Halloumi fries

Halloumi fries

35 min
Halloumi fries are a delicious snack and real comfort food. The crispy, crunchy surface against the warm, soft cheese creates a moment of pure enjoyment and indulgence. You can eat the halloumi fritters as they are with a good dip, or use them as a topping on a salad.


  • Cut the cheese lengthwise into 6 slices of approximately 1 cm. Divide each slice into three sticks, so that you have a total of 18 pieces of cheese. If necessary, cut each fritter in half (shorter fritters tend to be a little easier to handle than longer ones).
  • Whisk flour and water together in a bowl. Add approximately 25 g of breadcrumbs in another bowl.
  • Roll the cheese pieces, first in the flour mixture and then in the breadcrumbs (add more breadcrumbs to the bowl as needed – it sticks together easily so it’s a good idea to use it in smaller batches).
  • In the meantime, heat the oil in a small pan until it reaches 180-190 °C (measure with a frying- or sugar thermometer or do a test by dropping a fritter into the oil. If it sizzles, the oil is ready).
  • Make 4-6 fritters at a time, frying for about 1-2 minutes in total. Turn with a slotted spoon so that they become golden all over.
  • Drain the warm halloumi fritters on kitchen paper and serve immediately with your dip of choice.

Questions about halloumi fries

Halloumi is deliciously savoury, try our recipe and you will see for yourself! Check below the answers to the frequently asked questions about halloumi fries.

What is the best way to fry halloumi?
A frying pan and some oil is all you need. This recipe uses a deep-fry method and if crispy, golden perfection is what you’re after, this is the way to go. Make sure that your oil temperature is just right (180-190 °C), fry in small batches, and stick to a 1-2-minute frying time.
Why do you soak halloumi before cooking?
While completely optional, many swear by this step for a softer, more flavourful, and sweeter result that will set your halloumi apart from all others. The easiest method is to soak the whole block of cheese in cold water for at least two hours (or overnight if you have time). Pat the cheese dry with a paper towel, cut into sticks, and fry as usual. This will remove any excess saltiness and bring out the halloumi’s delicate sweetness, while also softening the cheese for an even more addictive texture.
How do you make halloumi not rubbery?
Halloumi’s slightly rubbery texture, and signature squeak against your teeth, are part of its charm. While a two-hour (or overnight) soak in cold water will soften the cheese, it won’t eliminate the rubbery texture entirely. Also make sure that you serve the halloumi as hot-out-of-the-pan as possible, the more it cools down, the rubberier it will get.
Can you fry halloumi without oil?
Because of the cheese’s high fat content, it is possible to dry-fry halloumi. Just make sure that you use a non-stick pan and be prepared to compromise on some of that crispy exterior that is easier to achieve with oil.


Halloumi fries
Halloumi cheese or grilling cheese
200 g
Approximately 90 g
150 ml
Panko breadcrumbs
Approximately 75 g
Rapeseed oil
500 ml
For serving
Dip (like chillies mayonnaise, tartar sauce, taco sauce or similar)

Hall-oumi of fame: the Cypriot heritage of halloumi

History tells us that halloumi was first made on the picturesque island of Cyprus. Dating as far back as the Mediaeval Byzantine period (AD 395 – 867), farmers would add rennet (an enzyme found in the stomachs of herbivorous animals) to sheep’s or goat’s milk and heat it to separate curds and whey. The curds would then be pressed into blocks and cooled before being re-boiled in the whey. To preserve the cheese, the halloumi was soaked overnight in a salty brine and then packed in mint leaves to keep them fresh.

So quintessentially Cypriot, halloumi was awarded Protected Designation of Origin status by the EU. This means that a product sold within EU borders can only be labelled as halloumi if it was produced in Cyprus and followed very specific guidelines.

Five amazing dip sauces

  • Tashi: Our first pick is another Cypriot classic known as tashi: a zesty, creamy, and garlicky dip that features tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and a pinch of salt as its star ingredients.
  • Sweet chilli sauce: A good quality sweet chilli sauce with its spicy, sweet, and sour notes is a much-loved favourite for many. Available in most stores, this is a near zero-effort sauce that pairs exceptionally well with this recipe.
  • Romesco: A smoky, earthy romesco sauce will add a mouth-watering contrast in flavour, texture, and colour.
  • Tzatziki: For a fresh and light twist, add a bowl of tzatziki to your mezze platter. The creamy and tangy yogurt, combined with the freshness of the cucumber and saltiness of the cheese is a great match.
  • Harissa mayonnaise: Create the perfect blend of creamy, spicy, and salty by mixing together harissa, mayonnaise and lemon juice.

The magic of halloumi fries

While rubbery and squeaky are not the most commonly used words to describe a delicious food, it’s the only way to explain halloumi’s charm and magic. In this recipe, we add crispy perfection to the mix by frying the fritters in vegetable oil. The result is a salty, creamy and yes, rubbery and squeaky dish that will leave no palate unsatisfied.