Brown Butter Fried Halloumi (Keto)

Everyone is making halloumi ‘fries’ (and many pubs and restaurants even offer them on the menu for those living low carb – which is great). However, I wanted to try it for myself. I never heat oils to high-frying temperatures, so I decided to fry my squeaky pieces in browning butter instead. Browning butter is just regular butter that is heated for a while: once the butter stops sizzling and foaming, the milk solids start browning. This process adds massive flavour to the butter. I use browned butter a lot in my dishes because that nutty flavour is indescribable! Anyway, I did this here and made super delicious little halloumi fingers. Dip them in some reduced-sugar ketchup for a quick snack or tapas idea, but if you are living clean keto, try my homemade tomato ketchup if you have some on hand. Macros here exclude any dips.

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Carbs 2.3g | Fat 34g | Protein 21g
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Brown Butter Fried Halloumi

Deliciously simple, these halloumi pieces are fried in browned butter for plenty of extra flavour and perfect as a keto grab-and-go snack. (For my UK readers, scroll to the end of the recipe to see image ads of the products I use.)
Course Light Meals, Snack
Cuisine General
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 as a snack or tapas



  • Remove the halloumi from its packaging and drain off any excess water. Use a sharp knife to slice the block into thick pieces. Slice each piece in half lengthwise.
  • Gently lay the pieces on a plate lined with kitchen paper and use a second sheet to pat the tops dry.
  • Heat the butter in a non-stick frying pan. Once the sizzling stops, gently place half the halloumi slices into the pan and fry until golden on all sides. Use a small silicon spatula to gently turn them over. Remove and place on a plate lined with kitchen paper and add the remaining pieces to the pan. (I work in batches to avoid crowding the pan, making the pieces more difficult to turn.)
  • Once the batch is done, season with sea salt flakes and serve with your choice of dip. You can search for a clean, keto tomato ketchup on this site or you can use reduced sugar ketchup off the shelf if you have no problem with that.

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Calories: 397kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.3g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 34g

Brown Butter Fried Halloumi (Keto)
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Nutritional Information per serving
Calories                        397Kcal / 1661kJ
Fat                                34g
Carbohydrates              2.3g
Protein                          21g


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