Homemade Thai Green Curry Paste (10 Ingredients!)

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Make your own Thai Green Curry Paste at home with this easy-to-follow recipe! All you’ll need is 10 ingredients, 10 minutes, and a food processor.

I’ve been a fan of Thai Green Curry since….pretty much as long as I can remember? It’s my go-to order at Thai restaurants, but I never really make it at home. Mostly because the store-bought curry pastes just taste kind of…off? stale? not-so-great?

I can’t believe I didn’t try to make my own Green Curry paste at home before! Now that I know how simple it is (think 10 ingredients + 10 minutes), I forsee a lot more curry in my future 🙂

three jars of thai green curry paste on grey stone background

The ingredients in curry paste are simple, but you won’t be able to find them in any ol’ grocery store. The good news is that if you live near an asian market (and most of us do), you’ll be a-okay!

The main flavors of this curry paste comes from thai green chilisgalangal (thai ginger), thai basil, lemongrass, and a few other odds and ends. I’ll list some easier-to-find ingredient substitutes in the recipe notes, but try to stick to the original if possible. It does make a big difference in flavor! 

ingredients for thai green curry paste on grey stone serving tray

Making Green Curry Paste is also incredibly easy.

All you need to do is roughly chop your ingredients, then chuck them into a food processor! Everything will start to break down, and after a few minutes (plus breaks to scrape the sides of your food processor), you’ll be left with a thick, spicy, and vibrant green paste.

ingredients for thai green curry paste in small food processor

I used my mini food processor for this recipe, but a larger model will work just fine. Unfortunately I don’t think this recipe will work in a blender – you’d have to add a lot of extra liquid.

Once you get your lovely curry paste, transfer it into jars and store in the fridge for up to two weeks. It’s best used fresh, however, and the flavors will weaken a little with time. If you don’t think you’ll use it all before it goes bad, try freezing it in an ice cube tray, and then thawing as needed!

small glass jar of curry paste with spoon on grey marble background

7 Ways to use homemade Thai Green Curry Paste:

  1. to make Thai Green Curry, of course!
  2. thinned out with vegetable broth for flavorful soups
  3. mixed with a touch of coconut milk to create a sauce for a fragrant noodle dish
  4. mashed with avocado and slathered on bread for an epic avocado toast
  5. as a marinade for tofu, tempeh, or other plant-based protein
  6. blended with vinaigrette for a zesty salad dressing
  7. mixed in with Mac & Cheese for a fun and spicy twist

If you have any other ideas, let me know in the comments below! I had to test this recipe quite a few times, so I happen to have a plethora of curry paste in my fridge right now…

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If you’re looking for more asian-inspired sauce and dressing recipes, you’ll also love this Carrot Ginger Dressing, this Easy Peanut Sauce, and this Sesame Miso Dressing

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Homemade Thai Green Curry Paste

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Make your own Thai Green Curry Paste at home with this easy-to-follow recipe! All you’ll need is 10 ingredients, 10 minutes, and a food processor.

  • Author: Caitlin Shoemaker
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: about 1/2 cup 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: Thai


  • 610 thai green chiles
  • 45 cloves garlic
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, tough portions removed
  • 1 shallot
  • 3” piece galangal (thai ginger), peeled
  • Zest of ½ lime
  • Juice of 1 lime 
  • ¼ packed cup thai basil
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp pink himalayan or sea salt
  • 2+ tbsp filtered water or neutral vegetable oil, to thin


  1. Thinly chop the thai chilis, garlic, lemongrass, shallot, and galangal. Add all ingredients to the base of a food processor along with 2 tbsp of filtered water or neutral vegetable oil.
  2. Process the ingredients for 5-7 minutes, scraping the sides of the food processor as necessary. A thick, bright green paste should form – if your mixture still looks a little chunky, add in extra water or oil in ½ tbsp increments until your desired texture is reached.
  3. Use as desired. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to two weeks, or freeze in ice cube molds and defrost as needed – the paste will keep in the freezer for up to two months.


Substitutions: for the best (and most authentic) flavor, try to follow the exact recipe ingredients. However, if you can’t find something, you can substitute jalapeños (or another spicy chili) for the thai chilis, ginger for the galangal, and/or italian basil for the thai basil.

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  1. Hi there! Can you please tell me what food processor (brand) are you using ? Looks like it has multiple blades, been trying to find something similar. Thank you!

    1. Thank you for this recipe. Made green Thai curry and it turned out delicious – everyone loved it!

  2. It looks delicious, thank you for the recipe. For a few extra ideas, I don’t know if you make these types of recipes/dishes but I would use it in a savoury pie/tart with vegetables like tomatoes and courgettes/zucchinis either spread on the bottom or mixed in the filling. Also in France we make savoury cakes (in the US it would look like a banana bread but savoury, with sun dried tomatoes, olives, etc) so I would add it to the batter for an extra kick, you can make it as a loaf or as muffins, they’re great for picnics.

    1. Thanks for sharing the awesome ideas! It would be awesome to use things like this curry in all sorts of applications!