Easy, quick Thai Green Beef Curry recipe (2024)

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Amazing quick and easy Thai green beef curry recipe. Delicious steak cut into strips and added to fragrant green curry sauce with aubergine and Onions.

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Not only does it have an authentic Thai taste, but it is also simple to make, a perfect midweek or a busy weekend meal!

The delicious scent whilst the green curry cooks will make you feel like you have stepped into a Thai restaurant!

How to make easy Thai Beef Curry?

See our easy step by step slide show on how we made our Thai Green Curry.

The full ingredients and instructions to make thai beef curry, can be found on the recipe card below.

What beef should I use in Thai Green Curry?

This is a quick beef curry recipe so you want to buy beef which does well when cooked quickly!

The best cut of beef would be a nice bit of Sirloin or Ribeye steak, for tender beef strips. However, it can be expensive, to keep the cost down opt for rump steak.

If buying meat from a UK butchers ask for flank or skirt.

Check out this article for how to cut strips of beef.

You can also pick up pre-cut stir fry strips of beef, from supermarkets which are ok, however, it would not be my first choice!

You make your own choice, based on the information above, but don't ever use stewing or casserole steak! This needs to be cooked slowly and will not work in this dish!!

How to blanch Vegetables?

Blanching is a simple process of cooking vegetables in boiling water for a short time. Then remove and cooling in ice/cold water straight after, to stop the cooking process immediately!

Blanching is often used in Thai recipes. I don't always have enough ice at the ready. So I just run under the cold water tap in a colander!

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Why blanch vegetables?

It serves a couple of reasons, it helps retain nutrients and colour in the vegetables and it also gives you beautiful crisp vegetables ready to be added to your Thai Green Beef Curry.

What's the best Thai green curry paste to use?

I personally think the best Thai green curry paste in the UK supermarkets is the Blue Dragon Green Curry Paste, make sure you get the paste, not the sauce!

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The reason I have never made my own is that I think the green curry paste sold in all UK supermarkets are brilliant anyway and it helps make this beef curry recipe simple, quick and easy!

If you did want to make your own authentic Thai paste, here is a decent looking thai green curry paste, by BBC Good Food.

Cooking tips for Thai Green Beef Curry.

Make sure you have everything ready and prepared before you start cooking your beef curry recipe, as you need to be quick!

Do not cook steak until it has browned! just give it a quick stir to coat in the thai green curry paste. Remember it will continue to cook with the other ingredients added it will not stay pink!

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The next step to making this beef curry is coconut milk and fish sauce.

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Coconut Milk

A note about Coconut milk that I think everyone should know..... Light Coconut milk uses the exact same ingredients as regular coconut milk.

However, they just fill it up with more water, at a ratio of 1:2.

So you are basically buying half a tin of regular coconut milk! But getting charged extra for the added water, some even have the cheek to charge extra for it!

SO stop buying light coconut milk NOW! If you want to make this lighter? Simply use half a tin of regular coconut milk with half a tin of water!!

The remaining half can be kept in a lidded container in the fridge for up to 10 days. Or in the freezer for a month. Just defrost before you next need to use it again.

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We cooked this thai beef curry in our trusty cast iron pan. However, you can use a wok or non-stick deep pan with the same results if you don't own one.

How spicy is Thai Green Beef Curry?

Well, as I already mentioned, I cheat and use the pre-made paste.

The only downside to that, for me, is it is not spicy enough! Of course, that may be a good thing for others?! After you have added the blanched vegetable, taste a bit of the sauce.

If you want it spicer, now is the time to add more along with the ginger and curry leaves!

We add a couple of chopped bird eyes chilli's (in this case, one red chilli and one green chilli).

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Don't forget to sprinkle some fresh basil on top before serving and some extra chopped chillies if you like!?

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What to serve Thai Green Beef Curry with?

Check out our easy to follow guide to making perfect Thai Jasmine Sticky Rice. You can serve with noodles instead.

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If you want to stretch the thai beef curry to serve more people, why not knock up some Stir-fried Vegetables to go with it too?

📖 Step by Step Recipe

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Thai Green Beef Curry

Luke and Kay - Flawless Food

A super Quick and Easy Green Curry recipe. This Thai Green Beef Curry is the best authentic Asian recipe. It uses strips of steak, coated in green curry paste (shop-bought but you can make own if you wish) With coconut milk and extra chillies added if you like it spicy? (optional) Ready to be served up with Sticky Jasmine Rice in only 15 minutes!

