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Telur Balado (Indonesian Spicy Deep-Fried Eggs)

Telor Balado is a dish that is made of deep-fried whole eggs that are cooked in sambal Balado. This spicy egg dish is simple yet offers an intense flavor that you will always be craving. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indonesian
Servings 6
Calories 150 kcal


  • 6-8 whole eggs, (or use hard-boiled eggs and skip #1 step below)
  • 2 oz shallots
  • 11 oz fresh tomatoes, (about 4 Roma tomatoes or 2 large beef steak tomatoes)
  • 4 small garlic cloves
  • 1-3 red jalapeño or fresno chili peppers , (remove seeds)
  • 5 small kaffir lime leaves, (optional)
  • 2 bay leaves, (optional)
  • 1 tsp white sugar, (add more according to your liking)
  • ½ tsp salt , (add more according to your liking)
  • 3 tbsp neutral oil , (vegetable or canola oil)


  • In a saucepan, cover the eggs with cool water by 1-inch and ½ tsp of salt. Bring the water to a full rolling boil over high heat then reduce the heat to medium-high. Cover the pan and continue cooking for 8 minutes. Transfer the eggs to a large bowl with ice-cold water. Let them cool down a bit then peel. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet, heat ½ cup of oil over medium-high heat to 360°F. Fry the eggs until the skin turns golden brown for about 1 minute. Remove the eggs from the pan and set aside.
  • In a food processor or blender, add tomato, shallots, garlic, and red chili peppers. Pulse until smooth.
  • In a large skillet, heat 3 tbsp of oil over medium-high heat. Cook the puree Sambal Balado, bay leaves, and kaffir lime leaves until fragrant for about 3 minutes or until oil separates.
  • Add salt, sugar, and return the eggs into the skillet. Lower the heat to medium, add a small amount of water if needed, simmer, and stirring occasionally for about 4 minutes or until the sauce is thickened to your liking. Taste and adjust the seasoning with additional salt and sugar if necessary.


In this recipe, I personally used 6 red Serrano peppers (very spicy). I don't recommend using a lot of chilies if this is your first time making Telor Balado. I think 1-3 chilies would be sufficient and you can always increase the amount of heat as you'd like the next time you make this recipe.
You can store the leftover Telur Balado in an airtight container. It can last up to a week in the fridge.
Fresno peppers are just slightly spicier and sweeter than jalapeno peppers.


Calories: 150kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 7gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 164mgSodium: 261mgPotassium: 248mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 745IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Indonesian spicy eggs, sambal telor, spicy fried eggs, telor balado, telur balado
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