Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"I don't like gourmet cooking or 'this' cooking or 'that' cooking. I like 'good cooking.'" -James Beard

The refrigerator light goes on...

I had Sambal in Singapore and it was amazing. I had various degrees of spiciness and for this you can add 4 chilies for mild, 6 for moderate and 8 or more for spicy. You can also add a serrano if you like your sauces really spicy.

Red jalapenos are simply those that are left on the vine to ripen. They aren't a lot hotter than the less ripe green ones, but they do have a bit more sweetness.

Sambal goes great on almost anything. Think of this as sriracha's more refined cousin. Great on shrimp and with eggs.



Servings: 8 | Serving size: 1 Tablespoon sauce

Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.

This recipe keeps well, refrigerated, for about a week. Note that cooking time does not include chilling time.

6 medium red jalapeno peppers (remove stem)
2 cloves garlic
1 Tbsp fresh ginger (minced)
1 6-inch stalk lemongrass (cut away the woody outer sheath and mince the tender white inner parts and lower stem)
2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 Tbsp honey
2 tsp lime zest
1/4 tsp salt

Sambal, the Southeast Asian condiment, a recipe from Dr. Gourmet
Place the peppers, garlic, ginger and lemongrass in a blender or food processor.

Pulse the blender or food processor until the mixture is a coarse paste.

Slowly add the vinegar and pulse gently until blended.

Add the honey, lime zest and salt. Pulse gently until blended.

Place the sauce in a small saucepan over medium heat.

When the sauce begins to come to a boil, reduce the heat to simmer and cook for 5 minutes.

Remove from the heat and let cool.


Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1 Tablespoon

Servings: 2

Amount Per Serving

Calories 19 Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value
Total Fat 0g 0%
    Saturated Fat 0g 0%
    Monounsaturated Fat 0g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 97mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
    Dietary Fiber <1g 2%
    Sugars 3g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 15%
Calcium 0% Iron 1%
Vitamin K 1 mcg Potassium 43 mg
Magnesium 3 mg