Simple Sambal Telur – Eggs in Spicy Sambal Sauce

If you’ve never tried Sambal Telur (Boiled Eggs in Spicy Sambal Sauce) before, this South East Asian side dish is going to blow your tastebuds out of the water. Think the satisfying goodness of hardboiled eggs paired with the fiery heat of spicy Indonesian sambal sauce.  It’s time to get cooking so let’s crank up the heat!

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Do you love spicy South East Asian cuisine?

Addicted to that hot chilli burn?

Then this recipe for Indonesian style eggs in spicy chilli sauce (sambal telur) is for you, my friend!

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The day we discovered Sambal Telur, it was just one of so many platters of spicy Indonesian goodies spread out before us as we took a seat on the cosy picnic blanket. Surrounded by friends and the smell of freshly cooked sates and curries, it was an Indonesian feast of epic proportions.

Here, a bowl of spicy fragrant Kari Ikan (a creamy Indonesian fish curry) sat waiting to be served. There, a stack of freshly fried Bakwan Jagung (Indonesian corn fritters) awaited a splash of kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) and tempted us with their crispy crunchy goodness.

In the centre of it all was a steaming bowl of white rice beside a small but aromatic bowl of Sambal Telur. We could almost taste the tingling zing of spice just looking at the boiled eggs in their coating of spicy sambal sauce.

I glanced across at our friend who’d brought us to this Indonesian food fiesta and asked ‘How hot do you think they will they be?’

Her reply was a smile and a giggle, and to that we simply said: “Challenge Accepted.”

😂😂

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In Indonesia, there are literally hundreds of different varieties of sambal, and even more when you take into account all the varieties that can be found across Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Singapore and even Brunei.

All these different varieties can be broken down into two main categories – cooked sambal and raw sambal.

Cooked sambal is what you’ll find in recipes like today’s Sambal Telur (eggs) and Sambal Udang (prawns), while raw sambal is a condiment served on the side to add an extra kick of flavour and heat – just the way you like it!

Simple Sambal Telur (Eggs in Spicy Sambal Sauce) Recipe - The satisfying goodness of hard-boiled eggs paired with the fiery heat of spicy Indonesian sambal sauce. | Wandercooks.com

How to Make Sambal Telur

It’s really easy to make your own Sambal Telur at home, especially if you use a premade sambal sauce. But if you want to make your own sambal, it’s easy to do that too!

Premade Chilli Sambal Sauce

We’ve found sambal sauce available in the Asian section of our local supermarket and at our local Asian grocery. The texture of premade sambals is usually a lot finer than hand ground sambal. Of course, you could always head online for sambal if that’s more convenient!

Homemade Chilli Sambal Sauce

Prefer to make your own sambal? It’s definitely going to give you a more intense, fresh flavour. All you need is a food processor, mortar and pestle (or even better, a traditional Indonesian ulekan+cobek (flat stone mortar and pestle)!) and the following flavour-packed ingredients:

  • 6 – 8 fresh red chillis
  • 2 shallots
  • 1 tbsp belacan (shrimp paste)
  • 1 clove garlic

All you need is a little elbow grease (or some lazy electricity!) to blend them all together until smooth.

Enak sekali!

Simple Sambal Telur (Eggs in Spicy Sambal Sauce) Recipe - The satisfying goodness of hard-boiled eggs paired with the fiery heat of spicy Indonesian sambal sauce. | Wandercooks.com

Sambal Telur is best served along with your favourite Indonesian recipes and fluffy white rice. Why not whip up your own Indonesian Corn Fritters (Bakwan Jagung) or this creamy Indonesian Fish Curry (Kari Ikan).

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Simple Sambal Telur - Eggs in Spicy Sambal Sauce
 
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If you've never tried Sambal Telur (Boiled Eggs in Spicy Sambal Sauce) before, this South East Asian side dish is going to blow your tastebuds out of the water. Think the satisfying goodness of hardboiled eggs paired with the fiery heat of spicy Indonesian sambal sauce. It's time to get cooking so let's crank up the heat!
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indonesian
Serves: 4
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  1. Let's get this sambal party started!
  2. Heat up the oil in a medium saucepan and plonk in your onion rings. Saute until lovely and translucent (1-2 mins) but don't allow to burn as it will change the flavour.
  3. Next, pop in your sambal paste and kaffir lime leaves and stir fry until the mixture has loosened and it's nice and fragrant. If it starts to burn, turn down the heat slightly and add a little water.
  4. Finally, add your boiled eggs into the pan with the sambal and stir fry until heated through (2-3 mins should do it!).
  5. Serve beside your favourite spicy curries and don't forget the rice!

