Thai beef curry

Thai beef curry

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 8 hrs

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 8

A spicy, authentic Thai green curry for your slow cooker that's ideal for taking the last-minute stress out of entertaining

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

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Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
541
protein
34g
carbs
10g
fat
40g
saturates
20g
fibre
0g
sugar
7g
salt
1.5g

Ingredients

  • 2-3 tbsp groundnut oil
  • 2kg beef short ribs (bone-in ribs left whole), or brisket, cut into large chunks
  • large bunch coriander
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, 1 bashed, 1 roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1-2 green chillies, roughly chopped, deseeded if you like
  • 2cm-piece galangal or ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 50ml rice wine vinegar
  • 50ml fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp palm or light brown sugar
  • 400g can coconut milk
  • 2 star anise
  • 6 kaffir lime leaves
  • juice 2 limes, plus wedges to serve

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Method

  1. Heat a little of the oil in a large pan and brown the beef in batches, removing to a plate after, reserving any juices. If your slow cooker has a browning function, use this instead. Meanwhile, in a mini chopper or food processor, whizz half the coriander, the chopped lemongrass, garlic, chillies and galangal with the rest of the oil until you have a rough paste.
  2. Turn the slow cooker to High. Heat the paste for a few mins, then add the beef and all the remaining ingredients, apart from the remaining coriander and lime juice. Turn slow cooker to Low and cook for 8 hrs, or until the meat is falling off the bone.
  3. If using beef ribs, remove bones from the beef, then shred the meat with 2 forks. If the sauce is too thin, strain it off and boil it to reduce. Stir in the remaining coriander and lime juice, then season with more fish sauce or sugar.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2012

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Sonammy's picture
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I bought my first slow cooker and decided to try this recipe. I used half the weight of chicken breast and used the green curry paste. I added mange tout, baby corn, aubergine and mushroom. Cooked for 6-7 hours and put the coconut milk in the last 30 min.

Results:
the curry was majorly dry and the chicken became dry, did not get any other green curry flavour other than the chilli. Really disappointed with the outcome. I was going to do the same method to create a red curry but am now reluctant given the outcome of the green. Any tips?

lizleicester's picture

Hi Sonammy, I really sympathise because it's annoying when you've gone to so much trouble and it hasn't worked well. I wonder if there wasn't enough liquid in the slow cooker? I tend to add a couple of inches of boiling stock (or in this case coconut milk) and if it looks too much at the end, I pour the juices into a saucepan and reduce them to a thicker (and very tasty) gravy/sauce.

sankm28's picture
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I've made this a few times, with a lesser amount of beef. I always use thai curry paste to save the blending etc. Any milky products in the slow cooker separate so I only ever add it in at the last 20 mins. I also don't add the lime in until the last 20 mins as otherwise it tastes tangy.

lizleicester's picture

Really good flavour combination. The slow cooking infused the brisket with delicious flavours.

missbroon's picture

I made this dish in the slow cooker last night with half the amount of brisket beef and the full amount of sauce (although i only added 2 tbsp of fish sauce). As i expected the milk had split so i took the tip from earlier in the page and seived the mixture this morning (removed the beef from the seive and put back into slow cooker and discarded the leftovers) which really helped take away the sharpness. The sauce is now unbeilivabley smooth and full of flavour. I'm currently reducing whats left and added some baby sweetcorn and mange tout. Also the beef is soo tender and soaked up the flavour. The ingredient of a great dish are here! Its just the method maybe needs adjusting! Next time i'll maybe cook the dish and leave the milk until last.

michaela51's picture
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I have just bought a slow cooker and decided to try this dish. I followed the recipe and have to say that it was awful. Fish sauce is very strong and just a teaspoon would have been better. The coconut milk separated and the fish sauce taste was overwhelming.

