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How To Make Thai Green Curry

Updated on March 25, 2013

Thai Green Curry - Most Popular Thai Food?

Thai Green Curry (Gaeng Kieow Waan) is perhaps the most popular of all Thai dishes with foreigners, certainly after sixteen years living in Thailand it is still one of my favorites. Indeed at various times Thai Green Curry has been voted the number one fast food in the United Kingdom. Actually, to refer to Thai Green Curry a fast food is in fact rather misleading as any meal made from fresh, healthy ingredients such as go into a Thai Green Curry is a long way removed from the junk foods that I would consider as fast foods - have you tried it?

Traditionally, green curry is a pale, creamy green curry and contains chicken, lemongrass, coriander, lime and eggplant. This combination makes for a wonderful fusion of flavours, textures and colours.

Thai Green Curry is one of three Thai dishes you should try when in Bangkok.

Here I describe, with the help of my wife, the ingredients and how to cook the meal: in fact, a recipe for Thai Green Curry.

Photo by Takeaway.

Delicious Thai Green Curry - The List Of Ingredients - This is the list of ingredients for an authentic Thai Green Curry as prescribed by my wife

Thai Green Curry Ingredients by FotoosVanRobin
Thai Green Curry Ingredients by FotoosVanRobin

With Thai food growing in popularity it is now relatively easy to find the basic ingredients for any Thai dish in most western countries. When I first took my wife (she's from Bangkok) into a supermarket in Britain she was quite shocked (and very pleased) to find Thai staples such as Fish Sauce, Coconut Milk, Chillies, Lemongrass and Jasmine Rice all stocked.

So, get down to the shops and buy the following to make your own delicious Thai Green Curry; even I can do it and I once cooked a pie in its plastic wrapper!

1-2 tablespoons of vegetable oil1 tablespoon of soft dark brown sugar2 lemongrass stalks500g/1lb boneless chicken6-8 kaffir lime leaves1 eggplant400ml/14fl oz coconut milkThai fish sauce (as much as you need to make a sensible amount of sauce)coriander0.5-1 lime2 tablespoons of green curry paste - for those that are concerned about not getting an authentic taste, don't worry, most Thais buy theirs from the market or a shop!

Photo by FotoosVanRobin.

How are you going to chop all the Thai Green Curry ingredients?

One problem about Thai cooking, and Asian cuisine in general, is the amount of preparation needed before cooking, particularly chopping. I have always found it a good idea to chop everything up before starting any cooking; as I am loath to cook the task of chopping is the one which my wife has allotted to me, so now I am something of an expert.

After chopping each set of ingredients (meat, spices etc) I put each into its own small bowl and they can be put into the wok easily when it is time for each one to join the cooking process.

John Boos Maple Wood End Grain Round Butcher Block Cutting Board, 18 Inches Round x 3 Inches
John Boos Maple Wood End Grain Round Butcher Block Cutting Board, 18 Inches Round x 3 Inches

These large, round chopping boards are the ones that are often favored in Thailand. The round shape seems to make it easier to clean them after dinner and this one is plenty large enough for all the ingredients for Thai green curry to be chopped upon.


Thai Green Curry; The Recipe - Anyone Can Cook Thai Green Curry

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Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan.

Add the green curry paste and sugar and cook over a fairly high heat for about a minute, stirring with the lemongrass, if using.

Reduce the heat slightly and stir in the chicken pieces and lime leaves or zest until coated in the paste.

Add the coconut milk, fish sauce or soy sauce and bring to a simmer, cooking for 25-30 minutes until thickened slightly.

Stir in the coriander and lime juice.

Check for seasoning, adding more fish sauce or soy sauce if needed.

The curry is now best left to sit for a few minutes so the sauce becomes creamier; you will taste the true flavours of the curry paste ingredients when it's slightly cooler.

Serve with lots of fragrant Thai jasmine rice.

It's as simple as that!

For the best results cook Thai Green Curry in a wok.

Helen Chen's Asian Kitchen 14-inch Carbon Steel Wok Stir Fry Pan with Bamboo Handles
Helen Chen's Asian Kitchen 14-inch Carbon Steel Wok Stir Fry Pan with Bamboo Handles

This wok consistently receives high rated customer reviews on This wok has a flat bottom so that it is compatible with gas and electric stoves, although users say that gas is required to season the wok. 1.8mm thick stainless steel makes for a good cooking surface and at $24.99 this will not break the bank.


Here Are A Few More Thai Green Curry Ideas To Check Out

Although Thai green curry usually comes with chicken it is a dish that lends itself to adaptation. In Thailand green curry often comes with pork or shrimp as a substitute and the meat can be replaced completely with vegetables or tofu for vegetarians.

