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Sambal Belacan

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Sambal Belacan



Total Time
Total Time
Prep 05 M / Cook 15 M

6 Servings

Grace Teo
Grace Teo   thegraceteo
Published on June 11, 2014

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10 g
shrimp paste (dried)
bird-eye chillies
chilli peppers (fresh)
1 tsp
0.25 tsp


Sambal belacan is raw hot sauce and is very easy to prepare. This spicy raw sambal sauce is made with fresh chillies condiment. Sambal belacan is great when taken with either rice or noodles.

Types of chillies to use

Sambal belacan can only be made using fresh chillies. You may choose between cayenne chillies or bird eye chillies, which are very spicy. It is also possible to have a mix of chillies.

Where to buy belacan?

Belacan or dried shrimp paste is a dry and hard paste. You can buy it in Asian grocers.

How can I substitute calamansi

As you may see in the video, I prepared Sambal Belacan with a bit of calamansi juice. Calamansi is not easily available in Europe. So, the best substitute would be lime juice.

How to store sambal belacan?

If you like, you can always prepare Sambal Belacan in a bigger batch and keep it frozen for up to 3 months. Otherwsise, you can store sambal for ca. 1 month.

How to serve sambal belacan?

Use sambal belacan as a dipping sauce. For this specific Sambal Belacan recipe, it is best served with Tau Yu Bak (Braised Pork in Soy Sauce), Stir-Fry Yam Bean with Dried Squid (Jiu Hu Char), chilli pan mee or nasi ulam.

Sambal Belacan is also known as: Raw Chillies with Shrimp Paste



Step 1/2

  • 10 g shrimp paste (dried)
  • 4 bird-eye chillies
  • 4 chilli peppers (fresh)

Toast shrimp paste on a dry pan until fragrant. Pound chillies and shrimp paste until evenly mixed.


Step 2/2

  • 2 calamansi  
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 0.25 tsp salt

Add Calamansi lime juice to the pounded chillies and shrimp paste. Add sugar and salt to taste. Store sambal belacan in a clean and dry bottle. It can be kept for up to a month if refrigerated.

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