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Day 18: Thai Green Curry with Tomatoes, Spinach and Shrimp

And finally, a new website! And it only took me a year or so. (Seriously. Remember my old domain actually ran through its lifetime and extinguished itself while waiting for me to set it up already?) So, yay me. I think I may have pulled something trying to pat myself on the back.

Mike’s playing a show up in Canmore tonight, and so seeing as a) it’s winter, and b) snowy, and c) he gets so nervous before a gig that he never eats, and if they do get a free food and booze tab, you can guess which category it’s spent on, I decided to feed him proper before sending him off this afternoon.

Now, you’d think by the ripe old age of somewhere between 30 and 40, I might have learned that when working with hot peppers, rubber gloves are a good idea. I’m pretty sure I mentioned that fact in the article I just finished for City Palate. In fact, I deliberated including it or not, thinking the advice was just too obvious. And yet each and every time I work with fresh hot peppers, I think I’m somehow exempt from this rule; that if I work fast and wash my hands immediately, the capsaicin isn’t going to have time to seep into my dried-out skin to burn me all night long. (And then after spending all evening slathering tingly-cool peppermint foot lotion on my hands, I’m not going to be reminded again of my mistake when I take my contacts out.)

Thai Green Curry with Tomatoes, Spinach and Shrimp

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January 19, 2008

  • Makes: Serves 4.


2 fresh jalapeño or bird’s eye chiles, seeded and chopped

1 stalk lemongrass, the meaty parts chopped

a handful of fresh cilantro

3 cloves garlic, peeled and cut into chunks

2 Tbsp. lime juice

1 Tbsp. canola oil

1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger, or about a 1” knob, cut into chunks

Canola, olive or sesame oil, for cooking

1/2 pint cherry or strawberry tomatoes, halved

1/2 can light or regular coconut milk

1 lb. large raw shrimp or prawns, peeled with the tails left on

1/2 bag of pre-washed baby spinach leaves, torn into pieces

salt, to taste

steamed rice, to serve over


1Combine the jalapeño peppers, lemongrass, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, oil and ginger in a blender and pulse until you have a sort of paste.

2Add a drizzle of oil to a large skillet and set it over medium-high heat. Add the tomatoes and cook for a few minutes, until they release some of their juices and start to brown and soften. Add about half of the green spice paste and cook for another minute. (The rest can be set on the table as a condiment, kept in the fridge or frozen for another meal.)

3Pour in the coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Cook for a minute or two, to allow it to thicken a bit. Add the shrimp and spinach and cook for about 2 minutes, until the spinach wilts and the shrimp turn opaque. Remove the pan from the heat immediately, so that you don’t overcook the shrimp. Season with salt to taste and serve immediately over rice.

Makes: Serves 4.

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8 comments on “Day 18: Thai Green Curry with Tomatoes, Spinach and Shrimp

  1. Dana
    January 20, 2008 at 1:07 am

    GORGEOUS SITE! I love it Julie! Great meal too, we have company coming next week for dinner and I think this will be it!


  2. twomittens
    January 19, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    wow – the site looks lovely!
    congrats on yet another project accomplished =)

  3. colleen
    April 18, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    I have been raving about the discovery of your website to just about everyone I know, and finally I am enjoying cooking again! I am the sort of person with no imagination when it comes to cooking- this website has been an inspiration for me to cook more at home. My husband is even trying things out of his comfort zone, such as this thai curry dish- which was exceptionally yummy. Just wanted to say a huge thanks!

  4. Heather
    March 25, 2009 at 8:32 am

    This doesn’t say how much green spice paste to add???

  5. Heather
    March 25, 2009 at 8:33 am

    never mind I just figured it out. Duh – need to read the recipe.

  6. Katie Egervari
    May 11, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Just FYI.. any “Thai” curry that uses canola oil isn’t really Thai. You should use coconut oil… or even better… separate the oil in the coconut milk and use that (that is actually what Thai people do… and it’s less calories with no difference in flavour).

    • Julie
      May 17, 2018 at 4:53 pm

      You could definitely use coconut oil instead if you like. :)

  7. Katie Egervari
    May 11, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    Besides canola oil is toxic to the liver when heated. It’s not worth using.

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