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Easy Paneer Tikka Recipe

This delicious and easy paneer tikka recipe is a perfect starter. It is high protein. Make paneer tikka in air fryer, oven or stove top.
Course Accompaniment | Appetizer
Cuisine Indian, North Indian | Uttar Pradesh | Punjabi
Keyword airfryer paneer tikka, paneer tikka recipe
recipe Paneer tikka recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 259kcal



  • 1 cup paneer or cottage cheese or 200 gm. cut into large cubes
  • 1 onion cut into cubes
  • 1 bell pepper cut into cubes


  • 1 cup Greek yogurt or thick curd
  • 2 tsp. ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp. paprika or Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp. pepper powder
  • 1 tsp. kasuri methi or ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. tandoori masala or garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. oil

For basting

  • 2 tsp. butter or oil


  • Cut paneer into thick cubes so that they can be skewered easily. Cut onions and bell peppers into thick squares.
  • Assemble together thick Greek yogurt or Indian curd (from which most of the whey has been drained by hanging in cheesecloth).
  • Also assemble ginger garlic paste, paprika or Kashmiri chilli powder, kasuri methi or oregano, salt, pepper, tandoori masala or garam masala, lemon juice and oil.
  • Mix all the ingredients of the marinade together in a bowl to make a thick paste.
  • Now add paneer, bell pepper and onion cubes to the marinade and mix well till they are well coated.
  • You can marinate for 30 minutes or cook it right away.

Air frying instructions:

  • Preheat your Airfryer to 400 F or 200 C for 5 minutes.
  • Skewer your paneer cubes along with bell pepper and onion cubes, alternating them. Now spray or brush with oil. Place them in the Airfryer, ensuring that they are not overcrowded.
  • Airfry at 400 F or 200 C for about 8 minutes. Flip once in the middle.
  • You can airfry for a 2 minutes more for a nice char. The paneer tikka is done when everything has a nice golden brown colour.

Oven instructions:

  • Preheat oven for 15 minutes at 450 F. Place tikka skewers in a tray that is lined with parchment paper. Cook for about 15-20 minutes in the oven. Then broil at 450 F for 2-3 minutes till they get a nice char. Your paneer tikka is ready to serve.

Stove-top Instructions:

  • Use a stove-top grill or a skillet. Oil it and cook till the paneer and veggies get a good char. It takes about 5-7 minutes. Make sure to keep turning your tikka skewers and also spray them with oil.


1. Do not overcook the paneer or it will turn stringy. It must be soft and moist on the inside.
2. You can also cook this in the oven or on the stove stop as mentioned above.
3. Adjust the marinade for spice. This makes for a spicy paneer tikka recipe. 4. Air frying time can vary depending upon the type of your oven and the size of your paneer cubes. So keep an eye on the Air fryer or oven if you are baking.
5. Vegans can use tofu in place of paneer cubes.


Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 220mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1859IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 357mg | Iron: 1mg