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Our best halloumi cheese recipes make the most of its unique, squeaky texture to create 30 vegetarian recipes. Plus: a quick guide to cooking halloumi properly

By Alex Crossley

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.

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

Here's our epic halloumi recipe for halloumi fries

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MASH burger

Check out our recipe for the ultimate veggie burger packed with mushroom, avocado, spinach and halloumi - ready in just 30 minutes.


Check out our vibrant breakfast bowl with salty pan-fried halloumi, creamy beetroot borani topped with crunchy dukkah. This wholesome recipe comes from food writer John Gregory-Smith.


Halloumi fajitas

If you're a veggie who loves fajitas, check out these super simple wraps with salty halloumi, sweet red peppers and crunchy red onions. Ready in 20 minutes, this easy recipe is a great midweek meal for two.


Spiced halloumi and watermelon skewers

Check out these super simple skewers with salty halloumi and sweet watermelon. Make these easy veggie skewers for your next bbq with friends.


Prosciutto-wrapped halloumi with melon and mint salad

Check out this quick and easy halloumi recipe wrapped in prosciutto and served with a fresh and punchy melon and mint salad, an ideal midweek meal for 3. Plus it's low in calories, too.


Zaalouk recipe with halloumi cheese

Zaalouk is served at room temperature as a side dish. It’s perfect for dunking, so get plenty of warm soft pitta lined up. To make this into more of a meal, serve the zaalouk with pieces of crispy, pan-fried halloumi. Although it’s not really Moroccan, the salty cheese works perfectly with the richness of the aubergines.


Bacon-wrapped halloumi with pea salad

Check out our bacon-wrapped halloumi with pea salad. This super simple halloumi recipe is gluten free and ready in just 20 minutes, a great midweek meal idea.


Halloumi salad with caper and lemon dressing

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


Quick and easy halloumi, harissa and honey toastie

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 stuffed garlic mushrooms

Try our easy halloumi stuffed garlic mushrooms. This vegetarian halloumi recipe makes for a moreish midweek meal for two. Plus it's gluten free, too.


Peri peri halloumi burgers with citrus slaw

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!

Peri peri halloumi burgers with citrus slaw


Crusted halloumi tacos with pico de gallo

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


Halloumi mixed grill

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, kale and tahini salad

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 and tahini salad


Sage and halloumi roasted broccoli with caramelised leeks

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 and halloumi roasted broccoli with caramelised leeks


Sweetcorn fritters with tomato and halloumi

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

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


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.

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!


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.

Halloumi, tomato and aubergine skewers


Halloumi salad with peppers, pine nuts and broccoli

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


Halloumi fries

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 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.

Halloumi salad with houmous dressing and pitta crisps


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.

Falafel and halloumi burgers


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.

Warm Puy lentil, cherry tomato and halloumi salad


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.

Halloumi-stuffed pittas with cucumber and pickled cabbage


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.

Quick halloumi flatbreads with harissa dressing


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.

Roasted tomato, halloumi and quinoa salad


Halloumi pizzettes with caper and chilli dressing

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.

Halloumi skewers with parsley and lemon salsa


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