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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31st Jan, 2011
Delicious! I'll use this spice combination again for making couscous. And equally good as leftovers for lunch the next day.
23rd Dec, 2010
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.
3rd Oct, 2010
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)
29th May, 2010
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!
16th Apr, 2010
Delicious, simply and super-fast to make! Made a welcome change to rice. I will try out some of the other suggestions listed.
27th Jul, 2009
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.
21st Jun, 2009
Lovely. I tried it with allspice instead of cinnamon :) I added grilled figs and rocket.
4th Mar, 2009
Quick and simple. I microwaved the veg with a little water: almost as good as steaming them!
11th Jul, 2008
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.
10th Jun, 2008
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)


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