Red Thai Beef Curry

I want curry all the time right now. I think I’ve said that at least 6 times on the blog in the last week, but I’m serious. Who cares about anything else when there’s curry to eat. I’ve gone out to get curry, my friend Vanessa made me curry, and now I’ve made curry myself. What’s cool about this dish is if you want to make it in under 15 minutes, all you have to do is swap the beef out for shrimp and just remove the broccoli since it doesn’t cook through as quickly. Boom, easy quick meal. No complaining about food taking long. Because complaining is gross. Nobody likes a complainer, unless I’m doing the complaining, then it’s totally fine. Wait, what?

Crap, you know what I haven’t done in quite sometime. Given you a wedding update!! I’ve been writing a book, buying a house, trying to figure out what the f*ck to put in the house, feeling broke from buying a house, going on book tour, oh yeah…and planning a wedding? Sh*t, I need to get on it.

Here’s what we do know:

  1. We are getting married in Montego Bay, Jamaica in spring
  2. We booked the hotel we are staying at and we’ve sent out invitations via email.  No paper invitations  for us. Pretty sure 2 out of 80 people have booked it. Killing it, friends, you’re killing it.
  3. Brian will have 9 groomsmen and I will have 5 or 6 or 4 bridesmaids? I still haven’t even asked all of mine. Dammit, Juli. One bridesmaid got knocked up on me and will have a child hooked to her boob that month, so she won’t be making it. Selfish.
  4. I have a wedding dress. Wellllll, I pick it up next week in LA. I still need a veil though.
  5. Also, I bought a dress a while ago because I found one I loved and now I need to sell it since I found the one I will actually be wearing. Where the hell do I do that? Teach me stuff.

Here’s what we don’t know:

  1. Colors. Who the hell wants to choose colors? Not me. So I think I’m going to tell my girls that they can get a taupe, mauve or blush dress. Short or long. I plan on giving them dresses to choose from or they can choose whatever they want. We are going to be tipsy, in Jamaica, on the beach…I absolutely do not care what they wear. They’re trustworthy humans. Oh crap, I have a bridesman too to think about.
  2. Flowers. I could give a crap about flowers. Flowers die. I don’t want my love to. So I do not care about them. Isn’t that a charming analogy?
  3. Flights. Sh*t, we need to book that.
  4. My hair and makeup. They have a person who does it there, but that’s nerve racking to me. I need to figure that out. I also want extensions. Just the clip in ones. I want so much hair that Brian can’t find me face when he pulls my veil up. Ok, maybe a little less than that.
  5. Should I have a bachelorette party? Brian already had his bachelor party. He’s on top of his sh*t. I just feel bad asking my girlfriends to do anything that costs money when I’m already asking them to go to Jamaica. Tell me what to do.
  6. Everything else. I need to check in with my travel agent. I need to get on top of my sh*t.

I’m exhausted from thinking about wedding planning. Let’s just eat curry instead.

PaleOMG Red Thai Beef Curry


Red Thai Beef Curry

  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 pound flank steak, thinly sliced
  • a couple pinches of salt
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans of coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 lemongrass stalk
  • 2 lime leaves

For garnish


  1. If you are making cauliflower rice, make that first.
  2. Place a wok or large saute pan over medium heat. Add ghee and thinly sliced flank steak. Sprinkle with salt and cook until seared and browned, about 3-4 minutes. Remove and set aside for later. To the hot pan, add garlic, yellow onion, and ginger and sauté for about 1 minute.
  3. Next add 1 can of coconut milk (cream and water) along with red curry paste, fish sauce and coconut aminos. Use a whisk to break up the curry paste and mix to combine. Then add pepper, broccoli, mushrooms, lemongrass and lime leaves. Cover and let cook for 15 minutes or until broccoli is tender.
  4. Once the broccoli is fork tender, add seared beef back to the wok or pan along with the cream of the other can of coconut milk.* Cook for 2-3 more minutes to heat through.
  5. Remove lemongrass stalk and lime leaves. Garnish curry with fresh lime juice and cilantro and serve with cauliflower rice.


*For the 2 cans of coconut milk, use 1 full can of coconut milk and for the second can, scoop out just the cream and leave behind the water. This will give you a super creamy curry.

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36 thoughts on “Red Thai Beef Curry”

  1. I LOVE curry, especially red! I haven’t had any in a while, but now that it’s getting chilly it really seems like a perfect time.

    You should definitely have a bachelorette party! Just keep it low key if you’re worried about your friends spending more $$.

