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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.22 / 5 (113 votes)

Prep time:
10 min
Cook time:
10 min
Makes about 30

These chilli-spiked cheese bites, made by Nigella Lawson are made in minutes and make a great cocktail snack


1. Mix the chopped chilli and olive oil in a small bowl or cup and leave the flavours to deepen while you cook the cheese.

2. I use a non-stick frying pan for this, without any oil, and just give the cheese slices about two minutes a side until they're golden brown in parts.

3. When all the slices of halloumi are cooked transfer them to a couple of smallish plates.

4. Give the chilli oil a stir, spoon it over the cheese then give a spritz of lemon. That's all there is to it.


  • 2 tbsp red chillies, fresh, chopped and deseeded (about 2 medium chillies)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 packets halloumi cheese, 250g each, sliced medium thin (i.e., just under half a centimetre)
  • 0.25 lemons, juice only

Tips and suggestions

I love grilled or fried halloumi, that squeaky, salty Polystyrene-textured cheese. Not a very seductive way of describing it maybe, but that, indeed, is what it's like. You should have no difficulty finding it in the supermarket and this is a doddle to make. You don't need to do it at the very last minute, but don't fry the halloumi so far in advance that it's totally cooled by the time it comes to the table. And if you prefer, by all means grill it. And again, this is the sort of food that you can sit on the table for people idly to eat as they stand around, drink in hand. It looks beautiful, too, which is always an aid to proceedings.

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Latest Comment


Made the chilli dressing the day before to let a chilli flavours into the oil

UKTV Food User UKTV Food User  Posted 27 Feb 2012 12:32 PM

Actually, this is nicer with the chilli jam I made using a Nigella recipe. Just spoon it over the warm Halloumi. Delicious!

SusanS41085 SusanS41085  Posted 24 Jun 2011 12:30 PM

love halloumi cheese and chillies so this sounds great. Will try on the barbi tomorrow.

michelleJ90402 michelleJ90402  Posted 27 May 2011 8:08 PM

Will do this tonight!

lancashirelad lancashirelad Posted 30 Dec 2010 3:19 PM


Deborah - UKTV Deborah - UKTV Posted 20 Jul 2010 10:40 AM

sharonV70704 sharonV70704 Posted 14 Jul 2010 3:51 PM

looks great 8/10

foyboy77 foyboy77 Posted 09 Jul 2010 3:58 PM

Wonderful dish with complimenting flavours and so easy to do.

BeccyBoo BeccyBoo Posted 08 Jul 2010 12:11 PM

MarieH94550 MarieH94550 Posted 25 Sep 2009 9:20 AM

MarieH94550 MarieH94550 Posted 25 Sep 2009 9:19 AM

very simple but tasty dish.

pamjay pamjay Posted 11 Oct 2008 2:49 PM