Recipe By Juliana Hale
Published Mar 6th
Harissa Fried Halloumi Panini
Prep 15m Cook 30m Additional - Ready In 45m
Servings 4 sandwiches Calories 557.9

Upgrade your grilled cheese with Halloumi. Then add the heat with North African harissa. You could also grill these on an indoor grill pan over medium heat.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 2 tablespoons harissa sauce, or more to taste
  • 8 (1/4 inch thick) slices eggplant
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
  • 8 ounces halloumi cheese, cut into 8 slices
  • 8 slices multigrain seeded sandwich bread
  • 4 tablespoons softened butter

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add bell pepper and onion; cook until very tender, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a separate skillet. Stir in harissa sauce.
  2. 2 Brush both sides of eggplant slices with remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon each salt and black pepper. Add 1/2 of the eggplant slices to the skillet. Cook until browned and tender, about 3 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining slices; keep warm.
  3. 3 Sprinkle Halloumi with remaining 1/8 teaspoon each salt and black pepper. Add 1/2 of the Halloumi to the skillet and cook for 2 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining slices.
  4. 4 Layer eggplant slices, bell pepper mixture, and Halloumi on 4 bread slices. Top with remaining bread slices. Spread outsides of sandwiches with butter.
  5. 5 Transfer 2 sandwiches to the large skillet; cover sandwiches with a plate weighted with cans of food. Cook until heated through and toasted, about 2 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 557.9
  • Carbohydrate 35.5 g
  • Cholesterol 73.1 mg
  • Fat 38.6 g
  • Fiber 8.4 g
  • Protein 20.9 g
  • Saturated Fat 17.7 g
  • Sodium 1113.5 mg
  • Sugar 7.9 g

Chef's Notes

You can substitute red bell pepper for the yellow bell pepper and mayonnaise for butter; To keep sodium in check, look for Halloumi with 350 mg sodium or less per ounce. In place of the Halloumi, try tofu. Use 8 slices extra-firm tofu (not silken). Pat dry with paper towels. Season tofu with 1/8 teaspoon each salt and black pepper. Cook tofu in a skillet for 3 minutes per side; Find the recipe for Chef John's Harissa Sauce at


  1. This panino is delicious. Harissa is my new favorite condiment. Serve it on the side to dip your sandwich in. You ll definitely want more than the 2 tbsp listed. I can t figure out the need to dirty two skillets. I cooked everything in one large skillet adding the pepper and onion mixture to - Read more ...