Green curry sauce is often used to flavor fried rice too, something that is cropping up on many menus in Thailand these days, and it is frequently used in fusion cooking too with green curry spaghetti becoming a popular dish.

The following feeds constantly update and often have unusual suggestions for adaptations to Thai green curry as well as more standard recipes.

Cooking Thai Green Curry On Video - Watch How To Cook This Delicious Thai Dish

If the recipe is not simple enough for you then here is a video to watch. It is a slightly different recipe but close enough.

How Hot And Spicy Do You Like Your Thai Green Curry? - Vote For Your Favourite Level of Spiciness

How hot do you want your Thai Green Curry?

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Thai Green Curry Apron - Cook Your Dinner Wearing The Right Outfit

I Love Thai Green Curry (Men's)

I Love Thai Green Curry (Women's)

Love Thai Green Curry ... Thailand Street Food

Cook your own Thai Green Curry whilst wearing one of these special Thai Green Curry aprons. The Thai script says "I love Green Curry" with a male and female version as the word for "I" is different for men and women in the Thai language.

More Thai Green Curry Video Clips - Preparing Thai Green Curry

This famous Thai dish is really easy to cook, even I have managed it on one occasion when my wife insisted that I try it. However, if you feel you need a little more tuition these video clips all provide demonstrations on cooking the meal and will provide you with some ideas on how the dish can vary a little - like most dishes you do not need to stick exactly to the recipe.

Culinary Voting Opportunity - What's Your Opinion On Thai Green Curry?

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Thai Green Curry by koe2moe

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Mmmmmmm, Beer! - It Goes Perfectly With Spicy Thai Food

The flavors of Thai food lend themselves perfectly to being accompanied by cold beer (I am not making this up). Typically, in Thailand, people drink locally produced Thai lager with Thai Green Curry.

In Thailand Singha Beer is the biggest selling lager and most commonly consumed with food. However, there are other Thai beers including Beer Chang and Leo Beer. Singha and Chang beers are now becoming internationally-known brands but if you can't obtain these your local lager will be a perfectly good substitute.

Read about different beers in Thailand here: Thai Beer Brands Test.

Thai Cook Books - Cook Other Thai Dishes

Having mastered the art of Thai Green Curry and found how easy it is, any of these cook books will help extend ones repetoir of Thai dishes.

Thai Food Link List - Some Of The Best Websites Offerring Thai Food Recipes

Joy's Thai Food RecipesA large number of recipes from a well-known Thai cook. Most of Thailand's top dishes are featured here.Appon's Thai FoodA great blog with a never ending supply of Thai food recipes illustrated with mouth-watering photographs.Temple Of ThaiA collection of Thai recipes and an online food shop selling a wide variety of ingredients.Table Of ThaiAll things relating to Thai food and the cuisine of the Kingdom of Thailand.Thai Food OnlineStockists of Thai food and ingredients plus a collection of Thai food recipes.

Thai Food - Buy Your Own Ingredients For Cooking Thai Food

If you don't have an Asian supermarket close to where you live, some ingredients are available on

Search for the ingredient you are looking for with this tool.

Vatch's Thai Street Food - A Lesson In Thai Street Cuisine

Vatch's Thai Street Food
Vatch's Thai Street Food

Simple Thai food that can be purchased from food vendors on Thailand's streets for 30 baht or so is some of the best that can be found in the Kingdom of Thailand. In this book, many of these street food recipes are described in a simple way, allowing enthusiasts to recreate the smells and tastes of Thailand's food markets in their own home.


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    • James1978 profile image

      James1978 4 years ago

      Nice info. I love Thai food, but I've never attempted to make it myself.

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      Aster56 4 years ago

      Lovely recipes and love Thai food.

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      Vortrek Grafix 4 years ago

      When it comes to gourmet cuisine, great photos say it all. Bravo!

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      waihou 4 years ago

      Great recipe.

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      nickupton lm 5 years ago

      @BrooklynBeka: Thanks for that, I have sorted out that problem.

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      BrooklynBeka 5 years ago

      nice commentary but photos aren't loading at all, shows error

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      MissionBoundCre 5 years ago

      I love any Thai food or drink

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      natashaely 5 years ago

      I love Green curry and it tastes so much nicer home made and I haven't tried this one so I look forward to it. I have copied it down as I couldn't print iy. Great page, really interesting :)

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      RuralFloridaLiving 5 years ago

      Thank you, thank you, thank you. I've always wanted a recipe for Thai green curry. Very interesting lens.

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      ChiWizard 5 years ago

      hmmm - I particularly liked the photos they got my taste buds going - and thanks for the recipe and enjoyable lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love Thai food and would love to learn how to cook it but I live in a small town where it is very hard to get certain ingredients to make and I don't go to the city that often and when I do I forget to buy what I need to cook this kind of food.

