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Easy Slow Cooker Beef Massaman Curry Recipe

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Love beef massaman curry? Me too! Originating in Thailand, this incredible recipe is CRAZY delicious, with fall apart beef, packed full of flavour and is basically a dish that you absolutely need in your life! And guess what? I’ve made it super simple for you to recreate using just your slow cooker. You don’t even have to brown the beef first. (Just like my slow cooker mongolian beef recipe.) I LOVE slow cooker recipes like that!

beef massaman curry in a white bowl

I personally don’t eat beef that often. It’s just not a favourite of mine and the Mr’s. That being said – we both ate a few bites of this beef massaman curry, looked at each other and said, “Oh my life, this is delicious!”

The beef just fell apart and the flavour was incredible! I can also tell you that my house smelt AMAZING when I walked in after a long day at work. I couldn’t have asked any more from this hearty and delicious midweek meal.

beef massaman curry in a white bowl

The Mr even went in for seconds. (He never does that, EVER!) It’s honestly one of the tastiest things to ever emerge from my slow cooker. SO much flavour!! Speaking of, if you love seriously tasty Asian recipes, you have to check out my easy slow cooker chicken teriyaki recipe too. It’s just as amazing!

Back to the beef massaman curry though. This really is a great recipe to get you into Thai flavours without the serious heat that Thai dishes normally have. (I’ve been to Thailand – trust me, they love their heat!)

beef massaman curry in a white bowl

It can also be quite cheap for a beef dish. I used the lower priced pre-diced beef cuts and it still melted in my mouth. I believe that ‘low and slow’ cooking can turn even the cheapest cuts of meat into a delicious meal that everyone can enjoy. You can also now buy premade curry pastes which will save you loads of pennies not having to buy 20 different spices/herbs for your cupboard!

beef massaman curry in a white bowl

Never made a slow cooker beef massaman curry before? I’ve got some tips that I think may just help you out…

Beef Massaman Curry Recipe Tips

  • I highly recommend using coconut cream over coconut milk. The flavour is much richer and, no surprises, much creamier! It really does make a difference. If you need to use coconut milk however, only use 400ml as it’s much more runny.
  • Make sure your potatoes and beef are cut to approximately the same size. This just ensures even cooking throughout the whole batch.
  • When making the beef massaman curry sauce, I like to use a whisk to mix it. This guarantees even distribution of all the flavours and no lumpy bits.
  • Panicking that the sauce looks a bit pale? Don’t! It will become much darker during the cooking. It gets WAY more appetising I promise!
  • With the added potatoes, this curry is almost a meal in itself. That being said, you can serve it on it’s own, with some rice or dip in some naan bread. All options are totally yummy.
  • You’ll notice that I don’t add salt anywhere in this recipe. That’s for two reasons. 1. Fish sauce is very salty! 2. In Thailand, they don’t use salt to season their food. They use ingredients like fish sauce, fresh lemon or lime juice and freshly cracked black pepper if you want to add a little heat.
  • Be VERY careful with the fish sauce. It’s incredibly powerful stuff and you really don’t need a lot!
  • Beef massaman curry is a mild Thai curry. (So a good one to start your on your Thai flavour journey!) But if you like your curry a little hotter, finely chop a fresh red chilli and add it in. You can even keep the seeds in if you want an extra fiery kick.
  • Want to know where to find massaman curry paste? I found a 200g jar in my local Tesco (in the UK.) I’m positive it’s readily available from other large supermarkets too.

 

beef massaman curry in a white bowl

Easy Slow Cooker Beef Massaman Curry Recipe

Here’s what you will need to serve 4

Ingredients

  • 700g (1 lb 9 oz) Diced Beef
  • 2-3 tbsp Plain Flour
  • 320g (11 oz) Potatoes, Diced *
  • 1 Onion, Finely Chopped
  • 200g (7 oz) Massaman Curry Paste
  • 400ml (1 + 2/3 Cup) Chicken Stock
  • 500ml (2 Cups) Coconut Cream
  • 2 tbsp Fish Sauce
  • Juice of 1/2 a Lemon
  • 1 tbsp Light Brown Sugar
  • Cooked Rice, To Serve (Optional)
  • Chopped Coriander, To Serve (Optional)

 

Essential Equipment

  • 3.5 litre Slow Cooker

 

*I used Jazzy potatoes – they’re a bit like baby potatoes. Any kind will do though!

 

Firstly, coat the diced beef (700g | 1 lb 9 oz) in the plain flour (2-3 tbsp). Give it a really good mix to ensure everything is evenly and lightly coated. (You may find this easier in a bag – my method got a bit messy!)

beef coated in flour in a tray

Then , if you haven’t already, dice the potatoes (320g | 11 oz) and finely chop the onion (x 1). Try and keep the potatoes roughly the same sort of size as the diced beef if you can. Now place them into the slow cooker.

potatoes and onion in a slow cooker

Time to make the sauce! Lets add the massaman curry paste (200g | 7 oz), chicken stock (400ml | 1 + 2/3 Cup), coconut cream (500ml | 2 Cups), fish sauce (2 tbsp), lemon juice (1/2 lemon) and the brown sugar (1 tbsp) into a large bowl. Give it all a really good mix with a whisk to take out any curry paste lumps.

