Halloumi With Corn, Cherry Tomatoes and Basil
Seared cubes of halloumi get melty and soft on their insides and dark brown and a little crisp on the surface, making it almost impossible not to devour them all as they come out of the pan. But try to resist, because they’re even better tossed with a quick sauté of summer corn and tomatoes, seasoned with basil. Slivers of red onions, folded in raw at the end, add crunch and sweetness, while a squeeze of fresh lime makes everything tangy and fresh. Although this dish is at its most sublime made with fresh summer corn and ripe tomatoes, it’s nearly as good in winter made with frozen corn. Serve it for a light, meatless dinner or a substantial side dish with roasted or grilled chicken or fish.
- Serves: 2 persons
- 4tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, more as needed
- 12to 14 ounces halloumi cheese, diced into 1-inch cubes and patted dry
- 2cups corn kernels, fresh or frozen and thawed (from 2 to 3 ears of corn)
- 2cups halved cherry tomatoes
- 1jalapeño, seeded or not, thinly sliced
- 1teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1teaspoon kosher salt (Diamond Crystal), plus more to taste
- ¾cup thinly sliced red onion
- ½cup chopped fresh basil, more as garnish
- 1lime, cut into wedges
- Black pepper
Step 1In a large, preferably nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high until it thins out, about 20 seconds. Working in batches, add cheese in one layer, and cook until golden on one side, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip cheese and cook without moving until golden on the other side, about 1 minute longer. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and repeat with remaining cheese.
Step 2Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil to the pan and heat it over medium-high. Add corn, tomatoes, jalapeño, cumin seeds and salt, and cook until corn and tomatoes have softened and everything looks juicy, about 5 to 10 minutes.
Step 3Remove pan from the heat and stir in the browned cheese, sliced onion and basil. Squeeze a lime wedge or two over everything and season with more salt and lots of black pepper. Garnish with more basil and serve immediately.