I love my slow cooker and I love Thai curry! I have been trying different slow cooker recipes gearing up for the Summer. I always associated slow cooker to Fall/Winter, but I realized slow cooker comes in handy (even saved many dinners) during Summer especially when you live in a 100 plus year old house without central air… I adapted this Thai curry recipe from here; instead of beef, I added chicken; instead of beef stock, I added chicken stock; and depending on your taste adjust the amount of curry paste, sugar and fish sauce. I also added bell peppers, carrots, zucchini, and bamboo shoots; used regular coconut milk instead of light milk, omitted jalapeno, and garnished with cilantro.
- 2 pounds lean beef stew meat
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups finely chopped onion (1 onion)
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 3/4 cup lower-sodium beef broth
- 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons red curry paste
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 (13.5-ounce) can light coconut milk (** I used regular coconut milk)
- 1 jalapeño pepper, minced
- 2 cups bagged baby spinach leaves
- 4 cups hot cooked jasmine rice
- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
**See the adjustments I made above (in the introduction).
- 1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Drain. Place beef in a 4-quart electric slow cooker; sprinkle with salt.
- 2. Return pan to medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; saute 5 minutes or until tender. Spoon onion mixture over beef. Combine beef broth and next 6 ingredients (through jalapeño); pour over beef. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours.
- 3. Stir in spinach. Cover and cook on LOW for 15 minutes or just until spinach wilts. Serve beef mixture over rice; sprinkle with basil leaves.
**There are different types of Thai curry paste; these are the 2 brands I use the most. In my opinion, the canned paste is slightly less spicy and hot than the paste in a tub.
My opinion: Ohhhh, loved it!!! My family couldn’t keep away from this curry!! My children wanted to eat this day after day, but after day 2 we finished it up and they were really sad. Use the recipe as a base and adjust it to your own taste (as you can see, that’s what I did).