Curried Beef Stew with Coconut Milk

This dish is warm and very rich. It will fill your house with the most amazing aroma for hours as it simmers  in the oven. Feel free to add different vegetables during the last hour of cooking.

Serves 4 – 6


3lbs of grass-fed beef for stew, cut into 1 – 2 inch pieces

5 tablespoons of coconut oil

2 medium onions, diced

3 cloves of  garlic, minced

2 tablespoons of ginger, minced

2 teaspoons coriander

1 tablespoon cumin

1 teaspoon tumeric

1/2 teaspoon cardamom

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

4 cups beef broth

1 cinnamon stick

1 can coconut milk (full fat)

6 carrots, peeled and diced

salt and pepper to taste

3 tablespoons fresh cilantro for garnish

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large dutch oven, heat 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and brown the beef chunks in small batches. Remove from beef to a bowl and add the remaining coconut oil, onion, garlic, ginger and spices. Cook for approximately 10 minutes, then return the beef and add broth. Bring to a simmer then cover and place in oven for about three hours. Check periodically to ensure there is enough liquid. If it looks  dry, add a little  water to cover. After three hours, add the coconut milk and carrots. Replace cover and leave in oven for one more hour. Remove from heat and remove cinnamon stick. Salt and pepper to taste and serve, garnished with cilantro.

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  • Maggie

    Looks delicious, Diana!

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  • dianna syed

    too hot here to have the oven on all day! will save this for next winter. looks delish

  • dianna syed

    too hot here for the oven to be on all day. will save this for next winter. looks delish

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  • Shameer Mulji

    can you do this in a slow cooker? If so, what’s the best way to go about it?


    • diana

      Yes, you can do it in a slow cooker but I prefer the cast iron method because the sauce thickens much better. Slow cookers don’t seem to really do a good job of thickening stews. I guess I would add some thickener like coconut flour or kombu starch mixed with a little beef broth then added to the stew to cook in the last hour.

  • Mon Strosity

    What do you eat with this?  Or is this the entire meal?  Can someone make a suggestion on vegetables to add that would not be out of place for this dish?  I’m new to paleo and haven’t eaten vegetables in about 39 years.

    • Anonymous

      You could add sliced zucchini in the last 30 minutes of cooking, or serve with a salad on the side. Try this one though, I love this dish!

      • Mon Strosity

        Thank you!  I am actually about to make it in a few minutes.  I wouldn’t have thought about zucchini as I really don’t know what works well togehter vegetable-wise.  I will give that combo a try! 

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