KETO HALLOUMI FRIES (Indian Style!) – these easy fries are cheesy, sturdy, and perfect for layering on all sorts of delicious toppings.
These Keto Halloumi Fries are absolutely positively my new favorite thing. The combination of flavors and textures in this recipe are, in my opinion, perfection. The crunchy exterior of the halloumi fresh out of the frying pan, the spice from serranos complimented with the taste-bud soothing cilantro mint sauce, yeah this recipe makes me want to burst out into a Hall & Oates songs.
I think one of the reason’s I personally love this recipe so much is because it combines the flavor profiles of two of my favorite cuisines from around the world. Greek and Indian, but another big reason I love it is because it’s fried cheese…how could it not be delicious?
This recipe is super simple too and gives you the option to dress yours up however you’d like. I used Indian toppings, but could you add jalapenos and guac for a Mexican twist, or keep it 100% Mediterranean and throw some olives and tzatziki in there.
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I had never cooked with halloumi before I began testing this recipe. Like with any unfamiliar ingredient, I was a little nervous these wouldn’t turn out. A little extra nervous because I just spent two weeks trying to nail a keto mozzarella stick recipe that was supposed to make it into 5-ingredient February. After multiple attempts/fails with the mozzarella sticks. I tried freezing the cheese, I tried baking them. I even got to the point where I was using a meat thermometer in the oil to try and find the perfect temperature to prevent melting. No matter what… the end result was the same – a melty (though delicious) mess.
The great thing about halloumi is it has a much higher melting point than your average cheese due to its molecular composition, so you don’t have to worry about a melty mess.
All you have to worry about is what to top it with and who to share it with! (or who not to share it with 😉
Keto Halloumi Fries (Indian Style)
- 8 oz Halloumi cut into fry size sticks.
- 1 cup avocado oil for frying
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- ½ cup pickled red onion
- ½ cup diced cucumber
- 2 serranos thinly slices
- 2 tablespoons minced herbs cilantro + mint
- ¼ cup cilantro
- ⅛ cup mint
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 serrano
- Squeeze of lemon
- ½ cup full-fat yogurt
- Salt to taste
- Make the sauce by combining all of the ingredients and
- Place the oil in a 10.5” cast iron skillet and heat over medium until it reaches 350° F.
- Gently drop the halloumi into the hot oil frying for 3-4 minutes per side until crispy and golden. Remove and place on paper towels to remove excess oil.
- For the sauce, simply blend all of the ingredients together until smooth, refrigerate until ready to use.
- When ready to serve top the fries with the toppings and sauce.
Nutritional info is for the Indian style fries