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Sambal Embe: Balinese Fried Shallots Sambal

Sambal Embe: Balinese Fried Shallots Sambal

  • Author: Nunuk Sri Rahayu
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Sambals & Sauces
  • Method: Frying
  • Cuisine: Balinese
  • Diet: Halal


Sambal embe is a sharp and spicy Balinese sambal consisting of onions, garlic, shrimp paste, and of course, chillies. It’s relatively quick to prepare, very spicy, and absolutely delicious.


  • 10 shallots, peeled
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 10 bird’s eye chillies
  • 0.5 tsp shrimp paste
  • Salt to taste
  • 0.5 cup oil for frying


  1. Thinly slice the shallots, garlic and chillies.

    Thinly slice the shallots, garlic and chillies. 

  2. Fry the shallots over medium heat until half done (around 7 minutes).

    Fry the shallots

  3. Add the garlic, and fry for another 7 minutes until both the shallots and the garlic turn golden. Set aside.

    Add the garlic

  4. Using the same oil, fry the chillies for about 1 minute, then add the shrimp paste. Fry for another 5 minutes.

    fry the chillies

  5. Add salt and turn off the heat.
  6. Add the fried shallots and garlic.

    Add the fried shallots and garlic.

  7. Mixed all the ingredients together.
  8. Sambal embe is ready to serve.


  • Be extra careful when frying the shallots and garlic as they can burn easily.
  • The amount of chillies can always be adjusted according to your preference.

Keywords: Spicy, common ingredients, quick and easy, garlic, chilli