11 Thai Red Curry Recipes

Instant Pot Red Thai Curry Chicken
Photo: Jessica DiPonziano

Thai curries come in three main varieties: green, yellow, and red. Each type has specific ingredients that give them their distinct colors. Red curry gets its striking color from chili powder and red curry paste, which features over 20 different dried chilies. You can find store-bought Thai red curry paste in the international aisle of most supermarkets, but stay tuned for a bonus recipe for homemade Thai red curry paste at the end of this collection. Whether it's shrimp, chicken, beef, or some other main, here are 10 Thai red curry recipes that make easy weeknight dinners.

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Thai Red Chicken Curry

red thai curry with over rice up close

"This is a quick and easy curry stir-fry made with chicken, zucchini, red bell pepper and carrot," says recipe creator THEKNACKEREDCHEF. "Coconut milk and curry paste make an irresistible sauce. No need to go out to eat, as this dish is ready in about 20 minutes!"

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Shrimp Red Thai Curry

Thai shrimp curry

Recipe creator MITCHNSTEVE suggests buying your shrimp already peeled to cut down on the prep time for this easy, five-ingredient recipe.

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Thai Monkfish Curry

Thai Monkfish Curry

Monkfish has a similar flavor and texture to lobster, but without the price tag. "So simple and such an impressive delicious result," says reviewer Laurita.

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Instant Pot Red Thai Curry Chicken

Instant Pot Red Thai Curry Chicken
Jessica DiPonziano

Let the Instant Pot do all the heavy lifting in this classic chicken curry dish. "Highly recommend this recipe, it will be my go to now and of course my base recipe, I may tweak it where desired," says reviewer Tasha Marie.

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Thai Red Curry Chicken Soup

Thai Red Curry Chicken Soup

This adaptation of red chicken curry adds additional chicken stock to make it a soup. Homemade chicken stock is called for, but reviewers say they had success with store-bought as well.

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Quick Red Curry Soup

side view of a bowl of chicken and shrimp soup in coconut milk broth, piled with fresh bean sprouts and cilantro
John Carlo

"Another free-styling super bowl creation based on the incredible laksas I have had the opportunity to try around my office in NYC," says recipe creator Doug Matthews. Cherry tomatoes and bean sprouts make unique additions to red curry.

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Thai Red Chicken Curry for Beginners

a small bowl filled with chicken breast strips, red bell pepper, and coconut milk garnished with sliced scallions and a lime wedge

If you're looking to jump into Thai red curry for the first time, this recipe is a great starting place. "All the ingredients can be found in your grocery store. Specialty Asian shops are also a good source for Thai ingredients," says recipe creator Duan van der Westhuizen.

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Thai Beef Curry

red beef curry with bell pepper and onion over white rice in china bowl

Peanut sauce adds depth to this upscale Thai red curry starring sirloin steak strips. Serve over cooked rice or noodles.

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Easy Red Thai Curry with Chicken and Broccoli

chicken and broccoli curry over rice on white plate
France C

You can adjust the amount of red curry paste to your liking in this simple chicken and broccoli curry recipe.

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Spicy Thai Red Curry

overhead shot red Thai curry with chili pepper garnish

Spicy red curry paste, coconut milk, and Thai basil transform garlic, ginger, and skinless, boneless chicken thighs into a flavorful curry, ready in under an hour. Serve with jasmine rice. "If you can't find lime leaves, you can use a bay leaf and a bit of lemon and lime zest," recommends NoFailRecipes, who submitted the recipe.

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Thai Red Curry Paste

Thai Red Curry Paste
Buckwheat Queen

Ever wanted to experiment with making your own curry paste? Start with recipe creator Ajlake's recipe: "I got the recipe a long time ago from a friend, who suggested that making red curry paste is better than buying it in the store; he was right! You can mix the ingredients as you like. Curry is something that can be experimented with and should be!"

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