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      JohnMichael2 5 years ago

      thanks for sharing - good recipes

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      jwcooney 5 years ago

      The pictures and description of the green curry look delicious, I must try cooking this!

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      JackNimble 5 years ago

      mmm mmm good. I love Thai food!

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      TheAverageOutdo 5 years ago

      Looks great!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love Thai Green Curry! I enjoy mine best with tofu. Delicious!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Can you just come to my house and cook it for me?? lol

      Looks yummy but I don't think mine would be like yours. Looks delicious!

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      ultimapalabra 5 years ago

      Yes, I love it!

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      Bobbala 5 years ago

      We spent a month in Ko Samui, Thailand. Love your lens and the food.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 5 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      I do enjoy Thai curry - love that coconut flavor! Today Thai green curry might be just the thing - Happy St Patricks Day!

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Looks like an interesting project! Thanks:-)

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      livinglargeandh 5 years ago

      I have most of these ingredients-I will have to make. Sounds delicious.

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      MarionElodie 5 years ago

      Yes! I'll try some of the recipes, thank you for this lens.

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      Sonia DB 5 years ago

      Looks delicious!

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      PamelaU 5 years ago

      Love it! We're lucky enough to have a really good Asian supermarket nearby.

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      Yes, and I think I want to try your recipe. marvelous lens

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      Kathleen Hiler 5 years ago from Mountain Home

      LOve to make homemade soups and find your recipes interesting to try.

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      Markstuffnmore 5 years ago

      Can't wait to try some of your recipes!

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Yummy curry...

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      candleandblue 5 years ago

      I loved the curry.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Looking forward to a nice and hot Thai green curry tonight cooked by mitch tonight. This looks like it is going to burn my taste buds and scorch my .... :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Looking forward to a nice and hot Thai green curry tonight cooked by mitch tonight. This looks like it is going to burn my taste buds and scorch my .... :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      enjoyed reading this and seeing all the photos too, wouldn't mind trying this sometime.

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      zztanti 6 years ago

      Thai Cuisine is Good !!!

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      rosytaylor 6 years ago

      Hi! This is an amazing and Awesome lens and very informative too. Nicely done, Keep up your great work!

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      nickupton lm 6 years ago

      @WorldVisionary: Thank you.

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      WorldVisionary 6 years ago

      This is such a yummy lens! Thumbs up and an Angel blessing for you.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i,m thai lady and i like to cooking thai green curryand any thai food

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My favorite thai curry...thanks for the recipe and other stuffs :)

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      I love green curry! I'm going to give this recipe a go.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Sawadee Kap.Great recipe and the other content as well.I lensrolled it to my Thai lens and made it a favorite.

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      Bluesssman 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens. I love Thai food and especially green curry!

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      SofiaMann 6 years ago

      Delicious lens. Thanks.

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      Natalie W Schorr 6 years ago

      Yummy lens!!!

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      MartinPrestovic 6 years ago

      I feel like eating Thai food tonight and this looks real easy to make. All I need to do now is check if I have all the ingredients. If not, I'll just order and have the food delivered. I really do want a home cooked Thai curry.

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      Diana J. Limjoco 6 years ago from Puerto Princesa, Palawan

      Would love to know what's in the green curry paste since we can't get it in Palawan! Thanks.

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      I have never made a dish with green curry yet, but I think I will now. Looks yummy.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thank you for the recipes very interesting.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This Thai Green Curry recipe is making me feel hungry!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My favourite is Tom Yum Goong.

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      nickupton lm 7 years ago

      I have to confess to preferring beer Chang.[in reply to Pastiche]

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      Ah, yes, Singha goes well with green curry ... and matsaman, and spicy tofu with vegetables ... etc. I do love Thai food - and am saving this recipe plus the Appon site is now bookmarked. Thank you for the "authentic" cooking tips as well.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is one of the best dishes from Thailand, although there are plenty to choose from.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I make Thai Green Curry a lot and your recipe is spot on. I started using ThaiKits from as they supply everything you need except the chicken and vegetables. So I can always quickly make Thai food without a trip to the shops to get all the ingredients.

      A really great variation is to add a green curry sauce (Paste Coconut Fish Sauce Sugar etc) to Prawn/Chicken Fried Rice, best if you make the sauce thick by just using the thicker coconut cream.

      I had this once in Thailand and then copied it when I got home, tastes really great.

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      drifter0658 lm 8 years ago

      A very pleasant, and well constructed lens. Looks like I got some shopping to do,

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      I love reading food lenses even though I rarely cook anymore (My husband took over the job. I'm in charge of laundry.) I'm printing out this recipe. Maybe I can talk him into making it tomorrow night.

      Great lens.


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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      I do agree that Singha is great with Thai curry! Welcome to Culinary Favorites From A to Z.