How to Grill Halloumi Cheese

How to Grill Halloumi Cheese

Note from Kare: Today Gina from Running to the Kitchen is showing us how to grill halloumi cheese. And let me just say: If you haven’t tried grilled halloumi cheese yet, you MUST. Immediately!

Between marrying a Greek, having a close circle of friends with three more Greeks in it and generally just loving a good gyro (or two), I’ve been to my fair share of Greek festivals. One thing that always catches my eye, although I’ve never ordered, is the flaming cheese stand better known as saganaki in Greek. The first time I saw it, I was skeptical. I mean, how do you grill cheese without it melting through the slats and making a huge mess? Well, turns out it’s a thing and it’s totally possible.

Saganaki can use a variety of hard Greek cheeses, but one of my favorites is halloumi.

How to Grill Halloumi Cheese

First off, what exactly is halloumi cheese?

How to Grill Halloumi Cheese

Halloumi is a semi-hard, unripened, brined goat and sheep’s milk cheese (although it can be made with cow’s milk as well). It has a high melting point that makes it great for the grill and perfect for so many light summer meals.

You should be able to find it at well-stocked grocery stores. We have also found it at Trader Joe’s.

Prepping and grilling your halloumi cheese

There’s literally no trick to it. Just slice the block of cheese into thick pieces – about 1/3 inch – so they don’t fall apart on the grill. It’ll sound squeaky as the knife goes through it, kind of like chewing cheese curds which is always fun.

How to Grill Halloumi Cheese

Heat your grill or grill pan to medium-high and throw the cheese on a for about three minutes per side until those lovely golden brown char marks appear. Remove from the grill and serve – it’s that simple!

How to Grill Halloumi Cheese

The result is a warmed, salty, chewy-hard cheese perfect for all kinds of uses – but especially as a base for this bruschetta or thrown into this simple grilled peach summer salad.

The possibilities seem endless really. Add halloumi to some vegetable skewers and grill it that way, make a cheese sandwich out of it maybe with some fresh pesto, chop it up small and add to a summer grain salad, place it on top of a Portobello burger for one heck of a vegetarian option.

Whatever you do, just make sure to grill some halloumi this summer!

How to Grill Halloumi Cheese

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How to Grill Halloumi Cheese

Did you know you could grill cheese – as in, cheese, directly on the grill?! Halloumi has an incredibly high melting point, making it perfect for grilling. The result is a warmed, salty, chewy-hard cheese perfect for all kinds of uses. Here’s how to do it.

Ingredients:

  • Halloumi cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat outdoor grill or stove-top grill pan over medium-high heat/flame, about 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut the halloumi into approximately 1/4-1/3 inch slices.
  3. Once hot, place the halloumi on the grill. Flip each slice after about 3 minutes, or once golden brown grill marks appear. Grill on other side then remove from grill. It’s done!
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Gina

Gina writes the blog Running to the Kitchen, a healthy, seasonal, and whole-food focused site. She likes dabbling in all the dietary niches (it's a fun challenge!) although she eats pretty much everything under the sun - except passion fruit, it smells like feet and grosses her out.