clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
Spicy Olive Oil Marinated Paneer

Spicy Olive Oil Marinated Paneer

  • Author: Vasanti


An easy appetizer featuring Paneer, the Indian cottage cheese, marinated in olive oil infused with herbs and spices.


Units Scale
  • 1 lb paneer, cut into 1/2- inch cubes (see FAQs & Notes + Variations)

For the Spicy Olive Oil

  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 78 black peppercorns
  • 810 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon; skin peeled into strips and halved for juicing
  • 1 Fresno (orange) chili, thinly sliced (see FAQs & Notes)
  • 1 Thai or bird’s eye (red) chili, thinly sliced (see FAQs & Notes)
  • 1 tsp salt, or as needed
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder (see FAQs & Notes)
  • 45 sprigs of cilantro, leaves and tender parts of stems, chopped (see FAQs & Notes)
  • 23 medium green onions, thinly sliced


  • Heat the oil in a small saucepan over medium low heat.
  • When it starts shimmering, add the black peppercorns and let them sizzle for 30 seconds.
  • Add in the sliced garlic, lemon peel and the sliced chilies and let them sizzle for a minute.
  • Turn the heat down to low and add in the salt and Kashmiri red chili powder.
  • Swirl the saucepan around to combine everything well and let it continue to heat for 30 seconds.
  • Take it off the heat and squeeze in the juice of half the lemon.
  • Add in the chopped cilantro and sliced green onions and give the pan another swirl to combine everything well.
  • Pour the warm oil over the paneer cubes in a heat proof glass container.
  • Toss well, making sure the paneer is evenly coated with the infused oil.
  • Let the paneer marinate in the spicy olive oil over the counter for a couple of hours or refrigerate covered, until you are ready to serve (see FAQs & Notes for storing information)
  • Serve it as an appetizer with party picks or spooned over crostini. (see FAQs & Notes for additional serving ideas).