Halloumi originates from Cyprus and is 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 exposed to high temperatures. It’s highly versatile and fantastic fried, grilled or barbecued. Check out our helpful guide on how to cook halloumi and 9 ways to serve halloumi for tips on preparation, cooking and serving suggestions.


Halloumi makes a great alternative to meat when barbecuing, so why not browse our best summer halloumi recipes and BBQ halloumi recipes for great alternatives.

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1. Halloumi fries

Halloumi fries in a little grey pot next to a jar of yogurt dip and a wedge of lemon

Enjoy crisp, lightly salty halloumi fries at a casual get-together. These are great with a touch of za'atar and a mildly spiced yogurt dip. You can whip them up in just 20 minutes, and if you need some guidance, we've got a helpful tutorial video to make things even easier. Whether you're hosting a small gathering or just want to treat yourself, these halloumi fries are sure to please.

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2. Halloumi flatbreads


Give these mouthwatering veggie halloumi wraps a whirl, with a vibrant and crunchy slaw that's bursting with flavour. Top it all off with a generous dollop of creamy hummus for a budget-friendly, cheesy delight that you can prepare for an easy midweek meal.

Rustle up one of our flatbread recipes and add your favourite topping for an easy supper.

3. Halloumi, pomegranate & walnut salad


Our halloumi, pomegranate & walnut salad is a versatile dish that can be used as a vegetarian starter for a dinner party or a light lunch during the week. It's quick to prepare, taking only 15 minutes, making it a convenient option for entertaining as it serves up to six people.

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4. Halloumi wraps with crunchy za'atar chips

Wraps topped with halloumi and chopped salad

Elevate your evening with a touch of exotic flair by dusting your crispy chips with fragrant za'atar spices. Then, wrap them in warm, soft flatbreads alongside delectably fried halloumi and generously drizzle it all with a spiced tzatziki sauce. Also, check out our Za'atar & herb potato latkes recipe.

For more nutritious vegetarian meals that don't break the bank, check out our top 10 cheap vegetarian recipes.

5. Oregano halloumi with orzo salad

Orzo topped with halloumi, oregano, tomatoes and black olives

This oregano halloumi with orzo salad is a great, affordable vegetarian dinner option. Hassle-free, it takes only 20 minutes to prepare with fewer than 10 ingredients. If you have any leftovers, they taste just as good the next day, so why not save a few extra pounds by saving some for lunch?

6. Air-fryer halloumi

Plate of air fried halloumi

Cooking halloumi in an air-fryer instead of a grill or frying pan helps lower the fat content. Season with smoked paprika or mixed herbs, if you like, for an added burst of flavour. Read more about the health benefits of halloumi and find out the benefits of air-fryers before checking out more of our air-fryer recipes.

7. Halloumi, carrot & orange salad

Halloumi, carrot and orange salad on a plate

Serve this halloumi, carrot, orange and watercress salad with a mustard and honey dressing for an easy lunch or starter. It takes just 20 minutes to prepare and delivers one of your five-a-day, is vegetarian and gluten-free.

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8. Halloumi with lemony lentils, chickpeas & beets


This is a great storecupboard salad that only requires nine ingredients that you probably already have lying around. Follow our three simple steps to make this flavourful salad topped with golden-brown halloumi and homemade quick-pickled red onion.

Check out our guide on the top 5 health benefits of lentils, and then find inspiration with more of our lentil recipes.

9. Chorizo & halloumi breakfast baguette

Three baguettes filled with chorizo, red onion, tomato jam and fresh coriander

Treat yourself to this hearty chorizo and halloumi breakfast baguette at the weekend. The chorizo infuses the oil, creating a liquid gold that you can either drizzle over your baguette for an extra punch or save for another culinary escapade. Waste not, savour more – that's the secret to crafting unforgettable meals.

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10. Halloumi & beetroot fritters

Three beetroot and halloumi fritters on a plate

Boost the flavour of these fritters by serving them alongside a peppery rocket salad. The earthy sweetness of the beets complements the saltiness of the halloumi. Try this for a satisfying dinner and save some leftovers for a treat the next day. Simply reheat in the oven or air-fryer.

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