Red Thai Curry Stew

Thai. Curry. Tofu.

Each of these are some of my favorite foods but I rarely make them at home. Why you ask?

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The smell of curry powder leaves an entire house smelling for weeks (Kyle complains every time… I kid you not, ha!) and most Thai recipes require multiple obscure ingredients and lots of effort. As I’ve said before, ain’t nobody got time for that! ;)

Thankfully, a few years ago, I found a delicious, easy and smell-proof recipe for Thai red curry. It has been a staple in the ONW household ever since and I can’t wait to share it with you today!

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Healthy vegetables (we’re talking green beans, mushrooms, cauliflower and peppers) mix with rich coconut milk, tofu and lots of red curry paste to create a spicy, flavorful stew that will transport your taste buds to Thailand.

It’s too bad the rest of your body won’t be able to make the trip ;)

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In all seriousness, my Thai Red Curry Stew is quick to make, full of flavor and a great source of plant-based nutrients. If you’ve never tried tofu, this recipe is a great introduction! The tofu absorbs the sweet spice of the red curry and adds a fabulous texture into the mix.

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Thai Red Curry Stew (Adapted from Vegetarian Times)

Makes 5-6 servings


  • 3-4 cups chopped cauliflower
  • 2 cups green beans (I used frozen)
  • 1 TBSP coconut oil
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 1-14 oz can coconut milk (I used the non-light stuff for better flavor)
  • 4-5 TBSP Thai red curry paste (use less for less spice!)
  • 2 TBSP low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1-14 oz package Nasoya Extra Firm Organic Tofu, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped basil leaves


In a large saucepan, bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Boil cauliflower 4 minutes, remove with strainer and rinse with cold water. Repeat with green beans in same pot of water; set aside. Meanwhile, place coconut oil, tofu and mushrooms into a non-stick skillet and cook 5 to 7 minutes, until mushrooms have browned. Add coconut milk, red curry paste, soy sauce, vegetables and half of basil to skillet. Allow to simmer, covered, for 15-20 minutes. Spoon into bowls and sprinkle with remaining basil. Enjoy!

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Mmmhmm… I’m so happy that I’ve finally shared one of my favorite recipes with you!

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And if you are truly new to tofu, check out Nasoya’s Tofu U – an informative website with everything you need to know about tofu and more!

What is your favorite ethnic meal? Thai, Chinese, Italian, Greek, French – Basically anything but American ;)

Have you ever cooked with tofu? All of the time!

**Disclaimer: Nasoya provided me coupons for free tofu. All opinions, thoughts and photos are my own.**


  1. I don’t cook w/ tofu too often – but this recipe does sound ridiculously good. I’d probably have to sub the tofu for Chicken so it’d be hubby friendly (can’t have an unhappy man at dinner LOL).

    Favorite cuisine- Mexican.. chips, salsa, margaritassss & tacos. Wanna hear something sad though – Kuwait has NO good mexican restaurants.. well nothing compared to the States. It’s pretty horrible :(
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  2. I am so with you! I really don’t like American food 90% of the time (there are a few, like Chipotle and Red Robin) that I love. I’d rather have an ethnic restaurant (the dives are usually the best). Indian and Thai are usually my favorite!
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  3. nothing like something spicy at dinner time, I could eat spicy food all day long.
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  4. Looks good. Love all the veggies!
    Yesterday I made a healthy cashew chicken dish–I rarely cook Chinese/Asian food and really need to make an effort to regularly make it. It’s so easy and can be healthy.
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  5. This looks wonderful Becky! I love curry – it’s such a great flavor and I do love how it makes the house smell. My favorite ethnic foods are Indian, Italian, Thai, Mexican and Chinese!
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  6. Yum this sounds good!! I love Indian, A LOT! And also Mexican. Ummm yeah now I’m drooling haha oh and italian, but I get that at the boyfriend’s house all the time :)
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  7. This would be a daring dish in my kitchen. I don’t cook with curry or tofu too often; I have to be in the right mood! This looks very healthy my friend!
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    • Haha – you’re such a Minnesotan Ms. Melanie ;) Trust me, it isn’t very “hot” spicy – just lots of flavors!