  2. I’m getting married in April and have been second guessing my wedding dress but was wondering what to do if I buy a 2nd one. I will be interested if anyone says what to do with the one you aren’t wearing!
    I feel the same way about a bachelorette party! I am doing a destination wedding and don’t want to ask them to travel for two things. But I did. Some are coming and some are not. Regardless we will have fun and I’m sure you will too!

  3. I am LOLing at work at your hair extension comment. I wore clip ins at my wedding and my family was like, wut. This was when hair extensions were less normal…I had to find a stylist that would work with them. She actually ordered them and put them in. BEST DECISION EVER!!!!!

  4. Bachelorette party-have it in Jamaica! All inclusive will make it cheap;) and there are usually a few days before the wedding right? Dress-sell it online or back to the store you got it from
    Extensions- I had human hair clip ins highlighted to match my hair-they were easy and awesome to use the day after! Just make sure you have a trial with them with whoever is doing your wedding don’t want a mullet!!
    And dresses- u hit the nail on the head-you’ll be in Jamaica! Comfortable and beach worthy are a must:)
    Oh, another bachelorette idea is a Bride-tini shower-that’s right, a martini filled shower where you and your girls can go out afterwords.

  5. You can resell dresses in (there are a few options… Google knows). For veil… you’re on the beach. Do you want a long, flowy veil? I’d consider a birdcage, if you’re not against it. Colors are dumb, so I’m with you. And letting your maids pick their own dresses is an awesome idea. Maybe check out rent the runway and see if they could even rent something!

  6. I sold my dress off after my wedding (of course it doesn’t have to be worn – there were quite a few brand new dresses). It was while ago but I remember it was super easy and I got more than I thought I would. Just upload your info and pictures of the dress, wait for responses, receive payment via PayPal, and ship your dress to the buyer. Quick and easy. I’m sure you could also take your dress to a local consignment shop, but you probably won’t get as much and it may take a long time. Best of luck with everything!

  7. Girlllll, I hear you on all these details. I just got married on August. For hair extensions, I would recommend a Halo. Clip ins actually pull out a lot of your hair and are a B to get out. A halo is one large piece and its a great anchoring point for the hair stylist to pin in all your stuff. I had two hair styles on my big day (mostly down for ceremony and then up for the reception). My stylist said a halo was the easiest thing shes ever worked with. You can get them online, or I would recommend going to a mall kiosk (sounds cheesy, but Im not kidding!) to get color matched. Some salons carry them but its hard. As far as colors and stuff…just cruise pinterest and see what you like. Pick a picture and send it to your maids and tell them thats what you like. Its a process! Just be patient, cuz it gets a little nutty in the end.

  8. Juli you are hilarious. I love u. Lol. That is all. Wait, just kidding. My sister got married in Montego Bay in 2011 at the Rosehall Resort. Best wedding ever from wwhat l can tell in the pictures we took. Lol. We were pretty drunk. Anyway, she gave us bridesmainds 2 hues of blue to chose from and we got to pick our dresses. She figured we should pick something we might wear again. We did her “bachelorette” 2 days b4 the wedding at the club inside the hotel. We were able to walk back to our rooms when we closed the club down. Lol. We arrived 3 days before the wedding. Good luck!

  9. You’ve got plenty of access to local restaurants, food trucks, etc, that love you and would hook you up with a great deal in return for promotion. You could do one of those paint nights where everyone brings wine. Or a group outing to a rock gym and drinks after. You could even combine the shower and turn it into girl’s night out after. Think about that for the Bachelorette party. Hell, my idea of a bachelorette party is yoga pants, board games, and borrowing someone’s lake house.

  10. I didn’t have a bridal shower or any of that business, so I was super glad I did a bachelorette – even though I was nervous to have the attention on me, it was really amazing to be surrounded by women who all mean so much to me. It was so much fun, and it doesn’t have to be extravagant – just an excuse to get all of your favorite ladies together and have fun! Flowers are annoying and expensive, but I’d be sure to do bouquets so the bridesmaids have something to do with their hands while standing up. Plus, for the reception, you can plop then in vases on tables for instant arrangements/centerpieces.
    You can rent things like veils and etc on rent the runway, or check out etsy as well for veils, sashes, belts, jewels, bridesmaids and parents gifts. Remember most of all, no matter what, everything will come together and you’ll never remember the small things that didn’t get taken care of:) So don’t sweat it!

  11. I feel you on the wedding planning! I have tons of things written down and searched out, I just hate executing them!! I did sell a dress on The payment was a little hectic so we ended up doing an eBay transaction, but still simple. I love the mismatched look and let’s face it, I don’t want to tell my girls what to wear. I am giving them a color palette and letting them go off to pick their own dress. Good luck!

