Halloumi mixed grill

Best ever halloumi recipes

Our best halloumi cheese recipes make the most of its unique, squeaky texture to create 22 delicious vegetarian recipes. Plus: a quick guide to cooking halloumi properly

Make the most of wonderful, squeaky halloumi cheese with our ultimate recipe collection. Our favourite halloumi recipes include grilled halloumi, halloumi salads, halloumi dinner party starter ideas (check out our vegetarian entertaining recipes here), and how to make a brilliant vegetarian burger with halloumi.

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Just remember to check your halloumi if you’re serving it as a vegetarian option. Some halloumi is set with rennet so look for a vegetarian make, there are lots of good ones available.


First thing’s first, though: how do you cook perfect halloumi?

How to fry halloumi

The simplest way to cook halloumi is to just fry slices in a dry non-stick frying pan. You don’t need any oil and in fact dry-frying helps create a lovely golden crust on the outside of the cheese whilst the inside will be soft and squishy and ready to add to a salad. 

How to bake halloumi

Halloumi is also great baked – add slices to an ovenproof dish and drizzle with olive oil and herbs or spices. It’ll need about 10-15 minutes in a 200C/fan 180C/gas 6 oven. The halloumi soaks up the flavours whilst baking so it’s an easy way to add extra welly to your dishes.

How to grill halloumi

Halloumi can stand up to a BBQ really well. It’s best to rub the outside of the halloumi with some oil and to cook it quickly over a very hot direct heat to prevent it sticking to the bars. Try adding some seasoning before you grill for extra oomph. 

Here are more ways that you can cook halloumi


Our first halloumi cheese recipe is one of the best: a moreish, filling yet healthy salad that comes with an easy, zingy caper and lemon dressing. On the table and ready to eat in under 30 minutes.

Halloumi with caper and lemon dressing
Halloumi with caper and lemon dressing

Check out Sabrina Ghayour’s take on everybody’s favourite, the classic cheese toastie. Filled with salty halloumi, rose harissa and honey for a touch of sweetness, this toastie is too delicious for words. It’s meat-free too, so your veggie friends don’t have to miss out.

Halloumi, harissa and honey toastie
Halloumi, harissa and honey toastie

These peri peri halloumi burgers (made with Nando’s peri peri sauce) are a great alternative to a meaty burger, with the citrus slaw perfectly cutting through the delicious cheesiness. Guaranteed to be a hit with veggies and meat eaters alike!

halloumi burger
Peri peri halloumi burgers with citrus slaw

Sharing is caring, so why not make these vegetarian tacos for everyone to enjoy? Set everything up on the table and let your dinner companions help themselves. Ready in under 25 minutes, they’re a really quick and easy tasty dinner idea.

Crusted halloumi tacos with pico de gallo
Crusted halloumi tacos with pico de gallo

This is our most popular halloumi recipe. We’ve paired this squeaky pan-fried cheese with sliced avocado, toasted sourdough, grilled mushrooms and juicy tomatoes but you can you can mix it up and throw some other veg under the grill – the possibilities are endless!

Halloumi mixed grill
Halloumi mixed grill

Our simple halloumi, kale & tahini salad is quick, delicious and perfect for lunch or a lighter evening meal. The salty halloumi works wonders with the soften kale and nutty tahini.

Halloumi, kale & tahini salad
Halloumi, kale and tahini salad

This low calorie recipe is easy to prepare and the delicious combination of broccoli, halloumi slices and caramelised onions makes this a winning dish.

sage halloumi broccoli
Sage and halloumi roasted broccoli with caramelised leeks

Don’t you just love fritters? We’ve made these ones with sweetcorn, and suggest serving your stack with squeaky halloumi and roasted tomatoes.

Sweetcorn fritters with roasted tomatoes and halloumi
Sweetcorn fritters with roasted tomatoes and halloumi

This thyme-baked halloumi with peppers is a quick and easy vegetarian dish, perfect for when you’re in a rush midweek. The addition of thyme, lemon and garlic help to keep the halloumi interesting.

Thyme-baked halloumi with peppers
Thyme-baked halloumi with peppers

How’s this for a dinner party starter idea? Baked peppers with halloumi make a great easy entertaining starter, which can also be served as a light lunch with salad. The zingy chilli dressing gives this an extra kick.

Peppers with halloumi, chilli and pine nuts

These vegetarian sliders made from chickpeas, beetroot and halloumi work great as snacks, starters or even a main course, simply adjust the portion size each time!

Beetroot and halloumi sliders with chilli jam


Make an easy marinade for BBQ vegetarian halloumi skewers. Add tomatoes and aubergine and grill on the barbecue. Piled on to crusty bread these will be a hit.

Halloumi, tomato and aubergine skewers

Filling vegetarian salad for two: on the table in half an hour, a main-course salad with halloumi, broccoli and red peppers. Sprinkle with pine nuts to serve.

Broccoli salad with peppers, pine nuts and halloumi

Ever since we tried street food van Oli Baba’s legendary halloumi fries they’ve been haunting our dreams. This is our attempt to recreate that deep-fried cheesy magic. 

halloumi fries
Halloumi fries

This salad packs a punch with halloumi, tomatoes, cucumber and red onion with a hummus and yogurt dressing. Serve with crispy wholemeal pitta triangles.

Halloumi salad with houmous dressing and pitta crisps

A great low-calorie recipe for vegetarians. A hearty chickpea burger stuffed into a pitta pocket. For a smoky flavour, try cooking these easy-to-make falafel on the BBQ then serve in warm pitta with traditional pickled chillies.

Falafel and halloumi burgers

A hearty, nutritious, salad that can satisfy a healthy appetite and be assembled very quickly. Tender Puy lentils and squeaky, golden, halloumi are served with a salad of tomatoes, red onion and lemon juice.

Warm Puy lentil, cherry tomato and halloumi salad

These quick and easy halloumi-stuffed pittas with cucumber and pickled cabbage serve the family in under 30 minutes.

Halloumi-stuffed pittas with cucumber and pickled cabbage

These quick halloumi flatbreads with harissa dressing are easy to make, ready in under 30 minutes and vegetarian – perfect for a midweek meal.

Quick halloumi flatbreads with harissa dressing

This delicious roasted tomato, halloumi and quinoa salad requires minimal effort and makes a great lunch or lighter supper. The halloumi really helps to bulk it up.

Roasted tomato, halloumi and quinoa salad

These mini-pizzas are seriously moreish, and this recipe feeds 4 for just £3.60. For an even quicker meal, serve fried slices of halloumi with the dressing spooned over with some warm pitta breads.

Halloumi pizzettes with caper and chilli dressing

This is the perfect vegetarian snack to serve with drinks and cocktails. The halloumi is wonderful with the concentrated taste of the preserved lemons. Get ahead by making the salsa in the morning.

Halloumi skewers with parsley and lemon salsa

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