beef massaman curry sauce in a bowl

Pour that beautifully fragrant sauce into the slow cooker over the potatoes and onions. Then add in the coated beef. If any pieces are stuck together, just carefully pull them apart. Avoid the temptation to stir it and just place on the lid. Cook on low for 8 hours.

beef massaman curry sauce and beef in a slow cooker

beef massaman curry in a slow cooker

See – didn’t I tell you the colour would get darker and much more appetising? All that’s left to do is stir it well and serve. It’s entirely up to you whether you have it on it’s own, with some rice or with some naan bread (or similar) to dip into it. Sprinkle with a little chopped coriander if you’re feeling fancy.

beef massaman curry in a white bowl

How to Freeze Beef Massaman Curry

This is a freezable curry but it’s worth noting that the potatoes will change texture slightly once defrosted and reheated. They tend to become a little mushier. (Technical term!) I promise it will still taste just as delicious though.

Simply pour your curry into freezer bags or plastic tubs (I like to reuse the plastic tubs you get with Chinese and curry takeouts) and make sure you cover the potatoes and beef in sauce to avoid freezer burn.

Defrost your beef massaman curry thoroughly in the fridge and use within 24 hours. To reheat, simply heat through in a saucepan over a low heat until piping hot.

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Easy Slow Cooker Beef Massaman Curry Recipe

Yield: 4 People
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes

Packed full of flavour, melt in the mouth beef and hearty potatoes, this beef massaman curry is not only very easy to make but incredibly tasty too!

Ingredients

  • 700 g Diced Beef
  • 2-3 tbsp Plain Flour
  • 320 g Potatoes, (Diced)
  • 1 Onion , (Finely Chopped)
  • 200 g Massaman Curry Paste
  • 400 ml Chicken Stock
  • 500 ml Coconut Cream
  • 2 tbsp Fish Sauce
  • Juice of 1/2 a Lemon
  • 1 tbsp Light Brown Sugar
  • Cooked Rice, (To Serve, Optional)
  • Chopped Coriander, (To Serve, Optional)

Essential Equipment

  • 3.5 litre Slow Cooker

Instructions

  1. Coat the diced beef in the flour and set aside. Place the diced potatoes and finely chopped onion into the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. To make the sauce, whisk together the massaman curry paste, chicken stock, coconut cream, fish sauce, lemon juice and brown sugar until runny and dissolved.
  3. Pour the massaman curry sauce over the potatoes and onions then add in the floured beef. Do not stir.
  4. Put on the lid and cook on low for 8 hours.

Notes

I used Jazzy potatoes (a little like baby potatoes) and pre diced beef for this recipe.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 703Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 87mgSodium: 636mgCarbohydrates: 72gFiber: 2gSugar: 48gProtein: 30g

Nutritional information on kitchenmason.com should only be used as a general guideline, I am not a certified nutritionist. Please always check labels for allergens where applicable.

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mary

Saturday 28th of January 2023

Love your recipe but why mustn't you stir the meat etc. after pouring the sauce over?

Emma

Saturday 28th of January 2023

Hi Mary. So happy you love my recipe! I don’t stir as this keeps the potatoes at the bottom of the slow cooker. Being the hardest ingredient, they take a little more cooking than everything else. If they’re at the bottom, they get the immediate hit of heat from the bowl of the slow cooker. Emma x

Rob

Wednesday 18th of January 2023

Emma, how come you used chicken stock instead of beef stock?

Emma

Thursday 19th of January 2023

Hi Rob. It was a long time ago when I wrote the original recipe, so can't be sure. I'd imagine it's because that's what I had in the cupboard at the time, and I don't like waste! Using beef stock would definitely add extra richness. You're more than welcome to give it a try! Emma x

Douglas

Tuesday 1st of November 2022

I made this last night, it was very tasty and went down well with everyone, my one comment would be was that I was disappointed that the sauce wasn't as thick or as dark as the finished version in the photos. However, I would definitely make it again.

C M

Monday 19th of December 2022

@Douglas, I just used 200 ml of stock and 400 ml of coconut Milk. Sauce was thick enough !

Douglas

Sunday 20th of November 2022

@Emma, Cornflour! Of course! Thank you!

Emma

Wednesday 2nd of November 2022

Hi Douglas. Glad you liked it! The colour could be down to the curry paste (or other ingredients) you used. As for the sauce, mine was quite a thin sauce too. If you want it thicker - dissolve 2 tbsp of corn flour into 2 tbsp of water and stir it through the curry 1 hour before the end. That should help :) Emma x

Kareen Kaltakdjian

Tuesday 1st of November 2022

Hi! Can you use red curry paste instead? Thank you!

Emma

Tuesday 1st of November 2022

Hi Kareen. You could, but it won't be a massaman curry. Emma x

Kahley Bryson

Monday 17th of October 2022

I love this recipe sooo much!

Wondering if it’s possible to double? And if so do I double all ingredients? (Also do you know at what point should I add peanuts?)

Emma

Monday 17th of October 2022

Hi Kahley. I'm so happy you love my recipe! Honestly, it depends how big your slow cooker is as to whether you can double the recipe or not. I have a 3.5 litre one and I don't think that's big enough. If yours is bigger, you could try it - but I would maybe increase the cooking time a little. As for peanuts, there aren't any in my recipe. So I'm not sure when you would add those in. Emma x

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