sambal tuna

Sambal Tuna: a Wonderful Spicy Fish Recipe

Welcome to another great sambal recipe! Get ready to add an exciting twist to your sambal repertoire with sambal tuna. Combining the heartiness of tuna with the zestiness of chilies and a hint of Greek yogurt, this recipe promises a taste adventure that’s both bold and refreshing.

To make sambal tuna, simply finely chop some chili, onion and garlic. Mix this with smoked tuna and greek yogurt. That’s it!

What is Sambal Tuna?

Sambal tuna is a popular dish in Southeast Asian cuisine, particularly in Indonesia and Malaysia. It is typically made with fresh tuna fish that has been marinated in a spicy chili paste called sambal, which is a common ingredient in Indonesian and Malaysian cooking.

Sambal tuna can also be found in other countries such as Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines. However, its origins can be traced back to Indonesia, where it is considered a national dish and is commonly served at celebrations and special occasions. Let’s get started on how to make this amazing dish!

Step 1: Collect the ingredients

sambal tuna

Sambal tuna

Sambal tuna! Try out this amazing dish if you feel like eating some great spicy fish recipe! This is a mild sambal, don't worry about it being to spicy. Add more and smaller chillies if you want to feel some burning!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Sambal
Cuisine Indonesian
Servings 2
Calories 167 kcal


  • 1 large red chili
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 180 g tuna (smoked, canned)
  • 1 tbsp greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • salt to taste


  • Collect the ingredients
  • Chop & mix the ingredients
  • Serve and conserve sambal tuna
Keyword Sambal tuna

Note: the given kcal count is based on an online calculator tool and can deviate from the caloric content of your dish.

Step 2: Chop and mix the Ingredients

Finely chop the washed chili, onion, and garlic. The size and consistency of your chop will affect the overall texture and blend of flavors in the sambal. I’d recommend cutting as small as you can, take your time if needed.

sambal tuna ingredients
chopped ingredients

In a mixing bowl, bring together the tuna, your freshly chopped ingredients, spices, and Greek yogurt. Mix thoroughly to ensure every bite is infused with flavor.

mixed ingredients

Step 3: Serve and conserve sambal tuna

Your sambal tuna is now ready to enjoy! This dish is incredibly fun to use. Serve it as a dip, spread, or a complement to your main dishes. I can recommend serving with the following dishes:

sambal tuna served

Alternatively, store this sambal for a day or two in the fridge. Remember to always check your food for spoilage before eating!

I hope you’ve liked this recipe, let me know down in the comments below what you think! Consider checking out some other sambal recipes!

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