Grilled halloumi with spiced couscous

Grilled halloumi with spiced couscous

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(26 ratings)

Ready in 20 minutes


Serves 2
Light but filling, this tangy vegetarian dish takes just 20 minutes to prepare - and leftovers will do for lunch

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled
  • Vegetarian


  • kcal711
  • fat39g
  • saturates19g
  • carbs52g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre5g
  • protein40g
  • salt5.12g
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  • 1 head broccoli



    Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…

  • handful sugar snap peas
  • 175g couscous



    Consisting of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous has become a…

  • ½ tsp each cinnamon, cumin and coriander



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 300ml vegetable stock
  • handful cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 250g pack halloumi cheese
  • ½ lemon, juice only



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • drizzle olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • small handful coriander leaves, chopped


  1. Firstly, put the kettle on then cut broccoli into florets and thickly slice stalk. Pour boiling water into a steamer, steam broccoli for 6 mins, add the peas and steam for 2 mins more.

  2. Meanwhile, mix the couscous with the spices in a bowl, pour over the hot stock, then cover and leave to stand for 5 mins.

  3. Heat a non-stick frying pan or griddle pan. Cut halloumi into 6-8 slices and cook quickly on each side for 2 mins until lightly tinged brown.

  4. Mix vegetables and tomatoes into couscous, fork in the lemon juice, oil and coriander. Pile onto plates and top with halloumi.

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Comments (23)

SF's picture

OK, but I can think of better things to do with halloumi.

kelbell0107's picture

Very tasty and easy to make. I substituted chopped green beans for the peas and broccoli, and added mushrooms to it as well. I also warmed up the tomatoes with the other veg after cooking the halloumi and served it all with a leafy salad on the side. Fantastic healthy filling lunch! Fab!

paivi78's picture

This is so delicious and such an easy recipe to make. I've used a variety of vegetables instead of broccoli and sugar snap peas and all work just as well. Thumbs up!

destinystar123's picture

Really enjoyed this, I drizzled over some balsamic vinegar too. I tend to oven cook halloumi, it doesn't stick so much or spit.

bingylala72's picture

I haven't tried this recipe, but as to how to prevent halloumi sticking, I simply dry-fry slices in a really hot frying pan for a few minutes each side. They don't get that lovely stripe of course, but they're not oily and have a nice crispness, especially over a green salad with red onions and rocket.

karenkat's picture

This was amazing! Delicious, used a little extra olive oil and it was simply delish! I love olive oil :)

gdcolledge's picture

Lovely and tasty! Ensure you use oil when griddling the halloumi to prevent it sticking - and don't slice it too thinly. Will definitely make this part of our regular weekly menu!

psamiad1's picture

Found the cinnamon overpowering, which was odd as I am a fan of cinnamon

annelisarkanen's picture

Delicious! I'll use this spice combination again for making couscous. And equally good as leftovers for lunch the next day.

c-sherwood's picture

Surprisingly tasty for so few ingredients. We used roasted pepper and courgette instead of the broccoli. Just watch te hallomi doesn't catch and burn- that might just be our griddle though.

thirteengloves's picture

I changed the recipe quite a bit but it was still fantastic, a great base recipe that you can mess with.

I left out the coriander and put in ground cinnamon and cumin seed in with the cous cous and veg stock. Then I threw in a large chopped raw tomato. Fried then simmered aubergine, threw that in and then grilled the halloumi cheese with a tiny amount of olive oil. No lemon juice, broccoli, or sugar snap peas.

Absolutely yummy xxx
(only 4 stars because i cant properly comment on the exact recipe)

madametriceratops's picture

I thought this was delicious, especially with the previous suggestion of adding some red pesto to the couscous for some extra zing.
It seemed to make absolutely loads so I ended up having some for lunch the next day which was still tasty!

vesparia's picture

Delicious, simply and super-fast to make! Made a welcome change to rice. I will try out some of the other suggestions listed.

jb5370's picture

Yum - I absolutely love Halloumi and it goes so well with cous cous. The only thing I would say about this recipe is that the cous cous and veg cool down pretty quickly - would be good to warm up the tomatoes too.

angmunchkin's picture

Lovely. I tried it with allspice instead of cinnamon :) I added grilled figs and rocket.

theedda's picture

Quick and simple. I microwaved the veg with a little water: almost as good as steaming them!

ninagupta's picture

I didnt have the peas available, so to add an extra dimension to it, I put some raisins in with the soaking couscous so they plumped up nicely, then I added some toasted pine nuts before serving.

nbetts's picture

Absolutely delicious and really really easy! Will definitely make this again and will try different variations of veg and spices. My husband loved it too and he normally gets quite upset if he doesn't see any meat on his plate but he had nothing but praise for this dish! :o)

tphotiou's picture

Easy and lovely. The quickest meal ever and very tasty. I oven baked the halloumi because I find it goes softer that way. I loved all the spices but found that the cumin was quite overpowering so would either use less next time or add more of the other spices. Also a very versatile dish that you could make again and again with different varieties. Lovely!!!

mrsnoonoo's picture

Very easy. I add olive oil to the griddle pan as well. Will be making this again


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