Bowl of fattoush with griddled halloumi and vegetables

Halloumi

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Halloumi is a salty, semi-hard cheese from Cyprus that's delicious fried, grilled or barbecued. Find out how to buy, store and cook halloumi.

What is halloumi?

A semi-hard chewy, white cheese originating from Cyprus and made from cow’s, goat’s or sheep’s milk, or a combination. It has a mild salty flavour and lends itself beautifully to cooking due to its firm texture which is retained even when cooked and exposed to high temperatures.

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Read about the health benefits of halloumi.

Availability of halloumi

In good supermarkets and speciality stores.

Choose the best halloumi

Cut into slices – the halloumi should ‘squeak’ as it is cut into.

How to store halloumi

An unopened packet of halloumi will keep in the fridge for up to a year. Once opened store in salt water in the fridge.

How to cook halloumi

Fantastic fried, grilled or barbecued. Added to salads or served with vegetables. Halloumi is often served with chopped mint to add flavour. Also goes well with finely chopped chilli.

See our halloumi recipe collection for more ideas.

Watch our video on how to cook halloumi cheese:

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Alternatives to halloumi

Try mozzarella.