Fried Halloumi Cheese Toast

halloumi toast

The two loaves of bread from Foodbuzz and Nature’s Pride was way more then the two of us can handle in one week so we decided to make something else besides the bread cups with shrimp and pork belly. The other idea we had was to make grilled cheese sandwiches.

But of course we couldn’t just make regular grilled cheese sandwiches, but it did inspire us to come up with this recipe of halloumi cheese toast where the bread and cheese is grilled, not just melted in the middle of the toast. Halloumi cheese is cheese originated from Cyprus and is classically made from goat and sheep milk. It has a higher melting point then regular cheese making it for perfect grilling. The texture is similar to mozzarella but has a slight briny and salty taste. So we paired it with toasted Nature’s Pride 12 grain bread and a salsa of tomatoes, Persian cucumbers and mint.

Fried Halloumi Cheese Toast
Printable Recipe

  • 8 oz block of halloumi cheese, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • Nature’s Pride 12 grain bread, cut in rectangles roughly same size as the cheese
  • 2 Persian cucumbers, finely diced (if not available, English cucumbers are fine)
  • 1 tomato (Roma, diced or multiple cherry tomatoes)
  • mint leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1 small wedge of lemon
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper

Prep the cucumbers, tomatoes, and mint (or you can even thinly slice the tomatoes and cucumbers without dicing). Make the vinaigrette of olive oil, vinegar, lemon and season with salt and pepper to taste. Combine with vegetables and set aside in fridge.

Toast the bread in a small toaster oven and in the mean time, heat a nonstick pan on medium high without oil and fry the cheese until golden brown on each side, about 2 min per side. It may crack a bit when frying, so be gentle when flipping it over. Place on toast and top with salsa and serve immediately.

halloumi toast 

Only minutes to prepare, this is an quick and easy appetizer. The combination of cunchy toasty bread, hot fried cheese, and fresh salsa of tomatoes, cucumbers and mint make this one great bite! 

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28 Responses to “Fried Halloumi Cheese Toast”

  1. 1

    Andrea@WellnessNotes — October 12, 2009 @ 10:07 pm

    What a beautiful presentation! And the flavors sound great!

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    Ravenous Couple — October 12, 2009 @ 10:11 pm

    andrea: Thank you!

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    Anh — October 13, 2009 @ 12:02 am

    I love haloumi cheese. Sometimes (just sometimes), I wish that tofu would have similar taste and texture 😛

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    Divina Pe — October 13, 2009 @ 1:10 am

    These cheese toast is just sumptuous. Haloumi could be hard to find here but I'll try this with our local cheese. I'm just craving it now.

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    Ravenous Couple — October 13, 2009 @ 4:14 am

    Anh: You're right! it's hard to get that nice gold crust on tofu if it was pan fried…if only..

    Divina: thanks! fryable cheeses are great so we'll forward to your post.

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    Little Inbox — October 13, 2009 @ 11:30 am

    Well well, this is absolutely great! A good combination of each ingredients to be a balanced diet.

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    5 Star Foodie — October 13, 2009 @ 7:50 pm

    A delicious sandwich! Fried Halloumi cheese sounds wonderful and I love the addition of mint in the salsa!

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    Ravenous Couple — October 13, 2009 @ 8:50 pm

    Little Inbox: thank you!

    5 Star Foodie: The cheese is a bit briny so adding fresh flavors of cucumber, mint, and tomato is a nice contrast.

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    Ninette — October 14, 2009 @ 12:09 am

    I love halloumi cheese. Yum!

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    noobcook — October 14, 2009 @ 2:35 am

    This is breakfast I want to wake to in the morning 😉 beautiful colours.

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    lululu — October 14, 2009 @ 3:01 am

    how do i say it?
    i love cheese, any kind of cheese! just hv never put cheese on toast though. if grilled cheese sandwich counts.
    looks wonderful

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    Ravenous Couple — October 14, 2009 @ 7:41 am

    Ninnette: Thanks!

    Noobcook: We like this as a snack anytime!

    Lululu: This is our take on the grilled cheese sandwich 🙂

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    Rose — October 14, 2009 @ 5:09 pm

    Mmmmm I have been wanting to try Haloumi cheese for awhile now! I keep seeing it everywhere! I love all kinds of cheese, but this looks amazing. Nicely done.

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    Ravenous Couple — October 15, 2009 @ 3:46 am

    rose: Halloumi is a great cheese to grill/fry, try it!

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    Cheri — October 15, 2009 @ 6:34 pm

    Oh my goodness! My mouth is watering! This looks and sounds delicious!

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    Esi — October 16, 2009 @ 7:09 pm

    I adore halloumi. I usually just have it with a spritz of lemon juice so this is a really great way to dress it up! Glad I found your blog too 🙂

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    Ravenous Couple — October 16, 2009 @ 7:11 pm

    cheri: Thank you!

    Esi: We agree–the lemon and briny flavors work really well together!

  18. 18 — October 22, 2009 @ 6:17 pm

    Oh wow! Congrats on winning the sponsorship! Both of your posts were so good I really thought you deserved to win. Can't wait to meet you at the conference!

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    Rosemaryandthegoat — October 22, 2009 @ 6:22 pm

    Congratulations. These look delicious.

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    Poornima Nair — October 22, 2009 @ 7:27 pm

    Heyy…congratulations on being one of Nature Pride's Ambassadors. Truly deserved. This cheese toast looks so tempting so do those shrimp cups.

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    Ravenous Couple — October 22, 2009 @ 8:58 pm

    jen: We actually found this out through you!! The email they sent went to our spam! Thank you and looking forward to meeting you!

    Rosemaryandthegoat: Thank you!

    Poornima Nair: Thank you!!

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    stephchows — October 23, 2009 @ 2:27 pm

    your pictures are beautiful! Can't wait to meet you both!! So excited we won!!

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    Brittany — October 23, 2009 @ 3:38 pm

    This dish looks delicious! I can't wait you meet you all.


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    Ravenous Couple — October 26, 2009 @ 3:10 pm

    stephchows and Brittany:Thank you! can't wait to see you all there!

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    Elizabeth and Jared — March 3, 2010 @ 11:21 pm

    This looks fantastic! I'll be making this on sunday for brunch! thanks

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    singles cruises — March 10, 2010 @ 11:30 am

    Cheese is the favorite of most of people and it can be added in any dish to make it more tasty. I love cheese Garlic bread but never heard about Fried Halloumi Cheese Toast but it is looking very tasty dish.

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    Savory Snack: Fried Halloumi and Spinach Bruschetta « Freezer Full — April 22, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

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    Kimberly — February 11, 2013 @ 7:03 am

    I clicked your “Pin it” button to add to my Mouthworthy Lust board but the images for this post are not pinable. Help?

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