Thai Panang Recipe

Authentic Thai Panang Curry Recipe: A Culinary Journey to Thailand's Rich Flavours

How would I best describe Panang curry to someone who has never experienced Thai cuisine? A Few words spring to mind in attempting to describe this Thai Favourite: Creamy, Zesty, Rich, Spicy, Thick, Aromatic, Vibrant, Herbaceous; a true symphony of tastes that will transport you straight to the bustling streets of Bangkok. If this has tempted you to give my recipe a try then you've come to the right place because I have been cooking Panang almost daily to my customers since 2011, AND THEY LOVE IT!!!

Unlocking the Flavours of Panang Curry: Panang Curry, also known as Phanaeng or Penang Curry, is a rich and flavourful Thai curry that originates from the southern region of Thailand. Unlike other Thai curries, Panang boasts a thick, creamy texture and a slightly sweeter, nuttier taste profile, thanks to the addition of roasted peanuts or peanut butter. Its vibrant red hue, derived from red curry paste, promises a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.Join me as we explore the secrets behind crafting this beloved Thai dish in your own kitchen.


  • Panang curry paste
  • Coconut milk
  • Protein of your choice (I Recommend: chicken, beef, tofu, or shrimp)
  • Sliced vegetables of your choice (I use carrots and red & Green peppers)
  • Kaffir lime leaves
  • Thai basil leaves
  • Red chili peppers (for spice lovers)
  • Palm sugar (or brown sugar)
  • Fish sauce
  • Fresh lemongrass
  • Ground peanuts or peanut butter
  • Vegetable oil
  • Jasmine rice (for serving)

Cooking Method:

  1. Begin by heating a tablespoon of vegetable oil in a wok over medium heat. Add 2-3 tablespoons of Panang curry paste to the oil, stirring continuously until fragrant.

  2. Once the curry paste releases its aroma, gradually pour in one can of coconut milk, stirring to combine. Allow the mixture to simmer gently, allowing the flavours to meld together.

  3. As the curry simmers, add your choice of protein to the wok. Whether you opt for succulent chicken, tender beef, crispy tofu, or plump shrimp, ensure that the protein is fully cooked and infused with the rich flavours of the curry Once the meats have sealed in the heat, throw in your prepared vegetables.

  4. Next, incorporate the aromatics that define Thai cuisine's signature taste. Toss in a handful of torn kaffir lime leaves, a stalk of finely chopped lemongrass, and a generous sprinkle of ground peanuts or a dollop of peanut butter for that irresistible nutty undertone.

  5. To balance the flavours, add a teaspoon of palm sugar (or brown sugar) and a splash of fish sauce to the curry, adjusting according to your taste preferences. For those who crave an extra kick of heat, thinly slice a red chili pepper and toss it into the mix.

  6. Allow the Panang Curry to simmer gently for another 5-10 minutes, until the sauce thickens slightly and coats the protein with its velvety texture.

  7. Just before serving, garnish the Panang Curry with fragrant Thai basil leaves, adding a final burst of freshness and aroma to the dish.

  8. Serve your masterpiece hot alongside steamed jasmine rice, allowing the fluffy grains to soak up every last drop of the sumptuous Panang Curry sauce.

Panang Curry Recipe

PRO TIPS: Taste test regularly, and follow this guide to balance the flavours:
Too Spicy - Add a little more coconut milk 
Too Sweet - Add a little more salt (Fish Sauce)
Too Salty - Add a little more sweetness (Sugar) or add a little water
Too Watery - Add a little bit of diluted cornflour to thicken it up

Conclusion: Well done! You've ventured into the culinary realm of Thailand and emerged triumphant, armed with a delectable Panang Curry bound to captivate even the most discerning taste buds. This authentic Thai masterpiece harmonises spicy, sweet, and savoury notes, epitomizing the essence of Thai gastronomy, enticing you to relish every mouthful. Now, assemble your ingredients, ignite the stove, and get ready to indulge in the tantalising allure of Panang Curry. Enjoy your meal and HAPPY COOKING!!

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