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Homemade DIY Thai Red Curry Paste. Used in Thai chicken curry or shrimp red curry. Prepare your own red curry paste within 5 minutes!

Total Time: 5 minutes minutes

Prep Time: 5 minutes minutes

6 Tablespoons of Paste

4.6 from 5 votes

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Quick 5 minute Thai Red Curry Paste Recipe.

Use this easy small batch DIY paste recipe to prepare homemade Thai curries such as the Thai shrimp red curry or simply add some Thai elements to create fusion meals.

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  • 📕 What is Thai red curry paste?
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  • 🔪 How to make it?
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📕 What is Thai red curry paste?

Thai red curry paste is a basic wet blended Thai paste, which is prepared with common fresh ingredients in Thailand.

The traditional way to prepare the paste is to pound all the ingredients in a mortar and pestle.

This can be quite a laborious job.

In Thailand, various curry pastes, including the international popular green, yellow, massaman curry paste and the red curry paste, are sold fresh in the local markets or prepared by the locals at home.

Locally, the red curry paste is known asphrik kaeng phet in Thailand

Those pastes are used to prepare traditional curries with beef, duck, pork, chicken, shrimp and other seafood.

Yet, the red curry paste is more often also used as a way to add flavor in fusion meals or creative international food dishes.

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🌶️ Ingredients

This easy Thai red curry paste includes authentic Thai ingredients.

For ways to substitute read further below.

Galangal, aka Thai Ginger, lends the Thai red curry paste the pine-like fresh aroma which I treasure.

The galangal in this recipe needs to be as fresh as possible because the older it gets the tougher it gets.

Galangal is also the main ingredient in this paste and should not be confused or substituted with regular ginger!

Thai Red Chilies, called Prik in Thai, lend the paste the red color and spicy flavor.

The chilies have to be dry but you can pick which common Thai chili variety you would like to use, depending on the heat amount in your Thai curry paste.

I used a combination of smaller and bigger dried Thai red chilies.

Thai Shallots are mild and small and resemble big purple garlic bulbs.

They give the curry the basic flavor undertone.

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Use regular Garlic in your paste preparation.

Garlic helps in preserving the paste for a longer period of time

Kaffir Lime skin will give the fresh punch that your red Thai curry paste needs!

Get organic untreated kaffir limes if possible because you don't want poison in your skin.

The skin is cut off the lime and used in the paste.

Lemongrass adds another refreshing aroma to the red curry paste.

Make sure to only use the white soft parts because the green leaves get stringy and are not suitable for the curry paste.

Cilantro Roots are an optional addition but one which I don't miss.

The roots give another base flavor to the red curry paste.

It's not that overpowering compared to cilantro leaves.

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Shrimp Paste is a fermented Thai paste made with tiny shrimps from the region.

This is my ultimate secret ingredient in my Thai red curry paste.

To make your Thai curry paste vegan, skip the shrimp paste.

Black Pepper is one of the two spices in this curry paste, together with Cumin Seeds.

Thai curry pastes, compared to Indian curry pastes, don't focus on spices but rather on fresh citrus ingredients.

Salt helps in preserving the paste too.

You can use sea salt here for the best result.

NEVER add water to the curry paste!

Water will reduce the shelf live and will turn the paste moldy quickly.

This would beat the purpose of preparing your own Thai red curry paste.

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🛍️ Buying fresh ingredients

Usually, you can get galangal, kaffir limes, lemongrass, and Thai shallots in your friendly neighborhood Asian grocery store in most of the major cities anywhere in the world.

I get mine in Europe when we visit Munich, Prague (you get really good shrimp paste there!), Zurich or Salzburg.

Or make a visit to Walmart or Carrefour, Supermarkets in countries such as the US, UK, UAE, or France always carry these fresh ingredients.

Another idea is to buy fresh Galangal, Thai shallots, and kaffir limes on Amazon online.

You can get other ingredients there as well such as the Thai shrimp paste.

Another idea is to simply travel to Thailand, as we did recently again when we visited Ayutthaya.

You can pack the fresh ingredients into your main suitcase.

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📜 Substitutions

Try to not substitute the Thai ingredients if possible because the taste of the red curry paste can turn out entirely different!

