Grilled halloumi with spiced couscous

Grilled halloumi with spiced couscous

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(35 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…

  • 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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jadedermody's picture
6th Jul, 2017
The couscous and veg was yum but my cheese quickly melted. After reading the other comments I will definitely try dry frying it and putting balsamic vinegar as well
24th Jan, 2017
Tasty and fast. Had no broccoli. Lightly heated chopped cherry tomatoes in the pan after halloumi. Yum. Definitely will make agin. Thinking of mixing in leftover roast courgette peppers and red onions.
26th Jun, 2014
OK, but I can think of better things to do with halloumi.
9th Apr, 2013
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!
24th Sep, 2012
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!
24th Feb, 2012
Really enjoyed this, I drizzled over some balsamic vinegar too. I tend to oven cook halloumi, it doesn't stick so much or spit.
8th Jan, 2012
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.
27th Oct, 2011
This was amazing! Delicious, used a little extra olive oil and it was simply delish! I love olive oil :)
14th Jul, 2011
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!
8th Feb, 2011
Found the cinnamon overpowering, which was odd as I am a fan of cinnamon


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