I have been wanting to make halloumi fries for a while as I first discovered them in a restaurant in London which was on the starter menu.
They were amazing but that day left me feeling puzzled because it was the heaviest starter I have ever eaten which got me questioning: what type of meal is this exactly?
If it is too heavy for a starter, how the hell are you meant to eat these as a side dish?
I concluded, that this would be the perfect party snack, when you have guests coming over because they are easy to make and it will fill them up quicker!
Why use the air fryer?
You can use this same halloumi fries recipe to bake in the oven but it works great with the air fryer too.
I have only used the air fryer a few times but what I have noticed is that the cooking time is super quick and it is a great alternative to deep frying.
For example, I made batata harra by using the air fryer and it was a welcoming alternative to deep-fried potatoes.
By using the air fryer, these halloumi fries came out very crispy and were done by 15 minutes.
Why keep it Low carb?
There are a few variations to make halloumi fries but I opted for the low carbohydrate route because halloumi is already high in fat and by coating them in flour is perhaps the reason why they feel so heavy.
As a result, I chose coconut flour because this is popular with keto diets and enables me feel less guilty snacking on these bad boys.
Therefore, if you are looking to reduce your carbohydrates and need an alternative for french fries, this recipe might be perfect for you.
However, do keep reading.
High in fat
As mentioned, this snack is low-carb and is actually ideal if you are on the keto diet because it is high in fat.
If you are following a keto diet, you can eat these as part of your diet plan.
However, if you are like me, and do not specifically follow the keto diet and generally follow a balanced diet, then you might need to be careful.
I do like some of the ideas from keto recipes because it can make some of my meals macro-friendly which I can sneak into my meal plans.
This is a strategy that I love using because it allows you to eat the foods you enjoy at times.
However, you do need to be careful about super high-fat meals and snacks, and these halloumi chips are very high in fat which means it is high in calories too.
Half a serving for me was around 453 calories!
I made a batch of these and only a few of these fries was filling enough to equal a meal, and as a result I used the other half for my meal prep which still tasted after two days (but I would not go beyond that because halloumi is not the most meal prep friendly ingredient).
I think the halloumi fries are very tasty but it is definitely a party snack and I feel these are too heavy for a side dish.
What do you think? Hit me up in the comments below!Print
Fries that are low-carb and high in protein? Yes, you read that right. Here are halloumi fries, made in the air fryer, which are keto-friendly and is a rich replacement for the traditional potato fries. They are also high in fat but fitting this into your weekly caloric plan should not be a problem.
- 225g Cypriot Halloumi
- 1 Large Egg (whisked)
- 1 tbsp Smoked Paprika
- 30g Coconut Flour
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
- Prepare the egg and flour mixture first. Crack the egg into your bowl, whisk and season with black pepper. In another bowl, add the coconut flour and season with the smoked paprika.
- Slice the halloumi in half and then into thin sticks.
- Dip the halloumi stick in the flour (with your left hand), then dip it in the egg mixture (with your right hand), lightly dip in the flour (with right hand) and place in the air fryer tray. Repeat this process until you are done.
- Set the air fryer temperature to 180 C and set the timer for 15 minutes. You can check after 10 to 12 minutes on the progress, but 15 minutes is enough time.
- Serve with your favourite sauce.
- These will taste best fresh but you can use it for your meal prep up to 2 to 3 days.
- I did not season the flour or egg with salt as halloumi is already high in sodium.
- Category: Keto
- Method: Air Fryer
- Serving Size: 1 Serving (half of the bowl)
- Calories: 453
- Sugar: 5g
- Sodium: 1385.5mg
- Fat: 32.7g
- Saturated Fat: 20.6g
- Carbohydrates: 6.3g
- Fiber: 4.6g
- Protein: 31.2g
- Cholesterol: 93mg
Keywords: Halloumi Fries, Air Fryer Halloumi Fries, Low Carb Halloumi Fries