Sunday, September 01, 2013

Red Curry Crock Pot Pork

I love to use my crock pot.  And I do, very often.  Several times a month probably.

One of the things I really like about it is that I can make up a large batch of something and then divide it into individual portions and put them in the freezer… especially nice for dinners on days I am working or not feeling particularly inspired to cook! 

This particular recipe was given to me by one of my Weight Watchers buddies and she said it came from the Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook.

I was a bit hesitant when I read the ingredient list. I have never ever thought to buy or use fish sauce and have always shied away from recipes that call for it.  I like fish, but I don’t like fish soups or stews and I guess I think of those things when I hear about fish sauce.  I have no experience whatsoever with Thai food.

But I polled some friends on Facebook and they told me that fish sauce is not fishy tasting but very salty, and that it offers a unique flavor… andsome advised me not to smell it!  Okay, then…. I am game.  I do love a good curry.

So when I went shopping for fish sauce, I really didn’t even know what I was looking for.  I did think it would be with the other Asian-inspired ingredients but I had to read practically every label on every bottle on the shelves before I found it. I thought it would be in a little glass bottle that looked more like hot sauce.

And I have to say, I was quite surprised at the size of the bottle I found… much larger than I thought it would be… and the price… much less than I thought it would be.  That was a good surprise!  This 700 ml (almost 3 cups) bottle was only $1.77 in price.

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I made a couple of changes to the dish based on ingredients I happened to have on hand. I used light coconut milk, instead of the full fat version the original recipe calls for.  I couldn’t see where it would make much difference here… and I also used a green pepper instead of red or orange or yellow.  The green pepper turned out to be kind of bitter… and I won’t chance that the next time I make it. And I would also add several  more carrots to the pot as well.

But wait… did I say next time?  I did.   All day longThe Captain kept telling me how good it smelled to him while it was cooking… while all I could think about was that fish sauce, worrying about how it was really going to taste. 

When he served it up, I tasted a piece of the pork right away, and realized that I did like this dish… very much in fact, and went back for a spoonful of the creamy coconut sauce.  It is a very mild curry, and not too salty at all and certainly not fishy!

So I will share the recipe as I made it… and the Nutritional Information is mine too.  I divided it into 6 good sized servings.   I took my pictures before remembering to go out and cut some fresh cilantro for garnish.

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Red Curry Slow Cooker Pork
Makes 6 servings
  • 1 Tbs coconut oil
  • 2 pounds pork loin cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 tsp Chinese 5 spice powder
  • 1 can light coconut milk, well shaken
  • 2 rounded Tbs red curry paste
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 2 Tbs fish sauce
  • 2 carrots, cut into chunks
  • 1 medium to large bell pepper, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 medium onion, sliced vertically
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish
  1. Place coconut oil in large skillet over MEDIUM-HIGH heat.
  2. While oil is heating, toss the pork in the Chinese 5 spice and stir to coat the pieces evenly.
  3. Add  the pork to the coconut oil and saute for a few minutes till slightly browned.
  4. Remove the pork from pan and place in slow cooker.
  5. Add coconut milk to the skillet the pork was cooking in and whisk to scrape up any bits of pork left behind.
  6. Add broth, curry paste and fish sauce to the milk, bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for a few minutes.
  7. Pour milk mixture over pork in the slow cooker.
  8. Add the vegetables to the slow cooker, cover, and cook on LOW for 6 hours.
    Serve garnished with fresh cilantro.

Per serving.
Weight Watchers P+ = 7.
Calories 279; Protein 34g; Carbohydrate 7g; Fat 12g; Fibre 2g.

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I served The Captain’s over white rice. I think barely or farro would be good too.

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I had mine over spaghetti squash.  Next time I may have it with cauliflower rice, or even sweet potato or kabocha squash.

Are you a slow cooker fan?

Do you ‘batch’ cook so you have meals made ahead of time.

What about Thai food… yes or no?


  1. Looks delicious Elle! I put everything over spaghetti squash, isn't it yummy and so fresh, even my kids love it.

  2. I love Thai food, but no fish sauce for me!

  3. I'm glad you braved the fish sauce! That bottle will last forever too. :)

  4. I love my slow cooker, nothing like making supper first thing in the morning and then not having to do it later ;)

    Thai food mostly yes, but I haven't eaten very much of it.

  5. I've never used a slow cooker to cook! I might be the only one! lol

    Red Curry is so tasty!

  6. This looks delish! I love my slow cooker! Thank you for sharing!

    1. I know that it's Paleo and I may just make it :) next week though... this week is already planned :)

  7. As you know, I am a slow cooker fan and a huge red curry fan so I can't wait to try this recipe! I cook with fish sauce from time to time so I am very familiar with it. I recently read that you can substitute soy sauce for fish sauce if you don't want to try or can't find fish sauce. It was a Mexican cooking show that I saw it on and it surprised me.

    Do you think I can make this recipe with chicken too? We aren't huge pork fans. Thanks!!


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