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These little Bacon Halloumi Bites are SO simple to make and very quick to disappear! They’re ridiculously moreish and are perfect for any party, BBQ or gathering. With that beautifully squeaky halloumi wrapped up in sultry salty bacon, little hints of black pepper and tangy chives, you’re not gonna go far wrong are you?! Team it up with this perfect homemade hummus recipe and seriously – best party food EVER!

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What’s not to love about them? These Bacon Halloumi Bites are little bites of heaven! It’ll be the best magic show you’ll ever put on… put the plate down and they’ll miraculously disappear! I guarantee your guests will be asking you for more, or the recipe, or both!

These little beauties are perfect for ANY occasion. Such an easy, delicious party food. If it’s more of a centre piece you’re after, this stunning festive star pull apart bread is more what you might need.

Still looking for more party food inspiration? You might like these sticky teriyaki chipolata bites,pigs in blankets and bbq bacon pineapple bites!

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Bacon Halloumi Bites – Step by Step Picture Recipe

Here is what you will need to make 24.

(For a printer friendly version, see the recipe card at the end of this post)


  • 1 x 225g Block of Halloumi Cheese
  • 12 Rashers of Smoked Streaky Bacon
  • 1 tbsp Freshly Chopped Chives
  • Black Pepper


Preheat your oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C and line a baking sheet with tin foil.

Then cut the halloumi block into 24 pieces and set to one side.

Take each slice of streaky bacon and stretch them out using the back of a knife. (This is to thin it out, making less go a longer way and shortening the cooking time.) Cut each slice in half.

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Sprinkle each piece of bacon with some chives & black pepper. Don’t add salt as the bacon is already very salty.

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Place a piece of halloumi at the end of a strip and roll it up. Repeat until everything is used up thenplace them onto the prepared tin.

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Bake in the preheated oven for 18 – 20 mins until the bacon is golden and crispy.

These are best served straight from the oven. Place them onto a serving plate with some co*cktail sticks and let your guests dig in. See! I TOLD you they were easy to make!!

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Bacon Halloumi Bites - Printable Recipe

Yield: 24 Bites

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

These irresistible Bacon Halloumi Bites are CRAZY easy to make and will have your guests begging you for the recipe. You need them in your life!


  • 1 x 225 g Block of Halloumi Cheese
  • 12 Rashers of Smoked Streaky Bacon
  • 1 tbsp Freshly Chopped Chives
  • Black Pepper

Essential Equipment

  • Large Baking Sheet


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C and line the baking tray with foil.
  2. Slice the halloumi into 24 pieces.
  3. Stretch the bacon (using the back of a knife) and slice each rasher in half.
  4. Generously scatter the chives & some pepper over each bacon rasher.
  5. Roll a piece of halloumi up in a strip of bacon then repeat for the rest.
  6. Bake for 18-20 mins until golden and cooked through. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield: 24Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 62Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 180mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 5g

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Why soak halloumi before frying? ›

Why do you soak halloumi before cooking? While completely optional, many swear by this step for a softer, more flavourful, and sweeter result that will set your halloumi apart from all others. The easiest method is to soak the whole block of cheese in cold water for at least two hours (or overnight if you have time).

How do you keep halloumi from getting rubbery? ›

Halloumi can become a little rubbery and tough if you don't know how to use it. There are a few things you can do to avoid this: – cut your slices of halloumi on the thicker side – very thin slices tend to become a little hard, rather than soft and squidgy, like thicker slices do.

What are halloumi bites made of? ›

This appetizer recipe, which also happens to be gluten-free, features halloumi cheese, cut into cubes, breaded in a thin layer of cornmeal, and shallow pan-fried in olive oil until golden brown. A mixture of honey and chili garlic sauce is drizzled on top for a sweet and spicy combo that's perfect with the cheese.

