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Udang Balado Recipe (Indonesian Spicy Shrimp)
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Udang Balado Recipe (Indonesian Spicy Shrimp)

This Udang Balado recipe is a spicy Indonesian shrimp dish 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



  • 1 medium sized tomato chopped (optional - replace with more chilies, if desired)
  • 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


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


  • Add the tomato, peppers, shallot, garlic, galangal (or ginger), lemongrass and shrimp paste to a food processor and process to form a chili paste (sambal). Thin with a bit of water if needed.
  • Heat a large pan to medium high heat and add the oil. Add the sambal/chili paste and cook 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!


This dish is popular with steamed rice or noodles.


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