Beef Massaman Curry

Beef Massaman Curry is a popular Thai dish that makes a hearty and delicious dinner. Make it in advance and store it in the freezer for busy weeknights.

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Beef Massaman Curry

Cooking time
PREP TIME 30 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 2 h 20 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 2 h 50 mins


  • 2 bags Success® Basmati Rice
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 lbs cubed stewing beef
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup red curry paste
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tsp tamarind paste
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 can (14 oz) coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 lb baby potatoes
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro leaves


  • Hearty, aromatic, and bursting with flavor, this Beef Massaman Curry is a dish that your family will request again and again. Though this recipe takes a while to make, don’t let that scare you! Most of the time is hands-off. Plus, once you taste this amazing dish, you’ll agree that every minute spent making it was well worth it!

    For best results, try with fragrant Success® Basmati Rice to soak up every last bit of flavor!

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Heat oil in a large saucepan set over medium-high heat. Pat beef dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper. Cook beef in two batches, turning occasionally, for 5-8 minutes, or until evenly browned.

    Step 3

  • Add all beef back to saucepan along with curry paste, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, fish sauce, and tamarind paste. Cook, stirring, for about 1 minute, or until beef is well coated. Add beef broth, coconut milk and peanut butter and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover saucepan and allow beef mixture to simmer for 1 1/2 hours.

    Step 4

  • Add potatoes; cover and cook for 30 to 40 minutes, or until beef and potatoes are very tender.

    Step 5

  • Top curry with lime juice and cilantro. Serve over cooked rice.

    Recipe Tip

    Once cooled, Massaman curry can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 2 months.

Massaman on the Menu!

If you’ve never heard of Massaman curry, it’s high time you did! This fragrant, delicious dish combines influences from Indian and Thai cuisine. Similar to other Thai curries, this recipe has coconut milk, lime juice and fish sauce. It also includes peanut butter, which gives it depth and helps to round out the overall flavor. Though traditionally made with chicken, here we’ve used beef to make a heartier dish. Feel free to use the type of meat that you prefer. if you use chicken, though, just remember to reduce the amount of time you cook the curry.

If you can find Massaman curry paste in your local store, you can use that instead of the red Thai curry paste called for in the recipe. Massaman curry paste will give you an even more authentic flavor!

Curry 101

If you’re still scratching your head about all things related to curry, make sure to take a look at our beginner’s guide to understanding curry. Learn what makes different curries special in their own way and find a few more recipes to try like this Curry Cauliflower Buddha Rice Bowl.

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