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Tofu Thai Curry

Filled with herbs and spices from the curry paste, tofu, and colorful veggies, this vegetarian thai curry recipe is a delicious and nutritious main dish.
tofu thai curry in a cast iron skillet

This is a variation of our easy coconut curry base recipe. This tofu Thai curry recipe is a quick and nutritious weeknight dinner. Tofu is an easy-to-cook plant-based protein that takes on the flavor of the curry. Paired with colorful veggies, this recipe is nutritionally balanced and full of flavor!

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Culinary Tips for Making the Best Tofu Curry Recipe 

Beware the spice level of the curry paste! Different brands vary greatly in heat level. You could taste the paste on its own, but that might light your mouth on fire! Start with less, then add more to your taste. You can mix in extra after all the coconut milk is added – just whisk well.

Canned coconut milk naturally separates and hardens in your pantry. Shake well before using.

For this recipe, don’t worry about being exactly precise with the veggie measurements. Just note that the more veggies you add, the less soupy the curry will be.

Slice veggies into similarly-sized pieces for even cooking.

Adding veggies in order from hardest to softest ensures even cooking and a crisp-tender texture.

Rather than adding the lime juice and basil to the entire dish, you can also serve them on the side as optional garnishes.

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Tofu: substitute tempeh, chickpeas, or chicken. If using chicken, slice thinly for best texture.
  • Full-Fat Coconut Milk: use the canned variety – not the kind sold as a drink. You can substitute light coconut milk, but the curry won’t be as creamy.
  • Thai Curry Paste: use red, green, yellow, or panang; just remember to be careful with the spice level!
  • Low-Sodium Vegetable Broth: use homemade or store-bought vegetable or chicken broth. You can substitute water in a pinch, but your curry won’t be quite as flavorful.
  • Brown Sugar: substitute coconut sugar, cane sugar, or sugar in the raw for the most similar flavor.
  • Fish Sauce: substitute low-sodium tamari, liquid aminos, or soy sauce for a vegan Thai coconut curry.
  • Vegetables: use any combination of hard, medium, and/or soft vegetables. Adjust cook time so that all vegetables come out crisp-tender. 
    • Hard Vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, green beans, onion, sweet potatoes
    • Medium Vegetables: baby corn, bell pepper, bok choy stems, eggplant, mushrooms, snow or sugar snap peas, summer squash, zucchini
    • Soft Vegetables: bean sprouts, bok choy leaves, frozen edamame, shelled, thawed, leafy greens (double the amount because it cooks down so much), shredded cabbage, water chestnuts
  • Thai Basil Leaves: substitute Italian basil or cilantro, but note that cilantro will add a different flavor. 
  • Lime: substitute bottled lime juice or lemon.
  • Cashews: substitute chopped peanuts or toasted sesame seeds.

Thai Tofu Curry Recipe Variations

Add or remove ingredients based on what you have on hand and what your body is craving. When it comes to making the best tofu curry recipe, the sky’s the limit!

Want more curry recipe inspiration?

Use our easy coconut curry base recipe as a guide, then have fun exploring other flavors, ingredients, and textures

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Is this a Healthy Tofu Thai Curry?

Yes! Filled with herbs and spices from the curry paste, tofu, and colorful veggies, this vegetarian thai curry recipe is a delicious and nutritious main dish.

Thai Curry Paste

Thai curry paste contains chili peppers, garlic, galangal (or ginger), lemongrass, herbs, and spices. All of these flavorful ingredients are rich in vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that promote health and fight disease. Lemongrass even has antimicrobial properties!

Tofu

Tofu is a great source of plant-based protein. Including protein in your curry creates a more filling meal. Protein has many functions in the body including helping to build and repair body tissues and assisting in cellular processes, like energy metabolism.

Colorful Veggies

Vegetables of all colors provide health benefits. Carrots are rich in beta carotene, which supports healthy cells and immune health. Spinach contains calcium and iron, and red bell peppers are high in vitamin C. Together, all of these and other nutrients promote a healthy body and mind!

Learn more about health benefits of different foods and ingredients or in our book, To Your Taste!

Curry Serving Suggestions

Serve curry over Jasmine brown rice, quinoa, or another whole grain for a balanced meal. Don’t forget to add garnishes for extra flavor, texture, and nutrition!

Storage Tips for Leftover Tofu Curry

Cool curry completely, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

To reheat, transfer to a microwave-safe dish and heat through in the microwave. 

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thai tofu curry in a cast iron skillet

Tofu Thai Curry

This is a variation of our easy coconut curry base recipe. This tofu Thai curry recipe is a quick and nutritious weeknight dinner. Tofu is an easy-to-cook plant-based protein that takes on the flavor of the curry. Paired with colorful veggies, this recipe is nutritionally balanced and full of flavor!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Thai
Servings 4 cups

Ingredients
  

  • 12-14 ounces extra firm tofu
  • 14-ounce can full-fat coconut milk, divided
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Thai red curry paste*
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon fish sauce (sub tamari or soy sauce)
  • ½ cup halved baby carrots
  • ½ cup sliced red bell pepper
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • ¼ cup roughly torn Thai basil leaves
  • 1 medium lime (~2 Tablespoons juice)
  • ¼ cup lightly salted, roasted, chopped cashews (optional garnish)

Instructions
 

  • Remove tofu from its package and drain. Place tofu block on a folded dish cloth or several paper towels. Place another towel or paper towels on top of tofu, followed by a cutting board, pan, or plate. Place a large can or other heavy object on top to weigh down the tofu. Let sit for ~30 minutes, then dice into ¾” cubes.
  • In a 3-4 quart saucepan, bring ½ cup coconut milk to a boil. Add curry paste and stir. Continue cooking over medium high heat, stirring until thick and bubbling.
  • Add the remaining coconut milk, broth, sugar, and fish sauce. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer.
  • Add the tofu and carrots, and continue to simmer. As the carrots soften, add the bell pepper, cook for a few more minutes, then add the baby spinach. Continue to cook until all vegetables are crisp tender and tofu is warmed through, ~8-10 total minutes.
  • Turn off heat and stir in the Thai basil and lime juice. Serve over brown rice, quinoa, or Jasmine rice and top with cashews. Enjoy!

Notes

*Different brands of curry paste greatly differ in spiciness level, so start with less, then adjust to taste.
 
Slice baby carrots in half the long way for best texture.
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