Spicy Sardine Sambal

This is a dish I’m pretty sure most kids grew up eating in Singapore/Malaysia!

I have bad memories eating this as a kid as it had all the elements I didn’t like: sardines, raw onions, coriander. And to top it off, my mom would slap it in a sandwich using wholemeal bread – ugh!

The best part of all this? These are ingredients I love today haha!


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The Recipe serves 3


1 can sardines in tomato sauce (425g)

3 garlic

1 red onion

1” turmeric root

3 large red chillies

6 small red chillies

1 tbsp tamarind pulp, soaked in 4-6 tbsp water



Raw shallots, sliced


  1. Make the spice paste by blending the garlic, onion, chillis, turmeric with a dash of water. Blend till a paste is formed.
  2. In an oiled and heated pan, fry the spice paste till fragrant.
  3. Add the tamarind water and bring it to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the sardines along with its tomato sauce and stir to cook.
  5. Taste for seasoning, although the tomato sauce from the sardines has already been seasoned.
  6. Turn off the heat and stir in the spring onion with the residual heat.
  7. Serve and top with raw shallots and spring onion.


  • If the dish is too sour for your liking, feel free to add about 1 tbsp sugar
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