Basic Chile Sauce (Sambal Oelek)

For the best result, use fresh red cayenne peppers. If you can’t find them, red jalapeño or Serrano peppers will work as well. 

Makes about 3/4 cup

  • 8 fresh red cayenne peppers, stemmed and cut into thin slices
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime juice

Pound the ingredients in a mortar into a coarse paste. Serve as a relish or use as a seasoning sauce. Any leftover can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or frozen for several weeks. 

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