Thai Panang Curry with Beef (Kaeng Phanaeng Neua)

Thai Panang Curry with Beef - an authentic Panang curry fried in thick coconut cream, providing a thick, creamy, soup-like gravy.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Thai
Keyword Thai Penang Curry
Servings 4 people
Calories 611 kcal


  • 1 lb beef, sliced into about 1/4-inch thick (I use chuck roast here)
  • 5 tablespoons oil
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves, thinly shredded
  • 16 oz coconut cream or coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar or sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • salt and sugar to taste

Panang Curry Spice Paste:

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2- inch galangal, chopped
  • 1 lemongrass, use white part only, cut into 2-inch length
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro stems or roots
  • 2 shallots
  • 2 clove garlic
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons red-skin roasted peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon shrimp paste/ Belacan


  1. Blend all the Spice ingredients into a smooth paste.
  2. Heat up oil in a wok, stir-fry kaffir lime leaves for 30 seconds. Mix in the Spice paste and continue to stir-fry for 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant. Turn the heat to medium and continue stir-frying until the oil slightly separates.
  3. Add the beef in and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Mix in the coconut cream and give it a quick fry for 1-2 minutes. Add in the palm sugar, fish sauce, stir well and cover the wok.
  5. Turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the meat is thoroughly cooked, tender enough to your liking. Salt or fish sauce, and sugar to taste. Add some water if you prefer it saucier than a gravy-soup-like texture, or when it appears bit dry. Dish up and serve with hot steamed Jasmine rice.
Nutrition Facts
Thai Panang Curry with Beef (Kaeng Phanaeng Neua)
Amount Per Serving (4 people)
Calories 611 Calories from Fat 765
% Daily Value*
Fat 85g131%
Saturated Fat 61g381%
Cholesterol 94mg31%
Sodium 1166mg51%
Potassium 874mg25%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 1480IU30%
Vitamin C 4.6mg6%
Calcium 74mg7%
Iron 6.5mg36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.