Panang Curry with Tofu and Vegetables


After much improvising and research, this is by far the best Panang I have ever had. So flavorful that no extra seasonings like pepper need to be added.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins


Brown Rice:

  • 3 cups water, or as needed

  • 2 cups brown rice

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce, or to taste

  • ½ teaspoon salt

Panang Curry:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 2 ½ tablespoons panang curry paste

  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk

  • 1 tablespoon vegetarian fish sauce

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 5 makrut lime leaves

  • 8 ounces fried tofu, cubed

  • 2 cups broccoli florets

  • ½ red bell pepper, chopped into 1-inch pieces

  • ¼ cup diagonally sliced carrots


  1. Combine water, brown rice, soy sauce, and salt in a rice cooker. Cover and cook according to manufacturer's directions, about 35 minutes.

  2. Heat vegetable oil in a wide skillet over medium heat. Add curry paste; cook and stir until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add coconut milk, fish sauce, white sugar, and lime leaves. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, until flavors combine, about 5 minutes. Stir in tofu, broccoli, red bell pepper, and carrots. Cook and stir until vegetables are tender but not soft, 1 to 2 minutes.

  3. Serve panang curry over brown rice.

Cook's Notes:

If not serving immediately, remove the skillet from the heat, add tofu and vegetables, and set aside, covered, so they just start to soften. When ready to serve, reheat for 1 to 2 minutes.

You can add the soy sauce to the brown rice when it is almost done instead.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

765 Calories
39g Fat
91g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 765
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 39g 49%
Saturated Fat 21g 107%
Sodium 749mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 91g 33%
Dietary Fiber 8g 30%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 60mg 299%
Calcium 291mg 22%
Iron 8mg 46%
Potassium 761mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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