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Prep Time 5 minutes mins

Cook Time 10 minutes mins

Total Time 15 minutes mins

Course Dinner, Main Course

Cuisine Asian, Thai

Servings 4 People

Calories 565 kcal


  • 1 small Aubergine (Eggplant) chopped into cubes
  • 2 small Onions cut into wedges
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable oil Can sub for any oil
  • 50 g (small tub) Green Curry Paste we used Blue Dragon, you can make your own if prefered?
  • 500 grams (1 lb) Steak Cut into Strips (see blog post for best cuts to use)
  • 400 ml (1 can) Coconut milk see info on the blog post, about substituting with light coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoon Fish Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 3 Red &/or Green Chillies OPTIONAL - Remember the green paste already has chilli in it, but it is mild!) We use 3 extra birds eye chillies to make it medium-hot.
  • ½ tbsp Fresh Ginger Finely chopped
  • 4 Curry Leaves Substitute with lime or bay leaves
  • Handful Fresh Basil Chopped to garnish


  • Make sure you have chopped, weighed out and prepared everything before you start!

    Also, start cooking rice now. Check out our Jasmine Sticky Rice for how to make it perfectly every time.

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  • Bring a pan of water to the boil, wait for it to bubble furiously before adding the sliced aubergine (eggplant) and onions.

    1 small Aubergine (Eggplant), 2 small Onions

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  • After only 2 minutes of cooking, drain and rinse in a colander with the cold water tap, until cold. Set aside. (This process is called blanching)

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  • Heat oil in a pan, add the thai green curry paste and stir for 1 minute it will melt down as it heats.

    1 tablespoon Vegetable oil, 50 g (small tub) Green Curry Paste

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  • Add beef steak strips, flick the beef strips with a spatula to cover with green curry paste for only 1 minute. It will still be pink, do not wait for it to brown, it will continue to cook in the next steps).

    500 grams (1 lb) Steak

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  • Pour coconut milk into the pan with fish sauce and sugar. Stir through and bring to the boil.

    400 ml (1 can) Coconut milk, 2 tablespoon Fish Sauce, 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar

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  • Add the previously blanched aubergine and onions into the pan, stir through.

    1 small Aubergine (Eggplant), 2 small Onions

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  • Turn heat down to medium and add ginger, curry leaves and extra chillies (if using). Simmer for the final 2 minutes.

    ½ tablespoon Fresh Ginger, 4 Curry Leaves, 3 Red &/or Green Chillies

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  • Add a handful of chopped fresh basil.

    Handful Fresh Basil

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  • Serve with rice or noodles, and extra chillies (if wanted).

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Calories: 565kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 25gFat: 45gSaturated Fat: 33gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 779mgPotassium: 899mgFiber: 7gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 79IUVitamin C: 29mgCalcium: 54mgIron: 4mg

Keyword 15 minute meal, aubergine, beef strips, coconut milk, eggplant, thai curry, thai dinner

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This post was originally published on 02/05/2020 and had been modified on 09/05/2021. With an updated recipe card, pictures and a new video for how to make this green Thai beef curry recipe.

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If you enjoyed this Thai curry, why not check out our other Asian inspired recipes.

Like our Noodle Beef Stir Fry, Chinese takeaway style Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings, or our meat free Kung Pao.

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Like things hot? Try our spicy chicken burger, chilli sauce, Chicken Pathia Curry, pork tenderloin in hot sauce or make some chilli vinegar.

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What thickens Thai green curry? ›

Make a slurry of cornflour and water, say a teaspoon of flour to a tablespoon of cold water, mix it well and drizzle it into the curry sauce, drizzle half in and stir to thicken and if not thick enough add more and so on.

What meat is best for green curry? ›

The beef (boneless, skinless chicken thighs work well, too) essentially poaches in the aromatic, rich liquid. That leaves the meat beautifully tender and also means it infuses the broth as much as the broth infuses it. Indian curries offer so much flavor and variety.

How to make Thai curry more flavorful? ›

Add salt (I added ¼ teaspoon for optimal flavor), to taste. If the curry needs a little more punch, add ½ teaspoon more tamari, or for more acidity, add ½ teaspoon more rice vinegar. Divide rice and curry into bowls and garnish with chopped cilantro and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes, if you'd like.

