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Thai Red Curry with Asparagus and Tofu

Thai Red Curry with Asparagus & Tofu

This recipe for Thai Red Curry with Asparagus and Tofu is simply¬†amazing and is so easy to make. Better still, you can serve it with rice noodles or over rice. It’s terrific with both white rice (we recommend a nice jasmine rice for this dish) or brown rice. You really can’t go wrong.

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Thai Red Curry with Asparagus and Tofu

A vegetarian red curry adapted from Everyday Food's Beef-and-Asparagus Curry.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 tbsp peanut oil canola or vegetable oil works too
  • 14 oz extra-firm tofu pressed for 30 minutes (you can use a tofu press), cut into triangles
  • 1 13.5 oz can light unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup red curry paste
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tsp soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 medium red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 lb asparagus tough ends removed, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • cooked rice or rice noodles
  • lime wedges
  • cilantro leaves


  • Heat peanut oil in large wok or skillet over medium high heat. Add tofu triangles and cook for 5 minutes; flip tofu over and cook 5 minutes more on other side. Place tofu on a plate lined with paper towels (to soak up excess oil) and wipe out skillet (carefully!).
  • Return skillet to medium-high heat. Add 1/2 cup of coconut milk and cook, stirring constantly, until it thickens (about 2 minutes). Stir in red curry paste and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add remaining coconut milk, broth, soy sauce, and sugar. Once sauce comes to a simmer, add red pepper; cook for 2 minutes. Stir in asparagus and cook 3 minutes more.
  • Return tofu to skillet and stir until coated with curry sauce.
  • Remove from heat and serve over noodles or rice; garnish with lime wedges and cilantro.
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    August 23, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Another great recipe from Ohmyveggies. The extra firm tofu was a bit chewy for me and will use firm next time. Otherwise…..outstanding. Thanks for posting and keep them coming. since I found tis site I have tried several recipes and have not had a failure yet. You guys are great.

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      Kiersten Frase
      August 24, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      Thanks for your comment – I’m so glad to hear you’ve been finding our site helpful!

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    Minh Nguyen
    January 28, 2016 at 1:47 am

    The curry looks appetizing! but i wonder if there is any shrimp paste in the curry paste. I’ve bought one at the bangkok airport which consists shrimp paste so i’m a bit hesitant to use it since then

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      January 30, 2016 at 7:38 pm

      There are brands in the US that make it without shrimp paste – I use Thai Kitchen.

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        Minh Nguyen
        January 30, 2016 at 9:33 pm

        ohh, that’s great. i hope there are some in Vietnam. will look for them . thanks a lot!

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    June 5, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Your comment about the pizza at a Chinese buffet resonated with me… After spending a month at a monastery in Tibet eating traditional food, my partner and I were super excited about seeing.a place in Chengdu that sold pizza and beer. We hopped right over and order… First time ever this pizza loving girl was disappointed. I love a good red curry and have asparagus that needs eaten. I bumped into this recipe when I was trying to figure out if the red curry and asparagus would work together. Thanks for the recipe.

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    Lisa Cliffe
    March 4, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Omgosh, this is amazing!
    I’ve never had red thi curry or tofu before and this is just amazing, It’s such a beautiful taste.
    Thank you for posting this ? X

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    April 7, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Made this last night, the recipe was delicious.

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    September 25, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Looks delicious! I’m new to cooking with tofu. If I don’t have a tofu press, how else would I press the tofu? Thank you!

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      September 26, 2017 at 7:51 am

      Hi Denise! You’ll want to wrap your tofu in a layer of paper towels and then a layer of dish towel to absorb all of the moisture. Place a cutting board on top and weigh it down with something heavy like a cookbook (or a few). Then just let it sit for 30 minutes. Good luck and I hope you enjoy the recipe!

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