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Curried Fried Paneer Recipe
4.48 from 46 votes
Servings: 2 to 4
Author: Lisa Lin

Spiced Pan-Fried Paneer

This paneer should be served immediately. If you have any leftovers, the best way to reheat them is to pan fry them again. You can double the recipe for a larger batch
Prep Time7 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time15 mins


  • 7 to 8 ounces packaged paneer*
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

Optional Toppings

  • paprika
  • chopped chives
  • flaky sea salt


  • Cut the paneer into thin slices, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Then, cut each slice into 1-inch pieces. Transfer the paneer into a mixing bowl.
  • In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil, turmeric, coriander, cumin, paprika, and salt together. Drizzle this spiced oil over the paneer and toss to coat with the spices. You may need to use your hands to rub the spices into the paneer.
  • Heat a skillet with 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the paneer pieces and pan fry for about 3 to 4 minutes, until they are golden brown. Flip the pieces over to pan fry the other side. Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer the fried paneer to a plate.
  • Dust the paneer with paprika. Sprinkle with chopped chives and a small pinch of flaky sea salt, if desired. Serve with basmati rice or coconut rice.


NUTRITION INFORMATION: Amount for 1/4 of Recipe: Calories: 157, Total Fat 15.2g, Saturated Fat: 1.3g,Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 437mg, Total Carbohydrate: 0.4g, Dietary Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 0g, Protein 5.6g
*You can use fresh paneer for this recipe. If using fresh paneer, make sure that it is fully chilled because the paneer will be easier to work with. Also, make sure to pan fry the paneer in a non-stick pan.
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