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Sambal Belacan

Sambal Belacan Recipe

Sambal Belacan Recipe

A little warning though - your kitchen will smell kind of pungent when you make sambal or when you cook with sambal - but to me, a small price to pay for something so delicious. Feel free to tweak the amount of chilli and belacan to suit your preference.

Serves: a small bottle

Prep Time: 10 mins


  • 5 finger length red chilli deseeded
  • 3 to 5 chilli padi aka bird's eye chilli (no need to deseed - for the heat; to taste)
  • 10 grams belachan toasted in a dry pan
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3/4 tbsp lime juice from small limes (calamansi)
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Tools Needed

  • A mini blender/food processor OR mortar & pestle


  1. In a blender, grind chillis and belachan. You can also pound the ingredients using a mortar & pestle.
  2. Transfer blended paste to a small bowl. Add sugar, lime juice and salt to taste. Stir to mix well. You can store the chilli in refrigerator for about a week. It can be used as a chilli condiment or in stir fries.

Noob Cook Tips

  1. Wear disposable plastic gloves when de-seeding chilli to prevent chilli burn.
  2. If you do not have calamansi (small lime), you can substitute with larger lime or lemon (though calamansi gives it the best taste).

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61 Responses to “Sambal Belacan”

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  1. Melissa — March 18, 2012 @ 1:48 am

    Where can I get belachan in Sg?


    • wiffy replied: — March 18th, 2012 @ 9:25 am

      You can find it readily at local supermarkets.


  2. Indra — April 9, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

    Hi, how long do you toast the belachan?


    • wiffy replied: — April 9th, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

      Hi, toast until you smell the pungent aroma. It will also be very flaky & crumbly when you break it in two with a spatula.


  3. josephine Chua — June 11, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    Thanks for your recipe!!. going to try out the hay bee hiam


    • varsha replied: — August 1st, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

      Hi how do i make vegetarian sambal belacan?


  4. cheryn — February 18, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

    i will definitely try to make my own sambal belacan this week ^:^


  5. LK — April 2, 2015 @ 5:48 pm

    Hi, how long can this no cook sambal be stored?


    • wiffy replied: — April 6th, 2015 @ 9:50 am

      about a week or so, in the fridge.


  6. Theresa — May 16, 2016 @ 8:40 pm

    Hi! Is there a sambal belacan that can last for a month? Or maybe even longer?


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