This Peanut Panang Beef Curry recipe is rich, creamy and spicy with panang curry sauce, coconut milk, ground peanuts and lime leaves for a delicious meal!
The thing I love most about Thai cooking (other than devouring the end result) is how incredibly easy it is. Very few recipes call for techniques more advanced than basic knife work, mixing, and stir-frying.
Maybe that’s why I never really got into French cooking; it’s simply too much work!
Once you have the basic methods down for making a stir-fry, Spicy Thai Chicken Soup, Easy Thai Fried Rice, and curry you can exercise your own creative tendencies and make just about anything you like, including this panang curry recipe.
The majority of recipes calling for curry paste can easily be adjusted to accommodate whichever kind you have in your cupboard. I try to keep five different varieties on hand: Red, Green, Yellow, Massaman, and Panang.
This beef peanut curry recipe is delicious, simple, and richly satisfying.
While I’ve listed traditional Thai ingredients below, I’ve also included substitutions for those without access to all of the items listed.
You’ll want to serve this beef panang curry dish with rice to soak up all of the peanutty-goodness, so be sure to get a pot going before you start on the beef as the curry comes together very quickly.
See my tip below about using the leftover coconut milk to make the rice! A green salad on the sides makes this a complete meal.
Peanut Panang Beef Curry Recipe
- 1 c. coconut milk - divided*
- 2 Tbsp. Panang curry paste**
- 1/2 c. water
- 2 Tbsp. fish sauce
- 2 Tbsp. palm sugar***
- 3 wild lime leaves****
- 1/2 lb. boneless beef - such as tri-tip, very thinly sliced crosswise into 2-inch strips
- 3 Tbsp. ground peanuts*****
- 1/4 c. basil leaves - preferably “Thai” or “Holy” basil, roughly chopped
- * See notes below for substitution options
- Pour a half cup of coconut milk into a wok or skillet set over medium-high heat. Once hot and foaming, add the Panang curry paste and use the back of a wooden spoon to break apart any large chunks. Stir the curry paste and the coconut milk until fully combined.
- Reduce the heat to medium and add the rest of the coconut milk as well as the water, fish sauce, palm sugar, and lime leaves. Let simmer for a few minutes then add the thinly sliced beef and stir.
- Cook the beef, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes or more as needed to fully cook. Add the ground peanuts and reduce the heat to low. Stir to combine the peanuts with the curry.
- Just before serving, turn off the heat and remove the wild lime leaves. Add the basil leaves and stir. Serve with rice.