Prepare yourself for a flavour explosion with this Easy Slow Cooker Beef Massaman Curry that is easy to prep in the morning and come evening you’ll be enjoying meltingly tender beef with a mix of mild spices, potatoes, and creamy coconut goodness by the evening.

After a long day at work who wouldn’t want to walk into the house and smell the lovely aroma of a Thai curry cooking. And we’re going to up the anti by using a pre-made Massaman curry paste to make it even simpler.


If you love a good curry (and an easy one) you might also like our Easy Coconut Butter Chicken recipe that you make really quick without slow cooking.


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So What is Beef Massaman Curry?

Beef Massaman curry is a traditional Thai dish made with chunks of diced beef in a fragrant but milder curry sauce. This dish has a rich flavor with spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and star anise, along with ingredients like coconut milk, peanuts, and potatoes with a squeeze of lime.

Watch as the beef transforms into melt-in-your-mouth perfection thanks to the slow cooking process. If you love Thai curries then you’re going to love this massaman recipe for sure.



Why You’ll Love This Recipe 💚

It’s all about making things easier in the kitchen. Using a premade massaman curry paste takes a few steps out for you. Plus with a slow cooker the option you’ll have dinner done and dusted in the morning so in the afternoon there’s no more “what’s for dinner?” questions anymore.

The slow cooking process allows for the meat to get super tender and gives plenty of time to allow those beautiful spices and aromatic flavors to infuse into the meat and potatoes. (no standing over the stove).

You can use a budget friendly meat like chuck steak and gravy beef that like to be tenderized slowly.



Recipe Ingredients

“You’ll need the following ingredients to make this amazing Massaman beef curry.


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Ingredient Notes

Beef Options – a cheaper cut of meat like gravy beef or chuck steak is perfect to use in the slow-cooker.

Chicken stock – I know this recipe calls for chicken stock when you might think it should have beef stock.  Go figure.  But it does taste superb. Feel free to use either.

Fish sauce & brown sugar – add these two ingredients at the end just before serving.

Massaman Paste – I’ve used the AYAM brand of ready-made massaman curry paste for this recipe and you can find it at a good supermarket and your Asian store.  Feel free to make your own curry paste from scratch if you like or use one of your favorite brands.


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How to make Easy Slow Cooker Beef Massaman Curry STEP BY STEP

Full recipe instructions are in the card below.

STEP 1. 

Brown the onions on medium-heat with a little olive oil till lightly browned.  Pop into the slow cooker pot. Brown the meat in batches on a medium-high heat and add to the cooker. Fry the paste for a minute till aromatic and add to the onion and meat mix.

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Add the coconut cream, stock, bay leaves, diced potatoes and nuts (if using), mix, cover and cook for 8 hours on low.

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Add the tablespoon of fish sauce and brown sugar at the end and stir.  Serve on a lovely bed of fluffy jasmine rice, topped with fresh coriander, sprinkled with chopped peanuts and wedges of lime. (cook your rice in the rice cooker around half an hour prior to have it ready to serve).

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Recipe Tips

Cut the meat into good sized chunks.  The meat after slow cooking will fall apart and melt in your mouth.

Use coconut milk or cream.  I have used both and they work fine.

How To Serve

Serve your beef massaman with warm roti bread or naan bread (for a little Indian twist) and pop it onto fluffy jasmine rice or steamed white rice to soak up the delicious sauce.

Wedges of lime and a squeeze of lime juice adds a little freshness.  Fresh coriander (or cilantro) and topped with a sprinkle of chopped peanuts.

Like it hot! Sprinkle chopped red chillies for even more heat and spice.

Storage and Reheating

This slow cooker beef massaman curry will last around 3 days in the fridge.  To re-heat just pop into the microwave or heat in a small pot on the stove.


Additions and Substitutions

Sweet potato – add a little colour and combo of sweet potato.  You may want to add this a little later on into the cooking process so it won’t get all mushy. Baby potatoes would work here as well.

Can you add a cinnamon stick to this massaman beef curry? Yes you can.  I’ve cooked it with and without cinnamon and it’s entirely up to your own personal taste and how your like your curries.




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Easy Slow Cooker Beef Massaman Curry
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
8 hrs

Meltingly tender beef with a mix of mild spices, potatoes, and creamy coconut goodness makes this an Easy Slow Cooker Beef Massaman Curry go to.

Course: Main Course, Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Servings: 4
Calories: 725 kcal
  • 4 tabs olive oil
  • 2 large brown onions cut into thin wedges
  • 1 kg gravy beef/chuck steak slow cooking meat
  • 200 gms massaman curry paste
  • 1 cup coconut cream or milk if you prefer
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 600 gms potatoes diced chunkily
  • 1 tabs fish sauce
  • 2 tabs brown sugar
  • Lime wedges and coriander to serve
  1. Add the oil into the frypan and place over medium heat. Add the onions, stirring for a few minutes till brown. Pop into the slow cooker.

  2. On a medium-high heat add a little more oil and brown the meat in batches. Place in with the onions in the slow cooker. Heat the curry paste for a minute until you can smell the aromas and add to the meat and onion mix.

  3. Add the coconut milk, stock, potatoes, bay leaves and (nuts if using) to the cooker bowl and set for 8 hours on low.

  4. When the massaman curry is cooked add the fish sauce and brown sugar and stir to mix in.

  5. Serve on a bed of fluffy rice, topped with chopped nuts, fresh coriander and a squeeze of lime or lime wedges.

Recipe Notes


Serve with roti or naan bread 

Nutrition Facts
Easy Slow Cooker Beef Massaman Curry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 725 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 157mg52%
Sodium 315mg14%
Potassium 1746mg50%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 66g132%
Vitamin A 7884IU158%
Vitamin C 38mg46%
Calcium 161mg16%
Iron 8mg44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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Easy Slow Cooker Beef Massaman Curry 3Helloooo, I'm Sonya and I'm one of those late starter's in the exercise department. (but you know you're never too late to start). A retired beauty therapist who likes geeking out in the online world, loves 4-legged fury friends, baking and gardening.