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Coconut & Tofu Thai Red Curry

40 min

Meal

Freezer-friendly

This creamy Thai curry is on regular rotation in our home. It's loaded with veggies, tofu, and potatoes, making it hearty and filling.

Servings

Total

40 min

Prep

10 min

Cook

30 min

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Ingredients

  • ½ Tbsp (7 mL)
    vegetable oil
  • 3
    medium shallots, minced
  • 2
    cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2
    medium potatoes, cut into 1 cm cubes
  • 3 Tbsp (45 mL)
    Thai red curry paste
  • 1¼ cups (300 mL)
    water
  • 1 cup (200 g)
    uncooked basmati rice
  • 12 oz (350 g)
    pre-seasoned tofu strips
  • 2
    red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1
    small broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1⅔ cups (399 mL)
    canned full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
    sodium-reduced soy sauce, plus more to taste
  • 1 tsp (5 mL)
    sambal oelek, plus more to taste
  • 3 Tbsp (26 g)
    roasted unsalted cashews, chopped

Directions

  1. In a large pot on high heat, add the oil and sauté the shallots for about 5 minutes, or until lightly golden. Add splashes of water as needed to de-glaze the pan.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.
  3. Add the potatoes and curry paste, and cook for 1 - 2 minutes.
  4. Then add the water to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, and cover with a lid. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, cook the rice according to package directions.
  6. Add the remaining ingredients to the pot and cook for about 6 - 8 minutes, or until the veggies are cooked to desired tenderness.
  7. Serve with the rice, and top with cashews for crunch. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Pre-seasoned tofu strips can often be found alongside regular tofu at your local grocery store, and can come in a variety of flavours.

Storage

  • Store the curry in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

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Plate method

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Grains & Starches 45%

medium potato

uncooked basmati rice

Proteins 14%

pre-seasoned tofu strips

roasted unsalted cashews

Fruits & Veggies 41%

medium shallot

clove garlic

red bell pepper

small broccoli

Calcium

pre-seasoned tofu strips

Fat

vegetable oil

canned full-fat coconut milk

roasted unsalted cashews

Nutrition info

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Kyla - Nov. 14, 2022, 8:29 p.m.

Really yummy! Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner!


Marco - Oct. 23, 2022, 10:44 p.m.

Hi there!

I've wanted to try this recipe out for a while now, but I don’t have access to any pre-seasoned tofu at my local grocery store – just regular tofu. Could someone from the PUL team recommend me a spice mix to season my tofu with that’ll compliment the rest of this dish?

Thanks! :)

PUL Team - Oct. 25, 2022, 6:45 a.m.

Hey there, Marco! A baked tofu such as in our Thai Green Curry Noodle Soup is one idea (pickuplimes.com/recipe/coconu…). Using garlic, pepper and cornstarch can add more crunch and flavour such as in our Tofu Veggie Skewers recipe here: pickuplimes.com/recipe/oven-r…
Otherwise, searching for homemade Thai seasoning will load lots of recipes which we think would pair nicely too 🙂


Cat - Oct. 4, 2022, 2:26 a.m.

Quick and easy to prepare. Tasty and comforting to eat. Enjoyed it.

PUL Team - Oct. 6, 2022, 2:10 a.m.

So thrilled to hear, Cat, thank you!


Vanda - Sept. 29, 2022, 7:18 a.m.

The best thai curry I've ever eaten! 😻 Thank you so much for the gorgeous recipe!

PUL Team - Oct. 1, 2022, 8:10 a.m.

Such a big compliment, Vanda, thank you!


Shriya - Aug. 25, 2022, 6:32 a.m.

Yall this recipe is SO easy it took me 30 minutes and I used different veggies but I feel like I'm eating at my favorite Thai restaurant 😍 Used zucchini, broccoli and yellow paper with baby spinach, it tastes brilliant!! Thanks for an amazing find

PUL Team - Aug. 25, 2022, 6:36 a.m.

Oh you're much too kind, Shriya! Thank you for the glowing recipe☺️


Zizo - Aug. 15, 2022, 4:49 p.m.

Simple recipe to follow, can’t really go wrong even if you don’t have the exact ingredients 😁.

PUL Team - Aug. 15, 2022, 9:34 p.m.

Aw thank you, Zizo - happy cooking!


Guendalina - Aug. 6, 2022, 12:44 p.m.

Today my dad came back from our kitchen garden with potatoes, broccoli and red pepper! It was destiny!

Delicious curry, even if it’s august and 30 degree outside curry is always a good idea!

PUL Team - Aug. 6, 2022, 7:05 p.m.

