Grilled Halloumi Cheese

  • Author: Joyce | Pups with Chopsticks
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 10 slices of cheese 1x
  • Category: Snack, Appetizer
  • Method: BBQ
  • Cuisine: Fusion, Mediterranean


A grilled halloumi cheese recipe, marinated in a spiced basil chili oil and finished off with maple syrup to give it an extra layer of flavour that makes that squeaky grilled cheese even more satisfying than before!



  • 1 block of halloumi cheese (approx. 280g)

Spiced Basil Chili Marinade

  • 1 tablespoon crushed red chili flakes
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (approximately half a lemon)
  • 1 shallot (or 1/4 small red onion)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin

Dipping Sauce

  • Leftover marinade (approximately 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup



  1. Slices the halloumi cheese 1 cm thick. Put it in a bowl and set aside.

Making the Marinade

  1. Combine all the ingredients from the Marinade list in a blender or food processor
  2. Pour the marinade over the sliced cheese and gentle coat so they are all evenly coated.
  3. Marinade for a minimum of 15 minutes.

Grilling It

  1. Set the grill to 400F-450F and oil the grates well.
  2. When the grill is hot, add the cheese onto the grates (make sure there isn’t too much marinade on the cheese when you put it on the grill)
  3. Grill them for approximately 2-4 minutes a side or until you see grill marks. (Use a metal spatula and scrape gently below the cheese to loosen it off the grill before flipping it)
  4. Remove from grill when there are grill marks on both sides and the cheese is slightly melted
  5. Set on serving plate

Making the Dipping Sauce

  1. In a small sauce pan, add the leftover marinade, 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and cook over low heat for 3-4 minutes until it is hot.
  2. Pour into a small bowl and serve it with the grilled halloumi! 🙂 Enjoy


  • Be careful with the grilling fumes, the chili flakes over a hot grill makes for a very hard to breathe smoke! 🙂
  • It’s important to oil the grate well before adding the cheese
  • The cheese may stick to the BBQ grate. I find it was easiest using a metal spatula to gently scrape below the cheese to loose it up gently before flipping it.


  • Serving Size: 1 slice of cheese
  • Calories: 133 cal
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Sodium: 820 mg
  • Fat: 11 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 6 g

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