Check out our guide to halloumi, including where to buy it and plenty of recipe inspiration, then read about feta cheese, tempeh and falafel.

What is halloumi?

Halloumi is a cheese made from a mix of goat’s and sheep’s milk (and sometimes cow’s milk), with a texture commonly described as "squeaky". Halloumi has a high melting point, meaning it can be easily fried or grilled. This means it’s commonly used as a meat alternative. The cheese is associated with the island of Cyprus, where it’s been produced for centuries, but it’s also popular throughout the eastern Mediterranean, in countries such as Turkey, Israel and Lebanon. By 2013, the demand for halloumi in the UK had surpassed that of every other country except Cyprus.

Where to buy halloumi

Cypriot halloumi cheese, £3.49/250g, olive shop

Odysea halloumi, £3.70/225g, Ocado

Essential Cypriot halloumi, £2.80, 250g

Halloumi recipes

Check out plenty more halloumi recipe inspiration.

Hasselback halloumi traybake

Slicing partway through the halloumi at regular intervals (hasselback) opens up more surface area, resulting in maximum crispiness. Serve this easy traybake with flatbreads and a green salad.

Hasselback halloumi traybake

Air-fryer halloumi fries

Halloumi fries can be on the table in just 15 minutes – we've served ours with a fat-free Greek yogurt dip with pomegranate molasses.

A plate of halloumi fries with a Greek yogurt dip

Halloumi and watermelon salad

Warm, salty halloumi pairs brilliantly with sweet watermelon and fresh mint – ideal for a BBQ side dish.

Halloumi and Watermelon Salad on a White P|late

Honey and sesame halloumi with jalapeño yogurt and tabbouleh

A clever new way to serve your favourite squeaky cheese. Honeyed halloumi sits on top of a freekeh salad, which has a kick of heat thanks to jalapeño yogurt.

Sesame Halloumi Recipe With Tabbouleh

Halloumi-stuffed peppers

Make this vegetarian classic shine brighter with cubes of halloumi, harissa and a whack of red chilli.

Halloumi-stuffed peppers