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I’m normally not a big fan of cheese, but there are a few types, which I really like and crave occasionally. Halloumi is one of them. I usually buy some in steak-like pieces and grill or roast them in a pan. This time I had another idea of cutting them up in bite-sized pieces and stir-fry together with asparagus and cherry tomatoes. It turned out to be a successful experiment and even ranked up to my top ten weekday menus.

 

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It’s a very quick and easy dish and I love the contrast of colors the ingredients bring together. How the food looks often gives me a certain expectation on its taste and I must say this was a really satisfying one.

To balance out the intensive savory flavor of this pan-fried Halloumi, I serve it with warm cooked soft jasmine rice and again I was able to enjoy and appreciate the concept of Umami. :)

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do and happy Meatless Monday tomorrow!

 

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Pan-Fried Halloumi with Asparagus
Serves 2
A quick, easy and nutritious weeknight meal + Let's experience umami!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 200 g (7 oz) Halloumi
  2. 10 asparagus stems
  3. 1 handful cherry tomatoes
  4. 1 clove garlic
  5. 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  6. 2 teaspoons sugar
  7. 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  8. salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Chop garlic into fine pieces.
  2. Cut Halloumi into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Peel off the hard part of asparagus stems and cut them into one-inch-long pieces.
  4. Add cooking oil in the pan and turn on medium-high heat.
  5. When the oil becomes hot, add garlic and stir-fry until fragrant (~15 seconds).
  6. Add Halloumi to the pan and stir-fry until they become a bit crispy on the outside.
  7. Then add asparagus and cherry tomatoes, including the rest of the ingredients and stir-fry quickly to mix everything well (~1-2 min).
  8. Turn off the heat and ready to serve.
Notes
  1. Serve together with warm cooked jasmine rice
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