Easy vegetarian Thai green curry recipe- without tofu! We are using butternut squash, green beans, and all the classic Thai green curry flavors for a delicious weeknight dinner that takes less than 30 minutes. Plant-based dinners have never been so easy!
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Ingredients and Substitutions
- Onions- The base of any great curry recipe.
- Coconut Oil- Use any light oil like avocado or coconut.
- Green Curry Paste- I typically use pre-made jarred curry paste but you can make your own curry paste if you are feeling adventurous.
- Ginger- Freshly grated ginger. Yes, there is some in the curry paste but a little more is always a good thing.
- Coconut Sugar- Traditional Thai green curry has sugar but we reduce the amount and substituted coconut sugar for refined white sugar. You can use either and adjust the sweetness to taste.
- Coconut Milk- You will need 1- 15 oz can. Use full fat, not light or coconut cream.
- Lime- I prefer to use fresh lime juice but bottle lime works in a pinch
- Jalapeno, Cilantro, and Lime Wedges- For garnish, this is such a pretty dish the garnishes add another layer of flavor.
- Veggies- It would be vegetarian curry without the veggies. You can use any veggies you like but I recommend one main starchy veggies and 2 to 3 complimentary veggies. For this recipe, I went with butternut squash paired with bell peppers and thin green beans.
What Vegetables go with Green Curry?
The list is endless but here are few ideas. Cooking times may change if you choose different vegetables.
Starchy Vegetable Options
- Butternut squash
- Delicata squash
- Acorn Squash
- Sweet Potato
Complimentary Vegetable Options
- Bell peppers, any color
- Bamboo shoots
- Green beans or Chinese long beans (if you can find them)
- Snap peas
- Eggplants (use a smaller variety)
- Chinese broccoli
- Mung bean sprouts
- Shredded carrots
How to Prep the Butternut Squash
Peel the squash by lying it down on a flat surface, hold with one hand, and press firmly with the peeler. Peel in long strips. The skin of butternut squash can be hard to peel. I highly recommend using a good-quality sharp peeler to peel the butternut squash. I prefer using a Y peeler, but a swivel peeler would also work.
Cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Trim off the ends and cube the squash into 1 1/2 inch cubes.
Tips and Tricks
- The recipe comes together very quickly. Prep all your ingredients before getting started.
- This green curry recipe makes an excellent premade lunch. To make green for meal prep cook until squash is slightly underdone. About 14 minutes. Reheat single portions in the microwave for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Reheat in the microwave or stovetop. We have had good results with both.
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Thai Green Curry with Butternut Squash
- High sided saute pan
- 4-5 cups butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes about 1 medium squash
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into ½-inch strips
- 1 medium onion, ¼-inch dice
- 1 cup green beans, french-style slice
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated
- 3 Tbsp green curry paste
- 1 tsp coconut sugar
- 1 15 oz can coconut milk
- 1 lime, juiced
- ¼ cup water
- jalapeno, cilantro, lime wedges for garnish
- Prep all your vegetables and gather the remaining ingredients.
- In a large pan heat coconut oil over medium heat. Add onions and saute until soft, 4-6 minutes.
- Add ginger, squash, and bell pepper. Saute for 3 minutes.
- Stir in curry paste sauteing for 2 minutes.
- Add sugar, coconut milk, lime juice, and water. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until the squash is fork-tender.
- Stir in green beans and heat until warmed through. Salt to taste. Serve over rice and garnish with cilantro, lime wedges, and jalapeno slices.
- Leftover curry can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
- To make green for meal prep cook until squash is slightly underdone. About 14 minutes. Reheat single portions in the microwave for 3 to 4 minutes.