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Best ever halloumi recipes

Our best halloumi cheese recipes make the most of its unique, squeaky texture to create 18 delicious vegetarian recipes. Plus: a quick guide to grilling halloumi properly

Make the most of wonderful, squeaky halloumi cheese with our ultimate recipe collection. Including grilled halloumi recipes, halloumi salads, halloumi dinner party starter ideas, and how to make a brilliant vegetarian burger with halloumi.


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

  • Always lightly oil your pan first (a frying pan or griddle pan will work best) using plain vegetable oil
  • Only add halloumi (which should be sliced thickly) to an already hot pan
  • Don’t be tempted to move your halloumi around the pan too much
  • Only flip each halloumi slice once
  • You’re looking for a golden colour, and the halloumi should still be soft when you eat it

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Peppers with halloumi, chilli and pine nuts

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.

Beetroot and halloumi sliders with chilli jam
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!

Halloumi, tomato and aubergine skewers

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.

Broccoli salad with peppers, pine nuts and halloum

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.

Halloumi salad with houmous dressing and pitta crisps

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

Falafel and halloumi burgers

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.

Warm Puy lentil, cherry tomato and halloumi salad

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.

Halloumi-stuffed pittas with cucumber and pickled cabbage

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

Quick halloumi flatbreads with harissa dressing

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

Roasted tomato, halloumi and quinoa salad

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.

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

Halloumi skewers with parsley and lemon salsa

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.