Thai pork & peanut curry

Thai pork & peanut curry

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 4
Use fragrant hot red curry paste as the base to this coconut curry dish with baby sweetcorn, coriander and soy

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal388
  • fat25g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs12g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre2g
  • protein28g
  • salt1.6g
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  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • bunch spring onions, sliced
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • small bunch coriander, stalks finely chopped, leaves picked
  • 400g pork tenderloin, sliced
  • 4 tbsp Thai red curry paste
  • 4 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
    Soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

  • 400ml can light coconut milk
  • 175g pack baby corn
  • juice 1 lime



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • steamed jasmine rice, to serve


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan or flameproof casserole. Add the spring onions and coriander stalks and cook for 1 min. Add the pork slices and cook for 5 mins until starting to brown.

  2. Stir in the curry paste and peanut butter. After 30 secs, add the sugar, soy and coconut milk, plus ½ can of water. Mix well, put a lid on and leave to simmer for 15 mins, stirring occasionally.

  3. Remove the lid, add the baby corn and increase the heat. Bubble for 3 mins until the corn is cooked and the sauce has thickened a little. Stir in the lime juice and check the seasoning. Can now be frozen for up to 2 months. To cook from frozen: thoroughly defrost, then heat in a pan on the hob until curry is hot all the way through. Serve scattered with the coriander leaves and rice.

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18th Feb, 2017
Delicious! A bit too much sauce for me so next time I'll add more pork and veg.
25th Jan, 2017
Really tasty. Left out water. Added one teaspoon of sugar. Used full fat coconut milk.
12th Jan, 2017
I'm quite an accomplished home cook of Thai and Asian food, so was really looking forward to making this dish. It certainly smelt authentic and looked just like the picture but Uurrgh! FAR too sweet, far too creamy to the point where my husband felt sick.
8th Oct, 2016
This dish is amazing! A taste sensation, it's hard not to eat it 3 times a week. Really great with simple Bazmati rice. It works best when the pork is sliced as thinly as you can manage - makes it feel like there's lots of pork to go around.
28th Sep, 2016
I've cooked this a couple of times now and it's been brilliant every time! It's very easy to make and has room for tweaking to how you like - I find it doesn't need the extra water once the coconut is in and usually add a little more curry paste
4th Sep, 2016
This has to be one of my favourite recipes on this site. Have cooked it so many times now. I always use a full fat coconut milk however as I find the lite stuff too runny. I also like to add some Thai basil that Waitrose sell.I also firmly believe that the curry paste used can turn a good dish into a stunning dish. Have been using the ones from for a long time and they are simply in a different league. I find that the kids love to eat this with Thai sticky rice!
6th Aug, 2016
Nutrition note: For the calorie conscious, dont take the 388 value without checking your ingredients! After logging each item separately, I found the calorie count was about 445kcal per portion (and thats without the brown sugar). here is a link to my MFP page with the nutrition values i use (so you can get an idea). The curry paste entry is incorrect though, it should be about 37kcal and a non fatal amount of salt.
26th Feb, 2017
19th Jul, 2016
Absolutely love this. Four tbsp of paste is spicy but rounds out well with the peanut butter. I added a big heap of chopped ginger with the spring onions, and a tbsp of fish sauce when it was all cooking. Doubled the soy sauce. I think this would work really well with salmon or chicken.
27th Jun, 2016
Tried this recipe and it came out delicious! Added some grated ginger and some fish sauce. Next time I think I'll add some Thai Basil too, I think it would go great with the peanut.


16th Jul, 2014
Want to try this tonight with chicken instead of pork? Anyone had this?
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29th Jul, 2014
Hi there. Good idea - the curry would work really well with chicken too. For best results use chopped chicken thighs as they have more flavour than breasts.
30th May, 2014
How much is 1/2 a cup of water?
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29th Jul, 2014
Hi there. Half a can of water refers to half the empty coconut milk can, about 200ml. No need to measure just pour it straight into the can and then the curry.
11th May, 2014
This is a regular favourite now in our house :) we have it all the time as it's easy to make and so tasty
3rd Mar, 2014
Could you add curry powder? Do you think that would taste nice with it?
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10th Mar, 2014
Hi there, thanks for getting in touch. In this instance we wouldn't add curry powder as this recipe already contains a Thai curry paste. But if you prefer, you could substitute the paste for powder.
8th Apr, 2016
This is an absolute staple in our house and freezes really well. I now freeze it without the vegetables, and add them fresh when reheating - just for a slightly better texture.