Green Curry Paste

I bought a jar of green curry paste from the store and after looking at the ingredients realized that it was not vegetarian. I decided to look online to try to find a vegetarian green curry paste recipe but every thing I found had fish oil and shrimp paste in it. So here is my vegetarian version of green curry paste. Most green curry recipes call for 4 Thai chiles. This recipe only uses two. You can easily add more or take them out all together depending on your desired spiciness. A quick note about umeboshi paste. It is made from pickled Japanese plums (ume) that are pureed. They give a salty/sweet taste to the dish and are an excellent replacement of the fish oil and shrimp paste. A container of umeboshi paste is usually 7oz and can be used to make this recipe 3 times with a little left over. Since it is picked it keeps for a few months in the fridge, some even say it can keep for years. It is available at Whole Foods Market and some Asian markets.

Makes: 1 cup of paste (2-4 servings)

Preparation time: 5m
Cooking time: 5m
Total time: 5m


  • 1 lemon grass stalk
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 5 garlic cloves (peeled)
  • 2 Thai chiles (stems removed)
  • 1 shallot (peeled)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (1/2-1fresh lime)
  • 2 teaspoons peeled, chopped ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon anise seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons umeboshi paste (or 1-2 tablespoons tamari)

Equipment: Vitamix or regular blender


  1. Cut the root and greenery off the lemon grass, and peel off the outer layer. You should end up with a 3 inch long piece. Slice it into 1/4inch rings and place into the blender.
  2. Place all of the other ingredients into the blender and puree until smooth.
  3. See my Green Curry recipe for how to use this paste.

Full disclosure: I worked as a bakery team member at Whole Foods Market from 2010-2011. I no longer have any connection with the company and receive no compensation from them in any way. Inspiration: I found many similar green curry paste recipes. I based this recipe off the Thai Green Curry Paste recipe on INLINE-LINK-START href="" target="_blank"> INLINE-LINK-END.