Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Curry {Vegan}

Raise your hand if your love for Thai food and slow cooker recipes is equal? Because this slow cooker curry is LEGIT, my friends. It only takes 20 minutes to prep a healthy and delicious butternut squash curry recipe that can be cooked while you are out living life!

bowl of vegan butternut squash curry with rice

This post was originally published 3/2017. Post has been updated with more tips, new photos, and an updated recipe!

Have you ever just wanted to curl up with a big bowl of comfort food and binge watch Netflix? I’m assuming most of you have done this before but I’m so on that level. The weather has been gloomy and it’s a sweatpant wearing, house lounging type lifestyle these days.

Behold this amazing Thai curry recipe featuring butternut squash.

Reasons why I love this recipe:

  • So easy to make (literally just throw everything in a slow cooker!)
  • Full of flavor
  • Healthy
  • Super creamy
  • Gluten-free (just pair with quinoa or cauliflower rice)

ingredients for vegan butternut squash thai curry

Ingredients for butternut squash curry

  • Butternut squash
  • Onion
  • Red curry paste
  • Liquid aminos (can use coconut aminos or soy sauce)
  • Coconut sugar (can use cane sugar)
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Coconut milk
  • Vegetable broth
  • Kale

butternut squash on cutting board with knife

How to cut a butternut squash

  • Start by peeling the butternut squash with a vegetable peeler
  • Cut the squash in half length-wise and scoop out the seeds
  • Cut into 1-inch cubes

ingredients for butternut squash curry in slow cooker

How to make butternut squash curry

Add all the ingredients (minus the kale) to your slow cooker. Mix well.

Place the lid on and cook 3-4 on low or 6-8 hours on high.

squash in blender

Once the curry is done cooking, remove a few spoonfuls of the curry to a blender. Blend until smooth and add back to the slow cooker. This helps to give the curry a super creamy consistency without any dairy!

spoon in slow cooker with squash curry and kale

Add the kale and give it a good stir until the kale is vibrant green and slightly wilted.

two bowls of vegan curry with rice

Serve this Thai butternut squash curry with rice, cilantro, crushed peanuts, chili flakes, and a lime wedge. A meal that looks like a ton of effort was involved but in reality, it’s SO EASY!

hand holding spoon with squash, kale, and rice

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If you like this recipe, you’ll LOVE:
Vegan Thai Green Curry
Thai Quinoa Salad with Almond Butter Dressing
Teriyaki Tofu Bowls

two bowls of vegan curry with lime, cilantro, chili flakes

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Curry

Throw all the ingredients in your crockpot to make an easy vegan weeknight meal. Butternut squash, kale, and coconut milk help create this creamy, yet healthy slow cooker curry recipe.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Plant Based, Slow Cooker, Thai, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: crockpot curry vegetarian, crockpot thai recipe, vegetarian crockpot recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 264kcal
Author: Amanda


  • 1 medium butternut squash cubed (about 4 cups)
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 Tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1 Tablespoon liquid aminos (can substitute with soy sauce)
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 inch ginger minced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 bunch of curly kale destemmed and chopped

Serving suggestions:

  • rice
  • cilantro
  • lime
  • chili flakes
  • chopped peanuts


  • Prepare the butternut squash by peeling skin with a vegetable peeler and cutting in half length-wise. Spoon out the seeds and cut into 1-inch cubes. Add to the slow cooker.
  • Add onion, coconut milk, vegetable broth, red curry paste, liquid aminos, coconut sugar, salt, garlic, and ginger to the slow cooker. Stir well.
  • Cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
  • When done cooking, transfer a few spoonfuls (I use a ladle) to a blender and blend until smooth. Add back to the curry along with the kale and stir well.
  • Serve with steamed rice, fresh cilantro, chopped peanuts, chili flakes, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice (all optional but highly recommended!)


  • Cook time will depend on Crockpot settings
  • Leftovers keep in the fridge for about 1 week
  • Leftovers can be frozen for up to 3 months


Serving: 1serving (about 1.5 cups without rice) | Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 25.3g | Protein: 4.1g | Fat: 17.7g | Saturated Fat: 13.8g | Sodium: 689mg | Fiber: 4.2g | Sugar: 6.6g

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7 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Curry {Vegan}”

  1. 5 stars
    Really tastey! For the topping, I combined a bunch of cilantro, 2 T natural peanut butter, a 1/2 “ slice from a block or firm tofu, 2 T soy milk, & the juice of 1/2 a lime and puréed with an immersion blender….oh and a titch of salt. This made a nice cream to swirl into the curry, Thank you for. Sharing 😉

  2. 5 stars
    Just the right sweetness level so yummy!! I found 4 hours on high turned the butternut squash more soft than I would have liked. I also added chickpeas and rosemary. Thank you for the recipe!


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