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Cashew Curried Beef Recipe

Cashew Curried Beef Recipe

“This recipe is a favorite with my whole family. The ingredients are a wonderful mix of sweet, salty and spicy.” —Jennifer Fridgen, East Grand Forks, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min. YIELD:5 servings


  • 1 pound beef top sirloin steak, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 can (13.66 ounces) coconut milk, divided
  • 1 tablespoon red curry paste
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce or soy sauce
  • 8 cups chopped bok choy
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 cup salted cashews
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • Hot cooked brown rice


  • 1. In a large skillet, saute beef in 1 tablespoon oil until no longer pink. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  • 2. Spoon 1/2 cup cream from top of coconut milk and place in the pan. Add remaining oil; bring to a boil. Add curry paste; cook and stir for 5 minutes or until oil separates from coconut milk mixture.
  • 3. Stir in the brown sugar, fish sauce and remaining coconut milk. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Add bok choy and red pepper; return to a boil. Cook and stir 2-3 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender.
  • 4. Stir in the cashews, cilantro and beef; heat through. Serve with rice. Yield: 5 servings.

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with regular (full-fat) coconut milk. Light coconut milk contains less fat.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 469 calories, 35g fat (18g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 873mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 27g protein.

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rebelwithoutaclue User ID: 4288906 223522
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2015

"Have made this with both steak and chicken thighs, sliced thin. I increased paste to 1 1/4 tbl. I also used cabbage instead of bok choy when I did the chicken thighs."

scrapo User ID: 2908723 180047
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2013

"I think I would try to add a few things....some garlic, salt, red pepper flakes, ginger? or peanut butter. I did add some broccoli and carrots and that was good."

scrapo User ID: 2908723 130724
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2013

"I think I would try to add a few things....some garlic, salt, red pepper flakes? or peanut butter. I did add some broccoli and carrots and that was good."

aurorasedi User ID: 6714030 190524
Reviewed May. 29, 2012

"I used the light coconut milk and it worked out great."

Italy04 User ID: 5166579 192868
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"Very easy and delicious. A keeper, for sure!"

Caroliney82 User ID: 6208700 174915
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2011

"easy and delicious :)"

AdriaD User ID: 1688988 111736
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2011

"My husband and I really enjoyed this! We felt the flavor combination was quite good, although we will probably increase the curry for our taste."

Trumpetvine User ID: 6137826 121055
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2011

"This was great! I used chicken thighs and it turned out great! Thank you! Perfect combination of flavors."

Debinga User ID: 5894508 113814
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2011

"The flavors in this are wonderful."

jkrasnitski User ID: 1270264 113808
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2011

"I made the recipe exactly as it is stated and it was good. I think for my taste, I'll add a little more red curry paste next time as I really didn't get any of the heat when I ate it. I would also like to try it with chicken...think that would taste yummy, too! What fun to be able to use bok choi from our local farmer's market to make this yummy dish!"

Ann Kashian User ID: 2624370 107751
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2010

"My whole family loved this. We were pleasantly surpirsed at how flavorful this dish was. It was easy to make, the only change I made was to use light coconut milk. We will definately be making this again."

Ookiewookie User ID: 5356099 189165
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2010

"Loved it. Plan on making it again and again. Very yummy. Husband very pleased as well."

lknight424 User ID: 3468848 192857
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2010

"It was a little bit of work but very good. Very filling too."

cafritz User ID: 1148899 190522
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2010

"Who would have thought such a wonderful chinese recipe would come from the East side. I can understand this, as the best Chinese restaurant I ever ate at was in East Grand Forks. This recipe was so yummie and filling too. My only suggestion to make it easier, is make it in a wok."

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