Easy Beef Massaman Curry

Easy Beef Massaman Curry

Beef Massaman Curry is something everyone should try at least once. Contrary to its name, the curry itself is not spicy but is an infusion of deep, earthy flavors from a combination of Thai herbs and Indian spices. The creamy curry is simmered in rich coconut milk as is usual with most curries with tender potatoes as a filler.

Easy Beef Massaman Curry

This is an easy version of the dish using pre-made Massaman Curry paste which you can easily get from your local Asian grocery store or online. I used the Maesri brand which has shallots, garlic, galangal, sugar, chilies, tamarind juice, lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves and the spices: coriander, cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and bay leaves. This no fuss recipe just needs the addition of meat, onions, potatoes, coconut milk, brown sugar and peanuts.

Easy Beef Massaman Curry

The taste may differ slightly from other paste brands, depending on their ingredients. If you need to add salt, use fish sauce instead to season it accordingly. If you are allergic to peanuts, you can use cashew nuts and feel free to substitute the meat with anything you prefer, it plays well with other meats. Lastly, if you prefer a thicker curry, simmer it uncovered.

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Easy Beef Massaman Curry

Easy Beef Massaman Curry

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 1/2 lb. flank steak, thinly sliced against the grain
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 can (4 oz.) Massaman Curry paste
  • 2 Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2 cups thick coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts, chopped


  1. Over medium high heat, saute the spice paste until fragrant
  2. Pour in coconut milk and bring to a boil
  3. Add beef, onions, potatoes, brown sugar and roasted peanuts, stirring to combine
  4. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer covered for 30 minutes
  5. Dish and serve hot

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  • Reply
    Navaneetham Krishnan
    February 17, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Made the curry before but with lamb. I simply adore the taste because I’m a No 1 fan of Thai dishes. I noticed that you used the paste? Over here, the paste is so easy to be made, mainly because I grow all the Asian herbs in my garden.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      February 17, 2014 at 9:50 PM

      Lamb would make an excellent substitute for beef. I posted the easy version for those who don’t have time or lack the ingredients but a from scratch version will be following very soon!

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