Asian Bistro's Recipe for Easy Panang Curry

Panang Curry was one of the most popular entrees at Asian Bistro, building a following of many curry enthusiasts and curry newbies alike. We have curated an easy way for you to make this recipe at home using a combination of store bought ingredients and fresh ingredients.

Where can I find ingredients to make Panang Curry? 

We highly recommend taking a visit to your local Asian Supermarket, it may sound intimidating and new if you have never been, but there you will be able to find the ingredients that we use, making your Panang flavors pop even more. Most people in these Asian supermarkets will be happy to assist you if you can't find what you are looking for and it's a great way to support a smaller, local grocery store. Most Asian Supermarkets are family owned (just like Asian Bistro!). And along the way you'll discover some awesome Asian snacks and foods.

What if there aren't any local Asian Grocery Stores near me? 

If you are unable to find a local Asian Grocery store, our daughter and her husband have put together an Asian Bistro Recipe Essentials list on Amazon so that you can purchase most of the Asian ingredients that you will need, right from Amazon! Check it out by clicking this link here.

This recipe is a perfect way to counter the cold winter weather. The base for Panang curry is a curry paste, which is filled with spices like dried chili pepper, garlic, shallot, lemongrass, sugar, salt, kefir lime, galangal, coriander, cardamom, bay leaves. Way easier to buy the paste instead of creating this mix from scratch! 

Is Panang Curry healthy? 

All of these spices are good for you, herbs and spices are shown to be beneficial for your health. So trading in Panang curry if you get tired of Chicken Noodle Soup while you are sick could definitely help fight inflammation and reduce damage to your body's cells. Coconut milk has been linked to heart health and weight loss. Peanut butter is a good source of protein and Vitamin B-6. And it's overall a flavorful way to eat your serving of vegetables! The only part that could be of concern is the amount of sugar in the recipe but definitely add the sugar in small quantities and taste the curry, adjusting as necessary to keep the amount of sugar added on the low side. You can also substitute the sugar for alternatives sweeteners, it will just alter the flavor a little.

What about a vegetarian or vegan Panang curry? 

If you are a vegan or vegetarian, feel free to omit the meat for tofu or just use your favorite vegetables. The curry paste and all ingredients are vegan-friendly! 

Can I make gluten-free Panang Curry? 

Yes, this recipe is gluten-free friendly. Feel free to alter to your tastes but all ingredients should naturally be gluten-free. Definitely double check the ingredient labels to ensure they were not manufactured near gluten or wheat products. 


Makes 4 servings


  • 4 oz can Maesri Panang Curry Paste (can be found in most Asian Supermarkets or click here on Amazon, make sure to get the Panang paste as there are many curry paste flavors out there) 
  • 3 Cups Coconut Milk (look for the cans of coconut milk in the Asian aisle at most groceries or at your local Asian Supermarket or check our Amazon store for the brands we use)
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
  • Salt, according to taste
  • 1/4-1/2 cup Sugar
  • Choice of diced vegetables and meat/tofu (We use sliced potatoes, green bell peppers, green beans, onions, carrots, Thai basil and sliced chicken or pork)
  • 4-6 cups of Jasmine Rice, cooked (2-3 cups uncooked)


  1. Add 1 Panang curry paste can and 1 cup coconut milk to a pan on low heat, stir and simmer together for 5-10 minutes 
  2. Add 2 more cups of coconut milk 
  3. Add 1 cup of water and ½ cup peanut butter 
  4. Season with 1-2 tsp salt (according to taste) and 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar (according to taste) to counter balance the curry flavors. 
  5. Add meats and veggies
  6. Serve with cooked Jasmine Rice (can be found in most grocery stores in the rice or Asian food aisle) 

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  1. My favorite dish, and now I can make it myself! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    1. Absolutely! We are so happy to hear that this is one of your favorite dishes! :)