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Nine amazing halloumi recipes

Perfect for vegetarians and cheese-lovers alike, halloumi is an impressively versatile ingredient to cook with. Unlike soft, melting cheese, halloumi holds its shape well, is mild enough to take on other flavours, and develops a crisp, golden crust when cooked, so is ideal if you’re looking for a cheese with substance. Try as a meat-free burger, stuffed into pastry or even cut into chips with our easy, cheesy halloumi recipes below.

  1. Comforting bake

    With halloumi, a veggie supper can be just as comforting as the meatiest of mains. Bakes make an easy one-dish dinner option, try this tomato and aubergine one-pot stew for something rich and hearty or this halloumi, chickpea and greens traybake for a more vibrant supper. In both, the cheese goes gloriously golden in the oven as it bakes.

    Comforting bake
  2. The cheese-burger (literally)

    For a new take on a cheeseburger, these halloumi, carrot and courgette burgers make a great veggie alternative for a barbecue or family dinner. They're easy to make as everything is grated together, but if that's not simple enough, you could also just replace the burger entirely with thick, griddled slices of cheese for the ultimate halloumi burger. 

    The cheese-burger (literally)
  3. Seasonal salads

    Whatever the weather, it’s always a good time for a halloumi salad. This multi-tasking cheese instantly transforms a pile of leaves or simple veg into something a bit more substantial. This grilled halloumi salad is a summer crowd-pleaser, with crisp sourdough croutons, crunchy sugarsnap peas and creamy avocado, all dressed in a warm tomato and chilli dressing.

    Seasonal salads
  4. Ultimate cheesy chips

    Our halloumi fries recipe takes the idea of ‘cheesy chips’ to the next level. They’re gloriously crisp when fried, and also take far less time than regular chips to cook; these will be ready in just 15 minutes. So grab the ketchup, or try our chilli yogurt dip on the side.

    Ultimate cheesy chips
  5. Totally stuffed

    Like any firm cheese, halloumi can be grated, making it quick and easy to add to your recipes but with the added bonus that it will keep some structure as it cooks. This stuffed peppers recipe with quinoa and kidney beans is a great example, or for an exciting savoury bake, try this broccoli and cheese baklava recipe – a twist on the classic Middle Eastern sweet treat of crispy filo pastry with nuts and honey.

    Totally stuffed
  6. Plentiful pasta

    Adding a Cheddar topping to a hearty pasta bake is nothing new, so why not try a golden halloumi topping instead? For the ultimate veggie pasta bake, this recipe has a rich mascarpone sauce with broad beans, artichokes and peppery watercress for plenty of flavour. Finish with a little hit of chilli, if you like.

    Plentiful pasta
  7. ‘Meaty’ kebabs

    Veggie halloumi kebabs are a delicious and easy addition to a BBQ. You can skewer halloumi without fear of the cheese melting through the grill, so get threading with your favourite vegetables, herbs and spices. For inspiration, you could try our spring skewer recipe with asparagus, or a Mediterranean-style kebab recipe with courgettes, peppers and cherry tomatoes. 

    ‘Meaty’ kebabs
  8. Roll up, roll up

    With their robust texture and the ability to pair with all sorts of flavours, halloumi and aubergines are two heroes of vegetarian cooking. So why not put the two to work in this aubergine and halloumi rolls recipe. Served with a spicy harissa chickpea salad, it makes it a satisfying lunch or supper.

    Roll up, roll up
  9. Quick canapé

    Give halloumi a posh party makeover with this easy canapé recipe. Ready in under half an hour, ready-made puff pastry makes a quick, crisp base for a classic cheese and tomato topping – like a fancy mini pizza!

    Quick canapé