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green curry paste, from scratch

Green Curry Paste

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 ½ cups
  • Category: sauce, condiment, curry paste
  • Method: blended
  • Cuisine: Thai


How to make authentic Green Curry Paste from scratch in just 15 minutes. Can be made ahead and frozen- perfect for meal prep. Vegan adaptable.


  1. 24 serrano chiles, rough chopped, de-stemmed, seeds ok (or use more- 3 is perfect, “medium spicy”-see notes)
  2. 2 medium shallots, rough chopped
  3. 2 lemongrass stalks (tender parts) – thinly sliced then finely chopped ( 1/2 cup)
  4. 3 tablespoons galangal, finely chopped
  5. 24 kefir lime leaves ( optional- you can add whole leaves directly to the curry if you prefer)
  6. 5  fat garlic cloves
  7. 2 teaspoons coriander seeds (toasted and crushed, or sub ground coriander)
  8. 1/2 teaspoon white pepper ( optional)
  9. 1 cup packed fresh Thai basil leaves or cilantro ( this adds beautiful color)
  10. 1 teaspoon salt
  11. ——-
  12. 3 tablespoons olive or peanut oil
  13. 23 teaspoons shrimp sauce or paste (optional, but really elevates this- see recipe notes.)


Chop and prep all the. ingredients.

Place all ingredients except the oil and shrimp paste in a food processor and pulse repeatedly until very finely chopped.

Add oil and shrimp paste and blend into a paste, scraping down the sides as needed.
Store in a jar in the fridge.


This makes 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (perfect or two batches of Thai Green curry) Save 1/2 for another use – you can refirgerate for 4 days, or freeze! Seal it well with no air pockets so it keeps its color)

To use:

  1. Make sure to fry the paste in oil to add depth and intensity of flavor before adding any liquid.
  2. You may need to use a little more than a recipe calls for (store-bought green curry paste in a jar is often more concentrated and sometimes contains msg to boost flavor).
  3. You can also use add a couple spicy Thai green chilies but use a light hand- they are HOTTTTT.
  4. If you leave out the shrimp paste you will need to increase the salt, or fish sauce in the final curry recipe. You could also try adding a few anchovies or anchovy paste. Using the shrimp paste really really elevates the this and brings this to the next level. So I highly recommend it!!!

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