However, if you can't help it and you still want to make this paste then substitute the following ingredients.

  1. Thai shallots - substitute with regular shallots
  2. Thai dried red Chili - with any other dried red chilies
  3. Kaffir Lime - exchange with normal lime (no particular suggestion which one)
  4. Cilantro roots - leave out or use some of the fresh cilantro leaves
  5. Galangal - you can't substitute galangal. Never use ginger and galangal interchangeably, both have very different flavor profiles (although galangal is called Thai ginger)!
  6. Shrimp Paste - No substitute, leave it out if you can't get it.

🔪 How to make it?

To prepare your own small-batch easy Thai red curry paste simply follow the video or recipe instructions further below.

You can double the recipe ingredients to make a bigger batch.

The quickest and easiest way to prepare the curry paste is to blend the paste in a blender.

In Asia you get those electronic stone grinders, those are great too to prepare homemade curry pastes.

Otherwise, you can get in shape too by using the good old mortar and pestle.

🍱 Storing

Keep a sterilized Jar with a lid ready.

The jar size should suit the amount of curry to fill up the jar, that way no air gets formed in the jar, which in turn would reduce the shelf life of the curry paste.

Store the curry paste in the fridge in the coolest compartment.

Don't keep it for too long because the paste will get hard otherwise.

Another idea is to fill up a vacuum pouch with the paste.

That way the paste tends to not get hard and remains nice and soft in the fridge for over a longer period of time.

👁️ Uses

Dear Reader, How are you planning to use your homemade red curry paste?

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5-Minute Thai Red Curry Paste Recipe

Homemade DIY Thai Red Curry Paste. Used in Thai chicken curry or shrimp red curry. Prepare your own red curry paste within 5 minutes!

4.60 from 5 votes

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Course: Condiment

Cuisine: Thai

Prep Time: 5 minutes minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes minutes

Servings: 6 Tablespoons of Paste

Calories: 27kcal

Recipe by: Helene Dsouza

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Keep the red dried chilies to soak in water, that way they will easily blend with the other ingredients. Strain when you are ready to prepare the paste.

  • Keep all your fresh ingredients ready. Peel and cut smaller shallots, garlic and galangal, cut small lemongrass and cilantro roots. Cut the lime skin from the lime.

  • Add to your blender jar all the fresh ingredients with the red chiles (without water!) and add the cumin, black pepper, and salt as well as the shrimp paste. All ingredients should be added to the jar at this point!

  • Blend everything to a smooth wet paste. Do not add water to the paste, because water reduces the shelf live and the point of the paste is to keep it for a while.

  • Store paste in a clean sterilized jar or in a clean vacuum bag until further use.

Notes

  1. For the Chili Pepper use Thai varieties from your Asian grocery store or your favorite pepper variety.
  2. For ingredients substitutions see post for all the details.
  3. You can add Shrimp Paste, as it turns out more flavorful. However, you may skip it if you can't get Shrimp Paste.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

5-Minute Thai Red Curry Paste Recipe

Amount Per Serving (97 g)

Calories 27

% Daily Value*

Cholesterol 9mg3%

Sodium 421mg18%

Potassium 107mg3%

Carbohydrates 5g2%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 2g2%

Protein 1g2%

Vitamin A 220IU4%

Vitamin C 2.7mg3%

Calcium 19mg2%

Iron 0.7mg4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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FAQs

Is Thai curry paste the same as red curry paste? ›

While they share some common ingredients and flavors, there are also several differences between the two: Origin: Indian red curry paste is from India, while Thai red curry paste is from Thailand. Spiciness: Thai red curry paste is generally spicier than Indian red curry paste.

How do you use ready made Thai curry paste? ›

The most universal way to use Thai curry paste is to make a curry. With homemade or store-bought Thai curry paste (my family swears by Maesri brand), the first step in using the paste in a curry is to heat about one to two tablespoons of oil with about two tablespoons of curry paste.

Can I substitute red curry powder for red curry paste? ›

In most cases, you can substitute curry paste for powder, but not the other way around. However, it might have a different flavor since the curry powder does not have fresh ingredients such as shallots or garlic.

