BEEF PINEAPPLE CURRY — Thinly sliced beef with pineapple chunks and red peppers in a creamy, coconut milk based curry.
A few weeks ago I went out to lunch with my 16 year-old son. He ordered Beef Pineapple Curry. Let’s just say it was one of those “I wish I had what he was having” moments.
So of course, I had to recreate his lunch at home so I could enjoy it for myself! I should say that I’m a huge fan of curry, and this is one of my favorites!
Honestly, the pineapple is my favorite part, and I’d love a totally vegetarian version. But I am feeding a bunch of hungry teenage boys…..
If you’d prefer, you can sub chicken for the beef and it’s just as good. I used beef because I wanted to recreate the dish just as we had it at the restaurant.
Yes, I did eat more than my fair share of my son’s lunch that day. But I was paying, so what could the poor kid do?
This recipe, as written, makes a fairly mild curry. Feel free to add some cayenne pepper if you like a spicy curry.
You could also sub a jalapeno pepper for one of the bell peppers for a little extra heat.
This dish is loaded with so many amazing flavors–coconut milk, curry paste, pineapple, green onion, red pepper, garlic, cilantro, and ginger, to name a few.
And it’s such a pretty, colorful dish too! I like using red peppers in the dish, but green, yellow, orange, or a combination will work just fine!
We usually serve this over jasmine or basmati rice and there are never any leftovers. This one will definitely become a part of the regular dinner rotation at our house!
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Tips for Making Great Curry
Take your time: Good curry doesn’t have to take hours but you do want to allow ingredients such as onions to cook properly for the most flavor.
Seasoning: Don’t be afraid to be generous with your spices. Add a little sugar to tomato based curries to take away the acidity. A pinch of salt can also balance the dish.
If you do go a little overboard with your seasonings, add a squeeze of lemon juice to neutralize the excess.
Garnish: Serve toppings with your curry, like peanuts, golden raisins, green onions, chopped cilantro, coconut or toasted sesame seeds. They can add even more depth of flavor to your curry dish.
Here’s what you’ll need to make Beef Pineapple Curry
- Stir-fry beef
- Produce: onion, garlic, red bell peppers, fresh cilantro, green onions
- Coconut milk
- Red curry paste
- Spices: curry powder, ground ginger, salt and pepper
- Brown sugar
- Heavy cream
- Pineapple chunks
- Rice, for serving
- 1-2 teaspoons oil
- 1 pound thinly sliced stir-fry beef
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 (15 oz.) cans coconut milk
- 3 tablespoons red curry paste
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 cup heavy cream
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 (20 oz.) can pineapple chunks, drained
- 2 red bell peppers, chopped
- 2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 2-3 green onions, chopped
- Hot cooked rice, for serving
- In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add beef and onion and cook until beef is browned and cooked through. Stir in garlic and cook another minute.
- Stir in the coconut milk, curry paste, curry powder, ginger and brown sugar and simmer for about 5 minutes. Add the cream and bring to simmer. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Stir in the pineapple and peppers. Cook for 20-25 minutes, until peppers are just tender as sauce is thickened.
- Just before serving, stir in the cilantro and green onions. Serve over hot cooked rice.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 634 Total Fat: 52g Saturated Fat: 36g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 12g Cholesterol: 74mg Sodium: 452mg Carbohydrates: 32g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 13g Protein: 16g
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