This crispy air fryer halloumi is soft on the inside, golden on the outside, and ready in 10 minutes. Top it with a drizzle of honey for the best sweet and salty appetizer or side dish. The easiest and best way to cook halloumi cheese!
Best ever crispy air fryer halloumi recipe
I love halloumi cheese! It’s salty, flavorful, and easy to cook. Halloumi is the perfect cheese for frying, grilling, and air frying since it has a high melting point and doesn’t melt when cooked like most cheeses. Once air-fried, the halloumi is warm, soft, and crispy on the outside.
Air fryer halloumi is the perfect side dish for any meal or appetizer. I love drizzling mine with some raw honey for a sweet and salty combination. But you can also serve halloumi with hummus, tzatziki, on salads, in wraps, or on a mezze platter.
This is seriously the best-ever air fryer halloumi recipe! You only need two ingredients: halloumi cheese and olive oil. I like using olive oil spray to lighten this recipe up even further! Here is a list of everything you need so you are prepared:
- Halloumi: Grab one 8oz block of halloumi cheese. Halloumi is a sheep and goat milk cheese that doesn’t melt when cooked; it gets crispy and warm.
- Olive Oil or Cooking Spray: I like using olive oil or avocado oil spray to help crispen up the outside of the halloumi as it air fries. You can also use 1 to 2 teaspoons of olive oil.
How to cook air fryer halloumi
Air fryer halloumi takes under 10 minutes to make! Any level cook can make them since it’s so easy to prepare. I love serving it as an appetizer and as a side dish. Here are detailed step-by-step instructions with pictures for visual reference so anyone can make it. The full recipe and ingredient measurements are at the bottom of this page in the recipe card.
First, preheat your air fryer to 380°F.
Then, cut the halloumi block into ½-inch thick slices. If you are using olive oil, lightly brush both sides with olive oil. If you are using a spray, lightly spray both sides.
After that, evenly space the halloumi pieces in the preheated air fryer basket. NO OVERLAPPING!
Air fry at 380°F for 8 to 10 minutes; I like to flip mine halfway through with tongs so they are evenly golden. They should be golden, not burnt. You can add 1 to 2 extra minutes IF you want the halloumi to be crispier.
Serve immediately on top of a salad or on its own with a drizzle of honey (if you like sweet). Enjoy!Print
Air Fryer Halloumi
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Cook Time: 8 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 1 1x
- Category: Appetizer
- Cuisine: American
- 1 (8oz) block halloumi cheese
- Olive oil, avocado oil spray, or 1 tsp of olive oil
Preheat your air fryer to 380°F.
Cut the halloumi block into ½-inch thick slices. If you are using olive oil, lightly brush both sides with olive oil. If you are using spray, lightly spray both sides.
Evenly space the halloumi pieces in the preheated air fryer basket. NO OVERLAPPING!
Air fry at 380°F for 8 to 10 minutes, I like to flip mine halfway through with tongs so they are evenly golden. They should be golden, not burnt. You can add 1 to 2 extra minutes IF you want the halloumi to be crispier.
Serve immediately on top of a salad or on it’s own with a drizzle of honey (if you like sweet). Enjoy!
Flip the halloumi halfway through. This ensures that both sides of the halloumi are golden and crispy.
Make Ahead of Time: I don’t recommend making air fryer halloumi ahead of time. It is best enjoyed straight out of the air fryer or within 5 to 10 minutes of cooking since you want to serve it warm.
Halloumi Notes: It is also called “grilling cheese” at some grocery stores.
Serving: Air fryer halloumi is a fantastic appetizer and side dish. I love drizzling halloumi with honey for that classic sweet and salty combination and serving it alone or with some fresh grapes. But you can also serve halloumi with hummus, tzatziki, on salads, in grain bowls, in wraps, in sandwiches, with eggs for breakfast, on a mezze platter, or with grilled vegetables, chicken, salmon, shrimp, or lamb.
Storing: I highly recommend portioning out and air-frying the amount of cheese you are going to eat. Air fryer halloumi is best enjoyed straight out of the air fryer. If you need to store extras, add it to a sealed container and refrigerate for up to 5 days.
Reheating: Reheat in the air fryer at 350°F for 3 – 5 minutes until warm again.