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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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Should you 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 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).

How do you keep halloumi from getting rubbery? ›

My halloumi is too tough / rubbery

This can happen when it's cooked for too long in the oven, so next time try a lower cook time or thicker slices. It can also happen when it's been sitting out for too long, or with reheated halloumi.

What are halloumi bites made of? ›

  • 80 millilitres garlic infused olive oil (or regular olive oil)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice.
  • pepper.
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley.
  • 750 grams halloumi (drained)

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 OK uncooked? ›

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.

Can you do halloumi in an air fryer? ›

  1. Heat your air fryer on 200C for 2 mins. Carefully pat the halloumi dry using kitchen paper or a clean cloth, then brush or rub with oil. ...
  2. Put the halloumi in the air fryer basket and cook for 8 mins until beginning to brown. Flip over and cook for a further 2-5 mins until crisp and golden.

Is halloumi cheese healthy? ›

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.

How to cook halloumi so it doesn't squeak? ›

🧀 Cut it into thicker pieces, and make sure to not. overcook it

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.

Can you eat halloumi cold after cooking? ›

You can enjoy halloumi slices cold in the salad. So, if you're prepping your lunch before work, you won't need to worry about reheating the cheese for your halloumi salad. Can you eat halloumi raw? Yes, you can eat halloumi cheese without cooking it first!

What are the disadvantages of halloumi cheese? ›

Halloumi is often high in sodium, saturated fat, and calories. It's not suitable for those following a vegan or dairy-free diet. Some types are not appropriate for a vegetarian diet, either.

What are the black bits in halloumi? ›

In the UK, halloumi is easy to find in pretty much all supermarkets. It's often rolled in dried herbs (usually mint) before being sold – which explains the little black dots you can see on the halloumi in some of my photos!

Are McDonald's halloumi fries actually halloumi? ›

Limited Time Only Halloumi Fries. Four halloumi cheese sticks coated in a light batter, served with a rich tomato dip. Nutrition and allergen information do not include dips.

Should you soak halloumi cheese? ›

Allow the halloumi to soak for at least 30 minutes, preferably 1-2 hours for better results. If you are aiming for a more thorough reduction of sodium, you can also change the water a couple of times. After soaking, remove the halloumi from the water and allow it to drain.

How long to soak halloumi in boiling water? ›

Pour the boiling water over the halloumi and leave for 20 minutes. This will make the cheese really soft and smooth in the centre when cooked. Drain the halloumi, the put it into a large bowl with the watermelon and bread.

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.

How to desalt halloumi? ›

Slice and cover in (ideally hot) milk or hot water and simmer for up to 5 minutes in a frying pan on a low heat. Water does soften the cheese, but I find that is no bad thing. Use a spatula to gently squeeze the cheese to remove extra salt / remove it faster.

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