Grilled Halloumi with Pomegranate Molasses



I am exhausted!  The kids and I spent the morning on a ”field trip” to the Royal Camel Farm.  We saw tons of camels up close and they are still talking about the poop (remember the Christmas camel?) 

But in keeping with the Middle Eastern theme today, I’m finally getting around to posting my first Halloumi recipe.  Halloumi is a Middle Eastern cheese that’s different than most because it’s firm enough to grill or fry.  It doesn’t melt; instead it gets nice and crispy.  A few weeks ago I had it for the first time and I wanted to recreate the appetizer that I loved so much.

Of course, I put my own spin on it, but it was really good.  The cheese is very salty, so I made a pomegranate molasses for some balance and threw some pistachios on top for a little crunch. 


Grilled Halloumi with Pomegranate Molasses
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Serves: 3-4
  • Halloumi cheese, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • basil leaves (one per slice of cheese)
  • 1/4 cup shelled pistachio nuts
  1. To make the molasses: Put pomegranate in a sauce pan over medium heat and reduce 15-20 minutes until a thick syup forms. Remove one tablespoon for the appetizer and set the rest aside for another use.
  2. Prepare grill to a medium-high heat
  3. Place each slice of cheese on the grill, grilling 2-3 minutes per side or until slightly charred
  4. Turn cheese over and grill on the other side 2-3 minutes or until slightly charred.
  5. Remove cheese to a platter
  6. To serve: place a basil leave on top of each piece of cheese. drizzle with pomegranate molasses and top with nuts. Serve immediately.



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Ramona - Omgosh.. we do have the same plate! It’s like a banana leaf right? My mother brought it from Sri Lanka on her last trip there…did you get that in the Middle East? How funny is that. :) I have never had halloumi cheese.. but I love that it gets crispy. You have a great balance of flavors here as well with the salt and and sweet. Well done. :)

alyssa - Yes, I told you we had the same one! And I just saw the medium and large platters last week! I was in a hurry so I didn’t buy them, but I am totally going back for them.

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts - That sauce sounds delicious! What a creative idea!

Sandra's Easy Cooking - I can imagine the kid’s talk after the camel’s poop LOL! Mine would stop talking after few days:)))
Your grilled cheese look amazing..what a great idea and wonderful looking presentation! Well done dear..keep them coming!!!

Tina@flourtrader - I have never tried Halloumi cheese, but the additional flavoring with pomegranite does sound like it would be tasty with any cheese. Your pictures are very inviting.
Funny about the camel poop, I guess kids will latch on to some of the strangest lines of conversation! Happy Monday

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. - Ok, I have to admit that I did not know what halloumi is! When I first looked at it, I thought it was fish, LOL! But, I am so curious to try this!

Susie - Pomegranate molasses sounds really good. I have never had Halloumi but I certainly want to try it.

Maggie @ Kitchie Coo - What?! Cheese you can grill? This sounds absolutely delightful! And I love the pomegranate molasses on top! Fruit & cheese make such an awesome duo.

Mrs. L - I’ve seen halloumi at my local grocery market but never knew what to do with it. This sounds like a perfect way to try this cheese out!

Lacy @ NYCityEats - It’s not every day that you read about middle eastern cheese! I feel like middle eastern and asian cuisines don’t often involve cheese. I wonder if they sell halloumi around here, it sounds amazing with the pomegranate molasses! Actually, I would probably drink the pomegranate molasses it sounds so good. Yum!

Reem | Simply Reem - I love grilled Halloumi….
I always add it to the salad, I live how crispy it get on surface and gooey and cheesy inside…

Nami | Just One Cookbook - Oh, I forgot about this – Halloumi. I’ve been wanting to try this after I saw it somewhere else. Everyone seems to like it, and I’m just curious to try one out. Basil and pomegranate molasses sounds really good!

alyssa - I agree! I can’t wait to try it with a salad too, that sounds great!

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