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Halloumi Nuggets with Marinara Dipping Sauce

Teri & Jenny
These Halloumi Nuggets are a fun rift on chicken nuggets and mozzarella sticks. They're delicious and freeze really well for when you're craving a simple snack at a later date!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
refrigerator resting time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Amercian
Servings 6
Calories 720 kcal


  • 2 pounds halloumi cheese, cut into large bite sized cubes about 1 ½”
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 ½ cups panko breadcrumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 7 to 10 basil leaves
  • oil for frying
  • 1 cup marinara sauce for serving


  • In batches, dredge cubes of halloumi into the flour, followed by the beaten eggs and finally the breadcrumbs, shaking off any excess after each coat.
  • Transfer prepared nuggets to a baking sheet lined with a cooling rack and repeat until all nuggets have been coated.
  • Place baking sheet in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and up to 12 hours (you can also freeze them at this time for a later use.
  • Pour 2 inches oil into a large skillet and preheat to 350˚F.
  • In batches, carefully add piece to the oil and fry for about 3 minutes on each side, until golden brown.
  • Using a slotted spoon transfer nuggets to a clean cooling rack lined baking sheet and lightly season with salt and pepper. Repeat until all nuggets have been fried.
  • Transfer all halloumi nuggets to a platter, garnish with fried basil (instructions below) and serve with warm or cold marinara sauce.


  • *Makes 20 to 24
  • *For fried basil: Carefully add a few leaves of basil to the hot oil and fry for 4 to 6 seconds (be very careful here because the water in the fresh leaves will make the oil spatter). Make sure to watch the leaves hit the oil as the process is very fast. Quickly but carefully remove the fried leaves with a slotted spoon and transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Serve.


Calories: 720kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 42gFat: 40gSaturated Fat: 27gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 2233mgPotassium: 238mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 281IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 1576mgIron: 3mg
Keyword halloumi, marinara, nuggets
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