Breakfast, Dinner, Fall, Gluten Free, Side, Snack


Chewy, gooey, crusty mozzarella sticks are a staple of middle-American menus. Kids love them, adults love them, there's nothing not to love. But there is something to improve. When you want a treat like that at home, skip the frozen food aisle and our microwave. Instead, make a batch of paneer, cut it into slices, and fry it in hot oil. You'll love the dense cheese with a crisp crust.


  • Sliced or cubed Paneer
  • Cornstarch 
  • Salt, Pepper, Onion Powder (add any spices you like!)
  • Safflower oil for frying


  1. In a small bowl toss together the cornstarch, salt, pepper, and onion powder until evenly mixed.
  2. Coat each piece of paneer in the starch mixture.
  3. Heat oil in a cast iron or carbon steel pan until shimmering and hot.
  4. Fry the paneer for 5-7 minutes on the first side. Flip when brown and continue to pan fry until both sides are golden.
  5. Remove from the pan and let cool briefly before eating.