Grilled Halloumi is grilled cheese, taken to the literal max. As in, we are grilling cheese, char marks and all!

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Halloumi is a firm cheese that originated in Cyprus. It’s made with some combination of goat, sheep, and cow’s milk and is popular throughout the Mediterranean.

Halloumi has a high melting point that allows it to be cooked directly on the hot grill plates without melting into total oblivion.

Cooking it feels a little bit like magic!

What Does Halloumi Taste Like?

Halloumi’s flavor is mild and buttery. It is a little bit like a cross between a tamer, less salty feta and mozzarella. Halloumi tastes creamy and absolutely delicious!

grilled halloumi cheese salad on on a plate

5 Star Review

“It’s amazing! I love its flavor with olive oil.”

— Rebecca —

Grilled halloumi makes an unexpected, impressive appetizer that will delight your friends, a vegetarian main, or use the grilled Halloumi cheese to make an actual grilled cheese sandwich.

However you enjoy grilled halloumi, you can’t go wrong!

How to Grill Halloumi Cheese

While you can eat Halloumi raw, it’s best enjoyed cooked—grilling and pan frying are popular, easy ways to prepare it.

Cooking Halloumi improves both its taste and texture. It becomes creamier and some of the saltiness from brining mellows to a pleasant amount of saltiness.


The Ingredients

  • Halloumi. This mild, firm cheese shines on the grill. It’s also quite the party trick!

Substitution Tip!

If you can’t find Halloumi, you can make this recipe with another cheese with a high melting point and firm texture. Bread cheese (which is popular in Wisconsin), Juustoleipä (a Scandavian cheese that inspired bread cheese), paneer, and queso fresco all work well.

  • Herbs. While you can enjoy Halloumi cheese all on its own, I love to give a nod to its Mediterranean roots by adding oregano and thyme.
  • Lemon Juice. A squeeze wakes up the flavor and nicely balances the creaminess of the Halloumi.
  • Olive Oil. While you can pan fry Halloumi in a nonstick skillet without adding any oil (the fat content of the cheese is sufficient), when grilling, oil is an important insurance policy.

No Sticking!

To keep your Halloumi from sticking to the grill, make sure your grates are very clean and oil the Halloumi well prior to grilling.

The Directions

grilled halloumi marinade in a bowl
  1. Preheat the grill. Then mix the marinade.
sliced halloumi with olive oil ready to be grilled
  1. Slice the Halloumi cheese.
sliced halloumi and marinade ready to be grilled
  1. Brush both sides with the marinade.
halloumi cheese with marinade on the grill
  1. Grill for 2 to 6 minutes, turning once or twice, until grill marks appear.
Grilled halloumi cheese on a plate with lemon
  1. Sprinkle with the remaining olive oil, lemon, and thyme. Serve warm with pita, mixed into a salad, or however you ENJOY!

TIP!

No grill? No problem! You can make oven grilled Halloumi or grilled Halloumi BBQ on your stove using a grill pan like this one.

To Bake the Halloumi Instead of Grilling: Spread the slices in a single layer in a baking dish and drizzle with olive oil. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes or until warmed through, flipping it halfway though.

Ways to Serve Grilled Halloumi

  • Appetizer. Pile it on a plate alongside pita or toasted baguette slices. As an appetizer is my favorite way to serve halloumi, and my friends go crazy for it!
  • Grilled Halloumi Salad. Cut the grilled Halloumi into bite-sized pieces and mix it into your favorite salad. This Mediterranean Chickpea Salad, Israeli Couscous Salad, and this Arugula Salad would all be tasty.
  • Grilled Halloumi Sandwich. Tuck your grilled Halloumi into pita or between slices of toasted bread with thinly sliced, roasted or grilled vegetables and a smear of Edamame Hummus for a filling vegetarian main.
  • Grilled Halloumi Wrap. Use pita or a whole wheat tortilla to create a tasty grilled Halloumi wrap.

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate leftover grilled Halloumi for up to 2 days.
  • To Reheat. Rewarm it in a nonstick skillet over medium heat.

Meal Prep Tip

Slice the Halloumi up to 5 days in advance. Rewrap and refrigerate until ready to grill.

easy grilled halloumi cheese with pita

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Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe

  • Measuring Spoons. Magnetic measuring spoons keep organized in your drawers.
  • Tongs. These stainless steel tongs have lasted years. Plus, they lock for easy storage.

The Best Grill Brush

These marinade basting brushes are perfect for the grill. They’re stainless steel, with dishwasher-safe and heat-resistant silicone bristles that spread sauce on thick!

a plate with grilled halloumi cheese with herbs and lemon

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Easy grilled halloumi cheese salad with pita

Now THIS is my idea of grilled CHEESE!

Easy grilled halloumi cheese salad with pita

Grilled Halloumi Cheese

5 from 1 vote
Hot, grilled Halloumi cheese topped with olive oil marinade is a perfect appetizer and ready in 10 minutes! Great with salads or sandwiches.

