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Authentic Saag Paneer Recipe

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Check out this tantalizing Saag Paneer Recipe with fresh spinach and Indian spices. Plus, it’s ready in just 15 minutes!

Simple Saag Paneer Recipe - overhead shot in bowl

A Saag Recipe Anyone Can Make!

On the menu today, warm sautéed spinach infused with invigorating aromatic spices.

A healthy vegetarian favorite, this creamy, spiced, spinach dish is commonly enjoyed in Indian cuisine.

Authentic Saag Paneer Recipe - Creamy and spicy spinach curry with cheese

Indian Creamed Spinach

This creamy Saag Paneer Recipe is great as a meal or a featured component of one. If you are a spinach lover like me, you will certainly want to add Creamy Saag Paneer to your recipe files.

It is a quick and easy meal served over rice or with a side of Naan. Our quick and easy Saag Paneer Recipe, like any classic dish, can vary from kitchen to kitchen.

Differing greens, spices, and ingredients are part of its charm.

Paneer cheese to go in spinach curry

What is Saag Paneer?

“Saag” refers to the spiced aromatic greens, most often spinach. Paneer is a mild fresh cheese made from whole cow’s milk.

It is easy to make yourself, and can also be found in grocery stores and Asian markets. I like to marinate the paneer in coconut oil, turmeric, and salt to give it a stunning golden color and a delicious boost of flavor.

Creamy Saag Paneer Recipe is really just a two-step cooking process.

  • One: toast the cheese
  • Two: sauté the vegetables and spices

Believe me, it is really worth the time to marinate and toast the cheese.

Of course, there is a little chopping involved. If you are in a hurry and just don’t want to mess with it, you could skip the marinating and toasting of the paneer and add those ingredients near the end of the cooking time, but personally, I don’t recommend it.

Sear the paneer in pan to get a golden crust

Slow Cooker Saag Paneer?

You can also, make this recipe in a slow cooker. Simply chop and sear the cheese cubes and aromatic vegetables on the stovetop, as directed.

Then place the ingredients in a crockpot and slow cooker on low for 2-3 hours, or on high for 1-2 hours.

How to Make Saag Paneer - Curry blend in pan

Saag Paneer Cooking Tips

Using fresh spinach adds more goodness to this fusion. The fresher your ingredients, the better the flavor.

That applies to your spices as well.

Is this Saag Recipe spicy? Well, that is up to you. It really depends on how much Serrano chili you use. In my house half of us like it spicy and half of us don’t.

I use half a chili in the recipe and dice the other half for the spicy-loving half to add to their own bowls.
Garnish with tomatoes, green onions, and Serrano chili.

Best Saag Paneer Recipe - table shot in bowl with ingredients all around

This vibrant Saag Paneer Recipe is a great way to get your family to eat their greens, and experience exotic flavors!

Try serving it with homemade basmati rice, saffron rice, or naan bread! Or serve it with low-carb cauliflower rice or broccoli rice.

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Creamy Saag Paneer Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Creamy Saag Paneer Recipe – A classic vegetarian Indian dish made with fresh spinach, coconut milk and paneer cheese. It's ready in just 15 minutes!
Servings: 8


  • 1 pound fresh spinach leaves finely chopped (a food processor works great for this)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger root
  • 1 serrano chili, diced
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided in half
  • 1-2 pinches cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoon ghee, or butter
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted or fractionated
  • 12 ounces paneer, cut into 1/2-inch cubes


  • In a small bowl, toss paneer cubes, coconut oil, turmeric, cayenne pepper and half the salt. Marinate while preparing vegetables.
  • Chop, grate, and/or cut up all vegetables. If serving over rice, prepare as per instructions.
  • Set a large skillet over medium heat. Toast one side of the paneer cubes, remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Place the onions in the same skillet and sauté onions in ghee for 3 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, and serrano chili. Sauté 2 moreminutes.
  • Stir in the spices, remaining salt, spinach, 1/2 cup of water, and simmer for about 5 minutes until the water is evaporated and spinach is tender.
  • Stir in coconut milk and lemon juice. Finally return the paneer to the pan to warm.
  • Serve over basmati rice or with naan. Garnish with tomatoes, green onion and serrano chilies if you like.


Serving: 8ounces, Calories: 265kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 17g, Cholesterol: 37mg, Sodium: 351mg, Potassium: 404mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 0g, Vitamin A: 5375IU, Vitamin C: 18.6mg, Calcium: 271mg, Iron: 2.7mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Author: Sommer Collier

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8 comments on “Authentic Saag Paneer Recipe”

  1. I made this but with oven browned tofu cubes because I had no paneer. It was tasty but I’m definitely using the food processor next time!

  2. Great recipe. Thanks. I add some red bell peppers to give it some colour, and normally serve it with millet instead of rice.

    p.s. great idea having the little widget to switch between US and metric measurements. I can never work out what an ounce is 😅

  3. I love Saag Paneer and making the ‘cheese’ is so easy–milk and vinegar and some cheese cloth!

    I also just picked over a lb of purslane which is a great alternative to spinach in this dish. Love that the carb count is low along with the calories–a must make with the coconut milk. TY

  4. Will frozen spinach work as well? Its very hard to find fresh spinach where I live. 

  5. Thank you for this easy delicious recipe. I made it today exactly as your recipe except I used mild green chilies instead of serrano. I really appreciate these low carb recipes. Thank you so much! I would love to post a picture of my plate!

  6. One of my favorite dishes of all time!

  7. We tried it last night and it turned out great. I did some adjustement to cater to our small kids (less ginger and no serrano). They ate all of it. I agree that marinating the paneer is the best way to go