Fried Tofu Stuffed with Spicy Shrimp Paste Recipe

Fried Tofu Stuffed with Spicy Shrimp Paste Recipe. This crispy tofu pockets are filled with a savory mixture of spicy shrimp paste, creating a delightful explosion of flavors in every bite.


  • Firm tofu blocks: 6 pieces
  • Spicy shrimp paste (sambal terasi): 2 tablespoons
  • Shallots, finely chopped: 2
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 2
  • Red chili peppers, finely chopped: 2
  • Kaffir lime leaves, thinly sliced: 2 leaves
  • Tamarind paste: 1 tablespoon
  • Palm sugar or brown sugar: 1 tablespoon
  • Salt: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Lime wedges for serving


  1. Carefully slice each block of firm tofu horizontally to create a pocket without cutting all the way through. Gently press down on the tofu to create a well for the filling.
  2. In a bowl, combine the spicy shrimp paste, finely chopped shallots, minced garlic, chopped red chili peppers, thinly sliced kaffir lime leaves, tamarind paste, palm sugar, and salt. Mix well to create a smooth filling mixture.
  3. Spoon the spicy shrimp paste mixture into each tofu pocket, ensuring they are evenly filled.
  4. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Carefully add the stuffed tofu pockets to the hot oil and fry until golden brown and crispy on all sides, about 5-7 minutes.
  5. Once fried, remove the tofu pockets from the oil and drain on paper towels to remove excess oil.
  6. Serve the Fried Tofu Stuffed with Spicy Shrimp Paste hot with lime wedges on the side for squeezing over the tofu before enjoying.
  7. Enjoy the explosion of flavors and textures in this Jakarta street food favorite!

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