Halloumi fries

Halloumi fries

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 6

Crisp and slightly salty shallow-fried halloumi fries make perfect party food. Great with a sprinkling of za'atar and a spicy yogurt for dipping

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal406
  • fat29g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs13g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre1g
  • protein23g
  • salt2.7g
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  • 170g pot Greek yogurt
  • 1 lemon, zested, then cut into wedges for squeezing



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

  • 1 tbsp rose harissa



    This hot, aromatic paste made from chilli and assorted spices and herbs is spicy and…

  • 3 tbsp za'atar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 75g plain flour
  • 2 x 250g blocks halloumi, cut into fries



    A semi-hard chewy, white cheese originating from Cyprus and made from cow's, goat's or…

  • oil, for frying
  • handful mint, leaves torn



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…


  1. Mix the yogurt with the lemon zest and some seasoning, then swirl through the harissa so that you have pockets of hot and cool in the dip.

  2. On a plate, stir the za’atar into the flour, then roll the halloumi in the mixture so that it’s evenly coated. Heat the oil in a shallow, heavy-bottomed pan or casserole dish until 180C on a cooking thermometer, or a piece of bread browns in 20 secs. Working in batches, carefully lower the halloumi into the oil and cook for 2 mins until crisp and golden, then drain on kitchen paper.

  3. Sprinkle over the mint and za’atar, and serve with the lemon wedges and the spicy yogurt for dipping.

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fionavb's picture
14th Oct, 2018
Everyone raved about these fries, so I will definitely have to make them regularly.
Ella Whelan
6th Jun, 2017
could you use gluten free flour instead?
1st Mar, 2017
What is zaatar
24th Apr, 2017
Zartar is a Lebanese/middle eastern spice blend...it's usually a blend of sumac (red coloured and lemony), thyme and sesame seeds....
18th Jan, 2017
Very nice, but way too moreish. Strong will power required or you will eat the lot on your own
Sharon Allen's picture
Sharon Allen
15th Jun, 2019
Can these be baked instead of fried?
goodfoodteam's picture
17th Jun, 2019
Thanks for your question. To ensure the fries are crisp on the outside but hold their shape and texture on the inside you'll need to fry these.
23rd Aug, 2017
How deep should the oil be?
goodfoodteam's picture
28th Aug, 2017
Thanks for your question. We'd suggest filling the pan no more than 2/3rds full to ensure the oil doesn't bubble up when the cheese is added. For more frying tips, take a look here: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/how-deep-fry-safely
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