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The hardest thing about making grilled halloumi is having the restraint not to eat it straight off the grill. Unlike other types of cheese —which would melt or fall apart under the heat — halloumi has an exceptionally high melting point that makes it perfect for grilling. In just minutes this mellow, briny cheese picks up a crisp char all over its surface while the inside takes on a warm, soft chew. Here’s how to grill halloumi.
How Do You Grill Halloumi So It Doesn’t Stick?
Here are five simple tips for grilling halloumi so it doesn’t stick.
How to Cut Halloumi for Grilling
Halloumi is typically sold on blocks that range from 8 to 8 1/2 ounces. For best results, pick one that feels super firm to the touch. Prepping and cutting halloumi for grilling is quite simple and takes just a couple of minutes. Place the block on its side and cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick slabs. You’ll get three long slabs per block.
What Do You Eat with Grilled Halloumi?
Grilled halloumi is easy to pair with a wide variety of foods, and can be served as a main or a side dish. The cheese’s saltiness makes it a natural partner for naturally sweet fruits and veggies, like watermelon, peaches, tomatoes, corn, and herbs. It’s easy to toss in just about any type of salad and its sturdy texture makes it a nice option for delicious sandwiches and veggie burgers. Try swapping it for mozzarella in caprese or in salads that call for feta.
Here are a few of our favorite recipes to use grilled halloumi.