This Crispy Fried Halloumi recipe has been shared in memory of Isabella, Coriander Queen.
People blog for all sorts of different reasons. I started mine back in April 2011. It was the Easter holiday and I was back at my parents house taking some much needed down time from studying at university. I was also having a bit of a pants time and wasn’t getting on so well with the girls I lived with. We’d kind of drifted a part not least because they were more interested in going clubbing then hanging out down the university allotment with a batch of home brew. By starting the blog I was hoping to seek out like minded people.
When I started writing and sharing my creations it definitely felt like I was talking to a brick wall. But as the visitors started to increase (and some even left comments) I realised there was a community of foodies out there who all wanted to connect.
6 years later (almost to the day) I’m now part of a huge food blogging phenomenon. People are often surprised to hear that I speak to my food blogger friends almost every single day. We not only share our trials and tribulations in the kitchen but stuff that’s worrying us at work or at home. They are a fantastic support network and I never could have imagined how close I would become to people sat behind another computer screen, some hundreds of miles away.
That’s why when we heard the news that the Isabella of Coriander Queen had tragically passed away, I was deeply sad. She had become a close friend to so many and was an asset to our community. She was kind and funny, and will be remembered fondly by so many of us. That’s why, a group of us have decided that in memory of Isabella we will each re-create one of the recipes from her site. If you want to see the recipes shared by the other bloggers scroll down to the end of this post where you can find everyone taking part. But, please do also make sure you check out the Coriander Queen blog. Her photos were stunning, and her writing heart warming and witty! She will definitely be missed.
Hallou – mi!
Trying to pick a favourite recipe from Coriander Queen wasn’t an easy task. Isabella’s recipes were always delicious morsels and so I knew I’d like every one that I tried. But, when I stumbled across this cracking joke I couldn’t help but smile and I knew this recipe was the one.
What did the cheese say when it looked at its reflection in the mirror? Hallou – mi!
I told you she had a great sense of humour!
Isabella loved “squeaky cheese” because it is so versitile. She rightly points out that you can grill it, kebab it, add it to salads, or fry it as we have done in this recipe. We often have our fried halloumi as part of a meze with tabbouleh, three bean salad and baba ghanoush but this week we popped it in wraps with lots of rich and creamy avocado, fresh spinach leaves, cherry tomatoes and a healthy drizzle of tahini. Though, you could of course enjoy this with a drizzle of honey and a big glass of wine as Isabella suggested in her original post.
Because halloumi cheese is so salty, however you serve it, I’d stick to something sweet or creamy to help balance the flavours.
Unfortunately as tasty as this recipe is it is also very messy! You could probably avoid using your hands and do it all with spoons and spatulas but that’s less fun.
Each slice of halloumi gets dipped in flour, coated in egg and then rolled around in panko breadcrumbs, herbs and ground black pepper. By the end of it my fingers were also covered! Fortunately I didn’t mistake them for halloumi slices or the frying process would have ended badly…
If you’re not used to shallow frying you may also find that the oil spits a little so you will probably need to clean down the hob afterwards! Using a deep fat fryer is possibly an alternative but makes what is otherwise a pretty quick process take too much time. (Plus more washing up!)
Anyway, enough about my sticky fingers, it’s time for the recipe.
- 250g halloumi cheese
- 20g plain flour
- 50g panko breadcrumbs
- 3/4 tsp dried oregano (or mixed herbs)
- A pinch of freshly ground black pepper
- 1 egg
- 300ml oil (sunflower, vegetable or olive)
- Cut your halloumi into slices roughly 1cm thick.
- Pour the flour onto a plate, add the halloumi slices and toss until well coated.
- Tip the panko breadcrumbs onto another plate and mix with the dried herbs and the black pepper.
- Whisk the egg well and pour into a shallow dish.
- Add the floured halloumi a slice at a time and coat with the egg before immediately placing into the panko breadcrumb mixture.
- Place each pank crumb coated halloumi slice on to a clean plate until ready to fry.
- Pour the oil into a small frying pan and heat on a medium heat.
- Test the oil by adding a crust of bread, if it froths and bubbles and the bread turns golden in 30 secs it is ready.
- Add the slices of halloumi, frying them in small batches of two or three at a time.
- Fry for about 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side, or until golden brown and the breadcrumbs are crisp.
- Place some kitchen roll onto a plate, and using a slotted spoon or fish slice gently lift out the fried cheese slices and place on the kitchen roll to drain off some of the oil.
- Serve as soon as all the cheese has been fried.
These slices of crispy fried halloumi are seriously moreish. I made more than enough that we needed for dinner and found myself “testing” a few straight out of the pan, desperately trying to put out the fire on my tounge with a glass of white wine I’m sure Isabella would have loved.
More recipes from Coriander Queen
Whether you’re a fellow food blogger or have stumbled here by chance, please do support the food blogging community and Isabella’s memory by checking out some of the other recipes below.
- Easy 5 ingredient pesto tomato tart on Amuse Your Bouche (vegetarian)
- Globe artichoke with balsamic dip on Natural Kitchen Adventures (vegan)
- Cider, apple and sausage casserole on Farmersgirl Kitchen
- Chocolate orange oat bars on Veggie Desserts (vegan)
- Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies on Tin and Thyme (vegetarian)
- Arancini (risotto balls) on Coffee & Vanilla (vegetarian)
- Rich coffee cupcakes on BakingQueen74 (vegetarian)
- Gingerbread cupcakes with orange buttercream on The Veg Space (vegan)
- Marmalade and ginger loaf cake on The Crafty Larder (vegetarian)
- Ginger and oat cookies on Kavey Eats (vegetarian)
- Amatriciana pasta on Kitchen Sanctuary
- Treacle tart on Patisserie Makes Perfect (vegetarian)
- Chocolate fridge cake on Jo’s Kitchen (vegetarian)
- Chocolate almond butter cookies on Rough Measures (vegetarian)
- Eggless chocolate chip cookies on Simply Sensational Food (vegetarian)
- Boozy decadent hot chocolate on Fab Food 4 All (vegetarian)
- Easy no bake blackberry cheesecakes on Casa Costello (vegetarian)
- Best coriander / cilantro recipes on Fuss Free Flavours (some vegetarian)
- Easy gingerbread popcorn snack on Celery & Cupcakes (vegetarian)
- Elderflower and vodka cocktail slush on The Hedgecombers (vegetarian)
- Fruit flapjacks on The Petite Cook (vegan)
- Roasted spiced pumpkin seeds on Hungry Healthy Happy (vegan)
- Lemon drizzle loaf cake on Penne For Your Thoughts (vegetarian)
- Chicken ramen on It’s Not Easy Being Greedy
- Stuffed Nutella cookies on Munchies And Munchkins (vegetarian)