Instant Pot Beef Thai Red Curry – so flavorful, creamy, hearty, and absolutely delicious! It’s full of hearty tender pieces of beef, plenty of veggies and aromatics like onions, garlic, ginger, sweet peppers and snap peas, and of course that yummy curry and coconut milk flavor that makes this authentic Thai red curry recipe just scrumptious!
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Have you jumped on the Instant Pot train yet? If so how’s it going? If not – me and my recipes are patiently waiting here for you when you’re ready.I’ll admit I’ve had recipe triumphs and recipe fails with my IP in my quest to develop some amazing Instant Pot recipes. Like many of you I’m sure, I thought I would start off with the basics, for example a pot roast. Umm major recipe flop my friend. The meat was tough and almost rubbery. The carrots were over-cooked and almost mushy. And the parsnips had the strangest texture – soft and overcooked on the outside and hard and crunchy on the inside. Not my best work – just saying.
If I was choosing to make a pot roast in the Instant Pot vs. Slow Cooker – the good ole’ crock pot would win hands down all day err day! Sorry to all you (instant) pot heads out there… No offense, but do send me your best IP pot roast recipe stat and I will gladly give it a shot.
From there I determined that carrots and parsnips were meant for roasting in the oven. I love my veggies when they are cooked properly, so out of respect for all the hard work that goes into growing them, oven roasting or crock pot cooking it is.
Now the beef roast is a different story. I kept seeing so many others having great success with the pot roast in the Instant Pot so I was determined to make it work. But here’s the thing - I hate wasting food and I REALLY hate eating bad food. So, when I spend $20 on a hunk of meat I want to eat it AND I want it to be delicious.
This kind of pressure doesn’t allow for much trial and error. So, I did a bunch of research AKA Googled tons of recipes, read all the details, scoured the pictures, looking for any clues I could find. But honestly this wasn’t all just for me – it's for you too.
Remember when I posted my first IP recipe?? It was the IP Shredded Mexican Chicken and it's become ridiculously popular. Thank you all very much! Back then I made a promise to you (and to myself really) - “I would like to solemnly swear to only share IP recipes with you that are most efficiently, effectively and tastefully made in the instant pot.” This has led to some amazing discoveries such as Instant Pot Risotto!
To be true to my word and only publish recipes that meet my standards and yours, it requires some time and effort. I’m thrilled to report I have conquered the beef roast! #winningoverherrr
Here’s what I figured out. In order to make the meat tender and delicious, and cook in the shortest amount of time possible – wait for it – it needs to be cut up into pieces! Brilliant – right!?? I’m sure you already knew that, but now I do too. I’ve only experimented with a beef chuck roast because, well, it is the roast most people cook, and it’s the cut with the most fat marbled throughout it. I figured that would keep it a bit more tender during the pressure cooking process.
AND I’m happy to report it totally did! Tender, moist, and soo good my friend!
So, in the name of being original and creating tasty recipes… I used my new-found IP beef roast cooking method and created the most delicious one-pot meal… Instant Pot Beef Thai Red Curry!
It’s perfection, if I do say so myself. It’s full of hearty tender pieces of beef, plenty of veggies and aromatics like onions, garlic, ginger, sweet peppers and snap peas, and of course that yummy Thai red curry and coconut milk flavor that makes this dish authentic and just scrumptious!
Allow me to share this sensational recipe with you…
How to make Beef Thai Red Curry in the Instant Pot:
First, add coconut oil to the inner pot and set the Saute Mode to High (I put the lid back on to "pre-heat" it, so it gets really good and hot). Next, carefully (because the oil will splatter) add half of the seasoned cubed beef chuck roast. Just a quick note – I cut my roast into 2-inch by 2-inch cubes and trim away as much fat as I can. This cuts down on the amount of fat I have to remove after it’s cooked.
Brown the beef, then using a slotted spoon remove it from the pot. Add the rest of the cubed roast, saute a few minutes on each side, and again remove from the pot with a slotted spoon.
Next, add your chopped onions, minced garlic and fresh grated ginger. Cook and stir regularly for about 4 minutes. If the bottom of the inner pot starts to brown, add a few tablespoons of chicken stock.
