Instant Pot Thai Red Curry Noodle Bowls

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Well I’m exhausted. My favorite DJ was in town last night (on a Wednesday…really convenient) and he decided it would be a good idea to have 3 opening DJs who really kind of sucked the big one. Which meant he didn’t go on until 12:30. Which meant it was over at 1:30 and I wasn’t in bed until 3 but then set an alarm for 6:45 to ensure this post got done before coaching a class at my gym. Which means, I’m not functioning, really in any capacity. Can’t do this sh*t anymore, especially on a Wednesday. Next time, no other commitments will be made and I plan on eating 45 gluten free pancakes from Snooze after I dance for 4 hours straight. Baby needs her carbs after a night like that.

Yes, I did just call myself baby. And yes, I hate myself for it.

PaleOMG Instant Pot Thai Red Curry Noodle Bowls

So we’ve run into a problem, guys. Hopefully you can help me solve it. My husband is going through a “grow your beard out” phase and I need it to be over ASAP. Especially since we leave on vacation soon. I’ve decided I hate beards when it’s on a person I actually have to kiss. Yes, hate. Unless it has JUST been washed, I think it smells weird. And it grosses me out. And then I don’t want to kiss him. And let it be known, we are in the first year of marriage, there should be a lot of kissing going on. But he’s attached to this beard. I’m pretty sure he has a crush on it based on the amount of times he caresses it each day. And from what I’ve heard, there are poop particles floating around in beards. Turns out, I’m not into making out with a poop particle face. Just how I feel. HELP!

I truly wish I had more to say, but my brain (and body from dancing for so long) is no longer functioning. The only thing that is keeping me going at any sort of speed is this coffee that I’m holding in order to not fall asleep sitting up. But this may cause bigger issues once I finally do fall asleep and the coffee takes a dive onto my keyboard. That would be the real icing on the cake here. Ok, well I need to go coach and then record my first interviewed podcast, all while trying to figure out how to record another human being who is not in a room with me. Learning new skills is hard, but learning new skills when you have an IQ of 22 at the moment is close to impossible. Cheers to an impossible day! Go crush this Wednesday…and make this curry!

PaleOMG Instant Pot Thai Red Curry Noodle Bowls


Instant Pot Thai Red Curry Noodle Bowls

  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 3 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot, julienne sliced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (14 ounce) can of coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, smashed with the back of a knife
  • 2 lime leaves, rolled between fingertips to release fragrance
  • 1/2 cup chicken bone broth
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced at an angle
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 zucchinis, peeled and made into noodles using a spiralizer
  • 1/3 cup cashews, roughly chopped, for garnish
  • handful of cilantro, roughly chopped, for garnish
  • lime wedges, for garnish


  1. Place ghee in the basin of the instant pot then press the sauté button. Once the ghee begins to melt, add the red and yellow bell pepper, carrot, onion and garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes, until onion becomes translucent.
  2. Add the curry paste and coconut milk to the instant pot and mix to combine. Let simmer for about 5 more minutes, then add the coconut aminos, fish sauce, lime juice, lemongrass, lime leaves, chicken broth, then sprinkle the chicken throughout. Add a bit of salt before mixing thoroughly.
  3. Press the keep warm/cancel button then secure the lid, close off the pressure valve then press the Soup button. This will cook for 30 minutes once it comes up to pressure. Once the curry is done cooking, you can let it naturally release or do a quick release, then remove the lime leaves and lemongrass stalks and discard, and stir everything together.
  4. While the curry is cooking, peel and spiral the zucchini into noodles. Place between two paper towels, sprinkle with a bit of salt on top, then place something heavy like a cast iron skillet on top of the top paper towel to help pull out the excess liquid for about 10 or so minutes.
  5. Once the curry is done cooking and lemongrass/lime leaves have been removed, place instant pot back on the Sauté function, and add the zucchini noodles into the curry. Continually mix for about 8-10 minutes, until the curry has thickened by 1/3 and the zucchini noodles are cooked through.
  6. Scoop curry into bowls, garnish with cashews and cilantro and squeeze fresh lime juice on top!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


38 thoughts on “Instant Pot Thai Red Curry Noodle Bowls”

  1. We’ve been married for 16 years, but know each other for 21. Ive finally decided after all these years that i actually like his beard, after he’s had a shower of course. I like it kept short though, it looks neater on him though some look good with the longer straggly type. I sense other men are jealous of his beard, they comment on how thick & dark it is, they even have the audacity to ask if he dyes it. Well, I say embrace the beard, but only if it’s clean.

    BTW, ive been looking through your insatagram posts for your workouts & so love them! How about youu guys put out a workout video or perhaps an on demand program for those who wish to do their workouts at home, you’ve got the time to do that, right?

    Thanks for the post today,

    1. I forgot to mention he usually only grows one during elk season, so it’s maybe 1-2 months out of the year. So maybe he could grow one occasionally, @ least it may be more tolerable for you 🙂

  2. Less than 4 hours of sleep?! Woof, I’d be dying.

    My gym friend Bud is visiting Denver and is working out at your gym. When he said he was there, I was totally fan girling over him getting to meet you! Maybe one day I’ll make it to CO!

