How to Make Sambal Jeruk Limau (Lime Sambal)

Last Updated on March 26, 2024 by Damian

Welcome to another great sambal recipe! Sambal jeruk limau balances it’s spiciness with the freshness of jeruk limau to create a flavor that will leave you wanting more! Try it out.

To make sambal jeruk limau, simply wash and grind some chillies. Add several spices and add jeruk limau or lime juice. Very easy!

What is Jeruk Limau?

Before we start, you might be wondering what jeruk limau is. Jeruk limau is a small lime-like citrus fruit commonly used in Indonesian cuisine. It has a slightly sweeter taste than regular limes and is often used in sambal and other dishes.

Let’s continue on how to use jeruk limau to make sambal!

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Step 1: Collect the ingredients

zoomed sambal jeruk limau

Sambal jeruk limau

Lime sambal! A great spicy sambal balanced by the freshness of jeruk limau (or limes). Try it out and be amazed! Hint: you will love adding this sambal to grilled fish.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Sambal
Cuisine Indonesian
Servings 100 g
Calories 5 kcal


  • Food processor


  • 5 red chili peppers
  • 5 bird's eye chillies
  • 1 or 2 jeruk limau or limes


  • 2 tsp palm sugar
  • 1 tsp terasi
  • salt to taste


  • Collect the ingredients
  • Grind the ingredients
  • Serve and conserve sambal jeruk limau
Keyword Sambal jeruk limau

What to consider when choosing the ingredients

The success of any recipe depends on having the right ingredients. When making sambal jeruk limau, it’s important to choose fresh and ripe ingredients for the best flavor.

For the chili peppers, you can use any type of chili you like, but we recommend using a mix of red chili peppers and bird’s eye chilies for optimal spiciness.

As for the jeruk limau, try to find a lime that is juicy and fragrant. For the spices, palm sugar and terasi (shrimp paste) are essential for the authentic Indonesian flavor.

If you can’t find terasi, you can use fish sauce instead, but the flavor will be different. Consider adding spices you’d like to the sambal and see what happens! I highly recommend experimenting in the kitchen.

sambal jeruk limau ingredients

Step 2: Grind the ingredients

Once you have your ingredients, it’s time to start grinding! Begin by removing the seeds from the chili peppers if you want a less spicy sambal.

You can do this by rolling them between your fingers, chopping them roughly, and washing them with plenty of water (after chopping) to flush out the seeds.

Next, add the chili peppers to a food processor and grind to a consistency of your liking. Add the palm sugar, terasi, and a pinch of salt to the food processor and pulse until everything is combined.

grinding ingredients
ground ingredients

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Finally, squeeze in the juice from one or two jeruk limau (depending on your preference) and combine well. That’s it!

Step 3: Serve and conserve sambal jeruk limau

Now that your sambal jeruk limau is ready, it’s time to serve! You can serve it directly on the side of a dish, or use it as a condiment for grilled fish, fried chicken, and more. Try it out with the following recipes:

served sambal jeruk limau

Sambal jeruk limau can be stored in the fridge for a few days, but it’s best served fresh.

I hope you like this sambal recipe! Consider trying out my other ones as well:

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