If you haven’t had halloumi fries yet, you haven’t lived! These Halloumi Fries Recipe with Honey Greek Yogurt are the perfect combination of sweet and salty, and such a great party food! We’re in love.
Halloumi Fries Recipe with Honey Greek Yogurt
If you haven’t had halloumi fries yet, you’re in for a treat.
These salty, crispy Mediterranean fries are sort of the equivalent to a fried mozzarella stick, but so much better. Instead of mozzarella, we bread and pan-fry halloumi cheese and drizzle the crunchy, salty concoction with a little bit of honey and chopped pistachios. We serve it with a super easy honey Greek yogurt for a dipping sauce, and let our guests go to town.
It’s the perfect sweet meets salty appetizer, and honestly, I can get enough of it.
What is Halloumi cheese?
First thing’s first.
What the heck is halloumi cheese?
Halloumi cheese is a Greek or Mediterranean cheese I describe as a hybrid between feta and mozzarella. It’s got that intensely salty bite feta cheese has, but it’s texture is more similar to mozzarella or even cheese curds, but a but spongier, if that makes sense.
What’s great about halloumi, is it has a high melting point, so it doesn’t melt traditionally like other cheeses, which makes it perfect for grilling on pan-frying.
Today, we’re pan frying.
These days you can find it at most grocery stores, but any specialty cheese store should have it. Also, in the summertime, Trader Joe’s has a very affordable halloumi cheese I love. It’s what I used here.
Ingredients you’ll need to make Halloumi Fries Recipe
- Halloumi cheese
- plain and panko breadcrumbs.
- chopped pistachios
How to make Halloumi Fries
- Slice the cheese. Usually halloumi comes in block form, similar to feta. Slice the cheese into 1/2-inch “fries.”
- Set up the breading station. Mix the panko breadcrumbs and plain bread crumbs together in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Whisk the egg in another bowl. Add flour to a shallow bowl or plate. Season with salt and pepper.
- Bread the halloumi. This requires a pretty standard breading procedure. Dip the halloumi in flour, then egg, followed by the panko breadcrumb mixture. Repeat once.
- Cook the Halloumi. Heat a large cast iron skillet to a medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the breaded fries. Cook until the fries are brown on all sides. You will most likely have to work in batches, it took me two, but may take three depending on the size of your pan.
- Drizzle with honey, chopped pistachios and serve.
Easy Honey Yogurt Dipping Sauce
Guys, this sauce could not be easier. Greek yogurt, a little lemon juice, a touch of honey, and a pinch of salt. Mix and serve. It’s the perfect compliment to the salty halloumi fries.
Substitutions and Tips and Tricks for Recipe Success
- Try chilling the fries before you fry them for about 15 minutes. It will help the breading set.
- If you don’t have both plain and panko breadcrumbs, you can use one or the other.
- Use a cast-iron skillet to pan-fry the halloumi, it will cook more evenly.
- They’re great served warm, but they’re also delicious served at room temperature as well.
What to serve with Halloumi Fries
For a full Mediterranean tapas spread, serve these halloumi fries with this Greek Crudités platter and this Creamy Baba Ganoush. If this is just a precursor to your meal, this Easy Greek Skillet Pastitsio would be the perfect end to the meal.
- 7 oz block halloumi cheese
- 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp water
- 1/2 cup olive oil for frying
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp honey, plus more for garnish
- 1/4 cup chopped pistachios
- Mixing bowls
- Cast iron skillet
- Slice halloumi into 15 1/4-1/2-inch "fries." Place a cookie cooling rack on top of a sheet pan or piece of parchment paper.
- Add panko and plain breadcrumbs to a shallow bowl. Mix to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Add flour to another shallow bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Add eggs and 2 teaspoons water to another shallow bowl. Whisk until combined.
- Dredge halloumi in the flour, pat off excess. Coat in egg, let excess drip off. Transfer to breadcrumb mixture and coat. Dip in egg one more time, and then coat in breadcrumb one more time. Store on cooling rack.
- Heat a large cast-iron skillet to a medium heat. Add 1/4 cup of olive oil. Once the oil is hot (use the bottom of a wooden spoon and if bubble start popping up around the spoon, it's ready), add half of the fries. Fry until golden brown and crisp on all sides. Transfer back to the cooling rack to drain off oil. Repeat with remaining oil and fries.
- While the final batch of fries fry, add Greek yogurt, lemon juice, and honey to a small bowl. Mix to combine. Sprinkle in a little bit of salt. Stir.
- To serve the fries, arrange them on a platter. Drizzle with extra honey. Sprinkle with pistanchios. Serve with dipping sauce.