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Homemade Thai Green Curry Paste

Homemade Thai green curry paste is easy to make at home, it tastes gloriously vibrant with a real punch of heat and it freezes perfectly.

This recipe makes around 250g of fresh curry paste, this is generally speaking enough to make 8-10 portions of most of my Thai green curry recipes.

Spoonful of homemade Thai green curry paste.

Homemade Thai Curry Paste

Yes, I have a thing for making my own curry pastes.

This green curry paste joins my red curry paste and massaman curry paste recipes. It is my wee Thai collection!

No making them at home does not make your food more “authentic” but I find it does give me a better understanding of Thai food.

I do sometimes use store-bought pastes when I find ingredients for homemade difficult to source.

But if you have never made homemade Thai Curry Paste yourself you should give it a try just once!

A trip to a well-stocked Asian store and an hour in the kitchen can have you stocked for months.

Overhead Thai green chicken curry with mangetout and baby corn.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will this store?

Fresh Thai red curry paste will last comfortably in the fridge for a week and if you put it in a jar and cover it with oil it will last for a couple of weeks.

However, I usually freeze Thai curry paste and then it will last for up to 6 months.

How do I freeze curry paste?

I find that “jumbo” ice cube trays create 50 gram (3 Tablespoon) portions, I spoon it in and then cover it with cling film and freeze it. But you can use smaller ice cube trays that hold 1 tablespoon.

How do I use frozen curry paste?

You can use it from frozen, if your recipe calls for frying off the paste drop it in a pan over a medium-low heat until defrosted. Then turn up the heat and fry and use it as any recipe specifies.

If you are dropping it in a sauce then simply add it in and cook until it is defrosted.

Can I make this vegan/vegetarian?

Yes, you can omit the shrimp paste and turn it into a vegan curry paste, it will change the flavour but it is still delicious.

Thai green pork curry served with rice.

Serving Suggestions

I hope I’m not going out on a ledge here, but Thai green curry paste is an essential part of a host of Thai green curry recipes.

I have a few on my site for you to choose from. My Thai green fish curry, Thai green chicken curry and Thai green pork curry are all pictured on this page.

Other good options include Thai green lamb curry and Thai vegetable green curry if you omit the shrimp paste is a great vegan meal.

You can even stir it through scrambled eggs, mash it into butter and use it to top baked potatoes or fry a steak!

Overhead Thai green fish curry made with cod and sugar snap peas.

Equipment Used

I only name-check brands of equipment if I think that they make a material difference to a recipe. But if you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments section below the recipe.

  • Mini blender or mortar and pestle, I use both because I think it creates a better paste.
  • Weighing scales and or measuring spoons.
  • Chopping board.
  • Kitchen knife.
Close-up homemade Thai green curry paste.
Yield: 250g

Homemade Thai Green Curry Paste Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This homemade Thai Green Curry Paste is simple to make and adds a real vibrancy to any Thai green curry recipe.


  • 2 Stalks Lemongrass
  • 30g (Thumb Sized Piece) Ginger
  • 10-12 Thai Green Birdseye Chilli Peppers
  • 6 Garlic Cloves
  • 20g (⅓-½ Cup) Fresh Coriander
  • 20g (⅓-½ Cup) Thai Basil
  • 75g (2 Medium) Banana Shallots
  • ¼ Tsp White Pepper
  • ½ Tsp Ground Coriander
  • ½ Tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Shrimp Paste
  • 3 Tbsp Groundnut Oil


  1. Peel the garlic and ginger and remove the tough outer leaves from the lemongrass.
  2. Remove the stalks from the chillies.
  3. Throw everything into a blender and blitz.
  4. Remove from the blender, place the paste into a large pestle and mortar and pound it for a few minutes (OPTIONAL).


The calorific value of this recipe refers to the full amount.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 712Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 39gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 86mgCarbohydrates: 81gFiber: 7gSugar: 16gProtein: 10g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

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