 

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26 Comments

  1. I’ve never tried sambal, but I love spicy food!!! This sounds amazing- I wish I could eat it right off the screen!

    • Wandercooks

      17/05/2017 at 8:27 am

      Hahaha Sarah, you make us laugh! Love that you like spicy too – in that case, we definitely recommend using extra sambal and seeing if you’re up for the heat challenge!

  2. Oh, wow! At first I wasn’t really sure about the recipe but when I read the ingredients for the paste I realized that these eggs would taste phenomenal!!! Now I need to find the shrimp paste! What an unusual recipe!

    • Wandercooks

      17/05/2017 at 8:26 am

      Hope you can find the shrimp past Julia! If not, you might be able to find the sambal pre-made on Amazon. 🙂

  3. Oh wow these sound amazing! I love Asian cooking and boiled eggs so I think you may have just shared my ideal dish!

    • Wandercooks

      17/05/2017 at 8:25 am

      Haha, that’s great to here Cliona. We love boiled eggs too – especially for breakfast because it’s so easy and quick. The sambal is sure to wake you up too!

  4. Yum! I’ve never had sambal sauce but it looks really flavorful! This recipe sounds awesome!

    • Wandercooks

      17/05/2017 at 8:24 am

      Thanks Liz, it is so flavourful! For such a simple dish, it’s amazing the complexity of flavours you have just from the combination of the egg, onion, kaffir and the sambal.

  5. I bet that chilli sauce packs a punch! Love this dish looks so fragrant and delicious

    • Wandercooks

      17/05/2017 at 8:23 am

      Oh it does Bintu! Depending on how much you love spice – it’s up to you if you halve the sambal amount…or double it!

  6. OMGGG THIS LOOKS AWESOME! EGGS ARE MY FAVE and these flavors are just amazing!

    By the way, I am so loving your blog right now! Everything looks soooo delicious!

    • Wandercooks

      08/05/2017 at 5:10 pm

      Hahaha oh Anne, you just totally brightened up our day! So glad you’re enjoying the blog and hope you enjoy your very own Sambal Telur – let us know how you go if you get the chance to cook it up!

  7. Mark, CompassandFork

    05/05/2017 at 6:07 pm

    I think one of the joys of cooking is to experiment with food from different cultures and sambal fits that category. I love making SE Asian dishes and this just looks to delicious not to try!

    • Wandercooks

      08/05/2017 at 5:09 pm

      That’s our passion in a nutshell hahaha 😀 There’s so much flavour in South East Asian cuisine, and so many amazing combinations to experiment with!

  8. I need to order that Sambal sauce because I hear it quite often but it’s not available in my country. These eggs look so simple yet so delish!

    • Wandercooks

      08/05/2017 at 5:08 pm

      It’s definitely a simple dish when you know how to make it, 5 minutes and you are in spice heaven haha. Good luck with sourcing your sambal, and feel free to try making your own version with the ingredients you can get your hands on. Knowing you, you’ll no doubt create something totally delicious!

  9. I wish we could get shrimp paste in India, it’s just not common, except maybe online, but I doubt it being of a good quality. Most probably I will end up going to Bali or Thailand one day just to get shrimp paste. ^. ^ Your dry sambal looks great btw! 🙂

    • Wandercooks

      08/05/2017 at 5:06 pm

      Hey Helene, thanks for stopping by! Hope you’ll be able to give it a try 🙂 You could always try substituting the belacan for fish sauce (it’s best to double the amount of fish sauce used when you do this). It won’t be quite the same – after all, belacan has a rather pungent, unique aroma – but it will definitely help you get closer to the flavour you’re after in your sambal.

  10. That sounds awesome, I have a recipe for an ‘Indian’ boiled egg curry and it is a perfect combination of the fiery spices and the cooling effect of the eggs.

    • Wandercooks

      08/05/2017 at 5:03 pm

      Ooh that definitely sounds delish, would love to give it a try!

  11. I love eggs and I love spicy. This is definitely a recipe I should try.

    • Wandercooks

      05/05/2017 at 9:28 am

      Sounds like it was made for you Brandi, hope you enjoy!

  12. We certainly love spicy and I could eat eggs morning, noon, and night. I’m pinning and will be making them soon. Great photos!! I want to grab the eggs and run.

    • Wandercooks

      05/05/2017 at 9:27 am

      Oh gosh us too Marisa, you won’t believe how many eggs we go through in this household haha! Sounds like you might just need to make up your own batch in secret – then you won’t have to share! 😛

  13. I never heard of this dish before. I’m a huge fan of international cuisine and use different spices. I will try this recipe. Thank you,

    • Wandercooks

      05/05/2017 at 9:26 am

      So glad we could prompt a new discovery – hope you like it Carlos, would love to hear what you think! 🙂

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