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A basket of Halloumi fries close up showing the curnchy texture

Halloumi Fries

Halloumi fries are probably one of the most satisfying snacks or side dishes you can make. They are both cheesy and crunchy while loaded with flavor! If you're new to Halloumi cheese, be prepared to be pleasantly surprised! 

Course Air Fryer, Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Turkish
Keyword fries, halloumi, Halloumi cheese, halloumi fries, Halloumi recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 659 kcal
Author Mahy


Halloumi Cheese

  • 1 lb halloumi cheese cut up into fries / strips
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons zaatar spice blend
  • 1 cup Olive oil Mina Moroccan Olive Oil

Harissa Yogurt Dipping Sauce

  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tabelspoons fresh herbs minced parslet, oregano and mint
  • 1 tablespoon Harissa sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  1. Prepare your halloumi cheese by cutting it into strips the shape and size of large cut french fries.

    A hand slicing the block of halloumi cheese into strips the thickness and size of french fries
  2. Make sure to use a sharp knife.

    a hand holding a halloumi shaped fries
  3. In a bowl, add the flour and season with salt and zaatar.

    a hand holding a small bowl of zaatar spice and adding it to a bowl of flour to season the flour
  4. Drop the halloumi fries into the flour bowl.

    A hand pouring the sliced halloumi cheese into the flour bowl
  5. Shake well or use a fork to coat each halloumi fries with flour.

    A halloumi cheese ready for frying
  6. In a skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil.

    Olive oil being poured in a skillet for frying the halloumi cheese
  7. Once the oil is hot, add in the halloumi fries.

    A hand adding the halloumi cheese into the frying pan
  8. Allow to bubble and fry for 3 minutes before flipping.

    halloumi cheese frying and bubbling in a pan
  9. Once golden and crispy, remove the fries from the oil.

  10. drain the fries on paper towels.

    The halloumi cheese fries drying up on a paper lined plate to absorb excess oil
  11. Make the Yogurt sauce.

  12. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

    A hand mixing the yogurt harissa sauce in a bowl
  13. Serve the halloumi fries with the dipping sauce.

    A hand holding a halloumi fries bitten to show the texture of the fried cheese and the sauce
  14. Enjoy!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Halloumi fries (fried halloumi cheese) FAQ's

Why is halloumi so tasty?

It's safe to say that most people will agree halloumi is a deliciously tasty cheese. However, most of its flavor comes out when it's cooked. If eaten raw the flavor is actually quite mild. Halloumi is a tasty cheese because of the way it is made. It has a slightly salty and tangy flavor mainly due to being preserved in brine which combines with some of the stronger flavors of sheep and goats milk.

Can you eat Halloumi without frying it?

Yes, Halloumi can be eaten as is when you buy it or cooked. It will have a much milder flavor if eaten without cooking it. You can also cook it in ways other than frying, including baking and grilling.

Can you bake halloumi fries?

Yes, you can bake halloumi fries but this is not the best way to do it. Halloumi releases quite a bit of moisture when you start to cook it. Baking doesn't allow the moisture to cook off well as it's not as much of a direct heat as frying or grilling. Because if this, you will not get the best or most crispy results when baking halloumi.

Nutrition Facts
Halloumi Fries
Amount Per Serving
Calories 659 Calories from Fat 495
% Daily Value*
Fat 55g85%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 31g
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 1189mg52%
Potassium 92mg3%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 97IU2%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 822mg82%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.