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Eggs coated in Indonesian sambal oelek sauce in large blue bowl.

Simple Sambal Telur - Eggs in Spicy Sambal Sauce

If you've never tried Sambal Telur (Boiled Eggs in Spicy Sambal Sauce), this South East Asian side dish is going to blow your taste buds out of the water. Think the satisfying goodness of hard boiled eggs paired with the fiery heat of spicy Indonesian sambal sauce.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indonesian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 sides
Calories 104kcal
Cost $8



  • Boil eggs in a medium saucepan from cold water. Once boiling, cook for 5 minutes for slightly soft yolks or 8 minutes for hard boiled.
    4 eggs
  • Heat up the vegetable oil in a medium saucepan with the heat on low-medium and add the onion. Sauté until lovely and translucent (1-2 mins) but don't allow to burn as it will change the flavour.
    2 tbsp vegetable oil, 1 onion
  • Next, add the 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.
    6 tbsp sambal paste, 2 Thai makrut / kaffir lime leaves
  • Finally, add your boiled eggs into the pan with the sambal and stir fry until heated through (2-3 mins should do it!).
  • Serve beside your favourite spicy curries and don't forget the rice!



  • You can fry the eggs in a little oil by themselves before adding the sauce, for a slightly different take on the recipe.
  • Serve hot as is - we love mashing up the eggs and serving it in hot toasties. 
  • Serve cold as a salad. For an extra creamy touch, add some mayonnaise.
  • Sambal telur goes great alongside rice and curries.
  • Keep your eye on the heat - make sure to turn it down if it starts to stick or add a little water.
  • Kaffir Lime Leaves - Substitute with one teaspoon of lime zest or a splash of lime juice.
  • Add Proteins - This sauce goes amazingly well with tofu, chicken, vegetables etc. Make a complete meal out of it!
  • Too Spicy? - Add 1/3 of a cup of coconut milk or cream to make make it creamy and tone down the heat.
  • Onion Rings - If you're not a fan of onion rings, dice them small instead.


Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 1316mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 238IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg