sambal tauco

Sambal Tauco: Amazing Soybean Sambal

Welcome to another great sambal recipe! Today, we’re diving into the world of sambal tauco, a fermented soybean sambal that’s not only rich in taste but amazingly simple to make.

What is sambal tauco?

Sambal Tauco is a flavorful, spicy sauce from Indonesia. It uses red chillies and tauco, a fermented soy bean paste, to create a unique taste. This sambal is perfect for adding a rich flavor to any dish. It’s a favorite because of its simple ingredients but deep, satisfying taste.

Step 1: Collect the ingredients

sambal tauco

Sambal tauco

Sambal tauco! Try this amazing fried soybean sambal to spice up various dishes. This sambal is very easy to make and uses very little ingredients, start cooking now!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Sambal
Cuisine Indonesian
Servings 2 servings
Calories 15 kcal


  • Food processor


  • 2 large red chillies
  • 4 bird's eye chillies
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp fermented soybean paste (tauco)
  • salt to taste
Keyword Sambal tauco

Note: The given kcal count was calculated using an online tool and can differ from your actual caloric content, serving sizes might vary depending on your needs.

sambal tauco ingredients

Step 2: Chop and grind the ingredients

First, wash and roughly chop the red chillies and bird’s eye chillies. Then, peel and roughly chop the garlic cloves. Your food processor should do the grinding here, read up more about the best products to use for grinding foods for sambal.

grinding ingredients

Step 3: Fry sambal tauco

Heat your pan with some (sunflower) oil over medium heat. Add the ground chillies and garlic. Cook them until they start to soften. Now, add the tauco and a bit of salt.

frying ground ingredients
Adding tauco

Stir-fry everything for another minute or two. This mixes all the flavors together.

frying sambal tauco
Fried sambal tauco

Step 4: Serve and conserve sambal tauco

Now, your sambal tauco is ready! Serve it warm with your favorite dishes. It brings a rich, spicy kick to any meal. I can recommend serving this sambal with the following dishes:

served sambal tauco

If you have some left over, keep it in a tight container in the fridge to last for a couple of days. It stays good and adds flavor anytime you need it, just be sure to inspect it for spoilage before eating.

I hope you’ve liked this recipe, please let me know what you think! Consider some of my other sambals to try as well:

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