Does Thai red curry paste need to be refrigerated after opening? ›

To maintain the freshest quality possible, refrigerate any unused portion of Thai Kitchen® Red Curry Paste. Unopened Red Curry Paste is shelf stable and can be held for use for up to 720 days.

What is the difference between Gochujang and Thai red curry paste? ›

Gochujang is thicker, fermented, and has a richer taste, while Thai red chili paste tends to be thinner and focuses on the heat. Substituting one for the other may alter the flavor profile of the dish.

Is Thai red curry paste the same as Gochujang? ›

Red Curry Paste: Thai red curry paste is spicier and more aromatic than gochujang, but it can be used to add heat and a different layer of flavor to your dishes.

Is it worth making your own Thai curry paste? ›

If you're ready to take your Thai cooking to the next level, making your own Thai curry pastes is the way to go. Red curry paste is the most versatile paste in Thai cuisine, and I use it in many recipes. So if you were to only make one paste from scratch, this is the one!

What are the six ingredients commonly used in Thai curry pastes? ›

Common ingredients used in many Thai curry pastes are:
  • Shrimp paste.
  • Chillies; depending on the curry these can be dried or fresh, red or green.
  • Onions or shallots.
  • Garlic.
  • Lemongrass.
  • Galangal.
  • Coriander (cilantro) root.

Does Thai curry use coconut milk or coconut cream? ›

The majority of Thai curries are made with coconut milk as the main liquid, which produces creamier curries, but they're not necessarily “rich.” The amount of coconut milk can vary by quite a lot, depending on the texture one is looking for: massaman curry, for example, is quite rich because it uses coconut milk and is ...

What can I use if I don't have red curry paste? ›

If you are unable to get all of the ingredients to make your own curry paste, you can use curry powder instead. Generally, use 1 teaspoon of curry powder for every tablespoon of curry paste in any given recipe.

Can I turn curry powder into paste? ›

If you do not have mortar and pestle at home, we think that using a blender is a good alternative which efficiently helps you make into a spice paste within minutes! Keep spice paste refrigerated once turn into a paste. If not consumed within 3 days, keep it in the freezer to ensure freshness.

What is closest to red curry paste? ›

Other Curry Pastes

Other Thai / Malaysian curry pastes such as, yellow curry, laksa or Massaman also work well as substitutes. Indian curry pastes including madras, korma and vindaloo can also be used. Just watch out as the intensity. Start with less than the recipe calls for and taste and add as needed.

How long does Thai red curry paste last once opened? ›

Storage: Store in a cool, dry place. Once opened, keep refrigerated and use within 1 month.

How long does homemade Thai red curry paste last? ›

If you store it in an airtight container, this paste will keep in your fridge for up to 8 weeks. Pop it in the freezer on the day it's made and you'll have fresh curry paste for 6 months (top tip: freeze individual portions so you can defrost them as you need them).

Can you substitute green Thai curry paste for red Thai curry paste? ›

Thai red and green curry pastes can be used interchangeably. The flavour profile and intensity will be different but not necessarily in a bad way. Other Thai / Malaysian curry pastes such as, yellow curry, laksa or Massaman also work well as substitutes.

What is a substitute for red curry paste? ›

Luckily, there are a few good substitutes that you can consider if you find yourself craving red curry but lack the proper paste.
  • Curry powder. asmiphotoshop/Shutterstock. ...
  • Yellow curry paste. ...
  • Green curry paste. ...
  • DIY red curry paste. ...
  • Chili powder. ...
  • Tomato paste and red pepper flakes. ...
  • DIY curry powder. ...
  • Laksa paste.
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What is a substitute for red Thai curry paste? ›

If you are unable to get all of the ingredients to make your own curry paste, you can use curry powder instead. Generally, use 1 teaspoon of curry powder for every tablespoon of curry paste in any given recipe. You can adjust to your flavor preferences from there.

What is red curry paste called in Thai? ›

The base Thai red curry paste (Thai: พริกแกงเผ็ด, RTGS: phrik kaeng phet) is traditionally made with a mortar and pestle, and remains moist throughout the preparation process.

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