Mmm we're so happy the curry is being enjoyed, Guendalina! Stay cool out there ☀️


Hanna - Aug. 4, 2022, 5:27 p.m.

is their an alternative for the potatoes ? I am not a huge fan of those :) (for example sweet potatoes or something else ? ) thank you !

PUL Team - Aug. 5, 2022, 1:24 a.m.

Hey Hanna, you substitute the potato with sweet potatoes or squash! You could also omit them or use a different vegetable if desired 🙂


Cindy - June 26, 2022, 4:33 a.m.

Oh my goodness, so tasty. I have made my fair share of "healthy" curries and they never satisfy the craving but wow this one was perfect. My first recipe from you and most definitely not my last! Thank you!

PUL Team - June 27, 2022, 7:14 a.m.

Hi Cindy, we're so happy to hear the curry was enjoyed! Thank YOU 🙂


Elena - June 19, 2022, 10:48 a.m.

A yummy and healthy dinner. When tasting it didn't had salt at all so I had to add some on the plate. Also, when cooking steps 1-3 a very good pan is needed. Mine wasn't as good and it started to burn a bit. So I had to add a lot of extra oil to prevent burning further. All in all, the meal had a lot of veggies and filled us a lot which is good. But for standing in the kitchen one hour I wished that the flavors were more intensive :)

PUL Team - June 22, 2022, 3:20 p.m.

Hey there, Elena, thank you for taking the time to share your experience with the curry. It's so appreciated to help us grow. In case you're interested and it helps, the curry paste used can impact the flavour for this one a fair bit. We used the Koh Thai red curry paste which we find flavourful 🙂


Marie - June 15, 2022, 5:31 p.m.

Another GREAT recipe, thanks for sharing! I'm looking forwards to even more freezer freindy dinner recipes :-D

PUL Team - June 17, 2022, 7:24 a.m.

Thank you, Marie! We hope to share more freezer-friendly meals soon. In the meantime, in case you haven't already seen are interested we have a freezer-friendly filter on our recipe page here: pickuplimes.com/recipe/?sb=&a…


Yasmine - March 13, 2022, 3:11 p.m.

Just divine!! Thank you so si much for all your amazing recipes and content!!

PUL Team - March 14, 2022, 1:41 a.m.

Aw thanks, Yasmine, it means so much 😊


Thien - Jan. 26, 2022, 7:47 p.m.

I just made this for lunch and it’s delicious! It tastes so exotic for a recipe that uses easy to find ingredients from a conventional North American grocery store. Thank you again for what you guys do!

PUL Team - Jan. 27, 2022, 7:28 p.m.

We appreciate it so much, Thien, thank you for taking the time to share 🥰


Katja - Jan. 12, 2022, 1:51 p.m.

I love this recipe. Its easy to make for the whole family :) We enjoy the Thai Curry once a week and we wont stop, because it‘s amazing. Thanks Pick Up limes 💚

PUL Team - Jan. 12, 2022, 9:11 p.m.

So happy to hear, Katja - thank YOU!


Jordan - Jan. 11, 2022, 5:33 p.m.

Delicious. We made this as our intro Plant-Based Diet meal for us and our family who we are visiting; they loved it and we loved it! We are making it again tonight :) The website is easy to navigate and I like how interactive the website is. I find most recipe sites exhausting and lengthy, PUL is succinct and well thought out, I appreciate the nutritional values, as well as the ability to modify the serving size. Thank you two!

PUL Team - Jan. 12, 2022, 4:31 a.m.

Aww thank you for the glowing feedback, Jordan, it means so much! We're so thrilled the PUL content is being enjoyed 😃


Priya - Jan. 10, 2022, 11:49 p.m.

Too good!


Veena - Jan. 8, 2022, 9:06 a.m.

Wow your website looks amazing!! :D

PUL Team - Jan. 9, 2022, 7:20 a.m.

Thank you, Veena!


Barsha - Jan. 6, 2022, 1:32 p.m.

Super easy and yummy!


Miranda B - Jan. 3, 2022, 9:22 p.m.

I’ll be leaving a few comments this week as all my meal planning comes from PUL! Yay!
This recipe was delightful. Love the incorporation of more than a few different veggies, particularly the broccoli and bell pepper… great choices! This dish was creamy, filling, and savory! We have a family of 7, including 5 children under 12, so I wasn’t sure if I should double the recipe as I usually do. However, I followed the directions and this made more than enough when served over rice and with a side of sliced avocado. I’ll save to make again :)

PUL Team - Jan. 4, 2022, 4:59 p.m.

Oh, Miranda, this means so much! Thank you for sharing your experience with this one. Happy meal planning 🤗


Jade - Dec. 25, 2021, 3:22 a.m.

