Halloumi cheese (aka squeaky cheese!) is delicious served in many ways. But my favourite way to serve my halloumi fried. The crispy coating holds that chich creamy cheese in place beautifully.
The inspiration for this fried halloumi recipe
I blame Mr Libovitz for Idgy and I getting soaked yesterday due to Going On A Mission to buy halloumi cheese in the supermarket.
You see I read Davids’s blog on his travels in Israel and about his friend’s ecstasies over the fried Halloumi cheese.
Mmmmmm I used to make fried halloumi years ago, I thought. Instantly my taste buds were on high alert. Did I have any Halloumi in the fridge? No chance. This meant A Mission! Hit the supermarket and get some halloumi.
Since I wrote this recipe originally I have done quite a bit of cheese making and here is my recipe for How to make your own Halloumi cheese.
Aaaah but let me tell you, she did like it come supper time when it had been fried in breadcrumbs just as I used to make it so many years ago.
Ingredients for fried halloumi cheese
- 1 pack of Halloumi cheese (usually sold in 225g packs) or make your own of course from my recipe above.
- fresh breadcrumbs (see notes)
- an egg and flour
- oil to fry your halloumi cheese
How to make fried halloumi
Cut the halloumi cheese into slices about 0.5cm thick, you can get 8-9 slices from a standard pack.
Whisk the egg and place it in a bowl with the flour in another and breadcrumbs in a third bowl. Set the bowl out in this order; flour, egg, breadcrumbs.
Now dip the slices of halloumi first in the flour, then the egg (shake off exess egg) and finally into the breadcrrumbs.
Heat about 1cm of oil in a frying pan and fry your halloumi for about 2 minutes till golden then flip over and do the other side.
You can add some dried chilli flakes to the breadcrumbs or some dried mint. Both flavours go wonderfully well with halloumi. Even go for a delicious mix of both.
Never let a slice of bread go to waste! I always whizz up any leftover slices of bread in my fod processor tomake breadcrumbs.
Simply whizz up the bread and pop the resulting breadcrumbs into a freezer bag. You will find that even when frozen the crumbs are not in one huge lump so you can easily just take out however much you need for your latest recipe.
How many will this serve?
This fried halloumi reipe is for 2 people sharing with a salad on the side.
How to serve fried halloumi
Serve with slices of lemon to squeeze over and on a bed of mixed leaves. I added some beetroot salad for an extra splash of colour and taste.
Fried halloumi is perfect for a meze platter of dips and other Mediterranean/Middle Eastern goodies.
Cut the halloumi into chip shapes and use same recipe to make fried halloumi chips to serve with ketchup or any other dip you fancy.
Thank you Mr Libovitz for reminding me of the joys of Halloumi (even Idgy loved it) and for your wonderful blog.
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How To Make Simple Fried Halloumi Cheese
- 225 g halloumi cheese
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp flour
- 4 tbsp breadcrumbs
- 4 tbsp oil for frying
- Cut the halloumi cheese into slices about 0.5cm thick
- Whisk the egg and put into one bowl, put the flour in another bowl and breadcrumbs in a third bowl
- Dip the halloumi slices first into the flour, then the egg (shaking off exess egg) then the breadcrumbs
- Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the halloumi for about 2 minutes each side till golden