Sambal Trassi (Shrimp paste Condiment)

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This recipe and others can be found in the following article:

Indonesian Sambals

by Nancy Gerlach, Food Editor Emeritus


  • 1 tablespoon shrimp paste (trassi)

  • 2 tablespoons chopped red chiles, such as cayenne

  • 1 tomato, chopped

  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon lime or lemon juice, fresh preferred

  • 1 teaspoon salt


To toast the trassi, spread the paste on a piece of foil and fold to seal. Place under a broiler for 2 minutes. Remove and cool.

Combine all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.

Serve this sambal at room temperature.