Easy Keto Fried Halloumi

I like to keep a few batches of my keto cheese sticks ready to go in the freezer for whenever I have a craving for cheesy, salty, fried goodness, but sometimes I run out and am not in the mood to prep more from scratch. If I have halloumi on hand, though, it barely counts as an inconvenience. Halloumi fries up into a similar crisp on the outside, cheesy on the inside dish without the need to bother with egg washes or low carb breadings.

It doesn’t have the same melty, stringiness of a traditional mozzarella stick, but the distinct texture of halloumi has its own special appeal. Plus you can make these in literally five minutes; even quicker than popping those low carb cheese sticks out of the freezer and into the frying pan! I like to up the flavor profile even more by sprinkling these keto fried halloumi sticks with oregano and red pepper before serving.

Easy Keto Fried Halloumi

A few minutes in a pan plus a sprinkle of spices turns halloumi into a super satisfying snack or side. Per serving: ~225kcal, 21g fat, 12 protein, <1g carbs.

  • Prep Time: 2m
  • Cook Time: 4m
  • Total Time: 6m
  • Serves: 4
  • Yield: 8 ounces

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces fresh halloumi, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Pat halloumi dry if needed. Heat olive oil in a small pan over medium heat.
  2. Add halloumi slices to pan, and cook for 1-2 minutes or until golden on the bottom. Flip, and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes to brown the other side.
  3. Remove halloumi slices from pan. Top with oregano and red pepper, and serve immediately.

Notes:

  • These are best served fresh, immediately after cooking. They are still tasty when reheated, but the texture is a bit tougher.
  • A squeeze of fresh lemon juice and/or a dash of fresh ground black pepper are also great flavor additions.
  • If you can’t find halloumi (a common problem at my local stores), some types of queso blanco (specifically queso de freier, if you can find it) will work as a replacement.
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