One of my favourite dishes when I go to a Thai restaurant is the Thai coconut red curry. For those of you who are afraid to try making a recipe that you only order at a restaurant, don’t be!! This recipe is quick and easy and shouldn’t be intimidating at all! Less than 30 minutes to prepare and serve dinner? Yes, please! 🙂 Dinner has seriously never been so easy.
Because it is so quick to make this dish, I love cooking it on weeknights when I am crunched for time. The only prep that is involved is slicing up a few vegetables. I keep my tablespoon measure close by and measure my other ingredients as I go along. Once prep is done, you are ready to start cooking. From the second that red curry paste starts sizzling in your wok, the aromas are incredible! You know it is going to be a good meal when your mouth starts salivating as soon as you start.
Once you have added the bulk of your ingredients, the rest of the work is done by your cook top. You simply leave the wok at a simmer and let it be until it is ready for the next ingredients. You can catch up on some light reading while you wait. 🙂
- Substitute the protein: This recipe is so delicious and full of flavour. I can’t wait for you to try it! But if you are not a big seafood fan, you can make this dish with chicken as well. The only adjustment that you need to make is to keep the curry at a longer simmer to ensure that the chicken is fully cooked.
- Make your sides: Once you have the first set of ingredients in your wok, simmering and covered, prepare a small pot of rice. This will maximize the use of your time and you can coordinate in this way to ensure that your entire meal is ready at the same time and nothing will go cold.
- Add some water if the sauce is too thick.
To perfectly compliment this dish, I made a batch of easy coconut rice to enhance the coconut flavour in this dinner.
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons thai red curry paste
- 1 can of coconut milk (can use regular or lite)
- 1 tablespoon dried lemongrass
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons cold water
- 12-15 prawns, deveined
- 1-2 cups snap peas (or green beans)
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
- 1 green bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
- 1-2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves
- Heat sesame oil in pan over medium heat and cook prawns for about 2-3 minutes. Set aside.
- Heat vegetable oil in a large pan or wok on medium heat. Add the red curry paste and cook for 30 seconds.
- Stir in coconut milk, lemongrass and brown sugar. Stir to combine. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
- Stir in the cornstarch mixture and continue to cook for another 2 minutes.
- Add the prawns, snap peas (or green beans), and bell peppers.
- Cook uncovered for 4-5 minutes until prawns are cooked.
- Take the wok off heat and add the fish sauce, lime juice and basil leaves. Let it rest for 5 minutes and serve with cooked rice.