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Extra Crispy Halloumi Fries

May 10, 2018 (Last Updated: March 30, 2020) by Chris Collins

These homemade halloumi fries are double dipped in Panko breadcrumbs for an extra crispy finish. Just be warned – they are crazy addictive!!

overhead shot of halloumi fries scattered on surface with hand taking one

Homemade Halloumi Fries

I’ve eaten enough halloumi fries in my time to feed a small army and let me tell you, it never gets old. Sure, Halloumi is great, but halloumi fries are even better.

First things first, just to clear out the cobwebs – 

What is Halloumi 🤔- Halloumi is semi-hard cheese made from a mixture of goat and sheeps milk. It is usually brined, so has a fairly salty flavour. It’s texture, when eaten raw or pan fried, has quite a ‘squeeky’ texture.

So, why does it make the best cheesy fries?

Halloumi has a high melting point, which means it can take a lot of heat before it turns to gloop. This makes it perfect for making fries because it turns nice and soft, but also keeps it’s shape.

What makes THESE the best halloumi fries?

Regular halloumi fries are either just grilled, or deep fried as they are. Here I coat them in breadcrumbs and deep fry, which results in a gorgeous crunchy casing with a heavenly soft slice of halloumi waiting inside. 

closeup shot of halloumi fries cheese pull

Making Halloumi Fries

Making halloumi fries is dangerously easy. It’s as easy as slicing the halloumi into fries, coating in flour, egg, then breadcrumbs and deep frying.

Panko Breadcrumbs

Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb, which tends to be much larger, lighter and more ‘airy’ than regular breadcrumbs. Because the flakes are larger, they tend to offer a crispier finish than regular breadcrumbs and because they absorb less grease, they stay crispier for longer. Perfect for deep fried cheese right?

Halloumi Fries WITHOUT Breadcrumbs

Because halloumi has such a high melting point you can actually just deep fry without breadcrumbs. But, I highly recommend using breadcrumbs for extra crispiness. They create a nice textural contrast against the soft halloumi

Double Dunking

Here I double dunk the fries in egg, then breadcrumbs, then back in the egg and finish in the breadcrumbs again. This builds up a nice crunchy casing to the fries. You can however just do one layer!

How to make halloumi fries (quick summary)

  1. Lay halloumi on chopping board.
  2. Dice in half.
  3. Dice into even wedges.
  4. Coat in smoked paprika and flour.
  5. Double dunk in egg/Panko.
  6. Deep fry.

How to make Halloumi Fries guidance photos

Deep Fried Halloumi

Deep frying in this case will give you the best result with regards to how crispy /crunchy they’re going to be. These are also the perfect introduction to deep frying if you’re not fully confident (no raw meat etc).

You’ll need to use an oil with a high smoking point, such as vegetable, sunflower or rapeseed oil. Olive oil is not suitable.

Can I shallow fry these?

Some recipes do suggest shallow frying, but in my opinion you simply don’t get the same results. Deep frying ensures a uniformed crispiness and reduces the risk of soggy fries.

halloumi fries in wire serving pot with marinara dip blurred in background

Serving Halloumi Fries

When it comes to what to serve with halloumi fries, I usually plate them up alongside a marinara dip. They also go great with a tomato salsa, but feel free to serve with another other dip you fancy!

If you’re looking for another dangerously delicious halloumi recipe then check out my Ultimate Halloumi Sandwich!

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Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full halloumi fries recipe shall we?!

dunking halloumi fry into Marinara Dipping Sauce

How to make EXTRA Crispy Halloumi Fries (Full Recipe & Video)

Crispy Halloumi Fries served hot in a pot

Extra Crispy Halloumi Fries

These homemade halloumi fries are double dipped in panko breadcrumbs for an extra crispy finish. Just be warned - they are crazy addictive!!
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Servings (click & slide): 12 Halloumi Fries
Course: Appetizer / Finger Food
Cuisine: Cypriot
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Calories per serving: 419kcal
Cost per serving: ยฃ2 / $2.50


  • Large Deep Pot or Pan (for deep frying)
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • 3 Medium Bowls (for dredging)
  • Slotted Spoon
  • Wire Rack
  • Paper Towels
  • Kitchen Thermometer

Ingredients (check list):

