Quick Green Thai Curry for 2 People
Simple Thai Curry That Takes Under 30 Minutes To Whip Up For A Quick Weeknight Dinner! Serve With Rice Or Flakey Paratha.
It’s easy to fall into a boring routine of eating the same few foods every night for dinner. But this can make mealtime feel dreadful. This super simple Thai green curry is the perfect way to add some variety to your life without putting in a whole lot of effort. It can spice up your meals, quite literally actually! For this recipe, all you need is any store-bought Thai curry paste, coconut milk, your favorite vegetables, and less than 20 minutes! This is a great recipe to try out when you’re in a curious mood and want to try something new.
What is Thai Curry?
One of the most popular parts of Thai cuisine is curry. There are three types of curry are red (hottest), yellow (medium), and green (fairly mild). Don’t get me wrong, all of them are packed with heat, but red curry definitely is the spiciest! The difference between all of them is the different chilies and ingredients added to the curry paste.
Red curry contains fiery red chili powder and other deep spices like garlic, galangal, and red chilies. Yellow curry contains turmeric which gives it a distinct yellow color, similar to many Indian curries. Finally, green curry is the most popular in Thai cuisine. Additions include fresh coriander, basil, fresh green chilies, and makrut lime peel. Green curry is the most distinct of the curries as it is the one that is very unlike any other dish around the world. The curries also have a few ingredients in common though. For example, coconut milk is a standard ingredient that is added to all varieties of Thai curry.
Thai Curry Paste
This important ingredient in the recipe can either be made from scratch or store-bought. There are some recipes I make from scratch and others in which I take shortcuts. I personally buy my Thai curry paste from the store to save time and also because I don’t usually have the ingredients needed to make it from scratch on hand. If you’re up for the challenge, go for it! There are some great recipes out there and it’s always a great way to personalize your dishes.
There are also just days when you want to throw together a quick recipe and it may not be ideal to create curry paste from scratch which is why I recommend having a store-bought curry paste ready-to-use for when you need to use it! My personal favorite green Thai curry paste to buy from the store is the brand Thai Kitchen (which is vegan). It can be found in most stores, including Shoprite and Amazon! For this recipe, you could use green, red, or yellow Thai curry paste.Print
Simplest Green Thai Curry for 2 People
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 2 Generous Servings 1x
- Diet: Vegan
Satisfying Vegan Thai Green Curry packed with vegetables and comforting flavors!
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1–2 green chilies, thinly sliced
- 1 cup Bell Pepper, sliced
- 1 cup spinach, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup bean sprouts (or any crunch vegetable)
- 1/2 cup of your favorite vegetable (I used baby corn)
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tsp minced ginger
- 3 tbsp green curry paste
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 14 oz can light coconut milk or regular coconut milk
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- In a saucepan, add 2 tsp oil and sauté the veggies. Start with the crunchiest vegetables first, then add in the softer vegetables. This prevents a mushy mess since crunchy vegetables take longer to cook. Set aside in a bowl.
- To the same saucepan, add 1 tsp oil. Sauté the ginger and garlic until fragrant (aka until it smells good). Then add in the green chilies and green curry paste and sauté for 30 seconds.
- Add in the coconut milk and stir. You can use light or regular coconut milk depending on your preference. Note that light coconut milk will results in a thinner final dish and regular coconut milk will make it creamier. Add the brown sugar, water and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, then take the heat to the lowest setting and cover with a lid. Simmer for 5 minutes to allow all the flavors to marry.
- Add in the sauteed veggies and salt to taste. Cook for 2-3 minutes and serve over rice!
*nutrition is with light coconut milk! I like the one from Trader Joes
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Cuisine: Thai