Thai Green Curry with Tofu is one of the most popular and spiciest curry dish that you will find at a Thai restaurant. This curry is made by cooking a homemade or store-bought curry paste with coconut milk. Thai curry paste is a combination of many aromatics and dry spices. The curry paste includes lemongrass, ginger-root, garlic, kaffir lime leaves, shallots, chilies, and, some fragrant dry spices like coriander and cumin. It’s lemony, earthy, spicy, and pairs really well with the creamy coconut milk. The two balance each other so well and the result is a sweet and spicy curry that compliments any meat or vegetable you add to it. I love making this curry vegetarian by using extra-firm Tofu, but can make this curry with the protein of your choice- Chicken, Shrimp or even Beef. Thai Green Curry is another weeknight favorite in my home!
Homemade Green Curry Paste:
When I have time to plan ahead, I like to make this paste from scratch. I blend together the following with a tablespoon or so of oil for easy blending:
1 lemongrass stalks, outer layers removed
5 serrano chiles, de-seeded
1 large shallot, cut in half
3 garlic cloves
2-inch piece ginger, peeled, coarsely chopped
2 kaffir lime leaves
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
- 1/2 cup cilantro leaves with stems
- 1/2 cup Thai basil leaves
But then there are days, where I barely have time to cook. For those days, this pre-made paste works great. I really like the Maesri brand of Thai curry pastes. They make weeknight meals taste so good. I always tell my friends that Maesri curry pastes are so authentic, that if you ever did a blind taste test, you won’t be able to tell between a restaurant version and yours.
I simply simmer this paste with coconut milk, add protein and vegetables and cook it for 2 minutes in my programable pressure cooker, Instant Pot, on Manual or Pressure Cook, QR after 5 minutes! Finish with brown sugar and few drops of lime juice. Simultaneously, I make Brown Jasmine rice and our meal is done! To learn more about the instant pot, check out my Instant Pot FAQ and Accessories blog.
Spice level Tip:
This Thai paste is on the spicier side. If you’re not sure about the spice level, start by adding 1/2 a can of this pre-made paste. If you like it to be more spicy, you can always add a few more tablespoons after the cooking process, and then saute it for a few more till everything comes together.
Customize your Thai Green Curry:
I personally love making this Thai Green Curry with Tofu. You can customize it and make it with Chicken, Shrimp or beef. You can add your choice of vegetables like water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, bell peppers, zuchhini. If adding peppers, add them after the pressure cooking step, and saute for 2 minutes. If using Chicken , increase the cooking time to 4 minutes for bite size boneless chicken pieces. When cooking this with Shrimp, cook the curry for 1 minute, QR, and then add the Shrimp, saute’ for 1-2 minutes, till they turn opaque. If you’re using beef stew pieces, cook the meat in the curry sauce for 25 minutes, QR and then add all the veggies and cook on SAUTE for another 2-3 minutes. If you add them earlier, they’ll be over cooked. This is a very versatile curry, add your favorite combination and enjoy!