Halloumi Caponata

Recipe by sthommo

  • Time needed: 30 mins
  • Calories per serving: approx 320
  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: 2
  • Rating: 5.00 based on 6 reviews

Pan-fried halloumi with a smoky caponata sauce – lovely veggie recipe.


• 125g of halloumi cheese
• 1 small red pepper - diced
• 1 small onion - finely sliced
• 4 chestnut mushrooms - roughly chopped
• 2 teaspoons of capers - roughly chopped
• 6 pitted black olived - sliced
• Half a tin of chopped tomatoes
• 1/2 teaspoon of hot smoked paprika
• 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
• 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
• Salt and pepper to taste.


Heat up half of the olive oil and gently fry the onion for about 10 minutes, adding in the oregano. Then add the red pepper, frying for a further 5 minutes until the pepper is softening. Add the mushrooms and cook together for about 5 minutes. Sprinkle over the paprika, stir well, add the capers and olives, cooking for a few minutes before adding the tinned chopped tomatoes. Simmer for a further 5-10 minutes. Turn the heat off and leave in the pan.
Heat the remainder of the olive oil in a frying pan and when hot, put the cubed halloumi into the pan, cooking until the halloumi is browned.
Put the caponata into a bowl and then add the halloumi on the top.

7 reviews for “Halloumi Caponata”

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    I’ve just started this diet and delighted to find this recipe. It is delicious and easy to make. Even my husband enjoyed it.

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    This was easy to make and delicious. Everyone in the family loved it. I served crusty french bread for the teenage boys in the family and they piled the extra caponata on top of the bread.

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    Lovely. Was dubious when i made it as it just smelled overwhelmingly of paprika, but let it go cold in the fridge overnight and it is absolutely delicious. Will be making a batch of this!

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    On the menu tonight!

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    This was delicious, and very filling. I was worried that it might not fill me up as I’ve only just started the blood sugar diet but I needn’t have worried. Saved the other portion for lunch tomorrow!

  • review by:

    This is delicious. I added eggplant and doubled the recipe so I now have 4 meals all ready to go – I’ll just need to cook the haloumi. Yum.

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    You can cut the calories in this by excluding the olives and mixing 1tsp of olive oil with 1/4 cup of water or stock and then tossing everything you want to fry in this. Remove the haloumi from this mix before frying up the rest (except tinned tomatoes) on a medium heat with a lid on the pan to keep in moisture which helps the cooking when you have less oil. Remove the lid to boil off excess liquid and brown, then add the tomatoes and reheat. Decant to a bowl and fry off the haloumi. Reducing the olive oil to a tsp saves 80k. I do not have the olive count to hand but you do not need any extra fat from them for digestion.

    Saving calories here can mean getting in some fruit for dessert, that would otherwise push you over, and fruit is better nutritional bang for your buck than oil. I know this will not be a sell for those intent on a low carb diet but added oil is not a nutritional plus in any diet plan and whole fruit in small amounts is good for you.

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