Gluten Free Paneer & Halloumi Fries

How to make super quick, easy and perfectly crispy paneer and halloumi fries at home with a spicy gluten free flour coating. ?

You’ve probably seen halloumi fries around as they’ve been so popular for a while! But interestingly I don’t ever see anyone use paneer. For those who aren’t familiar with it, it’s a fresh cheese common in South Asia, but especially popular in India. Just like halloumi, it doesn’t melt when cooked so I thought I’d give both a try for these and they ended up being perfect in their own ways! The halloumi fries have a bit more flavour in my opinion, but on the other hand the paneer version came out even crispier. Plus, it’s a bit cheaper than halloumi too. ?

If you’ve never had these before, they’re so good and well worth a try. Best of all, they’re ridiculously easy to make and only take 2 minutes to cook!

And as a bonus, they’re pretty low carb too. ?

Homemade fried paneer and halloumi fries with guacamole, salsa and sour cream.

Gluten Free Paneer & Halloumi Fries Recipe:

Gluten Free Paneer & Halloumi Fries
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How to make gluten free and perfectly crispy paneer and halloumi fries at home.
Serves: 2-3 portions
  • 150g halloumi
  • 130g paneer
  • ¼ cup gluten free flour (I used Doves Farm self-raising)
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Dash of black pepper
  • Vegetable oil (to deep fry)

COOKING TIME (per batch): 2 minutes

How to make paneer and halloumi fries with a gluten free crispy coating.


  1. Add a couple of inches of oil in a pan and heat it up to 180C (356F) using a food thermometer.
  2. Cut the cheeses in fry shape.
  3. Mix the flour with the seasonings.
  4. Roll the cheese in the flour mixture until fully coated. Note: wet the paneer with water first if the flour won’t stick.
  5. Once the oil reaches the right temperature, cook the paneer and halloumi fries in batches for 2 minutes, until golden brown.
  6. Place the freshly cooked fries on a sheet of kitchen towel to absorb any excess oil.
  7. Serve with your choice of dips.


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