Massaman Beef Slow Cooker

massaman beef slow coooker
Slow cooked, melt in the mouth beef with a Thai massaman curry sauce. Let the slow cooker do all the heavy lifting in creating a rich, fragrant sauce. So easy to put together and one of the best, if not the best massaman I've ever eaten.
  • 1kg gravy beef (no need to cut, chuck beef works well too, see note 1)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tin Maesri massaman paste  (see note 2)
  • 270ml tin coconut milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth/stock (or 1 cup water and 1 chicken stock cube)
  • 8 small potatoes (any variety) cut into 2cm chunks (no need to peel)
  • 2 medium sized onion, thickly sliced
  • Coriander, 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 it 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 there are potatoes and onions not submerged, they will melt into the sauce during the cook.
  5. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. If the beef is still firm at the end of the cook, 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.
  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, but I like to leave it whole.  It limits the amount of time required to prep. Less chopping is always desired at my place! The beef pulls apart quite easily when it’s done.

Note 2 – I have tried many different massaman curry pastes over the years and this one is the best. Super authentic in flavour and all natural ingredients. The spice level is mild-medium. If you choose to use another paste, you require 3 heaped tbsp.

Can massaman curry be frozen? Yes! This is a dish that freezes so well, you would never know it was frozen. Simply defrost from frozen in the microwave or allow to thaw overnight and heat on stovetop.

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