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Fried Halloumi Cheese Meze or Appetizer in Three Minutes


Fried Halloumi Cheese Meze or Appetizer

Fried Halloumi - Ready to Eat!

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Halloumi is a fabulous cheese from Cyprus and a favorite in Greek cooking. Halloumi is similar to mozzarella in texture, but salted and with a greater depth of flavor. It's known as a grilling cheese because, although it softens nicely, it doesn't melt - which means it lends itself well to all types of cooking methods, retaining most of its shape.

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Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes


  • 1 8-ounce package of halloumi cheese, cut in 3/8-inch slices
  • 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil
  • ----------
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • oregano or mint leaves
  • 4-5 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • balsamic vinaigrette


Preheat a nonstick frying pan over high heat.

Place the halloumi slices on a plate with the olive oil and brush lightly to coat both sides of each slice of cheese.

Sear the cheese in the pan, 1 minute on the first side and 1-2 minutes on the other side. It will smoke (open a window), and form a deep brown crust. The cheese should soften but no liquid should escape - poke with your spatula to test - but it will not melt.

Place fried cheese on a plate and garnish with pepper, herbs, tomatoes, and vinaigrette.

Yield: 5-6 pieces

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