Sambal Oelek Recipe

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A hot sauce in one of its purest forms, Indonesian sambal oelek is merely freshly ground hot red chiles with some salt and vinegar for flavor and preservation. Sure, it's simple, but it's also incredibly awesome and infinitely useful.

Recipe Facts

Active: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 12 servings
Makes: 1 1/2 cups

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound hot red chilies, such as red jalapeños, fresnos, or red serranos

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon salt

Directions

  1. Place chilies, vinegar, and salt in workbowl of a food processor. Pulse until chilies are finely chopped and form a paste, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl as necessary, Transfer to an airtight container and store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Special equipment

Food processor

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
13 Calories
0g Fat
3g Carbs
1g Protein
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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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)