How to make beef more tender in curry? ›

  1. Place the beef in a bowl and sprinkle over the bicarbonate of soda. ...
  2. Rub the bicarbonate of soda into the beef so it's thoroughly coated.
  3. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  4. Thoroughly rinse the beef in cold water, drain, then pat dry with kitchen towels.
  5. Use as per your recipe.
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How do Thai restaurants make curry so creamy? ›

Often, Thai curries are made using coconut milk as the main liquid, which results in a creamy consistency.

Do you need coconut milk for Thai curry? ›

Coconut milk is a key ingredient in Thai cooking. It's used as the base in many dishes, like soups and curries. The brand of coconut milk you use can chance the consistency, texture and taste of your dish.

Which Thai curry taste the best? ›

1. Green Curry. This Green Curry is one of the best Thai curries if you like hot, spicy food. It's creamy, fiery, and delicious, deriving its heat from a generous amount of green chilies.

What protein to put in Thai curry? ›

You can use virtually any part of the versatile chicken in curries but for guaranteed juiciness, nothing beats boneless dark meat. Don't overcook it, chicken doesn't need long. Red duck curry is the go to Thai curry when we feel like something special, something exotic.

Is green curry better with beef or chicken? ›

Beef green curry is incredibly delicious and personally, I prefer it to the more popular chicken green curry. The most important thing is to use the right cut of beef. You need to use beef that cooks quickly so no stewing steak here! Rib-eye is my preferred cut for speed.

What are the secret ingredients to a good curry? ›

Indian chef Maunika Gowardhan suggests using tomato purée, coconut milk or yoghurt as natural thickening agents to achieve the perfect consistency. Adding ground nuts such as almonds or peanuts can also be a great way to ensure your curry is a knockout.

What spice makes Thai curry hot? ›

Thai red curry gets its colour from the red chillies used in the paste. They can be hot, but the spice factor in this Thai curry is toned down a little by the inclusion of coconut milk. If you're making this Thai curry from scratch at home, you can always remove the seeds from your chillies to make it less spicy, too.

Are you supposed to put rice in Thai curry? ›

Basically, it's depend on individual preference and the places you eat. At most street food shops, curry is put over rice as is usually we eat at home. If you order curry together with say fried egg or fish, each will be placed on either side so not to mix them.

What cut of beef is best for curry? ›

Chuck Steak

Chuck is juicy, flavourful, and versatile with the fatty juices providing a rich, delicious curry. Plus, the chuck steak is easy to cut into small pieces, so it cooks quickly and evenly.

Why is my beef tough in curry? ›

First off, cooking meat causes it to lose moisture and the tissues shrink, making it tougher. Braising (cooking meat in a liquid) allows the meat to reabsorb moisture and breaks down the tough tissues. This lead to a more tender piece of meat.

How long does it take for beef to soften in curry? ›

Add the beef, put a lid on top of the curry and cook over a low heat for 1 ½ – 2 hrs or until the meat is tender and falling apart.

How do you thicken green curry? ›

Cornstarch slurry:

Cornstarch is another popular thickening agent. To create a slurry, mix a tablespoon of cornstarch with an equal amount of cold water. Add the slurry to your curry and bring it to a simmer.

What do you add to curry to thicken it? ›

There are several ways to thicken curry sauces and avoid making them too runny or watery. One option is to add dairy such as Greek yogurt, heavy cream, or coconut cream . Another option is to add ground nuts like cashews or almonds to the sauce . A roux made with flour and butter is also an effective thickener.

What to do if curry is too watery? ›

Cornstarch or Arrowroot
  1. Use cornstarch or arrowroot starch to thicken your curry. Prepare a slurry with starch and cold water/ curry. If you add the starch directly to your curry, it can clump.
  2. Add this at the very end of the cooking process. Once the slurry is added and the sauce comes to a boil, it will thicken.
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How do you thicken Thai green curry without flour? ›

Coconut Cream and Milk:

One of the most beloved and versatile ingredients in Thai cuisine, coconut cream and milk not only add rich flavour but also provide a natural thickening effect. Simmering your curry with coconut milk can gradually reduce it to a thicker consistency, intensifying the flavour along the way.

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