Spicy Sambal Shrimp


A spicy pan-seared shrimp dish flavored with sambal oelek.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
33 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 13 mins
6 servings


  • 1 pound large frozen shrimp, tails removed

  • ½ cup butter

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced, or more to taste

  • ½ lemon, juiced, divided

  • 1 ½ teaspoons butter

  • ¾ cup chopped onion

  • ½ cup sambal oelek (Indonesian red chile paste)

  • 3 cups water

  • 3 cups sushi rice

  • ½ bunch green onions, chopped


  1. Place shrimp in a large bowl of cold water until thawed, 10 to 15 minutes.

  2. Melt 1/2 cup butter in a microwave-safe glass or ceramic bowl in the microwave in 15-second intervals, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Mix in garlic and half the lemon juice.

  3. Melt 1 1/2 teaspoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add shrimp, garlic butter mixture, and sambal oelek. Cook and stir until garlic is cooked and shrimp are heated through, 7 to 8 minutes.

  4. Bring water and sushi rice to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, and let stand, covered, until liquid has been absorbed, about 10 minutes.

  5. Serve shrimp over rice, topped with remaining lemon juice and green onions.

Cook's Note:

You can keep the tails on the shrimp if preferred.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

624 Calories
20g Fat
94g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 624
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 158mg 53%
Sodium 430mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 94g 34%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 7mg 34%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 6mg 36%
Potassium 276mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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