  • 2 blocks (225g/10oz each) Halloumi
  • 3-4 cups / (750ml-1litre) Vegetable/Sunflower/Canola Oil
  • 2 cups Panko Breadcrumbs, see notes
  • 2 large Eggs, beaten
  • 2 heaped tbsp Plain Flour, or as needed
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • dash of Milk


  • Slice your blocks of halloumi into 6 equal chunks (12 in total). Pat dry with paper towel to remove moisture.
  • Line up 3 bowls: first one is your flour and smoked paprika, second is your beaten eggs & dash of milk and lastly is your breadcrumbs. Coat your fries with the flour, then the egg, then the breadcrumbs, back into the egg, and finish in the breadcrumbs again. Repeat for all fries (refer to notes).
  • Heat up oil in a large pot/pan to 180C/356F. Carefully lower 3-4 fries (or as many can comfortably fit without sticking) into the oil and deep fry until golden. The temp will drop slightly, which is fine, but try and get it back up to 180C/356F after each batch. The fries are done when they're a deep golden colour, with the halloumi nice and soft in the centre (extra points is the halloumi just starts to leak out!).
  • Remove fries with a slotted spoon and place on a wire rack with paper towel UNDERNEATH (don't place directly on paper towel or they risk turning soggy).

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Salt -ย As you can see, I've left salt out of the recipe. Halloumi tends to be fairly salty, so personally I feel they don't need any added salt. However, if you think you want to add more, I'd wait until they're fried, taste test, then add more as necessary.ย 
b) Panko Breadcrumbs - These are Japanese breadcrumbs. They work great because they're big and airy (so extra crispy). You will find these at most regular grocery stores, but certainly at an Asian grocery store. You can sub regular breadcrumbs, but you're fries won't end up quite as crispy and crunchy.
c) Double Dunking - This builds up a nice crust to the fries. You can do one layer if you wish and they still come out crispy! To reduce mess I recommend assigning a 'wet' hand and a 'dry' hand otherwise it gets a bit hectic.
d) Deep Frying - You don't want the oil smoking hot (literally) because the outside will cook in seconds and the centre will still be solid. You want it just hot enough for the cheese to cause rapid bubbles. If you're not confident with deep frying just start with one first time round!

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Nutrition Facts
Extra Crispy Halloumi Fries
Amount Per Serving
Calories 419 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 23.95g37%
Saturated Fat 9.986g50%
Trans Fat 0.547g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.658g
Monounsaturated Fat 8.506g
Cholesterol 141mg47%
Sodium 1216mg51%
Potassium 196mg6%
Carbohydrates 27.97g9%
Fiber 1.2g5%
Sugar 2.12g2%
Protein 22.6g45%
Vitamin A 2050IU41%
Calcium 540mg54%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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    September 21, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    5 stars
    Oh Chris, just made these and I can’t stop eating them, they’re so dangerous! That crunchiness is on the edge and everything is just so perfect, your recipes never disappoint! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      September 22, 2020 at 10:14 am

      They are very dangerous aren’t they!! Glad they went down well ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Tania | Fit Foodie Nutter
    May 10, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    5 stars
    Whoa Chris, I might have a slight problem with this recipe… I would have to double it as I know I wouldn’t be able to stop myself after a few chips… Such a perfect recipe for a party too, thank you for sharing.

    • Reply
      May 11, 2018 at 9:42 am

      That opening sentence scared me too much haha, thank you Tania!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    May 10, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    5 stars
    Oh man. I thought mozzarella sticks were pretty great, but this is NEXT LEVEL. Pinned to try ASAP.

    • Reply
      May 10, 2018 at 9:09 pm

      Thanks so much! ENJOY! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    May 10, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    5 stars
    Wow, you have taken regular cheese sticks and turned them up a notch! I love the idea of experimenting with different types of cheese.

    • Reply
      May 10, 2018 at 9:04 pm

      Isn’t cheese just the best thing to experiment with!?

  • Reply
    Jessica Formicola
    May 10, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    5 stars
    I am loving all of that cheese! So good!

    • Reply
      May 10, 2018 at 8:58 pm

      Never too much cheese right!?

  • Reply
    May 10, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    Oh I would love these. Halloumi is showing up more and more, and this is a perfect way to use it!!

    • Reply
      May 10, 2018 at 7:26 pm

      You’re right, it’s super popular atm! Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