Halloumi Grill Recipe

Traditionally made from a blend of goat’s and sheep’s milk, halloumi is a firm, white, brined cheese that is excellent for grilling. Like other low-fat cheeses, it sears and colors quickly when it hits the hot grill. The interior softens, but the cheese doesn’t melt; it just warms up invitingly.

Preheat a grill or grill pan to high heat. Slice the halloumi into Β½-inch-thick planks. Rub both sides with olive oil and place on the hot grill. Reduce the heat to medium and grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until well-charred.

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Prep: 5min

Total: 15min


  • 1 (8-oz.) block halloumi cheese
  • 2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 1 sprig thyme, leaves stripped
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat a grill to medium high and clean grates well. Pat halloumi dry with a paper towel. Slice cheese crosswise into ¼”-thick pieces. Pat each piece dry with a paper towel.
  2. Drizzle 1 teaspoon olive oil evenly over sliced cheese and flip them once or twice to coat in oil.
  3. Place cheese on hot grill and let cook just until cheese no longer sticks to grates and grill marks appear, 3 to 5 minutes. Flip them over and repeat on other side.
  4. Transfer cheese to a serving platter. Drizzle with honey and remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil. Sprinkle with thyme leaves and season with freshly ground black pepper.


How long does it take for halloumi to grill?

Halloumi cheese should be sliced into wide, 1/2-inch thick slices, lightly brushed with olive oil on both sides, and carefully placed on the grill for just a few seconds (about 2 to 3 seconds) on each side, until lightly browned and gently crisped; do not over-grill.

Is it better to grill or fry halloumi?

Cook them on the grill for 5 to 10 minutes, turning them occasionally, until golden and slightly charred on all sides. Brush them with a little olive oil and, if you’d like, a squeeze of lemon juice.

Should you soak halloumi before grilling?

Because of its high melting point, halloumi is a unique and impressive cheese that can be grilled at 400 degrees or fried in a hot pan without melting. It gets nice and brown when fried and develops grill marks when it is grilled. It is somewhat soft, chewy, salty, and incredibly delicious.

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