Pan fried halloumi in olive oil makes a great appetizer in 5 minutes or less! Serve halloumi fries, drizzled with warmed honey and toasted sesame seed for a sweet and salty combo! Add your fruit of choice to serve along (I like grapes, figs, or berries). More serving ideas below
In a non-stick pan, heat 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat.
When the oil is hot and shimmering, add the halloumi sticks in one single layer, making sure not to crowd the pan. Cook for 1 to 2 minute on one side, until a golden brown crust forms. Using a pair of tongs, turn over and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes watching for that beautiful crust to form.
Meanwhile, warm your honey either in a skillet or put your tightly-closed jar in warm water to help the honey loosen a bit.
Transfer the fried halloumi to a serving plate and sprinkle with sesame seeds and a dash of red chili flakes or Aleppo pepper. Drizzle with the warmed honey all over (serve unused honey in a small bowl to the side).
If you like, arrange some fruit such as grapes, figs, or berries on the same platter around the cheese. Serve immediately!
If you can't find halloumi in the cheese section at your local grocery store, it is available online here.
Cooked halloumi is best served immediately while still soft and warm.