Panang Curry


A panang curry is a mild Thai curry with lots of coconut and lime. It’s quick to prepare, making it a perfect weekday meal.

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Panang curry
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2021-11-27, this recipe is for 2 people and takes 15 minutes.

Founder of Ohmydish (established 2014). Would happily spend her entire day in the kitchen. Previously worked in the hospitality industry as an independent chef and is ready and willing to help you gain confidence in the kitchen. With her easy-to-follow recipes, helpful tips, and cooking knowledge, you will be making the very tastiest dishes yourself in no time! Véronique's recipes are intended for everyone, from beginners to advanced home cooks.

Updated at: 18-06-2023

15 minutes 2 people Main course 190 calories p.p.
Panang curry


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  • 350 grams steak
  • 1 red pepper
  • 50 grams of panang curry paste (or, alternatively, red curry paste)
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower or other neutral oil
  • 300 ml coconut milk
  • 2 kaffir (makrut) lime leaves
  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
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  • chopping board & chef's knife
  • wok
  • spatula

Panang Curry

15 minutes 2 people Main course 190 calories p.p.

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Preparation – 5 minutes

Remove the seeds from the pepper and slice it into strips. Cut the steak into strips.

Mix the panang curry paste with 2 tablespoons of oil.

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Finishing the panang curry – 10 minutes

Heat 100 ml coconut milk in the wok and let it reduce until it is quite concentrated. Stir in the panang curry paste and cook briefly.

Add the steak strips and briefly stir fry. Pour in the rest of the coconut milk along with the lime leaves and let the sauce thicken.

After a few minutes add the pepper strips, along with the palm sugar and fish sauce, and cook for a minute or two. Serve with udon noodles or rice, enjoy!

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Panang Curry: frequently asked questions

What are lime leaves?

Lime leaves are the leaves of the kaffir (or makrut) lime. You can buy lime leaves at asian supermarkets. They are also sometimes available at larger supermarkets, both frozen and dried.

What is panang curry paste?

Panang curry paste is a mild curry paste made from red pepper, lemongrass, peanuts, and garlic (plus other ingredients).

What if I can't find panang curry paste?

You can add a small amount of chopped peanuts to Thai red curry paste to achieve a similar flavour.