This is my Lebanese take on mozzarella sticks, using halloumi cheese instead! These halloumi fries are made by rolling the cheese in flour, panko breadcrumbs and sesame seeds, then oven-baked until golden and crispy. I paired them with a simple and bright marinara sauce for dipping - a fun Mediterranean appetizer!
Before we get into the fries part, what is halloumi anyways? It’s basically a white firm cheese made from sheep’s milk. It has a salty taste (which usually fades when cooked) and a rubbery texture, and it’s often referred to as the “grilling cheese” because it doesn’t melt when grilled!
I have so many memories of weekend breakfasts with my dad grilling halloumi cheese and eating it with Arabic pita bread. Now I’m thrilled to see it becoming a super popular trending food. It’s popping up on so many restaurant menus lately, and rightfully so!
Ok, now that we have a proper introduction to halloumi down, let’s get into the fries part of these Halloumi fries. Or you can also call them Halloumi sticks. This recipe is basically inspired by traditional mozzarella sticks, but I decided to use halloumi cheese instead of mozzarella cheese. And I added some toasted sesame seeds on the outside for added crispy factor, and I guess, added Mediterranean factor.
To make the halloumi fries, just set up an assembly line of flour, egg wash and panko bread crumbs with sesame seeds. Then bake in the oven until the fries are golden and crispy.
You can eat these halloumi fries alone, but I whipped up a quick homemade marinara sauce to go with it.
I’m making a few other recipes with halloumi because it’s so widely available in stores now, and I don’t have to wait to visit the local Lebanese stores in Dearborn Michigan to buy it. One of my favorite halloumi recipes already on the blog is the Zaatar Spring Rolls which are stuffed with halloumi cheese. After you make these halloumi fries, head to that recipe and try the spring rolls…YUM!
If you make this healthy-ish feelgood Halloumi Fries recipe, please be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I would love to hear about your experience making it. And if you snapped some shots of it, share it with me on Instagram so I can repost on my stories!