Pan Fried Halloumi with Chilli
halloumi with chilli

Pan Fried Halloumi with Chilli

Total time: 15 minutes
Servings: 30 Bites
halloumi with chilli

This delicious vegetarian halloumi with chilli recipe from Nigella Lawson’s Nigella Bites cookbook can be grilled on the barbecue or simply fried in a pan.

Halloumi Cheese

Grilled or fried halloumi cheese with that salty punch but a somewhat spongy texture makes an excellent base for all sorts of toppings.

halloumi cheese slices on a plate

Halloumi originated in Cyprus and is used in cuisines from all over the Mediterranean and Arab worlds. A hard cheese with a high melting point means it can be grilled, griddled, fried or even barbequed.

griddled halloumi cheese slices topped with peppers
Griddled halloumi slices with red peppers

More Halloumi Serving Suggestions

There are so many options for serving halloumi, try topping with honey or with grilled plums. You can also do kebabs, I like them with tomatoes or even a halloumi burger. Or you can just stick with Nigella’s simple halloumi with chilli.

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halloumi with chilli

Pan Fried Halloumi with Chilli

Delicious vegetarian halloumi with chilli recipe from Nigella Lawson.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: 🇨🇾 Cypriot
Diet: Vegetarian Diet
Difficulty: Easy
Heat: 🌶🌶 Medium
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 30 Bites
Calories: 73kcal
Author: Nigella


  • 2 tablespoons chopped deseeded fresh red chillies
  • 60 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 500 grams halloumi sliced medium thin, i.e., just under half a centimetre / 1/8 inch
  • juice of ¼ lemon


  • Mix the chopped chilli and olive oil in a small bowl or cup and leave the flavours to deepen while you cook the cheese.
  • I use a non-stick frying pan for this, without any oil, and just give the cheese slices about 2 minutes a side until they’re golden-brown in parts.
  • When all the slices of halloumi are cooked, transfer them to a couple of small plates.
  • Give the chilli oil a stir, spoon it over the cheese, then give a spritz of lemon. That’s all there is to it.


Calories: 73kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.2g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.1g

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