30 Minute Meal/ One Pan

Masaman Beef Curry

 massaman beef and potato curry
Masaman Beef curry is about to be your new best friend. Its fragrant, flavorful yet mild, definitely delicious, and easy to make.  This is actually a Thai dish that is heavily influenced by Middle Eastern and South African cuisines. What I love most about it, though, is that this dish doesn’t require a gigantic ingredient list like most thai/middle eastern dishes. Its simple, but it won’t disappoint. And it only takes 30 minutes to make!
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Beef and potato curry
Just like this beef curry recipe, which might be my new bff! Sorry, Chicken Tikka Masala, but you’ve totally been kicked to the curb. Seriously, its that good. The combination of crunchy peanut butter, coconut milk and cinnamon is just so dang lovely. Plus add the cilantro, lime juice, and all the other ingredients and its like a party in your mouth. We are totally in love here.
30 minute massaman curry recipe
30 minute massaman curry recipe

Masaman Beef Curry

  • Author: Jenni
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 Servings
  • Category: 30 Minute Meal
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Thai



1 lb flank steak, trimmed and cut into bite size pieces

1 onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

150 ml can coconut milk

1/4 cup all natural chunky peanut butter

2 TBSP soy sauce

2 tsp fish sauce

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 large potato, chopped

1 tsp red curry paste

the juice of 1 lime

1/2 cup unsalted roasted peanuts

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro.

Jasmine Rice and Naan for serving!


Heat a large skillet and the oil over medium-high heat.

Brown the meat, stirring occasionally, for 4 minutes.

Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is semi-translucent, about 5 minutes.

Reduce the heat to medium.

In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, peanut butter, soy sauce, fish sauce, pepper and cinnamon.

Add this to the pan, along with the potato, and cook, stirring frequently, until the potato is soft.

Add the red curry paste (if you want more heat you can continue adding 1 tsp at a time until you reach the desired spiciness).

Stir in the juice of 1 lime.

Top with cilantro and roasted, unsalted peanuts.

Serve with Jasmine Rice and Nann!


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Massaman Beef Curry is easy & flavorful (not spicy) dish the whole family will love! The sauce is made from coconut milk & peanut butter!


  • Reply
    Barely Vegan
    November 14, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    This is my first time visiting your website and the first post I see is Masala Beef Curry?!?! Ummmm….I'll be your friend!! Masala and Curry are two of my greatest loves. I make some type of curry almost every single week and I have a ton of different masala seasonings in my spice cabinet. This dish looks fantastic!! Awesome recipe.

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    Julie L
    November 16, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    What a beautiful website you have!! And this dish looks AMAZING!!! Indian food happens to be my favorite so I may have to try this out! I can't wait to keep checking out your blog for more recipes xo

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    December 11, 2015 at 5:24 AM

    I am totally curry-obsesed, so I definitely need to try this! Thanks for sharing. 🙂



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    Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
    February 8, 2017 at 3:11 AM

    I’ve been getting into curries lately, especially when the weather is cold! So much flavor! I love the idea of peanuts on top!

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    Jacqui Bellefontaine
    February 8, 2017 at 10:16 PM

    This looks really tasty. I havent made a masaman curry in ages . I think I shall have to change that soon

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    Megan @ MegUnprocessed
    February 8, 2017 at 11:19 PM

    This is great! Everyone needs a great recipe that is quick and easy!

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    Abra's Kitchen
    February 8, 2017 at 11:29 PM

    I currently have every ingredient except the beef, and am seriously considering trying it with mushrooms! I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂

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    Shannon @ Pass Me Some Tasty
    February 10, 2017 at 9:50 PM

    Love this dish!

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    February 13, 2017 at 2:15 AM

    This recipe makes me wanna step outside of my comfort zone. This looks great!

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