Easy Paneer Tikka Recipe (Step-by-step Recipe)

by Rachna
Airfryer paneer tikka recipe

Paneer tikka is a quintessential and much-loved Indian starter or appetizer. Thick chunks of paneer or cottage cheese along with vegetables like onions, peppers and tomatoes are marinated in a spicy masala and grilled for an absolutely delightful treat. This is a perfect keto recipe which is high-protein and super healthy.

Airfryer paneer tikka recipe

What is Paneer Tikka?

Paneer is Indian cottage cheese which is made by curdling whole milk with lemon juice. It is supremely tasty and is a staple in Indian vegetarian diet. Cottage cheese cubes are marinated in a tasty tandoori marinade along with veggies and airfried or grilled on skewers till they are gorgeous brown. These are then served with garnishes and a chutney. Perfect starters!

Paneer tikka is traditionally in large tandoors or clay ovens for that heavenly char and smoky taste. But you can make the same at home by broiling in an oven or in an Airfryer. You can make it easily on stove top too. Do try it as it is a very simple recipe and really a crowd pleaser.

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Tips for Making the Softest Paneer Tikka:

Paneer is bland in taste hence the marinade needs to be spicy as well as put on paneer and the veggies for at least an hour. 2-4 hours marination would be the best.

Paneer just like meats must not be overcooked because then it goes from soft to chewy which is not nice. Make sure that you don’t broil it or Airfry it for too long.

While some people love to use tomato as well, I avoid it as it gets mushy and soggy. Use veggies like onion layers and peppers which stay crunchy along with paneer and have a similar cooking time. Trust me the veggies taste delightful.

How should you serve paneer tikka?

Paneer tikka is always served sprinkled with lemon juice and garnished with chaat masala. Also a lovely green chutney and some onion rings are perfect accompaniments.

Try my mint chutney recipe here.

Here’s how to make paneer tikka at home:

Ingredients:

2 cups or 200 gm. paneer or cottage cheese cut into large cubes

1 onion cut into cubes

1 bell pepper cut into cubes

Marinade:

1 cup Greek yogurt or hung yogurt

2 tsp. ginger garlic paste

1 tsp. cayenne or Kashmiri red chilli powder

½ tsp. pepper powder

1 tsp. kasuri methi or dried fenugreek

1 tsp. tandoori masala or garam masala

Salt to taste

1 tsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. oil

For basting

2 tsp. oil

Recipe:

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. Keep it marinated for about an hour. 2 hours is the best.

paneer tikka recipe

Airfrying instructions:

Preheat your Airfryer to 400 F or 200 C for 6 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.

paneer tikka recipe

Now Airfry at 400 F for about 8 minutes. Turn 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.

paneer tikka recipe

Oven instructions:

Preheat oven for 15 minutes at 450 F. Place tikkas in a tray that is lined with parchment paper. Cook for about 15 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.

Recipe Tips:

Do not overcook the paneer or it will turn stringy. It must be soft and moist on the inside.

You can also cook this in the oven or on the stove stop as mentioned above.

Adjust the marinade for spice. This makes for a medium spicy paneer tikka recipe.

The Airfrying time varies as per each oven and the size of your paneer cubes so keep an eye on it when you are airfrying or baking in oven.

Airfryer paneer tikka recipe

Easy Paneer Tikka Recipe

Rachna Parmar
This delicious and easy paneer tikka recipe is a perfect starter. It is keto-friendly and high protein. I have shared detailed tips for the recipe.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Marination time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 18 mins
Course Accompaniment | Appetizer
Cuisine Indian, North Indian | Uttar Pradesh | Punjabi
Servings 4 people
Calories 268 kcal
people

Equipment

Ingredients
  

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

Marinade:

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

For basting

  • 2 tsp. oil

Instructions
 

  • 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. Keep it marinated for about an hour. 2 hours is the best.

Airfrying instructions:

  • Preheat your Airfryer to 400 F or 200 C for 8 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.
  • Now Airfry at 400 F or 200 C for about 8 minutes. Turn 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 tikkas in a tray that is lined with parchment paper. Cook for about 15 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.

Notes

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

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Easy Paneer Tikka Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 268 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 41mg2%
Potassium 129mg4%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 912IU18%
Vitamin C 28mg34%
Calcium 345mg35%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 stars
I do love tikka!

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