Grilled Halloumi is a delicacy. Golden brown, crispy exterior. Soft, gooey interior, and a wonderfully savory flavor. It’s a magic cheese that you can grill!
Grilled Halloumi cheese is a delicacy. The browned, crusty exterior, the soft, gooey interior and the intensely savory flavor all combine to make it a wonderful snack or appetizer.
What is halloumi?
Halloumi is a semi-hard, unripened brined cheese from Cyprus. It’s made from a mixture of goat and sheep milk, and tastes like a mixture of fresh Mozzarella and feta. This cheese has a high melting point, which makes it an ideal candidate for grilling or frying.
Grilled halloumi is like magic. You grill it and it doesn’t turn into a melty mess! It retains its shape when grilled. And it develops a crispy exterior and a soft, delicious interior. Yes, it’s as good as it sounds. 🙂
Is it healthy?
I believe it is. Recent research says that full fat dairy products are not just harmless, but might actually have several health benefits.
How to serve grilled halloumi?
Grilled Halloumi is wonderful as a salad topping. Or sometimes I serve it on a low carb English muffin that I skillet toast in olive oil. In addition, grilled halloumi is delicious all by itself, eaten as a yummy finger food. Which is my own favorite way of enjoying it.
What about leftovers?
Ideally you should eat grilled halloumi fresh. Keeping leftovers is kind of like keeping leftover grilled cheese sandwich. It will be okay when you reheat it in the microwave. But it won’t be as good as when eaten fresh.
- 1 (8 oz package) halloumi cheese
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Slice the halloumi block into eight (1 oz) slices.
- Brush the halloumi slices with olive oil on both sides.
- Heat a nonstick grill pan over medium heat, about 5 minutes. If you don't own a grill pan, a regular nonstick pan will work, although the fried cheese won't look as pretty without the grill marks.
- Place the cheese slices in the pan (work in two batches if necessary). Cook 3 minutes on each side, until crisp and browned. Serve immediately.