sambal terong

Amazing Sambal Terong Recipe (Spicy Eggplant)

Last Updated on March 26, 2024 by Damian

Welcome to another amazing sambal recipe! Sambal terong is a sambal that uses eggplant as it’s main ingredients, very tasty and great to combine with various main courses.

To make sambal terong, simply fry some thinly sliced eggplant, add chillies, garlic, onion and spices and that’s it! Very simple and quick to make.

What is sambal terong?

Sambal terong is the perfect combination of spicy, savory, and slightly sweet flavors, making it a versatile sambal that can be used to spice up any dish.

Originating from Indonesia, sambal terong is a unique dish that has captured the heart of food lovers across the globe. ‘Terong’ translates to eggplant, the star ingredient in this dish. The eggplant is usually fried until well-cooked and then smothered in a rich, spicy sambal sauce.

sambal terong served

This gives it an intense flavor profile, with the soft, delicate texture of the eggplant providing a wonderful contrast to the robust and fiery sambal. It’s this amazing blend of flavors and textures that sets sambal terong apart from other sambals.

The dish’s versatility means it can be paired with a variety of meals, from simple steamed rice to more elaborate dishes, enhancing and complementing the flavors of the food it’s served with. It highly resembles my previous recipe on terong balado, using eggplant in a slightly different sauce.

Let’s get started with the recipe!

Step 1: Collect the ingredients

sambal terong

Sambal terong

Sambal terong! This amazing eggplant sambal recipe will leave you speechless! The complex flavors can be combined with many dishes or enjoyed as a snack or a spread. Try it out to find out more!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Sambal
Cuisine Indonesian
Servings 2
Calories 100 kcal


  • 2 large chili peppers
  • 2 bird's eye chillies
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • half an eggplant


  • 2 tbsp kecap manis
  • 1 tsp terasi
  • salt to taste


  • Collect the ingredients
  • Chop the ingredients
  • Fry sambal terong
  • Serve and conserve sambal terong
Keyword Sambal terong

Note: the calculated kcal count is based on a 150g serving.

What to consider when choosing the ingredients

Now, let’s talk about the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe. For the chili peppers, we recommend using two bird’s eye chilies and two large chili peppers for a good balance of heat and flavor.

If you can’t find those types of chilies, you can substitute with any other spicy pepper you might have on hand. The red onion adds a sweet and slightly sour flavor to balance the spice, while the garlic adds depth and aroma.

For the eggplant, you can either use half of a large eggplant or a small whole eggplant. Finally, we’ll be using kecap manis, a sweet soy sauce, and terasi, a type of shrimp paste commonly used in Indonesian cooking.

sambal terong ingredients

Step 2: Chop the ingredients

Wash the chillies, remove the stems, and chop them finely. Thinly slice the red onion in half rings and finely chop the garlic, alternatively use a food processor. Take the eggplant and slice it into thin, quarter-circle slices.

chopped ingredients

Step 3: Fry sambal terong

Take a frying pan and set it to high heat with a generous amount of sunflower oil. Once hot, add the thinly sliced eggplant and stir-fry until softened for around 10 minutes.

frying terong
frying ingredients

Then, add the rest of the chopped ingredients and stir-fry until cooked for around five more minutes. Lower the heat to medium, add the spices, and stir-fry for another five minutes.

fried ingredients
fried sambal terong

Step 4: Serve and conserve sambal terong

Serve the sambal terong immediately or keep it in the fridge for a week or two. It’s best served fresh, but the flavors will continue to develop over time, enhancing its complexity and depth.

I recommend serving with your favorite foods such as rice dishes, grilled fish and meats, as a sandwich spread, dipping sauce, next to curries, you name it! Try it with the following recipes:

served sambal terong

I hope you’ve liked this recipe. If you did, please leave a rating and try out some of my other sambals:

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