This Thai Green Curry Tofu features crispy tofu tossed up in a luscious creamy coconut sauce, with some spicy green curry! It’s a simple and healthy recipe that’s bursting with Thai flavour!

Thai green curry tofu in a bowl with basil, jasmine rice and chilli peppers

If I could eat Thai green curry everyday I’d be a happy girl.

How can you go wrong with some crispy tofu covered in a creamy spicy green curry, served over a bowl of jasmine rice? Answer: You can’t.

Vegetarian Thai Green Curry

Traditionally, Thai green curry is made with chicken and uses fish sauce as the salty element of the curry. This recipe is a variation of the Traditional d using slightly different ingredients like soy sauce instead of fish sauce and some vegetables that are not traditional. This recipe is inspired by a traditional Thai green curry, which I learned how to make taking cooking classes in Thailand.

If you’re wondering what spices are in green curry, the main components are green chillies, lemongrass, ginger, garlic, and herbs like Thai basil. This gives the curry a bright green colour.

Thai green curry tofu in a bowl with basil, jasmine rice and chilli peppers

To make a vegetarian Thai green curry, the main thing you’ll want to swap out is fish sauce for soy sauce. Soy sauce does have a bit of a darker colour, so I like to use a light soy sauce. You could also use Tamari or a liquid soy seasoning.

Next, you’ll want to replace the chicken with a vegetarian alternative. In today’s recipe, we’re using tofu, (a very popular ingredient in Thai dishes!) but you can use anything you like really. Tempeh, chickpeas, or an assortment of vegetables will all work!

Thai green curry tofu in a bowl with basil, jasmine rice and chilli peppers

How to make Thai green curry:

Making Thai green curry is pretty simple, and once you learn how you’ll be making it ALL the time!

  1. Start by cooking your tofu in a pan with some oil until it becomes nice and crispy.
  2. While that cooks, in a separate pan you’ll prepare your curry sauce. (*The key to making a great tasting curry sauce is all about balancing 3 elements: sweet, salty and sour. We get these flavours from coconut sugar, soy sauce and lime juice.)
  3. Once the sauce is prepared we add in the tofu and let it simmer together. Green curry is best served over jasmine rice.
Thai green curry tofu in a bowl with basil, jasmine rice and chilli peppers

A few notes on the recipe:

  • Is Thai green curry paste vegan? When shopping for a green curry paste, make sure to check the label to make sure it is actually vegetarian/vegan friendly. Many green curry pastes contain shrimp paste, so it’s always good to double check!
  • Some brands of curry paste tend to be A LOT spicer than others. So when preparing the dish, start by adding in 1 tbsp of curry paste, tasting the sauce and adding more as you go. I usually like to add about 2 tbsp of curry paste, but you may find that you need a bit more or less.
  • Add in any vegetables you like to this green curry. Eggplant, potato, broccoli or bok choy would all taste great!
  • Thai green curry tofu is best enjoyed served alongside some jasmine rice or some vermicelli rice noodles.
Thai green curry tofu in a bowl with basil, jasmine rice and chilli peppers

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Thai Green Curry Tofu

  • Author: Jess
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: Thai


This Thai green curry is a healthy vegetarian recipe that comes together in less than 30 minutes!


  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 block tofu, cut into cubes (approx 14oz, firm or extra firm) 
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 med zucchini, chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 2 tbsp green curry paste
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • a squeeze of lime juice


  1. Heat the avocado oil in a skillet on medium-high heat. Add the tofu and cook on each side for 1-2 minutes until crispy and golden brown.
  2. Transfer the tofu to a bowl then heat the remaining 1 tbsp of avocado oil in the skillet.
  3. Add the onion and garlic and let cook for 2 minutes. Then add the zucchini and red pepper and let cook for another 2-3 minutes. 
  4. Add remainder of the ingredients and mix everything together until well combined. Add back the tofu and mix. 
  5. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed, then remove from heat and serve immediately. 


Use extra firm tofu in this recipe for crispier tofu, or medium tofu if you prefer a softer texture. 

Some brands of Thai Green Curry paste are spicier than others, so make sure to start with less if you don’t like your curry to spicy.

I like to cook the tofu separately then add it back at the end so it maintains some of its crispy texture. 

This recipe is best served with a side of Jasmin rice. 


  • Serving Size: 1/5 of recipe
  • Calories: 450
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Sodium: 400mg
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 55g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 9g

Keywords: Green curry tofu, Thai tofu, Thai curry tofu

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