How do you fry halloumi without sticking? ›

Here are some things you should know before cooking halloumi for the first time: Use a non-stick pan. This is especially important if you are frying the cheese in a dry pan without oil. Make sure the oil is well warmed.

How long should you soak halloumi? ›

Soak the halloumi in water for 30 minutes or up to 24 hours to remove the salty taste. I love the salty taste of halloumi, so I prefer not to soak it. However, if you find the kind you have to be too salty, the soak will help alleviate that. Allow the halloumi cheese to grill without touching it.

Should you rinse halloumi before cooking it? ›

Simply patting the haloumi dry with paper towel will remove some of the saltiness, but you can also place it in a bowl of cold water to remove more of the salt, if you prefer. Just soak for 5 minutes, then pat dry with paper towel – patting dry is important to ensure the lovely golden crispy edges!

Is halloumi a healthy cheese? ›

When eaten regularly in large quantities halloumi can be considered unhealthy, as this fried cheese is pretty high in saturated fat and salt. However, when eaten sporadically as part of a balanced diet, halloumi has a range of health benefits, as it's high in calcium and protein.

Why does halloumi make your teeth squeak? ›

This is because, unlike many cheeses, halloumi has a high pH, as no starter cultures are used in its production. It seems that when this dense casein network “rubs” against the enamel of the teeth, it produces a squeak. Other cheeses usually have a lower pH, which tends to make the casein more fragile.

Why is halloumi so expensive? ›

Halloumi is made out of sheep's milk, which is more expensive than cow's or goat's milk due to the animal milking production—though nowadays you can also find Halloumi varieties with a mix of these kinds of milk, thus lowering the price of the product.

What are the black bits in halloumi? ›

As always, be sure to check the package of the specific product you use. It's also worth noting that halloumi is packaged with mint leaves, often chopped, so if you see little flecks of it throughout the package, it's just mint. There's no need to remove it before cooking.

Can you eat halloumi raw? ›

What is halloumi? Originating from Cyprus, halloumi is a semi-hard, un-ripened, brined cheese that can be made from cow, sheep or goat's milk. It can be eaten raw but is truly delicious cooked, having a high melting point, makes it an excellent choice for grilling or frying.

What animal does halloumi come from? ›

Halloumi is a semi-hard cheese made principally in Cyprus from sheep or goat milk or mixture of the two. The raw milk is coagulated as for Feta cheese.

Can you fry mozzarella like halloumi? ›

Cheeses that have a high melting point can be fried. While the cheese melts slightly, it will generally retain its shape in the fryer or skillet. Popular fried cheese options are cheese curds, queso blanco, halloumi, paneer, mozzarella, bread cheese, certain cheddars, and provolone.

Are halloumi fries like mozzarella sticks? ›

These halloumi fries are Middle Eastern style mozzarella sticks made with only 4 ingredients – flour, eggs, panko and non-melting halloumi!

Why is my halloumi falling apart? ›

Don't slice it too thin, otherwise it will fall apart and also be too dry. About 1cm/0.5 inch thick slices are best. We used a crinkle cutter for ours, give give those grill line effects. Put the halloumi in a non-stick frying pan (no oil is needed).

Does soaking halloumi remove salt? ›

It's important to note that while soaking halloumi can help reduce its sodium content to some extent, it won't eliminate it entirely. Also, the flavor and texture of the cheese may be affected, so it's a compromise between lowering sodium intake and maintaining the original characteristics of halloumi.

Why is halloumi stored in brine? ›

Haloumi was created at a time before refrigeration when it was vital that foods were made to last. Thankfully, because haloumi was stored in salty brine it could keep for long periods without spoiling and early producers found that wrapping haloumi in mint leaves further helped to maintain its freshness and flavour.

What stops halloumi from melting? ›

It is the high pH (low acid) of the cheese that causes this non-melting characteristic.

Should I keep halloumi in water? ›

How to store halloumi. An unopened packet of halloumi will keep in the fridge for up to a year. Once opened store in salt water in the fridge.

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