Now add in the Thai Red Curry Paste and the lemon grass paste, then saute for about a minute.
Stir in the chicken stock and the browned beef cubes. Another thing to note – I wait to add my coconut milk until after the pressure cooking, so it does not curdle. It will give the dish a smoother texture and it will look more appetizing as well.
Now, turn off Saute Mode, secure and lock the Instant Pot lid in place, and turn on the Pressure Cook setting for 35 minutes. Be sure to turn the Steam/Pressure Release Valve to "Sealing."
When the 35 minutes is up, manually release the pressure by carefully turning the Steam/Pressure Release Valve to the "Venting" setting. Once the pressure is released remove the lid and turn the Instant Pot off.
Using a slotted spoon remove the beef and set aside. Now skim the fat off the liquid. There are several ways to accomplish this, the quickest and easiest in my opinion is by using this fat separating measuring container. The fat floats to the top so you can pour all the liquid back into the IP and stop pouring when you get to the oily liquid.
Now turn the Saute Mode to High. Allow the sauce to start to simmer, add your sliced sweet peppers and cook for 4 minutes. Next, stir in the coconut milk, lime juice, snap peas, the cooked meat, and some crushed red pepper if you desire. Cook for one more minute then turn the IP off.
Serve this deliciousness over your favorite rice, noodles or even cauliflower rice. Garnish with chopped cilantro or Thai basil (if you can find it), sliced or diced jalapenos, sliced green onions, lime wedges, and even more crushed red pepper if you like it spicy.
The meat is hearty yet oh so tender, the veggies are sweet with a little crunch, and the sauce is so creamy and delicious with the most mouth-watering Thai Red Curry flavor. Just delicious!
I can’t wait for you to experience this amazing Instant Pot recipe! And if you haven't taken the plunge quite yet to purchase your IP read my review and figure out which Instant Pot is right for you. Until then, I’ve got you covered: check out my Thai Red Chicken Curry Soup recipe here. Something for everyone!
What to serve with this red thai curry recipe:
- Noodles: Rice noodles, Rice Vermicelli noodles, Soba noodles, Somen noodles, Udon noodles, Korean sweet potato noodles, Shirataki noodles aka yam noodles (zero carb).
- Veggie Noodles: Zucchini Noodles, Yellow Squash Noodles, Spaghetti Squash.
- Rice: Jasmine rice, Red cargo rice, Black rice.
- Veggie Rice: Cauliflower rice, Cabbage rice or Broccoli rice.
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Instant Pot Beef Thai Red Curry Recipe
Instant Pot Beef Thai Red Curry – so flavorful, creamy, hearty, and absolutely delicious! It’s full of hearty tender pieces of beef, plenty of veggies and aromatics like onions, garlic, ginger, sweet peppers and snap peas. Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free!
For The Soup:
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 ounces Thai red curry paste
- 1 two-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 2 sweet peppers,, stems, seeds and membranes removed, thinly sliced
- 1½ cups chicken stock, plus more for sautéing onions
- 7 ounces lite culinary coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons lemongrass paste, (found in the produce department near the herbs)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or honey, (or raw sugar)
- 2¾ pounds beef chuck roast, fat trimmed and cut into 2 inch cubes
- ¼ teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper, more if you like it spicy
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, (juice from ½ lime)
- 6 ounces snap peas, cut in half
- Jasmine Rice, rice noodles or riced cauliflower
Optional Garnishes for Serving:
- 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
- ½ cup cilantro, leaves removed from stems, (or ½ cup torn Thai basil leaves)
- Red or green hot peppers, thinly sliced
- Lime wedges
- More snap peas, cut in half
- Crushed Red Pepper
- Season beef cubes with salt and pepper then set the Instant Pot on High Sauté mode. Heat coconut oil in the IP (allow to get good and hot), add half the cubed beef, and brown (be careful because the oil may splatter). Remove beef from the IP with a slotted spoon. Continue the process with the rest of the beef, removing all the beef once it's been seared.
- Add minced garlic, ginger and onions then saute 4 minutes, stirring often. If the bottom of the IP starts to brown, add a few tablespoons of chicken stock.
