Vibrant Coconut Green Curry

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Two hearty dinner plates filled with Green Curry for a healthy plant-based meal

When we traveled to Japan, we found this amazing restaurant called Mr. Farmer (recommended by my pal, Erin). It was a hidden gem that had tons of juices, smoothies, salads, and vegan fare, and I was in absolute heaven.

One of the dishes I enjoyed there no less than three times was a green curry so vibrant in color I was instantly obsessed. It was perfectly seasoned, creamy, and super comforting when we were thousands of miles from home.

You know the rest of the story. Once we got home, I got straight into the kitchen to try my hand at recreating this dish. The results? Kind of amazing.

Stirring onions and greens in a cast iron pan for delicious Green Curry

This recipe requires just 9 ingredients and comes together in roughly 30 minutes (without sides).

The green color in this dish comes from greens! I went with spinach, but I’m guessing you could easily opt for kale or even collard greens – whatever you have on hand.

And for the intense curry flavor I went with my DIY Curry Powder (that I’m putting on everything these days), which gets diffused and slightly sweetened with light coconut milk. Swoon.

Adding coconut milk and spices to make a delicious vegan green curry for dinner

Once the flavors simmer together for a while, transfer to a blender and blend until creamy and smooth. Then place back on the stove to warm until thickened and bubbly.

This curry was always destined to be paired with brown rice, my Coconut Curried Greens, and my Crispy Tofu seasoned with DIY Curry Powder. How could I resist? The pairing is absolutely phenomenal. I ate the leftovers three nights in a row and was sad for the last bite to come.

If you’d rather, you could also add green lentils to the sauce for protein, vegetables of choice like mushrooms or bell peppers, or even eggplant. The sauce is so flavorful and creamy it would pair well with just about anything you can dream up.

Hearty plant-based meal of rice, tofu, greens, and green curry on a plate

I hope you all LOVE this curry! It’s:

Creamy
Vibrant in color
Loaded with greens
Insanely flavorful
Versatile
Comforting
Healthy
& Delicious

This would make the perfect weeknight meal for hosting or when you and your family are craving something a little more substantial yet still incredibly healthy. I highly, highly recommend pairing it with the sides I recommended, but it would also pair well with these Thai Spring Rolls with Cashew Dipping Sauce.

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram so we can see what you come up with. Cheers, friends!

Top view of a plate of vibrant amazing Green Curry with tons of greens

Vibrant Coconut Green Curry

A vibrant 9-ingredient, 30-minute coconut curry with tons of greens and delicious curry flavor. Serve with brown rice, curried kale, and my crispy tofu for the ultimate, satisfying plant-based meal!
Author Minimalist Baker
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Vibrant AMAZING Green Curry with TONS of greens! A hearty, simple plantbased meal #vegan #glutenfree #curry #recipe
4.87 from 23 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Course Entree
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Indian-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 4 Days

Ingredients

CURRY

  • 2 Tbsp coconut, avocado, or grape seed oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (yields ~2 Tbsp per 4 cloves)
  • 2 medium shallot (diced)
  • 1 Tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder (plus more to taste)
  • 8 ounces frozen spinach (~1 1/2 cups as original recipe is written // slightly thawed // can try fresh, but I didn't test it that way)
  • 2 2/3 cups light coconut milk* (~1.5 14-ounce (414 ml) cans as original recipe is written)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut sugar (plus more to taste // or sub stevia or maple syrup to taste)
  • Sea salt (to taste // ~1/2 tsp as original recipe is written)
  • 2-3 Tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot starch (optional // to thicken)

