Sambal Jeruk (Pickled Sambal)

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Malay
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 4 fresh red chili peppers
  • fresh bird's eye chilis
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • a small knob of belacan or terasi (shrimp paste) optional


  1. Grind the chili peppers together with the shrimp paste in a grinder and transfer to a small mason jar.

  2. Add vinegar, sugar, salt and stir to dissolve.

  3. Let sit for at least one week in the refrigerator before consuming to allow it to develop its full tart, spicy flavor.

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