Sesame Halloumi Fries with Aleppo Hot Honey


Sesame Halloumi Fries with Aleppo Hot Honey

Sesame Halloumi Fries with Aleppo Hot Honey
Sesame Halloumi Fries with Aleppo Hot Honey

Crispy sesame Halloumi fries dipped in an Aleppo pepper hot honey . . . this is what dreams are made of. I could go on and on about all the things I love about this: the crispiness from the sesame seeds, the saltiness of the cheese paired with the slightly spicy and sweet honey, etc., etc., etc.!

Yields4 servings


  • 2 (8.8-oz [250-g]) packs Halloumi cheese
  • 1/2 cup (63 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons (8 g) sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon sumac
  • 1/2 teaspoon za’atar
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Oil, for frying
  • 1 cup (240 ml) honey
  • 3 dried red chile peppers
  • 1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper flakes


  1. Cut each block of the Halloumi into eight wedges. If your Halloumi came in a brine, it may be too salty, so soaking in cold water for at least 30 minutes, or longer if needed, will help.

  2. On a plate, mix together the flour, sesame seeds, sumac, za’atar, oregano, pepper and smoked paprika. Evenly coat each wedge of Halloumi in the flour mixture.

  3. Heat 1 inch (2.5 cm) of the oil in a shallow pan and fry the wedges on all sides until golden. If you choose to air fry them, cook at 375°F (190°C) for 11minutes, or until golden, and flip once halfway through cooking.

  4. For the hot honey, combine the honey, chile peppers and Aleppo pepper flakes in a saucepan. Let this come to a boil, and then simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. The longer it simmers, the spicier it’ll be, so the simmer time is up to you! Strain the honey into a bowl and use it as a dipping sauce for the Halloumi wedges.

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