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.

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Credit: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon

Recipe Summary

30 mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 sandwich)


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

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

Nutrition Facts

624 calories; calories from fat 52%; protein 32g; fat 36g; saturated fat 17g; carbohydrates 44g; fiber 4.3g; sodium 762mg; cholesterol 74mg.