Green Bean Curry

A flavorful green bean curry using a riff on thai green curry sauce with help from store-bought curry paste.

  • Author: Erin Alderson
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Cuisine: dinner



Green Curry Sauce:

  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup minced white onion
  • 1 small jalapeno deseeded and minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoons thai green curry paste
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 cup whole-fat coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup loosely packed cilantro


  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 small white onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 pound green beans, thinly sliced
  • Sea salt, to taste

For Serving:

  • 2 cups Brown rice for serving
  • Toasted coconut for serving
  • Fresh cilantro for serving


  • Heat a dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat. Add the coconut oil and melt. Measure in the onion and jalapeno, cook until fragrant and soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and ginger, cooking for another minute or so. Add in the remaining ingredients for the sauce. Bring to a simmer and let cook for 5 minutes. Using a blender or immersion blender, puree the sauce until mostly smooth. Set the sauce aside and wipe out the pot.
  • Return the pot to the stove over medium heat. Add the olive oil to the pot, followed by the onion, peppers, and pinch of salt. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes then add the green beans along with a splash of water. Cover and cook until the green beans until they are just about tender and bright green, 4 to 5 minutes. Add a bit more water as needed. Uncover and continue to cook for another few minutes to evaporate any leftover water and lightly brown the green beans.
  • Add in the curry sauce and simmer for another 3 to 4 minutes, until the sauce is hot. Divide the rice into 4 bowls and top with green beans.


Tips & Tricks:  make the sauce ahead of time for a quick weeknight dinner.

Stock up: get the pantry ingredients you will need: limes, green beans, coconut milk

Nutrition:  see the information.