- Add the red curry paste and lemongrass paste then sauté for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
- Add the chicken stock and seared beef to the IP, put the lid in place and seal, set to Pressure cook mode for 35 minutes and turn the Steam/Pressure Release Valve to the "Sealing" position. (Note that the IP usually takes 10-15 minutes to become fully pressurized before the cook time starts).
- While the Instant Pot is cooking, prepare your rice or noodles on the stove top according to the package instructions.
- When the IP is finished pressure cooking, carefully manually release the pressure by switching the Steam/Pressure Release Valve to the "Venting" position.
- Remove the meat with a slotted spoon and set aside. Remove the fat from the remaining liquid in the IP (I pour it into a fat removing measuring cup and then back into the IP). With just the liquid in the IP turn it back to High Sauté Mode, and bring to a simmer.
- Add the thinly sliced sweet peppers and simmer for 4 minutes. Add lime juice, honey/maple syrup, crushed red pepper (if using), coconut milk, snap peas and cooked meat. Simmer one more minute then turn off the Instant Pot.
- Serve in bowls over noodles or rice, then garnish and enjoy.
I recommend trimming the fat off the chuck roast before cooking. Keep this in mind when determining what size roast to buy. In this case a 2.75 pound roast yielded 2.25 pounds after the fat was trimmed, which was enough for 6 servings.
Serving Size10 ounces
Amount Per Serving Calories 466Total Fat 29gSaturated Fat 15gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 117mgSodium 578mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 2gSugar 9gProtein 35g
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The cooking time was perfect. The meat was super tender and flavorful. The only issue was that the pepperocini flavor completely took over the sauce. It was too vinegary and overpowered the meaty flavor.
Hello Beck and Bulow, I'm sorry the pepperocinis threw off the recipe! Each brand of pepperocinis will be slightly different, what brand did you use? Maybe next time trying a different brand it may change the result of the vinegary taste!
It was really good! I do wonder if using steak would be any better? I liked it, but my daughter thought it should've been steak rather than roast. I'll have to try it that way next time. I used jalapeno slices on the top, but I would've used red pepper slices if I could've found some. It was really good, tho'!
Hi Diane I'm so happy you enjoyed the recipe, If you try it out with steak let me know how it is! I think that change would be delicious!
My meat came out very tough. Any reason or way to fix this?
Hi Candice sorry to hear this! If by chance you used a leaner cut of meat, or a different quantity of liquid, those are the two main variables that could have contributed to tough meat (We've had good success using the beef chuck roast for this recipe because it has nice marbling throughout even after you trim off the fat). Also the ratio of meat to cooking liquid makes a difference in IP cooking, so if you used a notably smaller or larger piece of meat that could have contributed too? If you give it another shot let us know how it turns out? 🙂 - H&B
I can’t believe this is an instant pot meal! It looks absolutely delicious, and I have to try it for myself! xo
would it still be as good if I use green curry paste?
Hi Taylor, changing to green curry paste would modify the flavor pretty notably... so if you know that you like green curry paste you could give it a try. I would expect that it would result in an overall sweeter dish, but you could still add heat by garnishing with hot peppers or crushed red peppers. (Green curry paste is typically sweeter and milder than red curry paste, because green curry paste typically has coriander root as a base, whereas red curry paste typically has red chilies as the base.) If you do try the green chili paste, please let us know how it turns out! Enjoy!!! - Holly & Bryan
Delicious and easy to follow! I used beef bone broth instead of chicken stock since the meat in the recipe is beef. I didn’t have as much meat as the recipe called for so I added some carrots and it turned out great! Served over jasmine rice. Will absolutely make again.
Yayyyy! That's so great to hear, Heather! I bet the beef bone broth was a tasty and rich addition. Thanks for taking the time to come back and share your feedback! Take care!
This looks incredible! What if I can’t find lemongrass paste? Is there an alternative I can use? I live in a very small non-ethnic town in the middle of nowhere. Thanks!
Thank you, Janet! You could use the zest of a lemon instead. Maybe a start with half a lemons worth and taste it... add more if it needs it.