia enjoy very spicy food, which is reflected in their traditional dishes. From woku, sambal roa, and this dish, sambal dabu-dabu, Manado is the place that you want to visit if you like the heat!

They eat everything with dabu-dabu sauce, and by everything, literally everything. The Dabu-dabu sauce is similar to another regional sambal, the sambal matah from Bali, in way that they both are raw and do not involve a cooking process.

This dabu-dabu sauce is commonly served as a topping for other dishes, usually seafood. The freshness of the dabu-dabu sauce is an amazing combination and helps to mask the fishy aroma of seafood.

Sambal Dabu-Dabu – Indonesian Traditional Spicy Dabu-Dabu Sauce from Manado

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

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Main Ingredient Group Fruit based Recipes
Main Cooking Method No Cooking Required


Servings 1 Portions
Calories / Serving 390 kcal


  • 15 pcs Red Bird’s Eye Chili Pepper
  • 8 pcs Green Bird’s Eye Chili Pepper
  • 2 pcs Fresh Cayenne Chili Pepper
  • 1 pc Tomato large
  • 5 pcs Shallot Onion
  • 1 pc Lime
  • 1  ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp White Sugar – Regular Sugar – Granulated Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Vegetable Oil hot
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  • Slice the chili peppers into half a centimeter chunks, remove the stem
  • Dice the tomato into 1 cm (1/2 inch) cubes, and remove the seeds.
  • Dice the shallots.
  • Into a bowl, mix the peppers, tomato, and shallots and season with salt and sugar.
  • Pour the hot oil over the mixture.
  • Slice and juice one whole lime into the bowl and mix well.
  • The sambal is ready to be used.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:


Calories: 390kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 41gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 23gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.3gSodium: 3491mgPotassium: 103mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 265IUVitamin C: 45mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword Indonesian Traditional Spicy Dabu-Dabu Sauce, Sambal Dabu-Dabu Recipe
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Cooking tip for making Sambal Dabu-Dabu

This dish is very spicy. You can use plastic gloves to protect your hands. Do not touch your eyes while making this dish.

What to serve with Sambal Dabu-Dabu?

This is best served as a sauce for grilled or fried seafood (fish, prawns, crabs) and eaten with warm white rice.

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