  12. LOL, I love everything you write-literary masterpieces for sure!! Okay, wedding stuff.
    Do know:
    1. That will be amazing, I’m sure!
    2. That is awesome, ballsy but awesome!
    3. Wedding party counts don’t have to match, when in doubt, it;s your wedding, you do what you want with whom you want!
    4. Can’t wait to see it! You don’t have to have a veil, a little piece of jewelry for the hair is cool too!
    5. Donate it?

    Don’t know:
    1. I love the color family pick your own bridesmaid idea! It’s the best option 100% of the time, do it!
    2. I too think flowers are dumb since they are super expensive and they die…which is why I did FAKE flowers that looked 100% real. I still have my wedding bouquet in a vase in my home 😉 I got my bride bouquet made online and when it came I took out some of the greenery and added some little details to it on my own. I got the rest of the bridesmaid flowers from michaels made bouquets one night while drinking wine…also, corsages and boutonnieres are sold with pin already attached online! Real flowers are dumb.
    3. yeah, book that…
    4. yes, I wish I had gotten clip on extensions just for more volume!
    5. YES! Get ridic dolled up and wear a big tulle skirt and a white crop top and galavant around some town with your girlfriends!

    I LOVE curry, I need to make this now!!

  13. Absolutely do a little something for a bachelorette party! You’ll be glad you did even if it’s just a poolside lunch and drinks at a local hotel, or at the hotel in Jamaica.

    Richer colors for flowers and bridesmaid/man attire will ensure the beach wedding photos are not washed out. Think of your wedding party as your and Brian’s frame in your photos. Best advice is keep it simple and go with your gut!

    Before my wedding last year, my stylist passed on advice she was given– at one point in the day, be sure to stop and look around to take it all in. That is the moment I still remember the most! Oh, and HAVE FUN!

  14. Got married in Negril almost 22 years ago; wonderful experience. We had to send copies of documents down there in advance so we could get a Jamaican marriage license. Sent 30 days in advance, on day 31 the slow boat to the Islands still hadn’t arrived. Got there a day before we did. That was the only major panic. Everything else was irie. Best wishes!!

  15. Here is what I have to say about the wedding: I got married 20 years ago in Hawaii while living in TX. 1-Don’t use hair extensions! You should look like your beautiful self on your wedding day 2- I had people on the island make small bouquets out of native flowers, sight unseen 3- give the bridesmaids one color and tell them to pick their own dress, brides man use that color shirt. 4-we had bachelorette party but literally just went out to our favorite places at home, or doing at resort sounds good if you have time! 5-book your flights now! You don’t need to coordinate with everyone just take care of yours.
    It’ll be great!

  16. You can sell your dress at
    And I feel your pain with wedding planning. We just downsized from 120 to 30 ppl because of the stress

  17. Hey Girl! We just did a destination beach wedding. My husband had 9 groomsmen, I had 4 bridesmaids. It was perfectly imperfect.

    I felt the same way you did about the bachelorette party. We just went out and got really drunk 2 nights prior – didn’t spend too much, and if you gallivant around with a fake tutu or crown, guys will buy you AND all your girls drinks anyways. 🙂 win, win, win.

    We almost opted out of flowers too because they are so pricey, but they actually ended up being the icing on the cake as we were able to get gorgeous tropical flowers for cheap!

    Good luck!!

  18. I had success selling my dress at a consignment shop called The Green Bride in Littleton, CO. My 3rd was the charm so I sold 2 dresses there!

    Looking forward to trying another great recipe!!

  19. I feel the same way about flowers!! I hate them for any occasion. Especially for Valentine’s Day. I always tell my hubs to buy me chocolate instead.
    And about a veil…my sister got married at the beach and her veil was blowing in her face the entire time. It was ridiculous. Maybe consider not having one? Just my 2 cents!

  20. Hey Juli!

    Fellow Colorado reader here! When I shopped for wedding gowns, there was a lovely little place in Denver that sold new and pre-owned gowns. Obviously you haven’t worn yours, but you get the picture. You could take it in, tell the owner what happened and see what she would give you for it. Unfortunately it’s a bit like a car, once it’s off the lot you likely won’t make back the whole thing….BUT, you can get back most of it. Its called the Green Bride. You can also check the few other shops in Denver that buy dresses back. I actually purchased my dream gown online from an app that’s similar to Craigslist (I know, sounds sketchy) but it worked like a dream and I got a steal and loved the dress.

    Anyway, feel free to email me and I can give you more ideas on selling it.

