Crispy Fried Halloumi
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 as a distraction from university life and in a bid to find like minded people. When I started writing and sharing my creations it definitely felt like I was talking to a brick wall. But now I’m part of a huge community and I’ve made a huge amount of friends in the process. 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.