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Red Curry Sloppy Joes

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon
Total time 30 mins
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: 1 sandwich)
Sweet and spicy Asian flavors reinvent the standard sloppy joe. Curry pastes vary wildly by brand; experiment with different types and amounts to find what you like.


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 large shallot, minced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 to 3 tbsp. red curry paste*
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • About 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 cup coconut milk*
  • 2 to 3 tsp. sugar
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 3 green onions, sliced white and light green parts only
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 tsp. lime juice
  • Pepper
  • 4 kaiser rolls, split and toasted

Nutrition Information

  • calories 624
  • caloriesfromfat 52 %
  • protein 32 g
  • fat 36 g
  • satfat 17 g
  • carbohydrate 44 g
  • fiber 4.3 g
  • sodium 762 mg
  • cholesterol 74 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add shallot and garlic and cook, stirring, until shallot begins to soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in red curry paste and cook, stirring, 45 seconds. Add beef and salt, breaking beef into small pieces with a wooden spoon. Cook, stirring occasionally, until beef is just cooked through, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add coconut milk and sugar, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until most of liquid is absorbed, about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Meanwhile, make slaw: In a medium bowl, combine cabbage, green onions, cilantro, remaining 2 tbsp. oil, and 1 tbsp. lime juice. Toss to coat, then season to taste with salt and pepper.

  4. Remove beef from heat and stir in remaining 2 tsp. lime juice. Make sandwiches with beef mixture and slaw.

  5. *Find in the Asian aisle of most grocery stores.