Green bean tofu curry with coconut milk

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Jump to lớn Recipe ★★★★★11 reviews // posted Mar 27, 2020 by Jessica Hoffman
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This Thai Coconut Curry Tofu is made with thai red curry paste và coconut milk for a delicious tofu dish that comes together in just 30 minutes! Serve it with jasmine rice, rice noodles or your favourite vegetables!

Easy Vegan Coconut Curry

Thai food is my all-time favourite cuisine và I chia sẻ a lot of Thai-inspired recipes on the blog, lượt thích my Vegan Pad Thai & Thai Butternut Squash Soup.

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Today we’re doing a simple 30-minute vegetarian, vegan & a gluten-free friendly recipe for this Thai Coconut Curry Tofu. You’ll be truly amazed at how simple it is lớn make this dish! You need just a handful of ingredients, a pan & 30 minutes of your time.

This recipe is inspired by a Traditional bầu red curry but made with vegetarian và vegan-friendly ingredients.


Why you’ll love this thai Curry

Better than takeout. No need to order bầu tofu curry for takeout anymore! This tofu curry tastes just as good as one you would order from a restaurant. Ready in 30 minutes. This recipe is easy lớn make and ready in just 30 minutes for a quick and simple meal.Customizable. This recipe can be customized however you like. địa chỉ cửa hàng any vegetables you love khổng lồ this tofu curry!


Best Tofu to use in a Curry

Depending on your preferred texture, you can use extra-firm, firm, medium or soft tofu. Here is the difference you’ll get with each type of tofu.

Extra-frim tofu: will be firm and can get crispy when pan-fried before adding to lớn the curry. Firm tofu: will often become crispy, but has a little more moisture in it than extra-firm tofu. Generally gives a similar result khổng lồ extra-firm tofu.Medium tofu: somewhere between firm & soft tofu, medium tofu won’t become crispy but is great if you want to địa chỉ cửa hàng the tofu directly khổng lồ the curry and like a softer texture. Soft tofu: this type of tofu is silky và soft when you bite into it. It won’t become crispy & can break apart more easily so it needs to lớn be handled delicately. It is delicious if you like a soft texture in your curry.

For this recipe, I use extra-frim tofu for a crispy texture, but you can use any type of tofu you like.

Red Curry Tofu Ingredients

Extra-firm tofu: the base of the recipe. If you lượt thích a more pillowy soft texture you can also use soft-medium tofu. Avocado oil: or any high-temperature cooking oil to lớn fry the tofu.Coconut milk (from a can): The base of the coconut curry sauce. You can use full-fat or light coconut milk. Full fat will taste better. Red curry paste: If you are vegetarian or vegan, make sure to check the label. Some brands of curry pastes contain shrimp paste in them. Soy sauce: Traditionally fish sauce is used, (which you’re welcome khổng lồ use) but lớn keep this veggie-friendly, we’re using soy sauce instead. Use gluten-free soy sauce if needed. Coconut sugar: A traditional sweetener used in xứ sở của những nụ cười thân thiện thái lan for curries!Lime: Used to lớn balance out the flavoursPaprika: Optional, if you want a more vibrant red colour.

How to make this Coconut Curry Tofu

Step 1

Press as much liquid out of the tofu as possible then cut the tofu into cubes.

Step 2

Heat the avocado oil in a large pan on medium-high heat then add the cubed tofu and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown.

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Step 3

Add the curry paste lớn a saucepan on medium-high heat và let it toast for 30 seconds, then showroom the coconut milk and bring to lớn a boil so the sauce begins khổng lồ thicken. Then reduce the heat and địa chỉ cửa hàng the soy sauce, coconut sugar, lime juice và paprika and mix.

Step 4

Add the tofu to lớn the curry sauce and mix everything together until the tofu is coated in the curry.

Step 5

Serve the tofu curry right away for the best taste. The curry can be served on its own or with your rice. For an authentic experience make sure lớn use jasmine rice or sticky rice.


Vegetables you can địa chỉ cửa hàng to this curry

There are so many different delicious vegetables that can be added khổng lồ a bầu curry if you want lớn get a little more vegetables into your meal. Here are a few of my favourites.

Eggplant Cauliflower BroccoliChinese broccoli Snap peas Green beansPotato Bell peppersCarrotsMushroomsKaleBamboo shootsBok choy

How to lớn store & freeze leftovers

Fridge: store leftover curry in the fridge in an airtight container for up khổng lồ 3 days. Reheat the curry in the microwave or in a pan on the stove.

Freezer: lớn freeze the curry, let it cool completely then transfer it lớn an airtight container. Freeze for up to 2 months. To defrost the curry let it thaw on the countertop & reheat in the microwave or on the stove.


Expert Tips for making bầu Coconut Curry Tofu

Use a non-stick pan to cook the tofu và don’t try và flip the pieces too quickly, otherwise, they can stick khổng lồ the pan. Each side should be golden brown before you flip và cook the next side. The tofu will naturally thảm bại some of its crispiness the longer it sits in the curry sauce. If you prefer the tofu crispy, serve and eat it right away after adding it khổng lồ the curry sauce. If adding vegetables to this dish, I recommend lớn sautee them in a pan with a cảm ứng of oil for 2-3 minutes until slightly tender. Then add them to the curry sauce with the tofu. Traditional coconut curries in xứ sở của những nụ cười thân thiện have a loose (more liquidy) sauce. If you prefer a thicker sauce, simply boil the sauce on medium-high heat stirring constantly until it begins khổng lồ thicken, then proceed to showroom the tofu.
Does coconut curry taste like coconut?

Because coconut curry has so many strong flavours in it, it doesn’t really taste too strong of coconut. The coconut milk flavour is very mild and you will mostly taste the curry paste & seasoning. However, if you are someone who really doesn’t lượt thích coconut, this curry might not be for you.


Is coconut curry thai or Indian?

Most coconut curries are Thai. Bầu cuisine uses coconut milk in most of its curry recipes, while Indian curries often use ghee or cream.


Do you have khổng lồ cook tofu before adding it to curry?

Tofu does not need khổng lồ be cooked before adding it khổng lồ the curry, however, if using a firm or extra-firm tofu, it will taste better to pan-fry the tofu before adding it lớn the curry. If you are using soft tofu, you can showroom it in directly.


Can curry powder be used instead of curry paste?

No. I don’t recommend using curry powder instead of curry paste. Curry paste is more concentrated & has more moisture in it from wet ingredients lượt thích lime, oil, & chillies, while curry powder is made with dried ground spices.Curry paste và curry powder also have different flavour profiles, since they contain different ingredients and spices. If you use curry powder in this recipe instead of curry paste, you’ll over up with a final dish that tastes completely different.


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Prep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: 15 minutesTotal Time: 30 minutesYield: 4 servings 1xCategory: MainMethod: CookCuisine: ThaiDiet: Vegan