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Recipe for Tempura Halloumi Tacos With Sweet & Spicy Glaze

By: Andrea Alden

There’s nothing like fresh and flavorful handheld food that can be a great appetizer or meal. These Tempura Halloumi Tacos are coated in a delightfully sweet and spicy glaze and are served with a crisp salad with an (additive) tangy dressing. Do the prep ahead and make them on a portable barbecue or easily create these at home.

prep time
20 min
cook time
15 min
Yield
6
Difficulty
Easy

Recipe for Tempura Halloumi Tacos With Sweet & Spicy Glaze

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Ingredients
  • 3 packages (750 g) halloumi cheese, cold
  • 1 egg, cold
  • ¾ cup + 2 tsp. (200 ml) ice cold water
  • 1 cup (230 g) flour, chilled
  • ¾ cup (177 ml) sweet chili BBQ sauce like Cattle Boyz
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) maple syrup
  • 2 cups (500 ml) oil like peanut or canola
  • 1 nappa cabbage, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 shallot, sliced thin
  • ½ cucumber sliced into matchsticks
  • 1 package medium tortillas

Asian-style Salad Dressing

  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp. (12 g) ginger, peeled, roughly chopped
  • 1 small carrot, peeled, roughly chopped
  • ½ sweet apple, peeled, roughly chopped
  • 1 small shallot, chopped
  • 1 cup (250 ml) oil
  • 2 tbsp. (30 ml) soy sauce
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. (13 g) sugar
  • Optional 1 tbsp. (15 ml) sesame paste or sesame oil
Method
  1. As early as the night before, place the egg, water, and flour into the fridge. The trick with tempura batter is to keep everything as cold as possible. 
  2. In a blender, add the Asian-style Salad Dressing ingredients. The garlic, ginger, carrot, shallot, apple, oil, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar and sesame paste. Blend it on high until there are no big chunks left and everything is well emulsified. There should be some texture left to the dressing though. If you aren’t a fan of that, you can pass it through a mesh sieve, but leaving it is just fine and delicious. 
  3. Prepare the salad ingredients, wash and slice everything thin. For the cucumbers, place the cut cucumbers into a bowl, sprinkle with ½ teaspoon of salt and chill for 30 to 40 minutes. Then drain the extra water before adding to the salad ingredients. 
  4. In a bowl, combine the maple and BBQ sauce. 
  5. When you are ready to cook, place a BBQ safe pot or pan with deep sides onto the barbecue and light the burners below it. Add the oil and allow it to preheat to approximately 335°F (170°C). While the barbecue is warming, cut the halloumi into appropriately sized sticks, either halves or thirds depending on the size of the tortilla you will be using. Before you mix the batter and fry, mix the salad and dressing together. 
  6. Whisk together the egg and water in a bowl. Add the flour, stirring gently about eight times. It is completely fine if there are still lumps of flour, the goal is to prevent gluten production for a very airy batter. 
  7. Dip the halloumi into the batter, then drop the battered cheese into the pan away from you. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until all sides are light golden and crisp. Remove from the oil, pat dry on paper towel, then toss in the BBQ sauce mixture. 
  8. Assemble the glazed halloumi in a tortilla shell with a generous helping of salad and serve immediately.

While there are many ingredients, most can be prepared ahead of time for quick cooking and assembly. This delicious on-the-go recipe for Tempura Halloumi Tacos With Sweet and Spicy Glaze is a great appetizer or meal. What is your favorite on-the-go meal to make on your portable barbecue? Share your best travel BBQ recipes and photos on our social pages like Facebook and Instagram, using the hashtags #NapoleonEats and #NapoleonGrills.

Happy Grilling!

Recipe Blog - Halloumi Tacos - Slice

Slice the cheese into fingers

Recipe Blog - Halloumi Tacos - Fry

Fry the battered halloumi in hot oil

Recipe Blog - Halloumi Tacos - Saucy

Dip the cooked halloumi in the sauce

Recipe Blog - Halloumi Tacos - Salad

Top with salad

Recipe Blog - Halloumi Tacos - Serve1

Serve with extra sauce for dipping, limes and cucumber

Recipe Blog - Halloumi Tacos - Serve2

For extra heat, top with chili flakes or sliced chili pepper

AndreaAlden
Andrea Alden

I used to be the Sultana of Sizzle, but you can call me Andrea. I have always been passionate about food. Even though I was majoring in Art and Graphic Design, I would frequently be found cooking for my friends and family.

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Recipe Blog - Halloumi Tacos - Slice

Slice the cheese into fingers

Recipe Blog - Halloumi Tacos - Fry

Fry the battered halloumi in hot oil

Recipe Blog - Halloumi Tacos - Saucy

Dip the cooked halloumi in the sauce

Recipe Blog - Halloumi Tacos - Salad

Top with salad

Recipe Blog - Halloumi Tacos - Serve1

Serve with extra sauce for dipping, limes and cucumber

Recipe Blog - Halloumi Tacos - Serve2

For extra heat, top with chili flakes or sliced chili pepper