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Red Thai Coconut Curry


Red thai coconut curry

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Red Thai Coconut Curry Recipe by Catherine @ Your Wandering Foodie.  

This Red thai coconut curry recipe is so simple to make, has very few ingredients, full of flavour, freezer friendly and adjustable for serving size! I love this recipe for so many reasons and I hope you will enjoy it too. 

Freezer meals are so helpful! Whether you’re eating for one (hands up, no shame!), feeding a big fam, or simply want to stock up on meals, this recipe is perfect. 

Why you will love this red thai coconut curry recipe. 

  • 10 Minutes to Prep
  • Super Easy
  • Extremely Tasty
  • Healthy (Soy Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Preservative Free)
  • Family Friendly

Ingredients you will need for this Red Thai Coconut Curry Recipe. 

  • full fat coconut milk
  • red curry paste
  • cornstarch (or tapioca starch)
  • onions
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • spinach
  • carrots
  • mushrooms
  • peppers
  • protein of your choice (such as shrimp, tofu, beef or chicken)
  • garnish: limes
  • garnish: green onions

Can I substitute some of the vegetables in my red curry recipe?

Absolutely! If you don’t like mushrooms, for example, feel free to add more of the other veggies or substitute kale, peas, cabbage, or cauliflower! Really, it’s all up to you! 

What ingredients can I not substitute?

Well, you obviously need coconut milk and curry paste so those are two ingredients you can’t skip out on. And garlic adds so much flavour so I highly recommend adding that, but if you don’t have fresh ginger or garlic feel free to use powder/ground. And the rest is up to you to work with what you have for vegetables and protein! 

How to make this red coconut curry chicken recipe in the slow cooker?

Just throw everything into a slow cooker and let it cook for you. No mess, no fuss and a delicious home-cooked dinner! See recipe card below for more cooking directions. 


What kind of meat can I use?

Use whatever protein you love best. (Cooking times for different proteins may vary). Some great options for this curry recipes are chicken, shrimp, beef or tofu. 

Can I freeze this red thai coconut curry?

You can absolutely freeze this recipe! There are two ways to do it. You can make the curry portion (curry paste, coconut milk and spices) and simply freeze that. Then when you want this thai curry recipe, simply take the curry out, thaw or heat to thaw, add your veggies, protein and serve. 

OR you can make your curry, add your veggies and then simply freeze it as a meal. Then all you have to do is make rice and heat up the curry when you are craving this delicious thai curry! (or you could freeze the rice too!) So many ways to freeze this to make a simple dinner for you and all your loved ones. 


How to store this thai curry recipe?

After cooking store in fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

How many servings does this red thai coconut curry recipe make?

This recipe serves 4 people and can easily be made to serve 2 by halving it, or even made to serve 8 by doubling it! You can even triple this recipe if you’re feeling crazy! Remember, it freezes well. 


So why do you need to make this recipe? Because it is so full of flavour, so versatile, so super simple and so delicious, did I mention delicious? I once ate this meal two days in a row, no shame! One day I had shrimp and the next day I switched it up with tofu.

Hope you enjoy!

*See FAQ’s and specific tips following recipe below. (so you don’t have to scroll for a million years to find the food 😉 ).

How do you make this Thai red curry recipe? 👇 

Red Thai Coconut Curry

A delicious mild red curry recipe perfect for any protein you love. This dish will feed a crowd or is a perfect red thai curry for two.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: Coconut Curry Chicken, Curry Recipe, Red Curry, Shrimp Curry, Thai Curry
Servings: 4 Adults


  • 2 lbs Chicken or protein of your choice
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 1-2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
  • 3 small carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1.5 cups mushrooms, quartered or halved
  • 1.5 cups peppers, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • lime wedges (Optional) garnish
  • green onions (Optional) garnish

Red Thai Curry Ingredients:

  • 2 14.5 oz can full fat coconut milk
  • 4-5 tbsp red curry paste
  • 2 tsp garlic powder or 3-4 fresh garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp ground ginger or 2 tsp fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch slurry
  • 2 tbsp water slurry