  8. I LOVE Thai Curry and unfortunately for my family, I don’t mind the smell. I’m sure they’ll appreciate this new recipe lol. Looks amazing!
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  9. I love me some Thai food! I’ve never cooked with tofu, I tried it years ago and it tasted too “rubbery” for me- is that normally how it tastes when it’s cooked?

    I love all ethnic food, it would be so hard to narrow it down to one. But since we are talking Thai, I LOVE drunken noodles… love love love!
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    • Oh no – this is not rubbery! It falls apart somewhat easily but definitely not tough :) I’d try cooking it this way and see what you think!

  10. This looks fabulous! I am so obsessed with anything curry. I’ve been making this curry soup and literally can’t stop. Maybe I should try to switch it up with something like this!
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  11. Italian, Greek, or Thai…definitely a tie between those depending on my mood :P this sounds awesome hun…love all the flavors this would bring out!
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    • I know – totally about mood! I always want Italian unless it’s 5 bajillion degrees outside which it hasn’t been… in too long! ;)

  12. Ive recently become completely obsessed with Thai food. I was a super picky eater when I was growing up and now Im trying so many things and finding out that I love them. Don’t tell my parents.
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  13. This looks delicious! I have been wanting to try tofu more, so this looks like a great recipe to try!
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  14. Yes! Tofu is seriously my favorite, and this recipe looks amazing!
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  15. I eat tofu probably twice a week and I love it! I like that it just picks up the flavor of whatever you cook it in. My favorites are to fry it in sesame oil or put it in a thai peanut sauce. This dish looks soo good! :)
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  16. Thai & Vietnamese are my all times favorites! I have never cooked either though. It’s on my bucket list to do. I can’t eat tofu though for reasons I will spare you. It’s either chicken, fish or vegetarian for me.
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  17. Haha I’m with you on the ‘anything but American’ answer – I love Mexican, Japanese, Thai, Indian….but regular American food bores me a little ;-)
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    • I felt a little uppity typing that so I’m glad I’m not the only one! I mean, every once in a while I crave a big ol’ burger ‘n fries but not often ;)

  18. I love thai food and tofu but don’t cook with either often. This recipe sounds like a super simple and fun way to get those flavors at home.
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    • Yes, it is super simple! It seems like a lot of the recipes out there call for weird ingredients but since I like things that are easy-to-make, I edited this one to be easy peasy :)

  19. OH. MY. YUM. Seriously. I’m speechless. Ahhh, you’re amazing!
    Going out and buying the ingredients ASAP! :D
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    • It’s deeeelicious, Natalie! And considering the name, fairly simple too :) You’ll have to let me know how you like it!

  20. Yum! This does sound good! Though I’ve never cooked with tofu – it kind of scares me!
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  21. Love nasoya! And the curry smell that Thai food leaves in my home <3 This curry stew sounds delicious. Peppers and mushrooms are two of my favs.
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  22. Love anything curry flavoured! There’s this amazing thai place around the corner from my new place that I knew might be a problem when we moved here…I’m doing my best to cook at home but it’s seriously tempting me!!
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  23. Yum!! You KNOW I cannot wait to make this one!!
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  24. I make Curry a lot, usually with shrimp or chicken. Totally making this next week with tofu!
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  25. Mmmmm…..drool worthy…
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  26. You could put curry on just about anything and I would eat it, that’s how much I love curry. This looks SO good and I love the mix of veggies in there. I hate when you go to Thai places and their vegetable curry is mostly peppers and onions.
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  27. After you posted this on instagram, you sparked a huge craving!!!!! I love tofu but try not to eat it too often because I don’t want to grow boobs. ;)

    PS This said it was posted 2 hours ago on my bloglovin…. :s
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  28. I’m actually making vegetarian red curry tonight and having it oven brown rice. It’s a little different from this recipe but very similar!
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