Red Thai Curry

Thai curry is one of the quickest and tastiest meals in our home. It takes less than 15 mins from start to finish and works well for left overs.

Serves 4-6


  • 1 Tb peanut oil*
  • 200g strips of beef
  • 1 Tb Mae Ploy red curry paste**
  • 3 heaped cups (or 1 large plate of a mix of veggies)***
  • 1 can quality coconut cream
  • 1 Tb brown sugar
  • Fish sauce or salt to taste
  • Extra water if needed (all veggies and meat differ so depending on how much water comes out of them you may need to add more water.)


  1. Cut veggies and into bite size pieces. Separate harder veggies that take longer to cook (eg carrot, onion, brocoli, steams of bok choy, cauliflower)
  2. Heat wok to hot.
  3. Add oil, and fry curry paste and any harder veggies for 2 minutes stiring constantly
  4. Add in meat and brown
  5. Add coconut cream and the rest of the veggies that don’t need as much cooking (bok choy leaves, beans, mushrooms baby corn etc)
  6. Simmer for 2-5 mins or until greens are just cooked but still crunchy.

Tips and tricks
*I use peanut oil as it withstands high temperatures and it doesn’t have a strong flavour. Any other oil is fine.

**You can generally buy May Ploy curry paste in single use pouches in the supermarket or from an Asian grocer. A whole tub is around $5 and you will get at least 10 curries from it.
***Example veggies: 1/4 onion, 1 carrot, 1 bok choy, 1/2 capsicum, handful of snow peas, 1/4 brocoli. You can use whatever you have on hand- cauliflower, mushrooms, beans, mini corn etc


example veg

We mix it up depending on how I am feeling as to what we serve the curry with. Jasmine or brown rice, cauliflower rice or just the curry as is. If we are short on time I put jasmine rice in a big microwave safe bowl in the microwave (rinse rice then 1 cup rice to 1 2/3 cups water) and microwave for 12 mins. I check it and if needed cook for another 1-3 mins. If I do this first then by the time the rice has finished then the curry is ready. Faster than any takeaway!!
If you have enjoyed this recipe or have any suggestions I would love to hear from you. Just comment below. You can also follow Carly’s Recipe on Instagram @carlysrecipe

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