FOR SERVING optional

Instructions

  • Heat a large, rimmed skillet or pot over medium heat. Once hot, add oil, garlic, shallot, and ginger. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently, or until softened and slightly browned.
  • Add curry powder and frozen spinach and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add coconut milk, coconut sugar, and sea salt (about 1/4 tsp to start).
  • Heat over medium-high heat until simmering - about 4 minutes. Then remove from heat and carefully transfer the curry to a high-speed blender (or use an immersion blender). Blend on high, covering with a towel to prevent any leaks. At this time you can add some cornstarch or arrowroot starch to thicken and blend once more to fully combine. This is optional but does provide the sauce with more thickness/body.
  • While still in the blender. taste and adjust flavors as needed, adding more curry powder for intense curry flavor, sea salt for overall flavor, or coconut sugar for sweetness.
  • Transfer curry back to the skillet or pot and heat over medium heat until bubbling. Then reduce heat to low and cook until slightly thickened - about 5-10 minutes.
  • While the curry cooks, you can throw in vegetables of choice (i.e. red pepper, cubed sweet potatoes or squash, additional greens such as kale, etc.). But because I was serving mine with my Coconut Curried Kale and Crispy Tofu, I kept it more as a sauce than a stew.
  • Serve curry with brown rice and desired sides/add-ins. Best when fresh, though leftovers store well in the refrigerator up to 4 days. I have not tried freezing this recipe, but I presume the sauce would freeze well up to 1 month.

Notes

*To cut down on fat, you can sub half of the coconut milk for vegetable broth, though it will make the curry thinner. (I didn't test it this way and can't guarantee the results).
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without sides (rice, tofu, greens, etc.).
*Inspired by the green curry at Mr. Farmer in Tokyo, Japan.

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1 serving Calories: 399 Carbohydrates: 32.1 g Protein: 7.8 g Fat: 31.4 g Saturated Fat: 27.8 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 752 mg Fiber: 3.2 g Sugar: 3.2 g

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  1. Jeffrey says

    I think the base of this recipe is really great, but I felt like it needed some spice. I decided to add about a tablespoon extra of the Curry powder. I also added a tablespoon of Sambal Oelek, a teaspoon of Maras pepper, a pinch of Cayenne pepper, a half teaspoon of black pepper and salted more to taste. For the vegetables I chopped and sautéed 2 zucchini, 1 sweet potato, and one red bell pepper with a tablespoon of grape-seed oil, a tablespoon of samba oelek and salted it to taste. The quick and easy crispy tofu suggestion was perfect. It’s an easy recipe to modify to your own tastes.

  2. Colleen says

    I was looking for a recipe to use up most of a bag of fresh spinach. This was perfect. I decided to use your suggestion of adding vegetables to make a stew. I had some to use up, so in went a yam, cubed, one bell pepper, half a zucchini, cubed, one very large carrot sliced very thin and a cup of frozen peas. Instead of using cornstarch to thicken, I peeled, boiled and mashed one medium potato and added to the stew. It is absolutely scumptious and I will definitely make again.

  3. Hilary says

    Love this recipe! As usual, I made modifications: likely more than 8oz spinach, 2 cans of coconut milk (instead of 1.5), an extra heaping tablespoon of curry powder, green curry paste (probably ~ 2 tbsp – leftovers from 1 pot Lentil Dal), and I didn’t blend the sauce. Because I threw in cubed sweet potato (as well as shredded brussels sprouts), I let it simmer on the stove for > 40 mins to make sure the sweet potato cooked through.

  4. Holly says

    Delicious!

    I made this with only about half a cup of coconut milk, and half a cup of water, as I’m trying to watch my cholesterol. I added sweet potatoes, chickpeas, a little extra spinach, and served with jasmine rice and a little cottage cheese. Using frozen spinach made it so easy!

    Will definitely be repeating this recipe. So refreshing to find so many vegetable heavy recipes on Minimalist Baker, this is my new favorite recipe website!

  5. Neela says

    What kind of curry powder do you use? Wondering what’s in it? At home we cook with garam masala. I’ve never bought curry powder so I’m not sure what flavors it has.

    Thank you! I want to try this recipe soon. I’m a big fan of your recipes and have pinned many!!! So yummy!!!0

  6. Erin says

    Thanks for this recipe! It works great with fresh spinach too. When I have too much spinach left and need to use it up, I make a big batch of this and freeze half of it. I love it!

  7. Vanessa says

    HOLY MOLY. I made this w brown rice and your curried greens and HOLY MOLY. It was amazing. I served it on Monday for my family of four and everyone really loved it. My mom, aunt , and I aren’t huge meat eaters so this was awesome for us. And it’s always adorable to watch my stepdad BC amazed at the deliciousness of green foods.
    My mom created the plate and she set it up so beautifully I’m still kicking myself for not taking a picture to post on IG and tag you in.

