Thai red beef curry

Turn one of the cheaper cuts of beef into a melt-in-the-mouth tender, flavoursome and hearty meal. Serve with steamed rice.

  • 15 mins preparation
  • 1 hr 20 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Thai red beef curry
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or peanut oil
  • 500 gram beef chuck steak, cut into 2 cm pieces
  • 1/3 cup bought red curry paste
  • 270 millilitre can coconut milk
  • 270 millilitre can coconut cream
  • 200 gram green beans, halved diagonally
  • 1 carrot, peeled, thinly sliced diagonally
  • 1 red capsicum, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves, plus extra small leaves, to serve
  • 3 cup cooked jasmine rice, to serve


Thai red beef curry
  • 1
    Heat a wok or large deep frying pan over high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of the oil; swirl to coat surface. Stir-fry beef, in batches, for 5 minutes or until browned. Transfer to a heatproof plate.
  • 2
    Add remaining oil to wok; swirl to coat surface. Add curry paste; stir-fry for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Return beef and any juices to wok; stir-fry for 1 minute. Add coconut milk and 1 cup water. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low; cover. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour.
  • 3
    Add coconut cream, beans, carrot and capsicum to wok; cook and stir for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add sugar, fish sauce and basil leaves; stir until combined. Sprinkle with extra basil. Serve with rice.


Vegetarian: Use 500g firm chopped tofu instead of beef. Cooking time will vary. You can swap coconut milk for 1 large crumbled beef stock cube and 3/4 cup water. You'll need to cook 1 cup of rice.

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