    As for colors, we just had our destination wedding in Italy and I was the same, I really didn’t care because I mean, we’re in Italy. What more do we need? I told the girls to find a navy blue dress they loved and call it good, I thought it worked well. We didn’t do a bachelorette party, but instead the girls hung out one night and did girly stuff in Italy. Nothing huge, super casual. Could be a good way to go since you already have the added travel cost of the wedding. It worked well for us and everyone was happy 🙂

    Best of luck, in the end the only thing people will remember is how kick ass the wedding was and the fact that it was in a BEAUTIFUL place. The plates, the food, the colors, no one remembers that stuff.

  21. This dish looks delicious! I love me some curry.

    Why is there so much to wedding planning?! I’m get married in May and even though it’s going to be a small wedding, it’s still crazy how much has to go into it.

    My wedding isn’t *really* a destination. It’s in my home state, but that happens to be in whole other country than where I’m living now and where my fiance and his family are from. So it kinds of is I guess. Either way, planning a wedding from a far away place is a little tricky.

    I’m probably going to have real flowers, but I’m legit just going to pick some random flowers from around the farm the day of. Tie a string around a handful of them and, bam, there’s my bouquet. So not worth the money to actually buy flowers.

    I’m glad I’m not alone in not having asked all my desired bridesmaids to actually be bridesmaids yet. I need to get on that shit!

    I’m not doing a bachelorette party mostly because I just don’t care that much about it. Plus, we all live in 3,000 miles from each other.

    I found some cute bridesmaid dresses on for about $70, so I’m letting them chose out of a few. They are cute and cheap and re-wearable. I would just feel terrible making them spend a shit-ton of money on a dress they’ll never wear again.

  22. I sold my dress on preownedweddingdresses.Com it worked well so try that. Good luck with planning! You should have a bachelorette party. Your friends will want to celebrate with you! Mine was a ’20s themed flapper style party and we loved dressing up.9

  23. Maybe not taupe – unless you want it to look like your girls are naked on the beach. No judgment if that’s the case. Also maybe not an oceany color. 😉

  24. I was so excited to see this post, because I thought you might have a recipe that doesn’t use curry paste! Which I can’t buy here, and it makes me sad! I’ve been making my own curries the best I can, but I love that Thai Kitchen paste. I miss it. 🙁

    As for wedding planning, you’re doing great! The choose-your-own-dress thing is a hit with bridesmaids, and flowers aren’t a big deal. I literally drove to the grocery store four hours before my wedding and bought some flowers from the display case. Then I wrapped them up with a ribbon, and that was it! They looked great. Fake flowers are also totally fine, but you probably don’t want to bother bringing them in your luggage.

  25. Craving curry, so this was a great time to make this! I usually get hot spice levels at my local restaurant, so to add some heat, I put in chili flakes and sriracha. For an added time saver: Rotisserie chicken! Hooray, and thank you : )

  26. This looks amazing, I absolutely love curry, but I’m not understanding the ratings/reviews. Someone gave it only 3 stars but no explanation of why only 3 stars…shouldn’t reviews be given AFTER the item is made and then based on whether or not the person liked/disliked the recipe to help other people that may want to make the recipe? Maybe reviews on blogs have different rules than other food websites?? I’m still making this though, thanks for the recipe Juli, you can post curry recipes anytime you want please 🙂

  27. Going to give this a crack without the beef… Maybe some extra veggies?!

    One of my friends had a destination wedding a few years ago and was unsure about the hair/makeup lady there. So she had trials done at home with her normal stylists, filmed it and the stylist there just had to follow the video. Worked a treat!

  28. We just moved to Okinawa, Japan and the curry here is amazing!! I am SO excited to see curry recipes on here!! Thank you!!

    My husband and I got married at Breezes Runsway Bay in Jamaica. It was a dream come true! I’m like you- I wasn’t worried about the flowers, dresses, etc. The destination and natural tropical foliage was stunning by itself! I too was nervous about getting my hair done at the resort salon, but the lady nailed it! They’re used to doing wedding hair and doing it in such a way that it will hold up to breezes coming off the ocean. Don’t stress it! For the dresses, we picked a color and let the ladies choose any dress they wanted in that color. For the guys- khaki pants and a button down white shirt 🙂 Easy and light! My hubby wore a tux- but it was white with a tie matching the colors of the bridesmaid dresses (a bright tropical pink). 🙂 He was hot, but it was bare able! Enjoy! It will be amazing!!

  29. Made this tonight, super yummy! Doubled the veggis and served over steamed broccoli slaw because my hubby has gotten tired of cauliflower rice.

  30. I know this is a super old post, but I just wanted to say that I made this recipe last night and it was freaking AWESOME!!! So easy and so yummy.

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