  3. Girl, my husband did the same thing when my son was about 3 months old. It was his dad beard…except he totally has a baby face and can’t grow a full beard so it was really spotty. No. It was awful. I hated it and finally after about 2.5 months of the beard nonsense he finally shaved it. In fact, I think it was my Valentine’s Day gift since I pretty much was straightforward about how much I hated it and told him that was the only thing I wanted for Valentine’s Day. So maybe try that if he’s super instant on keeping it? Ugh, men….I dunno, but good luck!!!

  4. Beard oil is the answer to the beard dilemma! It makes me WANT to get near my husband’s beard. Your girl Bethany at Primally Pure makes some I am going to order for my hubby. Love the recipe – I don’t have Instant Pot goodness though. Safe to assume a skillet and a pot will also do the trick?

  5. I’m sure you have baby wipes for Jackson’s bum… just use them on his beard pre-smootchie time (or threaten to). 😉

  6. Hahah how about you threaten to grow alllll your bodily hair out too until he shaves!!! Especially in the nether regions lol!!

  7. You could threaten to grow out your leg/underarm/body hair until he gets rid of the beard. Could work, or could backfire horribly if he calls your bluff.

    On another note, this recipe looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it!

  8. These recipe looks delish! I don’t have an instant pot though and may try to recreate it with other kitchen gear. Do you think an Instant Pot is worth buying if I already have a slow cooker, vitamix & big pot & pan collection? My kitchen is getting full :/

    1. well it was deorro, but that show the other night was SO disappointing so I’m not sure anymore lol. i did see steve angello in vegas and that was truly truly amazing!

  9. Juli,

    My husband decided about 6 months ago that growing out a longer beard was a fun idea. I tried to smile and nod for the first month or so but when it was growing out in different lengths and thickness, I just couldn’t take it anymore. I convinced him that going to a men’s barber shop of some sort to get it trimmed and washed etc would be fun. He tried it and came back complaining it was too short but admitted it looked better lol so maybe try that route. I’ve also bought him a beard brush and beard balm that helps with taming all that scruffy hair and makes it look neater/not so crazy. He’s been keeping it shorter and better maintained ever since. Good luck! Can’t wait to hear about the beard saga in a podcast.

    PS – Thanks for answering my question about your hair washing (or lack there of lol). You’re the best!

  10. Hello Juli,
    I tried this recipe last night and it was amazing! So much flavor once the lemongrass and other flavors are infused. I’m never let down by your recipes and have shared with others who find them amazing as well.

  11. Juli! I love your posts! However, I hate the flavor of coconut with the passion of one thousand burning suns and am in the middle of Whole30. Do you have a good alternative for coconut milk? I’m wondering if unsweetened almond milk would do the trick?

  12. Hi Juli.
    There are plenty of curries that are made with no coconut milk but they are often very spicy. Curries can also be made with yogurt. I think your reader is looking for a dairy free alternative that is not coconut milk because they can’t use yogurt.

    The word curry was invented by British colonialists in the 18th century. Most likely a bastardization of the Indian word kari (meaning sauce), it refers to a number of saucy dishes flavored with curry powder or curry paste.

    The idea of curry began in India. By the beginning of the 18th century, the Dutch and the British were selling standardized curry powders. At the Universal Paris Exhibition of 1889, a curry decree set the composition of curry as having prescribed amounts of tamarind, onion, coriander, chilli pepper, turmeric, cumin, fenugreek, pepper, and mustard.

    1. haha thanks for the background, spence. sorry that i wasn’t more specific. there isn’t a alternative for THIS curry recipe. i’m not a fan of curries without cream or coconut milk, personally

  13. I’d really love to try this recipe, but I have a fish allergy. What do you think would make for an acceptable substitute?

  14. Thai red curry is my faveeee, but I have been weary about making it at home. I finally bit the bullet (and got my ass to the Asian grocery store) to make this soup and it was AMAZING! So, so good and easy. I upped the spice level with an additional spoonful or two of red curry paste as well as some Thai chilis– totally bomb. Thank you for sharing!

  15. Um this recipie is amazing!!! It’s super easy to cook with lemongrass, which I didn’t know prior to making this.

    What are you supposed to do with the leftover lime leaves though? Freeze? Bought like a whole bag for $1.

  16. Obsessed with this recipe and so is my family! I use wide rice noodles for more carbs and it is simply delightful. Even my 9 year old niece loves it! Thanks for sharing!

  17. I finally got around to making this. It is amazing! I can’t wait for lunch tomorrow to eat it again! Such good flavors! Thanks for the recipe ????

  18. Holy shit. This was amazing. And got 3 compliments from my bf while he was eating it, and another compliment again the next day. My first Instant Pot recipe was a success thanks to you! I used rice noodles instead of zoodles, and it was good, but the rice noodles definitely sucked up most of the sauce, so just a heads up to anyone that decides to do that. Nothing a little sriracha couldn’t fix! Thank you! And keep the Instant Pit recipes coming! That thing is f’ing genius!

  19. Oh, and I didn’t have fish sauce on me, so subbed an extra T of tamari, oh, and used tamari in place of coconut aminos. Also, if you can’t find lime leaves, I used a bay leaf and some lime zest. Came out great. Thank you again!

  20. Amazing dish!! I omitted lemongrass and lime leaves (didn’t have). I cooked it on the stovetop instead of InstantPot and it turned out delicious. My family kept saying how good it was and that I need to add it to the fall/winter dinner rotation 🙂 Thank you, Juli!!!

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