Make Fresh Directions:

  • Chop all your veggies and prepare your protein.
  • In a large saucepan, stir together coconut milk and red curry paste. Heat to a boil and add your slurry. Stir until thickened and then turn on low.
  • Cook your rice or noodles.
  • Saute onions, carrots, garlic and ginger in another pan until soft. Add peppers and mushrooms and saute a few minutes longer.
  • Add all the veggies to the curry, adding the spinach last.
  • When the spinach has wilted, remove from heat and serve over rice or noodles. Optional: Garnish with green onions and a lime wedge.

Freezer Directions:

  • Label Freezer bag with Recipe name, cooking from freezer directions and expiration date (todays date plus three months).
  • Blend all curry sauce ingredients in high speed blender or food processor to make curry sauce.
  • Add all main ingredients and curry sauce into gallon freezer bag.
  • Seal bag, removing as much air as possible and freeze for up to three months.

(Slow Cooker) Cooking from Frozen Directions:

  • Thaw overnight in fridge or in the morning in water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok).
  • Dump contents of freezer bag into slow cooker.
  • For Chicken: Cook on low 4-6 hours or high 2-3 hours.
  • Shred chicken, and stir back into slow cooker.
  • Serve over basmati rice or rice noodles (cauliflower rice if paleo).

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How freezer meals will change your life.

Makes homecooking Easy

Only spend one hour in the kitchen for a whole week of dinners. Day of, throw your freezer meal in the slow cooker or instant pot and enjoy dinner!

feel confident

Knowing you have a fool proof systen for something that is easy and works gives you confidence in the kitchen. So wether you're a seasoned chef or occational home cook the method of freezer cooking will work for you!


Eat Healthier

Because you're prepping the freezer meals with fresh foods you're eating healthier. Anytime you cook at home instead of eating out you get the benefits of healthier food.

Enjoy less stress

Have you ever felt the pressure of forgetting about dinner, or having to cook at the end of a long day?! No more, just grab something out of the freezer and you're good to go.

Frequently asked questions

No problem!

If you made the red curry and froze then simple thaw in warm water and mix in with your veg and protein. 

If you made the coconut curry with all the protein and veggies to freeze all together. Then just throw the freezer meal in your slow cooker and you’re all set. If it doesn’t fit thaw it for a few minutes in warm water. (You may need to add an extra 30 minutes cook time if completely frozen when cooking).

Potato starch doesn’t have any nutrients but it does contain less calories and carbs than cornstach if that is something you’re looking for! It can also be gluten free. Arrowroot powder and tapioca starch are also great clean alternatives to corn starch. 

Here is some more information about Cornstarch vs Potato Starch

Generally, traditional thai currys are meant to be spicy. However, this red curry recipe does not come out as spicy at all, but full of flavor. You can adjust the spice in this recipe for yourself if you like it more or less spicy by adding in crushed red pepper flakes for a kick. You can also add whole chili flakes, peppercorns or even fresh chiles if you desire. 

Some Thai curries contain fish sauce, but if you follow this recipe and choose tofu or veggies as your main, you can have a delicious vegan curry meal. 

Some curry pastes you can get are gluten free, be sure to check the labels in your grocery store when shopping for red curry paste.

You can make this recipe keto friendly by omitting the carrots and simply adding veggies of your choice! And shrimp and tofu are great choices for a low carb/keto meal.

This recipe lasts 3-5 days in the fridge or 2-3 months in the freezer. 


Depending on which protein you choose this red thai coconut curry recipe makes an amazing 

  • vegetable curry
  • coconut curry
  • shrimp curry recipe
  • thai chicken curry
  • vegan curry
  • red curry chicken

and so much more!

A slurry is a thickening agent in some sauces or gravies, etc. You can add cornstarch and cold water in a separate dish and make a slurry to add to your dish you want to thicken! Usually the ratio is 1:2 cornstarch and water. 

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