Just discovered PUL and this was the first recipe I decided to try. So flavorful and scrumptious! I will definitely be making this again! A note about the website: I REALLY appreciate the features like being able to cross out ingredients/instructions - so helpful!

PUL Team - Dec. 25, 2021, 7:49 p.m.

Hi Jade, welcome to the PUL community! We appreciate the kind words so much and are so happy to hear the cookies were enjoyed 🎉


Jan - Dec. 24, 2021, 12:33 p.m.

Love it. I made several days worth of serving, so I could enjoy it for a longer amount of time!


Jessica Rietveld - Dec. 11, 2021, 8:40 a.m.

I understand why this curry is a staple at your house. A new favourite here (just like the fajitas) :)

PUL Team - Dec. 11, 2021, 10:41 p.m.

Mmm two of our favourites! So happy to hear, Jessica, thank you 😊


Erin C. - Dec. 9, 2021, 7:05 p.m.

This is amazing! Divinely creamy, comforting perfection! Came together quickly and is super filling. I used sweet potatoes (the slender organic ones) and threw in some tatsoi as well as the broccoli. Will definitely be making it again.

PUL Team - Dec. 10, 2021, 4:13 a.m.

We're so happy to hear, Erin C! Love the additions 😃


JolieWu - Dec. 6, 2021, 4:42 a.m.

It seems to me that this is an amazing website!

PUL Team - Dec. 7, 2021, 3:59 a.m.

Aw this means so much, JolieWu, thank you!


Noor - Dec. 3, 2021, 12:49 a.m.

Hi! Can I swap the red bell pepper for green bell pepper? That's all I have available rn :)

PUL Team - Dec. 3, 2021, 9:49 p.m.

Hey there, Noor! We personally prefer the taste of red peppers as they're less bitter, although green peppers will do if desired. We hope you enjoy the curry you're able to give it a try 😊


Becky - Nov. 29, 2021, 5:27 p.m.

Extremely flavorful! Loved it!


Sarah - Nov. 23, 2021, 8:29 a.m.

This is delicious! Didn't have tofu and capsicum on hand so I just used carrot and some extra broccoli... so good!


Eric W - Nov. 22, 2021, 2:59 a.m.

I just made this for dinner. We found it to be hot but not very flavorful. Perhaps this was due to the curry paste I used? It also needed some sweetness and perhaps a little acid. I'll give it another try, wish some adjustments,

PUL Team - Nov. 22, 2021, 8:43 p.m.

Hi there, Eric, thanks for sharing the honest feedback with us! It's really helpful to support our growth. The curry paste used can indeed impact the flavour for this one. If it helps, we used the Koh Thai red curry paste which we find flavourful. The addition of some lemon juice, sugar, or coconut milk to taste may also help if you're planning to give the recipe another try. Do let us know how it goes if so 🤗

Eric W - Nov. 26, 2021, 8:40 p.m.

I'm sure you're right. I'll try that brand and I'll be sure to taste test it throughout to keep the flavors on track. I have a hankering to make this work as a regular meal in our home.

(And thanks for your quick reply and your desire for honest feedback! I love your videos and plan on cooking more dishes based on them. Keep'em coming!)


Meow Meow - Nov. 15, 2021, 10:36 p.m.

OMG delishous!! New fav recipe Thank you!!!


Sonali - Oct. 26, 2021, 6:43 p.m.

Wow, this was so tasty and hearty. I happened to make this on a rainy day, totally hit the spot. Loved it exactly as written


Tatiana - Oct. 2, 2021, 6:21 p.m.

PUL Team, thank you a lot for your wonderful website, channel and the delicious recipes! I tried a bunch of curry, soup and noodle dishes and all of them are simple, fast and mouth-watering! Can't thank you enough, definitely going to experiment with other recipes.

PUL Team - Oct. 2, 2021, 10:58 p.m.

Oh, Tatiana, thank YOU for the glowing review and for being here. It means so much 🥰


Jeralyn - July 24, 2021, 6:23 p.m.

This is my most-made recipe ever! I make this a minimum of once a week! Ha! I can’t recommend this one enough - reheats fabulously for meal prep and the flavors are to live for! 20/10!

PUL Team - July 25, 2021, 11:56 p.m.

Aw you're too kind, Jeralyn! So happy you're enjoying this one 🤗


Kelly - July 22, 2021, 7:18 p.m.

This is one of my absolute favorite curry recipes. I make it frequently. This recipe is really nice and versatile, too, adding whatever vegetables you happen to have on hand. I can never find seasoned tofu strips so I always just bake some tofu beforehand to add in. Only hint I have here is to make sure your potatoes are soft before adding the remaining veggies. Sometimes my potatoes don't cook very fast and if I add the remaining vegetables too soon they end up turning to mush by the time the potatoes are finally soft.

