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Haloumi fries

French fries but a whole lot more interesting and faster to make
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack, starter
Cuisine Greek, Mediterranean, vegetarian
Servings 4 People
Calories 503 kcal


  • ▢ 360g / 12oz haloumi cheese blocks 2 x 180g/6 oz blocks (Note 1)
  • ▢ 2 cups canola oil or other natural oil
  • ▢ 2 large eggs whisked


  • 1/2 cup plain/all purpose flour
  • ▢ 1 tbsp Italian herbs Note 2
  • ▢ 1 tbsp smoked paprika sub ordinary paprika
  • ▢ 1 tsp ground white pepper sub black pepper


  • ▢ 1 cup panko breadcrumbs – or ordinary breadcrumbs Note 3
  • ▢ 1/4 tsp cooking/kosher salt


  • ▢ 1/2 cup plain Greek yoghurt
  • ▢ 1 garlic clove finely grated using a microplane
  • ▢ 1/2 tsp lemon juice sub white vinegar
  • ▢ 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ▢ 1/4 tsp cooking/kosher salt


  • Garlic dipping sauce – Mix ingredients in a bowl and set aside for at least 20 minutes to let the flavours develop.
  • Cut the haloumi into fries around 1.5cm / 0/6" thick. The length will depend on the shape of your haloumi. I cut mine into 5 slices lengthwise, then each into half which makes uniform fries, and get 20 pieces.
  • Dry – Pat halloumi mostly dry using tea towels.
  • Prep – Using 3 bowls large enough to toss the halloumi, put the eggs in one bowl, mix Flour Dredge in another and mix Crumbing ingredients in a third.
  • Crumb – Dip a haloumi fry in flour, shake off excess. Dip in egg, allow excess to drip off. Coat in breadcrumbs, pressing to adhere, then place on tray. PRO: Do 2 at a time. Toss haloumi in breadcrumbs (by tossing the bowl) so you don't have to touch.
  • Heat oil in a medium sauce pan over high heat until it reaches 180°C/350°F
  • Fry 5 haloumi sticks at a time for 1 1/2 minutes. Drain on a paper towel lined tray. Repeat with remaining haloumi.
  • Air fry and baking – see Note 5.
  • Serve hot with yoghurt garlic dipping sauce!


This recipe is sponsored by Mediterranean Supermarket 
Keyword cheese dish, haloumi fries, mediterranean, vegetarian