Thai beef with coconut

Thai beef with coconut


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About this recipe: An exotic way to use up minced steak, this dish combines the wonderful Thai flavours of ginger, fish sauce, kaffir lime leaves and coconut.

Jan Cutler

Serves: 4 

  • 3 shallots
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2cm piece of fresh root ginger
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 500g lean minced steak
  • 1 tbsp red curry paste
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2-3 dried kaffir lime leaves
  • 100ml beef stock
  • 3 tbsp coconut cream
  • grated coconut
  • chopped fresh coriander

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:20min 

  1. Finely chop 3 shallots, 2 garlic cloves and a 2cm piece of fresh root ginger.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp sunflower oil in a wok or large frying pan, add the shallots, garlic and ginger, and stir-fry with 500g lean minced steak over a high heat until lightly browned. Stir in 1 tbsp red curry paste, 1 tbsp fish sauce and 1 tbsp dark soy sauce.
  3. Crumble in 2-3 dried kaffir lime leaves and add 100ml beef stock, made with a stock cube, and 3 tbsp coconut cream. Simmer for 6 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle with grated coconut and chopped fresh coriander and serve with noodles or Thai fragrant rice, cooked according to the pack instructions.

…shopping tips

*If you enjoy cooking Thai meals it's worth keeping dried kaffir lime leaves in the storecupboard. You can use fresh leaves if you prefer; shred them very finely before adding them.
*Dried curry leaves make a good alternative if you are having difficulty finding the kaffir lime leaves.

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Reviews (4)


- 04 Dec 2011


Wow!! Delicious. I served it with orzo instead of rice and it went down a treat. Two thumbs up from all family members. - 26 Nov 2009


Something else. I didn't have lime or curry leaves, so I just left them out. I also substituted coconut milk for the coconut cream. Still delicious! - 26 Nov 2009

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