PUL Team - July 23, 2021, 2:52 a.m.

We appreciate the tip and review, Kelly, it means so much 🙂💖


Brooke - July 16, 2021, 4:33 a.m.

Absolutely love this! Super easy and super tasty! This was the first recipe I tried from PUL and it got me hooked. Very excited to try more! :)

PUL Team - July 18, 2021, 2:17 a.m.

Ooo so glad that the recipe welcomed you to the PUL family, Brooke! Thank you 🤗


Jordan - July 10, 2021, 8:01 a.m.

Absolutely love this recipe! We have been making it regularly for around a year now and it's still just as warming, hearty and delicious every time. I usually add in whatever other veggies I also have in the fridge to bulk it out and create leftovers.
Love from Australia!

PUL Team - July 15, 2021, 5:38 a.m.

Hey there, Jordan, so thrilled you're enjoying the curry! A lovely idea to add leftovers as well. Hugs to Australia 🤗


Kate - July 9, 2021, 12:27 a.m.

This curry is really tasty and so filling. I even used this recipe as a blueprint to make a green curry that I really like also. I add baby corn to this, specifically pickled baby corn which might seem weird, but the brine gives the curry a little zing and just brightens the whole thing up a little bit. Yum!

PUL Team - July 12, 2021, 7:48 a.m.

Baby corn is an awesome idea, Kate! Thank you for the review and for sharing this with us 🥰


Violet - June 8, 2021, 2:55 p.m.

Hi, I already made this once, and it was so delicious!! I was wondering if it would work as well if i added red lentils, for some extra protein? If so, should I add it when i add water? Anyway, thank you so much for your recipes, they are extra delicious and easy!
Much love :)

PUL Team - June 9, 2021, 5:46 a.m.

Hey Violet, that's a lovely idea! If the red lentils were uncooked, usually around 3 cups of water is needed per cup of dry lentils. To give you more control over the lentils, it may be easier to add pre-cooked lentils, such as canned lentils or lentils prepared in a separate pot, and add them closer to the end. Let us know how it goes if you give it a try 😃


Alica - June 1, 2021, 8:25 a.m.

Hello, do you happen to have a go-to Thai curry brand? (red, yellow or green?) I cannot seem to find any vegan ones... (even less one without garlic or onion, but that is another issue).
Really want to try this one without having to go over the hassle of making the paste from scratch.
Sending love from Japan <3 !

PUL Team - June 5, 2021, 6:31 p.m.

Hey Alica! Wonderful question. Our go-to brands are usually Koh Thai and/or Suree. After having just reviewed the ingredient list, they both contain garlic and shallots. You may have better luck with international grocery stores or looking in international aisles of the grocery store! Lots of love from us as well! ✨


Amanda - May 31, 2021, 3:37 a.m.

Can you sub shallots for red onions in this recipe? It’s the only onion I have on hand 😅

Emma - June 2, 2021, 5:25 a.m.

I did and it tasted just as good! I used an organic red onion and the end result was so tasty.

PUL Team - June 2, 2021, 3:32 p.m.

Thank you for the question, Amanda, and for sharing your experience, Emma! Indeed, feel free to use whatever onions are accessible to you 🤗


Purva - April 17, 2021, 10:41 p.m.

Such a yummy curry! swapped potato for cubed butternut squash I had on hand and it was great. Really easy to make :)

PUL Team - April 19, 2021, 3:06 a.m.

A delicious sub, Purva! Thank you for sharing :)


Lelia - April 7, 2021, 10:42 a.m.

Is Thai red curry paste really spicy? Actually, I have never tried it and I do not even know if I will be able to find some... I know it is one of the main ingredients but do you think the recipe will still be good with curry powder, garlic, cayenne pepper and cumin instead?
Thank you very much!
(Please forgive my language mistakes, English is not my first language)

PUL Team - April 8, 2021, 6:32 a.m.

Hey Lelia! Thanks for the question 🙂 Thai curry paste generally isn't overly spicy but it does have a kick to it! You might have some luck finding it or another curry paste in the international aisle of your grocery store or at international grocery stores if there's some nearby where you live. Making it at home following a recipe from online is another idea maybe? The recipe could still be good without it, you may just want to taste test as you go when adding the spices and adjust as needed! Let us know how it goes if you experiment with it 🤩


Blake - March 22, 2021, 9:12 a.m.

Very easy to make. Great after work recipe. After I cooked the tofu, I then sauteed it with some more of the sambal. Definitely could use whatever veggies you happen to have!

PUL Team - March 31, 2021, 5:54 a.m.

Oo can't go wrong with extra sambal! Thank you for sharing, Blake 🤗