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 10 mins

Servings: 12

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces chunk halloumi cheese cut into 1/3 to 1/2-inch slices
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided, plus additional for the grill
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 lemon halved
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
  • Pita bread optional, for serving

Instructions
 

  • Heat a grill to medium high (about 400 degrees F). Make sure your grill is VERY clean or the halloumi may stick.
  • In a small bowl, stir together 1 1/2 tablespoon of the olive oil and oregano.
  • Slice the Halloumi cheese into 1/3- to 1/2-inch slices.
  • Brush the marinade over both sides of the halloumi.
  • Generously oil the grill. Grill the halloumi for 2 to 6 minutes, turning once or twice, until grill marks appear. When lightly pressed the halloumi should give but not be runny (halloumi is a firm, not melty cheese). Place the lemon on the grill with the cut-sides down and let cook until grill marks appear. (To grill the pita, brush it with olive oil, then cook a minute or two on each side, until hot.)
  • Transfer the grilled halloumi and lemon to a platter. Drizzle the cheese with the remaining 1/2 tablespoon olive oil. Squeeze the grilled lemon over the top. Sprinkle with thyme. Serve warm with pita, mixed into a salad, or however you please.

Notes

  • TO STORE. Halloumi is best enjoyed immediately after cooking but can be refrigerated up 2 days.
  • TO REHEAT. Rewarm it in a nonstick skillet over medium heat.

Nutrition

Serving: 1of 12Calories: 34kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gPotassium: 15mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 15IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg

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  1. This looks amazing Erin! Trust me I already follow all of your social media! Duh, who would not!

  2. I love grilling fruit–peaches and pineapple work well. I also grill corn, but the fruit is my fav.

  3. A good old fashioned hamburger is my favorite thing off the grill! However, I had grilled crab cakes last night and those are a close second!

  4. Grilled Cheese – not the sandwich, just the cheese – is one of my favorite foods of all times. But grilled fruits (like peaches and pineapple) and veggies are a close second!

    (BTW I already follow you on twitter – I am @norabakes)

  5. Peaches, I’m crazy about peaches lately, especially grilled!

    This is a great summertime dinner idea. Love the cherry salsa. So unique.

  6. I have discovered the joys of grilling pound cake lately and I have a feeling I will enjoy it just as much as this cheese. That cherry salsa looks like heaven!

  7. Favorite ingredient to grill is probably corn on the cob. I love grilled meat, don’t get me wrong, but corn is so smoky and delicious when grilled!

  8. Erin, I LOVE this! What a creative idea to pair haloumi and a homemade cherry salsa. Beyond brilliant, and I bet incredibly delicious yet simple to make. Great recipe!

  9. Favorites vary, but lately I’ve been all about grilling fruit – pineapples, peaches -marvelous!

  10. I follow both The Law Student’s Wife and California Olive Ranch on Pinterest where I am Margot Core.

  11. I’ve had this grilled cheese before and its amazing! Also I use this olive oil. I love its flavor. I first tasted it at a food show and was hooked.5 stars

  12. Went to Marianos yesterday to see if they had Halloumi cheese, as I was planning our 4th of july weekend menu. They did ! Went back today with my grocery list and couldn’t find – panicked – thinking (rightly) everyone is reading Erin;s blog and they are sold out ! They had moved the cheese – but soon whatever you suggest will be sold out. Looking forward to making this. And You and Jess should have stoppped by for one of Jim’s cocktails before the Millenium concert, and your spread did look amazing !!!

  13. Love the sound of the fresh cherry salsa!
    We love grilling different fruits!

  14. I love this post! Your wit is uncanny; your photos, stunning; and your recipes, delicious. I can’t wait to grill some halloumi and make this salsa.

    You look incredibly familiar to me, and I can’t figure out why. Did you work at the ND WC in 2007-2008? Anyway, glad that I found your bog! Have a good day.

    1. Hey Christine! By ND do you mean Notre Dame?? If yes, that’s where I did my undergrad, so you could certainly recognize me from there!
      Thanks so much for you kind words about my blog. So happy to have you here!

  15. I cant enter because I am Canadian but DAMN grilled cheese? this is next level deliciousness. I want to try this now :P

  16. I don’t have a grill and have been dying to get one, and this might be the recipe that puts me over the edge. Zucchini is my absolute favorite on the grill!

  17. Wow this looks totally delicious. I’m going to forget the cheese platter this weekend and go for this. Yum.

  18. Being from Wisconsin originally, I never met a cheese I didn’t like! However, this is one I’ve never had so I need to search it out and try it. Looks great on this salad. On another topic, we had the cover recipe from your cookbook last night – Chicken Caprese Skillet – and it was really wonderful. I’m thinking that it’ll be even better when our own tomatoes are ready to harvest.

    1. Hi Mrs. F. Forte, you can find this cheese at Trader Joe’s, Amazon, and even sometimes Walmart will have it. The best thing to do is type into Google where to buy halloumi cheese? Then the search will be tailored to your location. Hope this helps!