Satay Chili Paste (Ot Sa Te)

If you love flavorful spice, you’ll love this easy recipe for Satay Chili Paste (Ot Sa Te). Everyone who knows me knows that I love spicy foods.  I am so addicted and crave the spice so much that I often carry my favorite hot sauce around in my handbag so it’s always handy.  This chili paste is my favorite not because it’s super spicy but because it has lots of flavor.  The name–Satay Chili Paste should give you an indication of one of the key ingredients providing the bold flavor–lemongrass!  Combine that with the garlic and dried red chilies and we have a tantalizing chili paste that is a wonderful companion to dipping sauces or a spicy condiment for your favorite dishes.  Enjoy!

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Satay Chili Paste (Ot Sa Te)

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2 bulbs garlic
2 stalks lemongrass
1 cup vegetable oil (olive oil or canola works well)
3 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 oz red pepper flakes
3 Tbsp paprika powder


Trim off the ends of the garlic cloves.  Smash each clove with the flat end of a knife and then peel off skin.

Cut off the root of the lemongrass and then cut-off a 6-7 inch section of the stalk.  Peel off 1-2 layers of the skin and discard.  Slice the lemongrass into coins about 1/4-inch thick.

Put lemongrass in a food processor and process for 45 seconds.  Scrape around the bowl.  Add the garlic and then processor for another 45 seconds.

Heat a skillet over Medium High heat.  When the pan is hot, add the vegetable oil.  Add the lemongrass/garlic mixture and stir together.  Add the sugar and salt.  Stir together and cook for 2 minutes.  Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 3-4 minutes.

Add the red pepper flakes and paprika powder.  Stir combining all the ingredients together.  Place the skillet back on the burner.  Cook over Low heat for another 2 minutes.

Allow to cool before serving.  Store Satay Chili Paste in an air-tight jar and refrigerate. The chili paste keeps in the refrigerator for a long time but for the best flavor, store for up to 3 months.

Yields:  2 cups


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7 Responses to Satay Chili Paste (Ot Sa Te)

  1. anna harvey February 19, 2021 at 7:14 am #

    I really had to laugh when I was reading that you’re carrying your own hot sauce on your handbag, since I had thought I’m kind of an odd person having my favorite sauce with lots of chili and often garlic with me 😀 this sounds great, I’ll definitely give it a try!

  2. Sarah April 17, 2019 at 3:51 pm #

    Can you use frozen lemongrass?

    • Trang April 17, 2019 at 7:33 pm #

      Hi Sarah,
      Yes frozen lemongrass works just as well. Enjoy!

  3. Tammie nguyen September 12, 2016 at 11:10 am #

    How long this last in fridge? -em Ngoc

    • Trang September 12, 2016 at 2:43 pm #

      This lasts up to a year in the refrigerator if properly sealed and not contaminate with dirty utensils. For best flavor, consume within 3 months. Enjoy!

  4. Lynn June 12, 2016 at 2:19 pm #

    Very simple but great!

    • Trang June 21, 2016 at 5:32 pm #

      Thank you Linh!

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