Easy Paneer Tikka + Video

Paneer Tikka

This Paneer Tikka is spiced and pan-fried quickly in ghee for a savory Indian snack. It can be served deliciously on its own, or with other sauces and dips. It is low-carb and keto-friendly for your health-conscious friends to enjoy. 

Paneer Tikka

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What Makes Paneer Tikka So Great?

Appetizer Party With Paneer Tikka

This Low-Carb Paneer Tikka makes either a simple paneer starter on its own or a welcome addition to other sauces and dips.

When I figured out how to make Paneer in an Instant Pot without having to babysit the process, I started to think of quick and easy things I could do with the paneer.

If you love appetizer parties, (and who doesn’t!) then I have a menu for you. You can serve, or have your guests each bring an app.

Serve this Paneer Tikka, with Tandoori Chicken, and Mint and Chili Kabobs dipped in Cilantro Pesto and served with a refreshing glass of Agua de Jamaica. Your friends will never leave.

What Are These Paneer Starters?

Paneer is an Indian cheese that is creamy and salty. It is so versatile as it doesn’t melt, that the possibilities of cooking with Paneer are endless. 

You can buy paneer ready-made at Indian grocery stores where it is typically in the frozen section. At the grocery store, they sell the paneer either plain or fried. You can also make it yourself using my very easy pressure cooker paneer recipe. 

If you are looking for a substitute or can’t find Paneer, try queso fresco. It has a similar consistency and taste.

Is Paneer Tikka Good For Health?

Many people have a different definition of what healthy means to them. So while this recipe may not seem like a healthy recipe at first glance, upon further inspection you will see it does have many healthy attributes.

This Paneer Tikka recipe is fairly high in fat, but they are healthy fats. If you’re eating a low carb diet, the healthy fats will keep you fuller longer and prevent you from snacking between meals.

On top of being a satisfying appetizer choice, it is also gluten-free, vegetarian, and high in protein.

Watch a Video on How To Make Paneer Tikka At Home

How To Make This Fried Paneer Recipe

1. Place paneer into a bowl and add oil and all the spices.

Side shot of the seasonings on the paneer in a glass mixing bowl.

2. Gently mix everything, taking care to not break the paneer. I found this easiest to do with my hands.

Overhead shot of the paneer mixed with the seasonings.

3. Allow this mixture to marinate for about 30 minutes.

4. Heat a skillet, and when it’s hot, add two tablespoons of ghee.

Overhead shot of ghee melting in a skillet.

5. Lay the paneer cubes in a single layer in the pan.

Overhead shot the paneer tikka cooking in a single layer in the skillet.

6. Let it sear for 1-2 minutes, and then using tongs, turn the pieces to sear the other side. Once both sides are seared, you can reduce the heat a little to finish warming the paneer.

Side shot of flipping the paneer with tongs.

7. Spritz the lemon juice right before serving.

Side shot of squeezing fresh lemon juice over the cooked paneer tikka.

Looking For More Paneer Recipes? Check These Out!

Paneer Tikka

So the next time you’re looking for a great low carb snack or craving delicious paneer starters with tons of flavor, make some delicious Paneer Tikka. Make sure to share this recipe with your friends on Pinterest and Facebook so they can enjoy it too!

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Paneer Tikka

Paneer Tikka

Make this low carb, quick Paneer Tikka, an Indian cheese, with just a few spices, and pan-fry in ghee for a boost of fat to make this a keto-friendly treat!

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Course: Appetizers

Cuisine: Indian

Keyword: Indian Appetizer, Low Carb Paneer Tikka, paneer tikka

Servings: 4

Calories: 306kcal

Author: Urvashi Pitre
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place paneer into a bowl and add oil and all the spices. Gently mix everything, taking care to not break the paneer. I found this easiest to do with my hands.
  • Allow this mixture to marinate for about 30 minutes.

  • Heat a skillet, and when it’s hot, add two tablespoons of ghee. Lay the paneer cubes in a single layer in the pan.
  • Let it sear for 1-2 minutes, and then using tongs, turn the pieces to sear the other side. Once both sides are seared, you can reduce the heat a little to finish warming the paneer.
  • Spritz the lemon juice right before serving.

Watch The Video

  • You can buy paneer ready-made at Indian grocery stores where it is typically in the frozen section. At the grocery store, they sell the paneer either plain or fried. You can also make it yourself using my very easy pressure cooker paneer recipe.
  • If you are looking for a substitute or can’t find Paneer, try queso fresco. It has a similar consistency and taste.

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Nutrition

Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 27g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

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Originally Published June 19, 2017

Don’t forget to check out my other Keto cookbooks.

Keto Instant Pot, Keto Fat Bombs, Sweets, & Treats, and Easy keto in 30 minutes.