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prawn massaman curry

Prawn Massaman Curry

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  • Author: Katherine | Love In My Oven
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 servings 1x


Bring your favorite takeout dish home with this easy prawn massaman curry! A simple recipe that anyone can make, and you’ll want to make it again and again!


  • 2 tbsp avocado oil (or olive oil)
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp massman curry paste*
  • 2 small potatoes, diced
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 can (400mL) full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetarian stock
  • 200g large prawns, raw
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter (I use all natural)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup dry, roasted peanuts


  1. Add the oil to a large stockpot, over medium heat on the stove until shimmering, about 2 minutes. Add the diced onion and cook for a couple minutes, until softened and translucent, 3-4 minutes. To the pot, add the fresh ginger and garlic and cook for an additional minute. Stir in the curry paste for one minute, then add the potatoes, carrots and cinnamon sticks. 
  2. Slowly pour in the coconut milk and stock and bring the mixture to a boil. Turn the heat down to low and simmer the curry for 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes and carrots are fork tender. Add the prawns, and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until pink.
  3. Stir in the brown sugar, fish sauce, peanut butter and cilantro. Remove from heat, then add in the juice of one lime. Add the peanuts, then serve immediately, over regular or coconut rice. Garnish with additional cilantro.

Leftover curry can be stored in an airtight container, in the fridge, for 2-3 days. Curry can also be frozen, sealed, for up to 2 months.


*You can usually find massaman paste in the Asian aisle of the grocery store, or you can buy it online, or make your own!

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: curries
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Thai
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