You may have heard of halloumi, the cheese you can fry. This Mediterranean product is made in a particular way so that it has a much higher melting point than other cheeses, but without being hard. This means it stands up to heat without falling apart. And, because of this you can include it in recipes where other cheese would simply turn to mush.
The taste is mild, but the texture is chewier than other cheeses. And, it goes perfectly with the traditional piquant flavors of this easy fajita recipe.
For these halloumi fajitas you start off by frying the sliced halloumi in a pan with some olive oil. A low heat is perfect here so that the cheese doesn’t burn or melt too much, though it will still get a bit melted. Remove the cheese from the pan before adding some red onion and some bell pepper.
It wouldn’t be fajitas without some wonderful spices in the veggies, like cumin and smoked paprika. Once they’re done cooking add the halloumi back into the pan and mix it with the sautéd vegetables.
Add some salsa or pico de gallo onto your tortillas along with some guacamole, then fill with the fajita filling and enjoy a great (new) way to have this classic Tex-Mex dinner.
Makes 6 fajitas
15m prep time
13m cook time
- 2 (7 oz) blocks halloumi
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 red onion, sliced
- 2 bell peppers, sliced
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- juice of 1 lime
- 6 (10”) flour tortillas
- 1 tablespoon freshly chopped cilantro
- 3 tablespoons guacamole
- 3/4 cup salsa
- Cut each block of halloumi into strips, taking care not to break them. Heat oil over medium-low heat then add in halloumi. Cook 2-4 minutes on each side or until golden in color. Remove from pan.
- In same skillet add in onion and peppers, and season with salt and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat for 8 minutes or until softened, adding garlic after 5 minutes of cooking. Stir in paprika, chili powder, cumin, and lime juice and cook 1 minute more. Remove from heat and add halloumi, tossing to coat each piece.
- Assemble fajitas by adding some cilantro to each tortilla then adding filling. Serve immediately with salsa and guacamole.
Recipe adapted from BBC Good Food.