It looked awful and the tastes were harsh, as someone says above. Luckily I just did this for the family and not for guests. I would have been mortified to have had to serve this up as a dinner part dish. There are so many fantastic recipes out there but this isn't one of them.

mushlin2's picture

I cooked this for my husbands family and it was absolutely fab! I used brisket and put this in the oven at 160o for 2 hours instead of a slower cooker. It was so soft. I had no issues with the coconut cream splitting, however, I have to agree that 50ml of fish sauce was a bit extreme! I put in 2 tbsp, which was sufficient. Definitely recommend this recipe.

catie74's picture

Would this work with beef cheeks?

vintageabbie's picture
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Absolutely delicious, the flavours are amazing, and the beef really works with the thai flavours. I served for 2, so used the appropriate amount of beef and other ingredients, but used only half (instead of quarter) of the coconut milk and liquids, and the consistency was spot on. Yum!

azimaizie's picture
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This was actually amazing! I made it with 500g chicken thigh fillets, and it'll serve me 4 portions, with the same amount of liquid recommended above. I really hate curries that don't have enough sauce and as some others have said, I can't imagine this much liquid being enough for 8 portions.

I also put in a pile of beansprouts, a courgette and an aubergine right at the beginning, yummy!

jennyingleby's picture
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this was delicious. As some of the comments below I used half the meat with this amount of sauce. Can imagine wouldn't be enough sauce otherwise. Used brisket and half fat coconut milk for the whole duration. Although it split a little, a good stir and it was completely fine. Didn't cook for 8 hours. Between 6-7 seemed plenty with lovely soft meat. The beef absorbs the flavours beautifully. Threw in some Green beans, brocolli stems and baby corn in the last half hour. Will definitely be doing this one again.

tmullany's picture

Is it really 50ml Fish sauce? That is 1/4 of the bottle. I've added two table spoons to the dish and just put it in the slow cooker. Will let you know how it goes.

rheahardy's picture
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This is worthy of 5 stars but only with this adjustment at the end which rescued what looked awful and tasted too harsh for me. I cooked it exactly as it says but before adding the last coriander and lime juice I sieved the mixture and blended the juice which bought it together beautifly. I then put the blended juice on the hob and picked the beef out the sieve and added that back in. Cooked an extra 5 mins with the lime juice and coriander Tasted like thai restaurant standard.

amiepeters's picture
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Stunning recipe, restaurant quality. Didn't slow-cook it as didn't have time, so instead did in on the cook top, simmered as slowly as possible for two hours. Fabulous!

heaneye's picture
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Fab! I used some of the tweaks suggested above (curry paste as I don't have time before the nursery and work run to do much) and adding the coconut milk for the last hour. I also threw in some mangetout and baby corn at the end. Really yummy.

juderussell's picture
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Made for a dinner party. Used the slow cooker and did it overnight. Beef was so tender - melt in the mouth. No sauce, but served with coconut rice and also some fresh sugarsnap peas and babycorn to add a bit of colour to the plate as it didn't look that appetizing! Tasted great though and had clear plates all round!

vcrovato's picture

How long would I need to cook this in a pressure cooker? (I know it defeats a bit the purpose but I don't have a slow cooker and I don't really want to cook it in the oven for too long!) thank you :)

thecherub's picture
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I followed the advice above and added the coconut milk 15 mins before serving. Overall I found the dish really a bit too intense. I love thai food, I love the freshness of it but this didnt seem fresh and vibrant at all. Bit of a shame. perhaps it doesnt need 8 hours cooking!?

zempants's picture
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The whole family really enjoyed this meal, I was a bit worried about the coconut milk splitting so I only added it 15mins before serving up. I used about half the amount of meat with all the other ingredients so there was just enough liquid to cover it. I also used about a teaspoon of mild chilli powder rather than the chillies, so it wasn't hot and I could feed it to our 2 year old, she scoffed it down!

greenjade6's picture
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I didn't have any rice wine vinegar but improvised and used 2 tbsp of lime juice instead - what I'd usually use in a Thai green curry. I agree with Celine that the coconut milk separated out, but I found this was rectified by using a balloon whisk on the sauce just before serving. The curry was absolutely devine and will definitely be made again and again!

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