Tamarind squash & halloumi skewers

Tamarind squash & halloumi skewers

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins plus at least 1 hr marinating


Serves 4

Do something different with barbecued halloumi. Marinated in spices, these cheese and butternut squash skewers are an irresistible mix of sweet and savoury

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal436
  • fat30g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs23g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre3g
  • protein17g
  • salt2.9g
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  • 1 medium butternut squash (about 700g), deseeded, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 250g halloumi, cut into cubes



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

  • ½ small pack coriander, finely chopped
  • ½ small pack mint, finely chopped



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

For the marinade

  • 1 heaped tbsp tamarind paste
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
    Soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

  • 60ml sesame oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • zest and juice 2 limes



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 1 small red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp light brown soft sugar

You will need

  • 8 metal skewers


  1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Add the squash and cook for 10-15 mins or until slightly tender (if you’re going to cook the squash in a griddle pan, boil for an extra few mins as it’s not as fierce as a barbecue). Drain and set aside.

  2. To make the marinade, whisk the tamarind with 2 tbsp boiling water. Once dissolved, whisk together with the soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, lime zest and juice, chilli and brown sugar. Keep whisking until the sugar has dissolved, then season to taste.

  3. In a large bowl, toss together the squash, halloumi, marinade and herbs. Allow to marinate for at least 1 hr. Once marinated, alternately thread the squash and halloumi onto the skewers. Drizzle with a little of the remaining marinade.

  4. If barbecuing, put the skewers directly on the BBQ and cook for 3-4 mins on each side or until lightly charred, brushing with the marinade as they cook. Alternatively, heat a griddle pan until really hot and cook the skewers for 5 mins on either side. Serve immediately.

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28th Jul, 2016
Didn't do on BBQ, but on a griddle pad and had in a wrap. Really nice. - mint was a bit weird though. Perhaps I used too much, but I'll cut back on it next time.
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