Beef Massaman Thai Curry

Beef Massaman Thai Curry

Delicious massaman Thai curry from your slow cooker, rich with vegetable goodness!
4.92 from 25 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine curry, Thai
Servings 4


  • 5L slow cooker


  • 1 cup butternut pumpkin, cut into large cubes
  • 1 cup orange sweet potato, cut into large cubes
  • 1 cup frozen green beans (baby or cut)
  • 1 brown onion, roughly diced
  • 800 grams diced beef oyster blade steak, (or other cheap casserole style cut of beef is fine also)
  • 400 ml can coconut cream
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • 100 grams Massaman Thai curry paste (I prefer Ayam brand)
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • Optional: fresh coriander to garnish


  • Add all diced vegetables and diced beef to slow cooker
  • Combine coconut cream with cornflour. Stir in curry paste, sugar, lime juice and fish sauce. Pour this liquid into slow cooker and stir to combine
  • Cook on low for 8hrs. Could also be cooked faster 5-6hrs on high if you need.
  • This will make 4 serves if served with rice.
    Alternatively serve alone for 2 generous serves.
    Garnish with fresh coriander to serve if you choose
  • This recipe inspired by the Massaman Lamb Shanks with Potato and Green Beans recipe on page 193 of the 7 NIGHTS OF SLOW COOKING BOOKS available in our website shop
Keyword Curry, Massaman, Thai

34 thoughts on “Beef Massaman Thai Curry”

  1. 5 stars
    This is a great recipe, simple and delicious.
    I added a chopped potato and extra massaman paste to add a bit more spice.
    Highly recommend this recipe

  2. Is it coconut cream or coconut milk? The list of ingredients says coconut cream but the instructions say coconut milk.

  3. Had this last night,was do good definitely be doing again,I didn’t have pumkin,sweet potato or beans so used potato,Carrots and peas,I found it worked well.

  4. 4 stars
    Great recipe – flavour was A+ and using the cut of meat in the recipe was super tender. I did however find the sauce watery and had to add extra cornflour at the end to thicken to our liking. We will definitely be cooking this one again!

  5. 5 stars
    So flavoursome! I only had coconut milk and lemon juice and will try the recipe again with coconut cream and lime juice but it was delicious anyway ?

  6. Hi Paulene

    If I double the meat do I double everything else?
    I love your recipes have all your books!
    Thanks Lou

    1. Hi Louisa ๐Ÿ™‚
      So happy you love our books!
      For this recipe it could easily take double the meat without needing to double anything else since it’s so saucy
      However if you also wanted to double all the veg too you could increase the coconut cream, cornflour, curry paste, sugar, lime, & fish to perhaps 1.5 times what they are now (so half again) as I feel a full double with 800ml coconut cream would be way to much liquid ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! Needed some more cornflour to thicken but otherwise excellent. Used 1kg gravy beef.

  8. 5 stars
    We love this recipe in our house. My 15 year old son, who struggled to eat any vegetables absolutely devours this. I generally use potato, sweet potato, onion and carrot. But you can add any vegetables you have on hand.
    Really yummy. We have it almost weekly.

  9. OMG,I replaced coconut cream with 2tbl light sour cream, used lemon in place of lime added potato.and just had to thicken with cornflower slurry at the end.absolutely delicious.

  10. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious
    Dish looked just like the picture
    Served with supermarket Nan bread and 90 second rice
    House smelt amazing all day
    Will definitely be cooking this one again

  11. 5 stars
    My new fav curry ? I have made with beef and chicken and for both I leave the pieces of meat big and shred about an hour before eating. The flavour is amazing. I also use a mix of potato, sweet potato and pumpkin as the veg depending on what I have. Thank you!

  12. 5 stars
    Made this last night and it was so nice. I did not have the pumpkin so added a whole sweet potato, 2 ordinary potatoes and peas. Also did what was mentioned in another comment and put in more of the curry paste. It was delicious the leftovers today as we all took them to work for lunch. Yum!

  13. 5 stars
    No wonder this keeps popping up in the FB group, it is delicious. I used 1kg of beef rather than 800g and nearly the whole jar of massaman paste (because apparently I can’t judge 1/2 a jar ?). As it’s just me, there are plenty of left overs to take to work for lunch and make my work mates jealous with the smell. this will definitely be on my frequent cook list.????????

  14. Elizabeth Irelandes

    I tried this for the first time and I was not disappointed. Both myself and my husband scoffed it up haha.

  15. 5 stars
    I have made this curry twice and it was absolutely delicious. I made a couple of changes. I coated the chuck steak in flour first and didn’t use the cornflour. I also used Maesri massaman paste, which I prefer to the Ayam. I also added the sweet potato and pumpkin 75 minutes before the end of cooking time. I found it was just slush when I added it at the beginning. Really delicious recipe that I plan to use regularly.

  16. When to add the frozen beans? ?
    Depends on your preference and presence ?

    If you like them really soft or wonโ€™t be around for the last hour chuck them in with all the diced vegetables.

    If you like them cooked but still holding their shape, add for the last hour of cooking time.


  17. 5 stars
    Just noticed there is no rating with my bean advice so here it is ??
    this recipe is โ€ฆ
    five shooting stars from this family!??

  18. Kimberley Lawrence

    5 stars
    omg…aromatic smells permiating through the house all day! this curry was a hit! The beef absolutely melted in my mouth. I will definitely be making this again!! ??

  19. 5 stars
    Our family palate is set to “bland”. We don’t eat curry and garlic is about as spicy as we get. However, seeing the volume of positive responses about this recipe made me decide to try it out. Without exception, we loved it. I’ll put this in my regular rotation of meals from now on. You’ve inspired us to get a bit more adventurous with our meals ?

  20. 5 stars
    This was delicious, I’ll definitely be making this again. I accidentally bought coconut milk instead of cream and it was still great. Just the right amount of spice for us.

  21. 5 stars
    Swapped the pumpkin for white potatoes as many of my family donโ€™t like pumpkin but everyone LOVED this curry! Will be a new regular ๐Ÿ˜‹ so easy!!!

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