Butternut Squash Coconut Curry, served on a bed of rice, is a delicious, meatless dish, packed with flavor. This simple recipe makes 4 servings.
If you’re looking for a delicious, flavorful meatless meal, may I suggest trying this recipe for butternut squash coconut curry? It’s really delicious… and honestly, the most difficult thing about the recipe is peeling and cubing the squash! Even though my husband and I love meat, we try to have 1 or 2 “meatless meals” every week, and this recipe fits the bill.
I’m always on the lookout for vegetarian meals since our youngest son began following that eating path quite a few years ago. I prepared this recipe to see how it tasted, so I could possibly serve it to our son and his girlfriend (also a vegetarian) when they come for dinner in our home. After making this dish and enjoying it several times, I’m confident they would like it, too!
The butternut squash coconut curry is big on flavor! Cubes of tender butternut squash pair well with onions, garlic, ginger, curry spices, vegetable broth and coconut milk for a tasty main dish.
It tastes wonderful, served on a bed of steamed rice. I’m sure if you try it, you’ll enjoy it. Here’s how to make this recipe:
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Prepare The Butternut Squash
Use a vegetable peeler to remove all the outside peel from a butternut squash. Carefully slice the squash in half lengthwise, from top to bottom.
Remove the seeds and stringy pulp from each piece, then slice the squash into 1″ thick half-rings.
Cut each slice into bite-sized cubes about 1″ in diameter. You will need a total of 4 cups of cubed butternut squash for this dish.
Make The Curry Seasoning
Heat coconut oil in a large skillet or saucepan on Medium-high heat. Add chopped onion, minced garlic and grated fresh ginger. Stir to combine, and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring often, until the onion becomes tender and translucent. Continue stirring, to prevent the garlic from burning and becoming bitter.
Stir curry powder, thyme, and paprika into the onion mixture in the skillet, and continue to cook (and stir), for one more minute.
Cook The Curry
Now add a can of coconut milk (stirred before adding), vegetable broth, and the butternut squash cubes. Stir to combine these ingredients, then bring the liquid to a boil. Once it begins boiling, place a lid on the pan or skillet.
Reduce the heat to LOW heat, and let the butternut squash coconut curry simmer for about 13-15 minutes. Cooking time might vary slightly depending on the size of the squash cubes you’ve added.
When the squash is tender and a knife can easily be inserted without resistance, it is done. You do NOT want the squash to become “mushy”, so keep an eye on it while cooking.
The last step is to add chopped cilantro, salt and cayenne pepper to the butternut squash coconut curry. Give it a good stir to combine, make sure it’s heated through, and then it’s ready to serve!
Serving Butternut Squash Coconut Curry
We enjoy this dish, especially when served on top of steamed rice. The blandness of the rice is a good balance to the slightly spicy curry flavor. To serve, divide the butternut squash over rice in serving bowls, then top with the sauce and more chopped cilantro.
Typically curries are usually “swimming” or completely covered in sauce, which is great if you enjoy it that way. For this curry, I spoon lots of the sauce over the rice and butternut squash, but stop short of covering it all up with sauce.
It’s your choice as to how you wish to serve this dish! All I know is which ever way you prefer to serve this butternut squash coconut curry, I believe you’ll enjoy it!
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you will come back again soon! If you enjoy butternut squash, I’m confident you’ll also enjoy Butternut Squash Soup with Bacon, and Maple Butternut Squash with Pecans and Cranberries!
Take care. Count your many blessings, thank God for them… and have a wonderful day.
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- Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili
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Original recipe source: Michelle Blackwood at: healthiersteps.com/recipe/butternut-squash-coconut-curry/
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Butternut Squash Coconut Curry, served on a bed of rice, is a delicious meatless dish, packed with flavor.
- 4 cups butternut squash peeled, de-seeded, cut in 1" cubes
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 medium yellow onion finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger finely grated
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1¾ Tablespoons curry powder
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- 1 can light coconut milk (14 oz.) stirred before using
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, but good)
- 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves chopped + more for garnish, if desired
Peel butternut squash, then slice in half lengthwise, from top to bottom. Remove seeds/stringy pulp. Slice into 1" thick half-rings. Cut each slice into 1" cubes.
Heat coconut oil in a large skillet or pan on Medium-High. Add onion, garlic and ginger. Stir to combine; cook 3-4 minutes, stirring often, until onion becomes tender and translucent. Stirring prevents garlic from burning and becoming bitter. Add curry powder, thyme, and paprika to skillet; cook and stir for one minute.
Stir in in coconut milk, vegetable broth, and cubed butternut squash. Stir to combine, then bring liquid to a boil. Place a lid on the pan or skillet. Reduce heat to LOW; let simmer for 13-15 minutes. Cooking time might vary slightly depending on size of the squash cubes. When squash is tender and a knife can be inserted without resistance, it is done. Don't let squash become "mushy", so keep an eye on it while cooking.
Add cilantro, salt and cayenne pepper; stir to combine. It tastes great served on top of steamed rice. Garnish with more cilantro, if desired. Serve hot and enjoy!
Store leftovers up to 3-4 days (covered) in refrigerator. Microwave to reheat.
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