STREAMING NOW: No Reservations

Indonesian Sambal Sauce

Want more from Genius Kitchen?

Watch on your Apple TV, Roku, or Fire TV and your iOS, Fire, or Android device.

Learn More
“This sauce is really hot, but the sweetness plays off the heat very well. Use as a general condiment like Thai Sriracha sauce.”
3/4 cup

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 cup small dried hot red chili pepper, stemmed and seeded (even better if you can find them bottled in brine instead of dried)
  • 1 small onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 13 cup sugar
  • 14 cup lemon juice
  • 14 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt (omit if you use brined chilies)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend at high speed until ingredients are well chopped and blended.
  3. Pour mixture into a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until sauce is reduced by half, around 10-15 minutes. Sauce should be thick and uniform.
  5. Pour into a bowl and cool to room temperature.
  6. Enjoy!

Watch more

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a