sambal nanas

Sambal Nanas: an Easy Pineapple Sambal Recipe

Last Updated on March 26, 2024 by Damian

Welcome to another great sambal recipe! Sambal nanas is a sambal that uses pineapple as a main ingredients, combining fresh and spicy flavors for a relish kind of sambal. Definitely try it out if you’re into sweet and spicy sambals!

To make sambal nanas, simply fry some ground chillies, garlic and spices. Add pineapple pieces and stir-fry, that’s it! Very simple and quick to make.

What is sambal nanas?

Sambal nanas is a unique variation of sambal. It is a sweet and spicy blend of pineapples, garlic, chillies, palm sugar, and vinegar that is used to add fresh flavors and bright colors to any dish. This recipe will guide you through making sambal nanas quickly and without hassle.

Step 1: Collect the ingredients

sambal nanas

Sambal nanas

Sambal nanas! A sweet and spicy sambal that is definitely worth checking out. Combine it with grilled foods as a refresher or as a standalone salad! Enjoy.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Sambal
Cuisine Indonesian
Servings 2 servings
Calories 80 kcal


  • Food processor


  • 2 large red chili peppers
  • 1 bird's eye chili
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 100 g pineapple pieces
  • 2 tsp palm sugar
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar


  • Collect the ingredients
  • Grind the ingredients
  • Fry sambal nanas
  • Serve and conserve sambal nanas
Keyword Sambal nanas

Note: the given kcal count is an estimate based on a 100 gram serving.

What to consider when choosing the ingredients

Sambal nanas has a distinctive sweet and sour flavor because of the pineapple. You can use fresh, canned, or frozen pineapples for this recipe.

The chillies, garlic, palm sugar, and vinegar provide the spicy heat that balances perfectly with the sweetness of the pineapples. Bird’s eye chilies and large chili peppers are usually used to make it.

If you can’t find them in your local grocery store, you can substitute with any other hot chili pepper.

sambal nanas ingredients

Step 2: Grind the ingredients

Take the chilies, wash and remove stems. Peel the garlic and add all to a food processor or blender, and grind until smooth. Add the vinegar and palm sugar and grind a bit more.

grinding ingredients
adding vinegar

You can adjust the amount of chilies and sugar according to your desired level of spiciness and sweetness.

Step 3: Frying sambal nanas

Take a frying pan, add some cooking oil and set the heat to medium. Once the oil is hot, add the ground paste and fry lightly for a few minutes.

frying ingredients
frying sambal nanas

Then, add the pineapple pieces and fry for a few more minutes while stirring well. Make sure all the ingredients are well mixed and heated through. That’s it!

Step 4: Serve and conserve sambal nanas

Finally, let’s talk about serving and conserving this sambal. It can be served as a side dish with grilled meats or seafood, or as a topping for burgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches. You can also combine it with rice dishes, curries and such, I recommend the following:

served sambal nanas

Also, try out some different sambals if you’re up for a challenge:

You can also serve it as a dip with chips, crackers, or vegetables. Sambal nanas can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or 2.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this recipe, let me know what you think and please leave a rating!

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