Thai Pad Prik King: Red Curry & Long Beans Stir-fry


Today I have a recipe for you on how to make stir-fried red curry with long-beans. In Thai this dish is called Thai Pad Prik King (ผัดพริกขิง). It’s also sometimes written as ‘Phat Phrik Khing’. The special feature of this Thai curry is that it is drier than other Thai curries because it contains little or no liquid coconut milk. You can add to this dish any kind of protein source, for example shrimps, chicken, pork or beef but you may also go for a vegetarian alternative and add tofu. However, it is also possible to leave the protein source off completely and only add the green long-beans.

Thai Pad Prik King

Thai red curry with long-beans and pork, Thai Pad Prik King

Thai red curry with long-beans and pork, Thai Pad Prik King

Recently, my Dad prepared Thai red curry at home. We had two variants, one with pork and the other without meat but with some dried pork rind added. This enhances the nice flavour of this dish and makes your red curry even more aromatic. However, I can understand that this may not be everyone’s taste and liking.

Red curry with long green beans, vegetarian version (photo: Sirinya Pakditawan)

Red curry with long green beans, vegetarian version (photo: Sirinya Pakditawan)

Let’s continue with the recipe for the red curry dish! Here are the ingredients that you’ll need for the preparation:

Ingredients for 2 portions:

  • 200g shrimps (or chicken, beef, pork, tofu)
  • 2-3TSP (approx. 40g) Thai red curry paste
  • 60 ml coconut milk (optional)
  • 170- 200g Chinese long beans (or green beans)
  • 50g peppers (or to taste)
  • 2-3 kaffir lime leaves
  • a pint of fish sauce (approx. 28g)
  • 1 TSP granulated sugar or palm sugar (or to taste)
  • 2TSP vegetable oil


Pre-heat your vegetable oil on a medium heat. Then add in the curry paste when the oil gets hot. Mix the red curry paste with the vegetable oil and let it simmer until the curry paste is fragrant. Then add in the coconut milk (optional) and stir really well. Add in the shrimps or the meat or protein source that you prefer. Then add in the long beans that should be cut into 3-4 inch pieces before the shrimps change colour. Add in the sugar and fish sauce and keep on stir-frying. Finally add in the cut into strips peppers and kaffir lime leaves and stir-fry for another few seconds. Well, and you’re done!

You may want to decorate your red Thai curry with some additional strips of kaffir lime leaves so that your dish becomes even more fragrant and yummy.

The following video by Rin Silpachai will demonstrate you how to prepare Thai Pad Prik King with shrimps 🙂

Hope you’ll give this dish a try!

Yours, Sirinya

(all photos in this post are my own, for more information about Thai dishes, check out my Dictionary)



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