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Thai Red Curry with Lamb Recipe

Thai Red Curry with Lamb
Allison Beck

Thai Red Curry with Lamb

I love Thai curries. The aroma alone of creamy coconut milk with the slight heat of the pungent curry spices makes my mouth water. I will often add lamb coupled with whatever vegetables I have on hand and simmer the mixture together until meltingly tender. Alone, a curry is a hearty alternative to a bowl of soup. For something even more substantial, serve it atop a cup of brown rice cooked with a bit of coconut oil and coconut milk, for added flavor. Added benefit of this recipe? It cooks in the same amount of time it takes to cook rice.

While I used lamb, onions, and bell peppers in this curry, you can really use whatever ingredients you have on hand. For example, try chicken instead of lamb, and use fresh snow peas and zucchini instead of the red bell peppers. A vegetarian? You can also use chopped tofu as well.

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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 ounces red curry paste
  • 2 small yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 red bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • One 13.5-ounce can coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ pound lamb stew meat or tenderloins cut in ¾-inch pieces
  • Cooked rice, for serving, preferably brown rice
  • Sliced jalapeño, for garnish
  • Fresh basil, for garnish


In a large saucepan, heat olive oil. Add curry paste and cook, constantly stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the onions and the peppers and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add the coconut milk, soy sauce, and 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and add the lamb. Cover with a lid and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes or longer if the lamb is not yet cooked.

Remove the lid and let the curry sit for 5 minutes. Serve over a bowl of rice and garnish with sliced jalapeños and basil.