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23 November 2020

This Udang Balado recipe is a spicy Indonesian shrimp made with sambal goreng, a fiery fried chili sauce made with birds eye peppers. So easy to make!

We’re cooking up an awesome Indonesian recipe in the Chili Pepper Madness kitchen tonight, my friends, and I believe this one is going to be a huge hit with you. If you love spicy shrimp, this is one you have to try.

The recipe is called Udang Balado – it is a fiery Indonesian spicy shrimp recipe made with a homemade sambal that gets its heat from flaming birds eye chilies. It is not an overpowering heat, but a heat that blooms slowly and offers a pleasant, sustained warm burn.

It is super easy to make once you have your ingredients on hand. Just process several ingredients together to make the sambal, which is a general term for “chili paste”, give it a light fry, then add the shrimp and cook them through.

There are different ways to make it, but this is my chosen recipe that I deeply love. So let’s get cooking!

Let’s talk about how we make udang balado, shall we?

Mike ready to enjoy a bowl of Udang Balado Recipe (Indonesian Spicy Shrimp)

Udang Balado Ingredients

  • FOR THE SAMBAL GORENG
  • Tomato. Fresh chopped tomato is ideal, though canned will work for this.
  • Spicy Peppers. Birds eye chilies are traditional, though you can use cayenne peppers or your favorite local spicy red chilies. Consider milder pepper for less heat.
  • Other Vegetables. You’ll need shallot, garlic, galangal (or ginger) and lemongrass (either fresh or a good lemongrass paste)
  • Shrimp Paste. This adds a huge amount of flavor.
  • FOR THE UDANG BALADO (SPICY SHRIMP)
  • Vegetable Oil. For cooking the curry paste and the shrimp.
  • Shrimp. You can use shrimp with the shells or peeled shrimp. The recipe works with either.
  • Lime Juice. Fresh is best!
  • Sugar and Salt. To taste, for extra flavor.

How to Make Udang Balado – the Recipe Method

Make the Sambal Goreng (Fried Chili Paste). Add the tomato, peppers, shallot, garlic, galangal (or ginger), lemongrass and shrimp paste to a food processor and process to form a curry paste.

Making spicy Indonesian sambal goreng in a food processor

Fry the Chili Paste (Sambal Goreng). Heat a large pan to medium high heat and add the oil. Add the curry paste and saute for 5 minutes, stirring. It will cook through and become fragrant.

Cook the Shrimp. Add the shrimp, sugar, lime juice and salt. Stir and cook 2-3 minutes per side, or until the shrimp cooks through. Adjust for sugar and salt to taste.

Cooking shrimp in the spicy Indonesian sambal goreng paste

Serve it Up! This dish is popular with steamed rice or noodles, or served alone as an appetizer.

Boom! Done! You’ve just made Udang Balado! It’s hard not to love a good spicy shrimp, especially this particular Indonesian spicy shrimp recipe. It’s so huge on flavor!

Serving up a bowl of Udang Balado Recipe (Indonesian Spicy Shrimp)

Recipe Tips & Notes

  • The Chili Paste (Sambal Goreng). “Sambal Goreng” translates to “fried chili sauce”. Sambal is really a generic term for a chili sauce, and there are different ways to make it. Other popular ingredients to include are candlenut, turmeric, Indonesian bay leaf, citrus leaf, tamarind and others.
  • Chili Paste Alternatives. One popular sambal to use in this recipe is Sambal Oelek, which is essentially an Indonesian raw chili paste, perfect for spicing up many a dish. It is the inclusion of the shrimp paste, however, that gives this recipe its unique flavor.
  • The Shrimp Paste. I am using a simple store bought shrimp paste for this recipe, but other options include belecan or terasi, which are both dried shrimp pastes.
  • Recipe Variations. I love to serve my udang balado on its own over either rice or with noodles. Some cooks enjoy adding green beans, tofu or quail eggs to round out the dish.

Udang Balado Recipe (Indonesian Spicy Shrimp) in a bowl, ready to serve

That’s it, my friends. I hope you enjoy this amazing udang balado recipe. Indonesian spicy shrimp at its finest! Let me know if you make it. I’d love to hear how it turned out for you. Keep it spicy!

Try Some of These Other Popular Indonesian Recipes

Udang Balado Recipe (Indonesian Spicy Shrimp) in a bowl

Try Some of These Other Popular Spicy Shrimp Recipes

Book Recommendation

  • This recipe was adapted from “The Food of Indonesia” (affiliate link, my friends!) by Heinz von Holzen and Lother Arsana. Great book! Highly recommended!

Udang Balado Recipe (Indonesian Spicy Shrimp) on a fork

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

Udang Balado Recipe (Indonesian Spicy Shrimp) on a fork
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5 from 2 votes

Udang Balado Recipe (Indonesian Spicy Shrimp)

This Udang Balado recipe is a spicy Indonesian shrimp made with sambal goreng, a fiery fried chili sauce made with birds eye peppers. So easy to make!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Indonesian
Keyword: sambal, shrimp
Servings: 4
Calories: 219kcal

Ingredients

FOR THE SAMBAL GORENG

  • 1 medium sized tomato chopped
  • 5-10 birds eye chilies chopped (or use cayenne peppers)
  • 1 large shallot chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped galangal or use ginger
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped lemongrass
  • 1 teaspoon shrimp paste

FOR THE UDANG BALADO (SPICY SHRIMP)

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound large shrimp peeled and deveined (you can leave the shells on if you’d like, or just the shrimp shells)
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Add the tomato, peppers, shallot, garlic, galangal (or ginger), lemongrass and shrimp paste to a food processor and process to form a curry paste.
  • Heat a large pan to medium high heat and add the oil. Add the curry paste and saute for 5 minutes, stirring. It will cook through and become fragrant.
  • Add the shrimp, sugar, lime juice and salt. Stir and cook 2-3 minutes per side, or until the shrimp cooks through. Adjust for sugar and salt to taste.
  • Serve!

Notes

This dish is popular with steamed rice or noodles.

Nutrition

Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 300mg | Sodium: 933mg | Potassium: 375mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 792IU | Vitamin C: 91mg | Calcium: 184mg | Iron: 3mg

5 comments

  1. 5 stars
    What a pleasure it is to smell the sambal goreng revealing itself in the oil. And even more pleasure when tasting this dish with the wonderful flavors of Indonesia! In my opinion, the galangal shouldn’t be replaced by ginger… its flavor is incomparable. For the sambal, I used one peach habanero per person. Very easy to do, quikly done, but terribly effective! thank you, dear Mike!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Excellent, Jérémie! Yes, this recipe true is a revelation. So delicious! Glad you enjoyed it, my friend.

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