Pork Red Curry

Don't let the relative simplicity of the ingredients fool you, with the full compliment of fresh ingredients, this curry can be surprisingly complex. That said, finding fresh kaffir lime leaves and sprigs of green peppercorns is probably the biggest challenge you'll face in making this dish, and it really won't taste the same without them.

Pork Red Curry

Pork Red Curry

You'll want to tear the kaffir leaves before stirring them into the curry. Tearing seems to work much better than cutting for getting the leaves to release their flavor into the sauce.

You can make this curry with chicken or beef as well. Thai cooks will usually increase the sugar when cooking with beef.


Pork tenderloin400 g / 1 lbSliced
Red curry paste1 Tbl
Vegetable oil1 Tbl
Coconut milk220 ml / 1 c
Fish sauce1 ½ Tbl
Salt¼ tsp
Sugar½ Tbl
Kaffir lime leaves3 to 5
Red spur chilies2Thinly sliced
Green peppercorns3 sprigs

Preparation Method

  • Heat the vegetable oil in a wok over medium heat. Add the pork and red curry paste. Stir-fry until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Pour in half the coconut milk and continue cooking for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Once the pork is cooked through, add the remaining coconut milk, fish sauce, lime leaves, salt and sugar. Stir well and allow to come to a boil.
  • Add the chilies and green peppercorns. Stir well, then remove from heat.
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