Massaman Beef Slow Cooker

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Massaman Beef Slow Cooker Recipe

Massaman Beef Slow Cooker

I have always loved food but during the years that I worked long hours in a sales environment, I didn’t really have the desire or inclination to cook. I would find myself ordering takeout more often than I would have liked and this was a meal that made the rotation frequently. I remember being sceptical about making this Massaman Beef Slow Cooker recipe at the time because it requires so few ingredients, but what I was left with was perfectly tender, melt-in-your-mouth beef in a rich, fragrant curry sauce with very little effort. The slow cooker does all the hard work and you get to enjoy the comfort and satisfaction of a home-cooked dinner at the of a long day. While I love making curry pastes from scratch, I also love good-quality store-bought ones which are economical (avoiding half-used speciality ingredients in the fridge) and a great way to quickly pack a whole load of flavour into a dish. The curry paste you choose matters for this recipe particularly, as it relies on so few ingredients to carry the flavour. I have linked my favourite which is the Maesri Massaman Curry Paste, which is not only a few dollars for a tin, but also happens to be one of the best I have tried on the supermarket shelves with great ingredients. I normally add the entire tin to the slow cooker. To amp up the flavour, you can add 1 tablespoon each of fish sauce and lime juice to the recipe at the same time as the curry paste, but I make it just as it is and we all absolutely love it. 

  • Total Time: 4 hours 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x


Units Scale
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 kg gravy beef (no need to cut, chuck steak works well too, see note 1)
  • 2 heaped tbsp massaman curry paste
  • 270 ml tin coconut milk
  • 1 cup chicken stock (or 1 cup water and 1 chicken stock cube)
  • 8 small potatoes (any variety), cut into 2-cm or 3/4″ chunks (no need to peel)
  • 2 medium-sized onions, sliced into thick wedges
  • Coriander/cilantro, sliced red chilli, crushed peanuts, to serve (optional)


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add the beef to the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes per side until browned. This locks in the flavour.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the massaman curry paste, coconut milk and chicken stock to form a sauce.
  3. In your slow cooker, layer the beef, potatoes and onions in that order.
  4. Pour the sauce all over the top. Don’t worry if some of the potatoes and onions are not submerged. They will melt into the sauce during the cooking process.
  5. Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours. If the beef is still firm at the end of the cooking time, continue cooking on high in 30-minute intervals. The beef should come apart easily using a fork. Use tongs to gently pull it apart into smaller, bite-sized pieces to serve.
  6. Serve topped with coriander, sliced red chilli and crushed peanuts if using.


Note 1 – You can cut the beef first into bite-sized pieces if preferred. Leaving it whole decreases the amount of time required to prepare this dish. The beef pulls apart quite easily when it’s cooked.


Refrigerate cooked Massaman Curry for up to 3 days. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw completely overnight in the fridge. Reheat in the microwave. 


Refrigerate cooked Massaman Curry for up to 3 days. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw completely overnight in the fridge. Reheat in the microwave. 

  • Author: Nicole
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 4 hours 10 mins
  • Category: beef, curry, Massaman Beef Slow Cooker
  • Method: pan, slow cook
  • Cuisine: Thai

Keywords: Massaman Beef Slow Cooker, Massaman Beef Slow Cooker recipe


Yes, you can refrigerate cooked Massaman Curry for up to 3 days. It can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw completely overnight in the fridge. Reheat in the microwave.

Yes, cooked Massaman Curry can be refrigerated for up to 3 days and frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw completely overnight in the fridge. Reheat in the microwave.

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  1. Michelle

    It was ok for a quick recipe. I would add fish sauce, lime and brown sugar next time.

  2. mariapizanias

    Hello Nicole,

    I only have a pressure cooker. Can you please let me know what I need to adjust?
    How long do I leave it to cook ?
    Which temperature ?

  3. Jennifer

    I’d love to try making this but I notice you put the coconut milk in for the whole cooking time, does it not curdle or separate at high heat?

  4. Emily

    This was a delicious family friendly curry, my kids loved it!

  5. Melissa

    So delicious and so easy, I have cooked this many times now

  6. Sarah

    Hi, I don’t own a slow cooker. Are your slow cooker recipes adaptable to a crock pot in the oven? Thank you!

  7. Kim

    I got my husband to make this on the weekend (he’s the house MasterChef!) and he legit asked where the rest of the ingredients were.
    We was flabbergasted 8hrs later when we sat down to dinner and it tasted like heaven on earth!!
    Needless to say we’ll be making more Simple Home Edit recipes from now on!!

    • Nicole

      Haha oh gosh I LOVE this! It’s so true, there really is nothing to it but it transports me to my local Thai place every single time! So glad you guys loved it as much as we do. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment! Means so much to me x

  8. Allison

    Absolutely LOVE this recipe. It has become a favourite date night meal. It tastes sooooo good. Cooked it again last night and had some family round. They all asked for the recipe!

    • Nicole

      This is a date night meal for us too! It honestly makes me feel like I’m at a restaurant. 😂 I am SO glad you guys love it as much as we do! Thank you so much for taking the time to write, means so much to me. Nic x

  9. Serena

    This one is on repeat in our house, absolutely delicious and so easy. Love coming home from work to it all ready to go, all I have to do it put the rice on. The best!

    • Nicole

      Ahhh this makes me SO happy to read. Is not smelling it when you come home the most satisfying thing on the planet?! 😂 Thank you SO much for taking the time to write, means so much to me! x

  10. Cheryl

    Love this so easy to make. Regularly made during the winter

    • Nicole

      Love, love this one too and I’m so glad you love it as much as we do! Thank you for taking the time to write. Nic x

  11. Anita

    Love this! So easy and delicious. I use less of the massaman paste as it’s a little spicy for my little ones but just add fresh chili for those who can handle it.

    • Nicole

      This is so valuable! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment – Love the idea of using a little less paste and then adding fresh chilli. It’s 9am yet I could go a big plate of this right now! 😂 Nic x

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