Thai Green Curry Paste

“I am a spice wuss, I admit it. But I do enjoy Thai food. This recipe is nice, because I can lower the heat level, though I have to admit the flavor isn’t as good as the Maesri brand green curry paste.” – April Ferre

Thai Green Curry Paste

Course: Miscellaneous
Cuisine: Thai


  • 4 Green Cayenne Peppers Chopped & Deseeded
  • 2 to 6 Thai Green Chilis Chopped (See Note 1)
  • 2 Shallots Chopped
  • 2 1/2 to 3 Tablespoons Lemongrass (Tender White Parts) Finely Chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Galangal Grated
  • 5 Cloves Garlic Minced
  • 2 1/2 Teaspoons Dried Shrimp Paste (Belacan, See Note 2)
  • 2 Teaspoons Lime Zest Grated
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Coriander
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1/4 Teaspoon White Pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric
  • 2 Tablespoons Cilantro Stems (or Roots if available) Chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Cilantro Leaves Loosely Packed
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons Water As Needed


  • Combine all ingredients, except water, in a powerful blender or food processor. If you have a Vitamix, it will give you the best results. Blend ingredients to as smooth a paste as possible. Add water 1 Tablespoon at a time, if needed to help it blend.
  • Use this to make one recipe Thai Green Curry.
  • Can be made ahead up to 2 days or frozen for 1 month.


Note 1: The advantage of using this recipe is that you can adjust the spice level to taste by increasing or decreasing the number of Thai chilis. I don’t handle spicy that well and found that 2 Thai chilis worked well for me. I also deseeded them, as that is where a lot of the spice comes from. You can experiment to find your ideal level of spice.
Note 2: Use only dried shrimp paste (comes in a block), if you use shrimp paste in oil (from a jar) it will turn your green curry brown.

2022 Recipe – April Ferre – From RecipeTin Eats

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Thai Green Curry (Gaeng Khiao Waan Gai)