Squidgy Fried Halloumi with Crushed Nuts – less painful than it sounds

Squidgy Fried Halloumi with Crushed Nuts – less painful than it sounds – Fried Halloumi with Crushed Nuts are ready #lemon juice #cayenne pepper | hurrythefoodup.com

Ah, fried halloumi. You springy, squidgy, salty, delicious little cheese.

The more we eat halloumi cheese, the more we love it. This fried halloumi recipe comes almost a year to the day after we released our last halloumi recipe, the heavenly halloumi salad.

And heavenly it is, much like this very recipe.

Fried halloumi with crushed nuts and sweet peppers

While crushed nuts sounds painful to be sure, there are a couple of reasons that this recipe really stands out to us – and they’re adaptable to everyone.

Firstly, if you’re looking for a vegetarian high-protein recipe then this one has you more than covered. In fact, it’s packed full of protein – almost 30g per serving! An incredible amount, mostly due to the nuts and halloumi cheese.

Secondly, if you’re looking to gain weight and muscle because you’re smashing it in the gym, the recipe has you covered there as well.

Adding a side to the meal, like brown rice, is a good way to get the calories and carbohydrates up. Naturally the protein levels stay high (or go even higher, thanks to the rice).

And finally, it’s easy to use this recipe to help with weight-loss, too. In fact, that’s how I first ate it – and loved it. And I still do.

Squidgy Fried Halloumi with Crushed Nuts – less painful than it sounds – Fried Halloumi with Crushed Nuts ingredients #sweet peppers #halloumi | hurrythefoodup.com
Squidgy Fried Halloumi with Crushed Nuts – less painful than it sounds – peppers and onions are frying in the pan #olive oil #garlic | hurrythefoodup.com
Squidgy Fried Halloumi with Crushed Nuts – less painful than it sounds – the halloumi are frying in the pan #onion #cashews | hurrythefoodup.com
Squidgy Fried Halloumi with Crushed Nuts – less painful than it sounds – the rice is cooking in the pot #pomegranate seeds #sugar | hurrythefoodup.com

Fried halloumi for weight-loss

To make this recipe suitable for weight-loss, we just need to do a couple of things. First, we don’t need a side with it. Nuts, cheese and peppers is already a balanced and filling meal.

Secondly, we cut down on the oil. In fact, we go from three tablespoons to one. We use half for the onion and pepper, and half for the halloumi.

It’s easy to make fried halloumi with less oil – it takes slightly longer to cook – but not much, and the flavour is still superb.

We also halve the nuts. This is where a lot of the fat and carbs come from, so let’s cut down on those just a little if we’re looking for weight-loss.

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Fried halloumi for… fun

Of course, these are just suggestions. We love all types of fried halloumi, and this recipe, in our humble opinion, is a joy to eat in its own right.

There’s something very satisfying about the combo of crushed nuts and cheese, the soft peppers and the crunchy pomegranate seeds.

Talking of pomegranate seeds

It’s now really easy to get hold of frozen pomegranate seeds, which is exactly what we recommend for this recipe. They’re much easier to use without having to extract them yourself, and far less messy!

Of course, if you can’t find frozen ones then the regular ones are still just fine – or you can even skip the seeds in a pinch. The fried halloumi, nuts and peppers are the main ingredients.

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Squidgy Fried Halloumi with Crushed Nuts – less painful than it sounds – Fried Halloumi with Crushed Nuts are ready #lemon juice #cayenne pepper | hurrythefoodup.com
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Squidgy Fried Halloumi with Crushed Nuts

Fried halloumi absolutely rocks! We can’t get enough of the stuff and this quick recipe is another sure-fire, high-protein winner!
Course Mains
Cuisine Global
Time 30 minutes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 607kcal

Ingredients

Optional:

  • ½ cup brown rice

Instructions

  • If using rice, cook according to packet instructions.
  • Give the peppers a quick clean and dice into small pieces, removing the seeds.
  • Thinly slice the onion into half-moon shapes, and start them frying in some olive oil on a low heat until soft. Add the peppers after a couple of minutes. Fry for another five minutes.
  • In the meantime, peel and dice or crush the garlic. Also peel and chop the pistachios.
  • Add the garlic to the pepper and onion mix and cook for another minute, stirring it together.
  • Add the sugar and let it caramelise (go a bit brown and liquidy).Add 1 tbsp water. Add the cinnamon, cumin and pomegranate seeds.Give it a good stir.
  • Add the lemon juice, salt and cayenne pepper. Stir again.
  • Remove from heat and put in bowl to the side.
  • Slice the halloumi into strips and fry in olive oil until browned on both sides.
  • Rip the dill. When the halloumi is ready, place the pepper-onion mix onto plates and layer the halloumi on top. Garnish with the pistachios and dill. That’s it, ready!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Squidgy Fried Halloumi with Crushed Nuts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 607 Calories from Fat 423
% Daily Value*
Fat 47g72%
Saturated Fat 17g106%
Sodium 914mg40%
Potassium 601mg17%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 6366IU127%
Vitamin C 263mg319%
Calcium 788mg79%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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4 comments

  1. Daniela Donnelly

    Looks delicious . When do you cook the peppers or are they the cooked sweet peppers in jars which are used here?

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