Thai Green Curry Coconut Sauce

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Thai green curry paste and fish sauce are available in the Asian section of most large supermarkets and at health food stores.


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One 14-ounce can unsweetened coconut milk
1 1/2 teaspoons Thai green curry paste, or more to taste
1 cup chicken stock or low-sodium broth
Four 1-inch strips of lemon zest (see Alternatives)
One 1-inch piece of fresh ginger--peeled, thinly sliced and lightly smashed
Four 1-inch strips of lime zest (see Alternatives)
3 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons finely chopped basil


1. In a medium saucepan, whisk 1/4 cup of the coconut milk with the curry paste. Stir in the remaining coconut milk, the stock, lemon zest, ginger, lime zest, 2 tablespoons of the fish sauce and the brown sugar and bring to a simmer. Cook the sauce over moderately high heat until reduced by one-quarter, about 15 minutes.

2. Using a slotted spoon, remove the lemon zest, ginger and lime zest and discard. Stir in the lime juice, cilantro, basil and the remaining 1 tablespoon of fish sauce; transfer to a bowl.

Alternatives:Replace the lemon zest with the bottom 4 inches of 1 stalk of lightly smashed fresh lemongrass, and replace the lime zest with 4 kaffir lime leaves that have been lightly crushed.

Applications: Use as a stir-fry sauce or as a poaching liquid for chicken, shrimp and vegetables. Or, toss with Asian noodles or serve over rice.

Make Ahead: The curry sauce can be refrigerated in a glass jar for up to 2 days.

Created date

June 2004