  8. Vanessa says

    HOLY MOLY. I made this w brown rice and your curried greens and HOLY MOLY. It was amazing. I served it on Monday for my family of four and everyone really loved it.
    My mom created the plate and she set it up so beautifully I’m still kicking myself for not taking a picture to post on IG and tag you in.

  9. Dana L says

    Made this for dinner and it was simple and delicious! It came out a beautiful vibrant green just like the pictures. I added sweet potato and red pepper and served it over Jasmine rice with dry fried tofu. Would definitely make it again.

  10. Bethany Praska says

    This is mind-blowing-ly easy. I could not get over how simple this curry was, making me seem like a real chef whipping this up for friends and family. Favorite curry dish hands down.

  11. Jordan says

    This is pretty much spot on my recipe for vegan Palaak Paneer when I substitute the paneer for tofu a

    I use a yellow onion instead of the shallots and add a chopped tomato after adding the spices (Turmeric, Coriander, Garam Masala, and cayenne). But everything else is identical!

    Cant wait to try this recipe later! Thanks for sharing :)

  12. Maureen says

    I am planning on trying this recipe this week and am excited. When I add the cubed sweet potatoes, should they be precooked or raw? Thank you so much!

  13. theveganedit says

    Super delicious – made this for my friends, we loved it!! We used Kale rather than Spinach, and also used curry powder. Totally awesome – thanks from @theveganedit

  14. Hannah says

    I have to confess I wasn’t totally into this recipe because of the color, but I gave it a chance after seeing your greens post this morning (and you’ve never made a bad recipe!). Oh man, it’s so good! And you totally cracked the code on the perfect tofu. Best I’ve made at home!

  15. Emily says

    This was SO good! I made this with brown rice, tofu, and the coconut curried greens. I used fresh collard greens (about 2 cups) instead of frozen spinach because they’re super cheap and accessible in my part of the world. My 8-year-old said it was “a little spicy”, but she licked her bowl clean (literally).

  16. Kerry says

    I made this for a small dinner party last night – served with chicken, tofu, roasted yam, and rice. Everyone LOVED the curry!

    I ended up doubling the Spinach (love it!), tripling the ginger (you can’t have too much ginger, right?) and using only one can of coconut milk (it’s all I had).

    Thanks for making my party such a hit :)

    xo

  17. Stacy says

    Made this for dinner tonight. Super delicious and comforting with your crispy tofu and curried greens. Felt pretty good about the spinach, collards, and kale trifecta. I only had one can of coconut milk and it worked perfectly. Hardly needed any thickening. Also, immersion blender FTW!

  18. RunningPathES says

    I made this last night, almost exactly as written except that I only had regular coconut milk, so I used one can of coconut milk and the rest of the volume veggie broth. It was absolutely delicious! I served it over rice, tofu, and roasted cauliflower. I will absolutely make it again, over and over.

  19. Debra says

    I was feeling uncreative for a dinner party and made this with your curried tofu recipe AND your curried greens recipe. Everyone was impressed to have a bonus sauce to go with the greens, rice and tofu! It was delicious, easy, everyone loved it and it is now going to go into my regular dinner rotation. We had a lot leftover and enjoyed the curry on just about everything from rice to leftover pizza!

  20. Evan says

    Is this about the same thing as a Saag in Indian cuisine? I’m looking to make a good base for Saag/Palak Paneer (or tofu) but haven’t had much success with others!

  21. Jacqueline Meldrum says

    I recently made a similar green curry for a tofu bowl I was making. I was lazy though and whizzed up my sauce in my power blender. It tasted fabulous! Great minds obviously think alike.

  22. Andrea says

    I have now made this recipe twice in the same week…. anything that can get my husband to eat collared greens is amaze balls in my book. Its been twenty below where I live this week, and knowing I have a recipie for hot greens that are delicious is lovely. I think this will be a regular in our house this winter!

  23. Heather says

    Made this last night. I had fresh baby spinach that needed to be used and only one can of coconut milk (just under 2 cups) so I used soy milk for the rest. It still had a great coconut taste. Fresh spinach worked fine, but I’d probably use frozen in the future. I added a little of bit of cayenne because I love heat in food. I paired it with your crispy tofu recipe for lunch. Loved it!

