Green Curry Beef with Pineapple, Coconut Rice

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When I got an email informing me that I had been chosen for Foodie Fights Battle 7, I was really, really excited! I hurried over to see what the magic ingredients were going to be, and I wanted to cry. I love pineapple and basil, but to be honest I’m kind of sick of both of them right now. It made it kind of hard to be creative.

I knew one thing: I did NOT want to make a curry. (Yeah, you can see how that went!) It just seemed too predictable and if you know me, you know that I try my hardest to not be predictable when it comes to things like this. (Asparagus ice cream, anyone?) So I tried to think of things to make: Tuna with a pineapple, basil, and black bean salsa? Too boring. Coconut shrimp with pina colada sauce and basil risotto?  Too Red Lobster. Pineapple doughnuts? Sound delicious, but what would I do with the basil? Plus I didn’t feel like frying anything. Flank steak topped with a pineapple sorbet? Maybe another time, I don’t really feel like eating that now.

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When it came down to it, all I really felt like making was curry! Based on the other ideas that I had, I figured that I also wanted to use beef and coconut. And so green curry beef with pineapple and coconut rice was born. I do have to say, this came out even better than I expected it to – it may be one of the best curries that I’ve ever made. I made it up as I went along, adding more heat here and more basil there. At one point I decided that it needed more color, so I chopped up some green beans that I had gotten at the farmers market and threw those in. Awesome decision! The beans paired with the sauce beautifully – you almost forgot they were in there, adding all their vegetably healthfullness. They also added a nice crispy texture to the dish, which was the one texture that it had previously been missing.

So maybe curry was predictable. So what? It was healthy and delicious. And at the end of the day, isn’t that all that matters?

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Green Curry Beef with Pineapple and Coconut Rice

  • 1 can lite coconut milk, divided
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 1-1/2 Tbs green curry paste (homemade or prepared)
  • 1 lb top round beef , cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 Tbs fish sauce
  • 1/2 can bamboo shoots, drained
  • 1/2 jalapeno, minced
  • 1 large hand full green beans, chopped
  • 1/4 cup basil, chopped
  • 1/2 pineapple, cut into bite sized pieces

Combine 3/4 cup coconut milk and 3/4 cup water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add rice. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until liquid is dissolved. Remove from heat and keep covered.

Meanwhile, combine remaining coconut milk and curry in a large skillet. Bring to a low boil over medium-high heat. Add beef, fish sauce, bamboo shoots, jalapeno, green beans, and basil.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until beef is nearly cooked through – about 10 minutes. Add pineapple and cook an additional 5 minutes.

Serve dishes of curry with coconut rice spooned on top.

Serves 4.

By on July 13th, 2009

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook. I also blog at The Busy Foodie.

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20 thoughts on “Green Curry Beef with Pineapple, Coconut Rice”

  1. For not wanting to make a curry, it looks like you did a great job! I love a curry with lots of sauce with it so that the rice can soak it up!

  2. This looks delicious! I love the sweet pineapple with the curry and salty meat. I’m definitely bookmarking it. Just the thing I need to spice up some dinners.

  3. haha sorry i think that was the other girl’s website actually about the local food… it’s still very early and my brain is fuzzy 🙂

    either way your curry looks great and i voted for you!

  4. your curry looks really yummy. so yummy that we ended up craving curry pretty hard yesterday and getting some thai green for lunch 🙂

    found you through foodiefights and looked around on your site a bit last night. i am into your green concept and i am very interested to read more!

  5. Curry may not be “out there” but the combination of fresh pineapple, curry and coconut milk can never be beat. Add some perfect in-season basil to the mix and you’ve got a winning combination! As a fan of southeast asian cuisine, I applaud you in making a brilliant choice for this foodie fights battle. Congrats no matter which way the competition turns out!

  6. Lol! Loved the post. As you saw from mine, I too resisted my initial first choice because I thought it would be predictable. Often things are predictable for a reason – because they taste good. Now, I don’t eat meat so I won’t comment on the food other than to say the photo looks beautiful but my husband was like “wow, yum!”


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