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How to Make Sambal Jahe (Ginger Sambal)

Last Updated on March 26, 2024 by Damian

Welcome to another great sambal recipe! Sambal jahe is a quick and easy sambal variant that doesn’t require any cooking! Serve fresh with various dishes and enjoy!

To make sambal jahe, simply chop some chillies, onion and ginger roughly, grind using a food processor and serve immediately! Very quick and easy.

What is sambal jahe?

Sambal jahe is a spicy, flavorful chili sauce that is a popular combination to serve with Indonesian meals and snacks, particularly dishes like nasi goreng (fried rice) and satay (grilled skewered meat). The combination of ingredients provides an earthy flavor that’s both zesty and pleasantly warming.

This sambal can be used in small amounts to add a punch of flavor or liberally spread over dishes as a flavorful topping. Sambal jahe is also great served alongside other Indonesian favorites such as tempeh, lontong, and ayam bumbu (spicy marinated chicken).

Step 1: Collect the ingredients

sambal jahe

Sambal jahe

Ginger sambal! A great combination with various dishes and super easy to make. Try this sambal with your favorite rice dish or fried fish!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Sambal
Cuisine Indonesian
Servings 240 g
Calories 5 kcal


  • Food processor


  • 3 red and/or green chili peppers
  • 2 bird's eye chillies (red and green)
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 fresh ginger slices
  • lime juice of half a lime
  • salt to taste


  • Collect the ingredients
  • Chop and grind the ingredients
  • Serve and conserve sambal jahe
Keyword Sambal jahe

Note: the given kcal count is based on a single teaspoon serving.

What to consider when choosing the ingredients

When choosing your ingredients, it’s important to consider factors like spiciness, freshness, and flavor. If you can’t find one of these ingredients, don’t worry – there are plenty of substitutes available.

For example, you can use jalapenos instead of bird’s eye chillies, or shallots instead of red onions. Experiment with different combinations to find the perfect balance of heat and flavor.

sambal jahe ingredients

Step 2: Chop and grind the ingredients

Once you’ve assembled your ingredients, it’s time to start preparing the sambal jahe. The first step is to chop the onion roughly, peel the ginger slices, wash and chop the chillies roughly, removing seeds for less spiciness.

grinding ingredients
ground ingredients

Add them to a food processor and grind until you reach your desired consistency. Be sure to add salt and stir well. The end result should be a smooth, flavorful sauce that packs a punch.

Step 3: Serve and conserve sambal jahe

Serve sambal jahe immediately for the best tasting experience. This sambals pairs well with many different dishes, such as grilled meats, stir-fries, rice dishes, and more. Try out the following:

served sambal jahe

It can also be used as a dipping sauce for spring rolls or other appetizers. Some popular ways to enjoy sambal jahe include mixed with noodles and veggies, paired with steamed buns, and served alongside crispy fried chicken. Try out some of my other sambals if you like this one!

When it comes to conserving sambal, there are a few important tips to keep in mind. This sauce is best served fresh, so it’s best to make only as much as you’ll use within a day or two.

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Also, be sure to keep in mind the spice level when sharing with others – not everyone can handle the heat!


What is sambal sauce made of?

Sambal jahe is made of chili peppers, onion, ginger, lime juice, and salt. Other sambal recipes can have various ingredients

What does sambal chilli taste like?

Sambal jahe has a spicy and tangy flavor, with a hint of ginger and lime.

How spicy is sambal?

The level of spiciness can vary depending on the type and amount of chili peppers used. Sambal jahe is typically on the spicier side.

What do you eat sambal with?

Sambal jahe pairs well with grilled meats, stir-fries, rice dishes, and more. It can also be used as a dipping sauce for spring rolls or other appetizers.

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