Serving size

1 Tablespoon sauce
30 Minutes
60 minutes

This recipe can be multiplied and keeps well, refrigerated, for about a week.



6 pepper Jalapeno pepper (red jalapenos, remove stem)
2 clove Garlic, raw
1 Tbsp. Ginger root, raw (peeled and minced)
1 Tbsp. Lemongrass (about 6-inch stalk lemongrass (cut away the woody outer sheath and mince the tender white inner parts and lower stem)
2 tablespoon Rice Vinegar
1 Tbsp. Honey
2 tsp. Lime zest
1/4 tsp. Salt


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.


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GERD / Acid Reflux

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


This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

Coumadin® (Warfarin)

This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Gluten Sensitivity

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


This is a low sodium recipe.

Recipe Notes

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.

"Think about cuisine: Most probably, your great-grandparents never encountered a market offering Chinese dumplings, Bombay lime pickle, lemongrass curry, tiramisu, and gnocchi, but these foods are now an integral part of the modern world."

Tom DeMarco, Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams