Series: Palm Oil Recipes to Try at Home – March

Published on: March 15, 2022

Welcome back to the Palm Done Right palm oil recipes to try at home series. This month we will be taking a look at a delicious and flavor-packed recipe.

When you think of Thai food, you probably think of classic Pad Thai, a delicious Tom Yam soup, or some sort of spicy or mild curry, often with meat or seafood incorporated to create a rich and satisfying meal. Today, we’re taking on one of the hallmarks of the Thai food scene, and a favorite of many – Red Coconut Curry. 

This extremely versatile curry is a keystone of Thai cuisine, and can be made with almost any kind of meat, fish, or meat substitute, and is a dream for vegans looking to spice up their palette and at-home cooking (literally!). While red coconut curry is often very spicy, don’t worry – it can also be very easily made mild or have the spices incorporated tamed a little bit to suit your tastes. 

The best thing about this delicious recipe is that this rich curry will leave you full and satisfied, without packing in the calories or unhealthy ingredients – there’s nothing bad for the body going into this staple!

Like red coconut curry, some of the beauty of red palm oil is its versatility and richness, without the downsides of using other unhealthy oils. We’ll show you here how to give yourself a healthy meal that lets you indulge in rich flavors without any worry. 

Thai Red Coconut Curry 

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 tbsp red palm oil
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 inch slice of ginger, grated
  • 1-6 Thai chiles, chopped (adjust to desired spice level)
  • 2 citrus leaves (optional)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 pint coconut milk
  • 3-5 tbsp red curry paste (adjust for flavor/desired spice level)
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 pound tender meat, sliced thin (can be chicken, venison, duck, pork, tofu, etc.) (optional)
  • ¼ cup roasted peanuts 
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro OR Thai basil


  1. Heat your red palm oil in a wok or large pan over medium-high heat. Add sliced onions and saute for 2 minutes. Add garlic, Thai chiles, and ginger and cook for 102 more minutes. 
  2. Pour in coconut milk, followed by your fish sauce and curry paste. Stir well and bring to a simmer. 
  3. Add bell pepper and citrus leaves. Simmer for 10 minutes. 
  4. Stir in sliced meat and peanuts, and let cook for an additional 5 minutes (or until meat has cooked). Remove from heat and mix in chopped herbs. Serve hot with rice. 

One of the best parts of this recipe is its ability to fill your stomach and satisfy your senses. Plus, you’ll reap the health benefits that come with the delicious vegetables and herbs it incorporates, not to mention the rich red palm oil. 

Remember, when using red palm oil in this recipe, ensure you’re using sustainable red palm oil derived through organic and sustainable practices. Wondering how to make sure you’re using palm oil from the right sources? Learn more about sustainable palm oil and the mission of Palm Done Right. Plus, while you’re learning about the importance of using sustainable palm oil, investigate our partner brands and retailers to make sure you’re using palm oil that comes from the right places. 



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