When you are craving an appetizer or side dish that is cheesy and delicious, these Keto Halloumi Fries are guaranteed to please. With just five ingredients, you are going to love these crispy morsels. Serve them with marinara and get prepared for compliments all around.
If you love cheese, you are going to go wild for this fried halloumi cheese! It is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside - the perfect way to liven up your keto diet.
Ingredients for Making Halloumi Fries
- Halloumi: You can find a block of halloumi in the fine cheese section of most grocery stores. If your grocer doesn’t carry it, look for it at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, or your local cheese shop.
- Egg: Use a large egg.
- Almond Flour: Finely ground almond flour works best here. I do not recommend using almond meal.
- Parmesan Cheese: Use fresh, finely grated parmesan cheese.
- Garlic Powder: Optional, but I like the flavor kick it adds.
- Oil: I recommend using avocado oil. If you want to use olive oil, make sure that it does not reach its smoke point.
What to Serve with Fried Halloumi
- You can skip the breading and just fry the cheese!
- You can use coconut flour if you like. Just keep in mind that it imparts a coconut flavor that you may or may not enjoy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Halloumi is a goat- or sheep-milk cheese that has a high melting temperature. It is frequently found in Cyprian and Greek cuisine.
When you cook it, the outside gets golden and crispy, and the inside softens.
You can sear it in a skillet, deep fry it, or even thread it onto skewers and grill it!
It is salty like feta but milder in flavor - more along the lines of mozzarella.
Halloumi Fries are fries that are made out of Halloumi Cheese. They can be breaded, coated in flour, or unbreaded.
Yes, you can. But because we have breaded these, I recommend freezing them in the same way that you would freeze Keto Mozzarella Sticks before cooking. This is to prevent the breading from blowing off.
Alternatively, you can skip the breading altogether!
This recipe is best fresh. But if you have any leftovers, you can store low-carb halloumi fries in the refrigerator for up to three days. I recommend reheating in the oven or an air fryer.
How to Fry Halloumi
Slice the halloumi into sticks. You want reasonably thick slices, so they don’t fall apart.
Crack your egg into a shallow bowl and beat it well.
Combine the almond flour, parmesan cheese, and garlic powder in another shallow bowl.
You can season to taste with salt and pepper if you like, but keep in mind that halloumi cheese is already pretty salty.
Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Heat your oil in a pan over medium heat. The oil should be about 350° F.
Cook for about 1 to 2 minutes, until golden brown.
For an extra pop of flavor, squeeze a little fresh lemon juice over the cooked halloumi.
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Keto Halloumi Fries
- 9 ounces halloumi cheese
- 1 egg beaten
- 1/3 cup finely ground almond flour
- 1/3 cup finely ground parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Oil for frying
- Cut the halloumi into sticks.
- Place the egg in a shallow bowl.
- In another bowl, combine the almond flour, parmesan cheese, and garlic powder. If you would like, you can season to taste with salt and pepper. (But keep in mind that halloumi is already fairly salty.)
- Dip the cheese sticks into an egg, and then coat with the almond flour mixture.
- Place on a parchment-lined plate or baking sheet, and continue with the remaining cheese sticks.
- Heat oil in a frying pan to 350° F. (You can also use a deep fryer.) Fry the cheese for about 90 seconds to 2 minutes per side, until golden brown and crispy. (Cook in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan if necessary.)
- Transfer the cooked halloumi to a plate lined with paper towels. Serve warm.