Sambal Bajak

Sambal Bajak

Sambal Bajak

Classic flavours from the Indonesian Archipelago

Sambal Bajak is a volcano of a condiment, it’s the tomato ketchup of Bali.

Made using tomatoes and shrimp paste along with sugar, salt and chili this simple recipe will conjure up a taste sensation that satisfies and stimulates the taste buds.

Will Meyrick





  • 80 gr garlic, peeled
  • 150 gr shallots
  • 15 gr small red chillies
  • 250 gr tomatoes
  • 500 gr large red chillies, deseeded
  • 40 gr dried shrimp paste
  • 40 gr sugar
  • 150 ml oil
  • 1 pinch salt



Roughly chop all the garlic, chillies, shallots and tomatoes to a similar size.

Cook slowly for 30 minutes in the oil, then remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Pound the ingredients to a smooth consistency, whilst still retaining some texture.

Season with dried shrimp paste, salt and sugar.