Halloumi is a semi-soft unripened cheese that can be traced back to the Mediterranean shores of Cyprus. Its incredibly high melting point makes it perfect for grilling. It is a versatile cheese that is excellent, hot or cold, grilled on a barbecue, in the oven or pan-seared. It works wonders as an appetizer, a snack or a main meal. As you’ll have understood, few cheeses are as versatile as Halloumi. Perfect in salads, it is also ideal to replace meats in sandwiches, burgers or even on skewers. Just like meat, Halloumi can be spiced or marinated before cooking for additional layers of flavours, like our Doré-mi with Mediterranean spices, our Doré-mi with Indian spices or our Jalapeno-flavoured Halloumi, guaranteed to lend an extra spicy kick to any dish. You can find these delightful cheeses and more at The Saputo Fridge, available for easy online ordering and have it delivered home in no time.
Because we want you to explore the full potential of this incredible cheese, we put together three of our favourite halloumi recipes. Ranging in style, we chose these because they demonstrate nicely the endless possibilities when it comes to halloumi. Here’s hoping you’ll give them a try–we’re convinced you’ll fall head over halloumi for them.
Easy Halloumi-based Recipes
Barbecue Grilled Halloumi Skewers
Want to try grilling something else than meat on the barbecue this summer? Have a vegetarian friend coming over for dinner? Any reason is good to grill Halloumi. This recipe sees the famed cheese share space on the skewer with a host of its noble vegetable friends, all for a result you’ll want to talk about for weeks.
Head here for the full recipe (you'll see, it couldn't be simpler),
Asparagus and Halloumi Appetizer
Sometimes, the appetizer turns out to be the best part of a meal. This is likely to be the case when you prepare this simple, fantastic recipe, in which you basically attach baked Halloumi to oven-roasted asparagus with a blanket of prosciutto. Sounds divine? We think so.
Don’t wait too long before you try this mouth-watering recipe.
We often look for ways to replace the beef patty in a burger with an alternative. And often we succeed, but the result just isn’t quite as satisfying as a real burger. What if there existed a way to prepare burgers without meat that tasted as good or better than the original? This recipe uses our very own cheese patties, which make for the ultimate alternative. There are many ways to prepare it, but we strongly suggest you try out this delicious beet and Halloumi burger to sample the almighty power of Halloumi between two slices of bread.
Alternatively, you might love this Halloumi and grilled vegetable burger, which puts the cheese patty front and centre - just the way it should be.
How Do You Cook Halloumi?
On the BBQ
For a delicious, smoky flavour, place the halloumi on the grill over medium-low heat. Cook each side for 3 to 4 minutes until golden brown.
In a pan
Using a nonstick frypan, cook halloumi slices over medium-low heat. Allow each side to sizzle for approximately 3 to 4 minutes.
In the oven
For a hassle-free approach, preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Place the halloumi on a baking sheet and let it cook for 12 minutes. Remember to flip it halfway through the cooking time to ensure a great texture.