  24. Jeff Stern says

    Loved making this, but I like to cook my curry powder a bit before adding in the greens. Tends to mellow it out and get rid of any raw flavors. Thanks for this awesome idea!

  25. Nikita says

    Would love to try this but I have some questions.
    1. Curry powder as in the one used in Indian recipes? Just confirming.
    2. I don’t get shallots in my city, can I use regular onions?

    Thank you :)

  26. Tara says

    I made this tonight for my family. I renamed it Grinch Curry (hope you don’t mind) in honor of the season. I also made the Curried Greens and Crispy Tofu. It went much quicker than anticipated and the results were supper yummy! I can’t wait to make this again!!

  27. Ali says

    Better than the signature green curry from my favorite Thai restaurant in town, and healthier! This paired so well with your crispy tofu. I definitely will be making both again verrry soon.

  28. Beth Ann says

    I am slurping the sauce straight right now out of the pan! Green Perfection!
    If I have any appetite later I look forward to ingesting round two poured over roasted squash and broccoli, and of course rice and crispy tofu! ?
    Another winner, thank you Dana! Perfect for this snowy day!

  29. Erin says

    I made a batch of this last night to freeze for future meals. I used mustard greens (that’s what I had) and because it drives me crazy when recipes call for “1.5 cans” of something (what am I supposed to do with 1/2 a can?), I increased the greens and used 2 full cans of coconut milk. I forgot to add the sugar but didn’t think the sauce needed it. I never would have though to blend in the greens with the coconut milk and the sauce turned out amazing! Really looking forward to eating this with some crispy tofu and brown rice! I’ll definitely be making this again.

  30. Maria says

    Oh my word!!! This looks to die for. It also looks like one of those things that I will instantly want to put on top of everything!!! The only curry powder I can find around here tends to technically be the “Yellow curry” variety. Or alternately, should I use green curry paste? I’m sure both would work just fine, I am curious if you have any thoughts with regards to the flavor:)

  31. J says

    I don’t know where to email you from so I just picked a comment space.

    Please travel to Gainesville FL and try out Krishna Lunch. It has a reputation, a great one. Rotates throughout the week. Would love to see some of that over here on how to make it and variations with your minimalist requirements.

    Thanks!

  32. Agness of Run Agness Run says

    I am in China. i tried some green curry with potato and beef in a Tai restaurant and i was upset about it. Maybe i am going to do it by myself. Thank you for your amazing recipe.

  33. Alex says

    I made this last night, and it is a keeper!! I used fresh spinach as I happened to have a box of baby spinach and it turned out great. I added some red chilli flakes as I like a good kick. The flavors were outstanding. I had it with crispy tofu. Yum!! Thank you for another amazing recipe.

  34. Bites for Foodies says

    This looks divine!! I made coconut curries all the time, but have never thought to change it up by making mine green! Spinach is such a versatile ingredient – and perfect for his because of its mild flavour! Thanks for the idea!

  35. Jenn says

    I just made your Sweet Potato & Kale Curry last night (so delicious!), saw this recipe and decided to go on a curry kick all week ???? Thanks for the awesome, yummy goodness ?❤️

  36. Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog says

    Ooh, I’ve been to Mr Farmer in Japan! It was one of my favourite restaurants, hands down!

  37. Nikole O'Quinn says

    This is one of the best curries that I have ever had. ?? I added cauliflower but definitely will try sweet potato next time. Thank you for this and all of your recipes…they never disappoint! ❤️

  38. Jenny says

    I just made this sauce with fresh kale and it was SERIOUSLY delicious. We ate it with tofu, carrots and roasted butternut squash. Thank you so much!

  39. Heather says

    I’m confused on the nutritional info- the note says it’s for 1/4 of the recipe, but the nutritional info portion says it’s for half.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Good question! I think I had two different figures written. I’ll amend that. The nutrition info listed is for 1/4 the recipe. Thanks!

  40. Sarah | Well and Full says

    Dana, you are the curry queen!! Seriously, you have so many amazing curry recipes on your site and they just keep getting better and better! :)